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North Royalton Athletic Department

Sporting Events Guide

Spring Sports


The safety of our student-athletes, coaching staff, community, and visiting school communities is our primary focus as we cautiously return to Spring 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/in the court/track/lanes/fields or participating in an event.

❖ Officials do not need to wear a mask if they are accessing a whistle for officiating purposes. (recommended for umpires to wear a mask).

❖ 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 court/track /lane/field or participating.

➢ Adequate off-court/track/lanes/fields 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.

➢ 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, should 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.

➢ Transportation seating Chart is required. (If you have a positive case on the bus ride individuals two seats in front, behind and across the aisle will be affected.

➢ 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.

❖ Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.

❖ Family members must sit together, and remain socially distanced from all other families/groups/spectators. (BLEACHERS WILL BE CLOSED AT BASEBALL & SOFTBALL FIELDS)

➢We ask that spectators bring lawn chairs and sit along the fence lines or on the Hill side.

❖ 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.

❖ Concession stands will be open inside The Stadium.

❖ HOME – Locker rooms will be open to the team to dress only.

❖ Stadium/Field signage will be posted to manage traffic flow and seating.

➢ Spectators will find labeled/designated seats (at the Stadium)  in pairs (2/4) and remain socially distanced from all others.

Game Day Operations:



  • Masks Must be worn at all times when not Competing.
  • When in the dugout, Mask Must be worn & Social Distance at all times.  If you cannot keep social distance, we will need to move players out of the Dugout into the bleachers.
  • Think about putting only your starters in the Dugouts and Bench Area.
  • Bleachers will be closed off for PLAYERS ONLY.
  • Pressbox will only permit one/two people in the box at one time.