Here are the guidelines all schools must follow right now for returning to sports in our practice-work out season.
The IHSA has created the guidelines for Stage 1 Return to Play
•Maintain social distance by being 6 feet apart.
•Masks shall be worn when social distance cannot be maintained.
•Follow gathering guidelines of groups of 10 or less including the coach and medical personnel.
•Groups of 10 or less must be pre-determined.
•Once groups are determined, students may not switch from one group to another based upon sport. Students that participate in multiple sports for the yea rare encouraged to be grouped, for summer participation, in their fall sport.
•Interaction between groups shall be avoided.
•Sessions can only include weightlifting, running, and exercises designed to promote physical fitness.
•Sport-specific drills are not permitted, and sport-specific equipment may not be used.
•Implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces following the guidance of the CDC and IDPH.
•Coaches must maintain a daily record of what athletes are participating, when, symptoms they may present (see attachment).
Athletes should be monitored at start of practice for temperature >100.4F/37C or symptoms of COVID-19 (fevers, chills, cough, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell).
oIf symptoms are present they should not participate in practice and should be referred to a physician for evaluation and testing.
•Free weight exercises that require a spotter cannot be conducted while honoring social distancing norms. Safety measures in all forms must be strictly enforced in the weight room.
•Players shall bring their own water bottle, shoes, towels, and other personal equipment. The use of locker rooms,shared water coolers with cups,and water fountains will be prohibited during this stage.
It is the responsibility of each IHSA member school to comply with the above requirements. Additionally, IHSA member school sponsored camps, clinics,and open gyms are prohibited in any sport at this time.
If available, it is encouraged that an Athletic Trainer or medical personnel be available for workouts.They should be masked for any interactions with athletes and maintain 6-foot distance when feasible.