North Royalton Athletic Department
Sporting Event Guide
Fall Contact Sports
The safety of our student-athletes, coaching staff, community, and visiting school communities is our primary focus as we cautiously return to interscholastic athletic competitions. The guidelines and procedures outlined in this document will be implemented until further notice, and updated as needed, based on new information and guidance from state and local agencies.
Adherence to each of these guidelines is critical in the success of our return to sport(s) this fall.
The information in this document has been gathered from orders, mandates, guidelines, and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and Ohio High School Athletic Association, along with approval from Cuyahoga County Public Health (SCPH) and North Royalton City School District administration.
Athletes, Coaches, Trainers, & Camp; Officials – General Requirements
❖ Each school (home and away) is responsible for conducting temperature and symptom checks for all student-athletes and coaches prior to the contest. Athletic trainers and officials are also required to conduct symptom assessments prior to a contest or training.
➢ Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
❖ Each school is responsible to maintain the attendance/symptom check sheet within their team and/or athletic department. Home school coach will verify with the visiting school coach that all participants were screened prior to the contest.
❖ Coaches must participate in COVID 19 education developed by the ODH and educate their athletes on how to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.
❖ Promote good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
➢ Athletes, coaches, trainers, and officials are encouraged to wash/sanitize their hands as frequently as possible.
❖ No congregating before or after training or contests by players, coaches, trainers, or officials are permitted.
❖ Athletes, coaches, trainers, and officials must wear face coverings at all times. Exceptions to this include;
➢ Athletes do not need to wear face covering when they are on the field/court of play.
➢ Officials do not need to wear a mask if they are accessing a whistle for officiating purposes.
❖ Extra precautions will be taken with any athletes identified as high risk.
Athletes & Camp; Coaches – Training Specific Requirements
❖ Six-feet social distancing must be maintained between individuals.
➢ Exception to this rule includes when athletes are on the field/court of play.
➢ Adequate off-field/off-court space is available for social distancing of those not in the contest/game/drill/etc.
❖ Contact, outside of that within the game, is not permitted.
➢ Examples include; greetings, high fives, hand shakes, team huddles, etc.
❖ Training drills or activities that require athletes to be in close proximity of one another are to be limited.
❖ Contests may not occur between multiple opponents in any 24 hour span.
➢ More than one contest, against the same opponent, is permitted in that same time frame.
Individual & Camp; Team Equipment
❖ Personal items and equipment may not be shared.
❖ Do not share towels or face coverings.
❖ Do not share water bottles, drinks, or food of any kind.
❖ High touch surfaces, including benches and equipment, will be cleaned frequently.
❖ Individuals traveling by bus must wear a face covering at all times.
❖ Individuals traveling by bus will sit one (1) per seat will be the General Rule but has permission to put two to a seat if needed for transportation needs.
➢ If applicable, staggered seating for smaller rosters is encouraged.
❖ Pre-travel symptom screenings are to be conducted prior to boarding the bus.
➢ Boarding should take place back to front.
➢ Unloading should take place front to back.
Fans/Spectators – Event Requirements
❖ Spectators must conduct daily symptom assessments prior to their arrival at the venue.
❖ Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
❖ Family members must sit together, and remain socially distanced from all other families/groups/spectators.
❖ No congregating at any time, on any campus location or venue is permitted.
❖ Spectators must wear face coverings at all times.
❖ Promote good hygiene and respiratory etiquette at all times.
➢ Restrooms will be accessible for hand washing
➢ Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
❖ Each athlete/participant in a home athletic contest is permitted two (2) tickets for Football/(4) for Soccer & Volleyball available for purchase by parents/guardians, only.
➢ These tickets would be available for parent(s) of athletes who are in uniform for the designated contest.
■ Example: In the sport of football, the maximum number of athletes permitted to dress is 60. If an athlete is not part of that game day roster, no tickets would be available.
➢ No passes of any kind will be accepted. (Please see Athletic Director).
➢ Tickets are required for home football, soccer, and volleyball contests.
➢ Tickets are not required for home cross country, golf, or tennis contests.
■ Adherence to home contest guidelines is still applicable in these events, including 2 parents per athlete.
-PreSale Tickets will be sold for Football Only.
-Tickets for Soccer & Volleyball will be sold at the Gate off a supplied roster.
❖ Away event ticketing procedures will vary, at the discretion of the host school.
Game Day Operations
❖ Concession stands will be closed inside
➢ Stadium Concessions will be open with a limited menu.
❖ No outside food or drinks will be permitted (for fans).
❖ Locker rooms will be closed to team huddles, gatherings, congregating.
➢ Locker rooms may be utilized for emergency purposes.
❖ Stadium/gymnasium signage will be posted to manage traffic flow and seating.
➢ Spectators will find labeled/designated seats in pairs (2) and remain socially distanced from all others.
Sport Specific Guidance & Camp; Gameday Modifications
Cross Country (In addition to all previously listed guidance)
❖ Dual meet schedule, only.
❖ Staggered, wave, or interval starts utilized.
❖ Pod training to be utilized.
❖ 150 event participants, maximum allowable.
Additional Recommendations: Cross Country Recommendations – OHSAA
Football (In addition to all previously listed guidance)
❖ Marching bands are permitted at home contests only.
❖ Cheerleaders are permitted at home and away contests.
➢ Note: A host school has the ability to deny entry to cheerleaders if they choose to do so. We will be made aware of any such scenario.
❖ Team box extended for social distancing from 10 yard line to 10 yard line.
➢ Social distancing enforced on the sidelines.
❖ Ball cleaned throughout the contest.
➢ Officials ‘ contact with football is limited.
❖ Social distance during timeouts.
❖ No handshakes or contact during coin toss.
❖ Halftime will be shortened to ten (10) minutes.
❖ Teams will limited locker room access and will remain on the field, or outside in adesignated area.
❖ Pre/post game handshakes removed.
Additional Recommendations: Football Recommendations – OHSAA
Golf (In addition to all previously listed guidance)
❖ Follow all procedures outlined by the host course.
Additional Recommendations: Golf Recommendations – OHSAA
Soccer (In addition to all previously listed guidance)
❖ Game day roster limited to 22.
❖ No locker rooms.
❖ Pregame meetings with officials adjusted/limited/social distanced.
❖ Suspend pregame introductions – World Cup/International format
❖ No more than four (4) ball holders
❖ Team benches on Visiting side of field/Extra players in the front rowes of the bleachers
❖ Socially distanced benches
Additional Recommendations: Soccer Recommendations – OHSAA
Tennis (In addition to all previously listed guidance)
❖ No bleacher access.
❖ Parents to bring chairs and remain socially distanced in predetermined seating areas.
❖ Sanitizer stations available.
Additional Recommendations: Tennis Recommendations – OHSAA
Volleyball (In addition to all previously listed guidance)
❖ Game day roster limited to 15
❖ Socially distant benches.
❖ No switching of benches between games.
Additional Recommendations: Volleyball Recommendations – OHSAA