2020 General Guidance for Athletics

Safety Requirements for Sports to Practice or Compete

  • The practice of daily symptom assessments will continue, using the same recording documents that we haveused all summer.

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.

  • All coaches will participate in COVID-19 education.

  • Coaches will document that they shared information with their players.

  • No congregating will be permitted before or after contests.

  • Officials and players will be expected to wear face masks/coverings at all times when not competing.

  • Coaches, athletic trainers, and volunteers will be expected to wear face masks/coverings.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all venues.


  • Signage will ask spectators to conduct daily assessments and to stay home if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Signage will direct family members to sit only with household members and stay distanced six feet from others.

  • Signage will discourage congregating.

  • All spectators will be expected to wear face masks/coverings.

  • The 15% capacity limit will be enforced at all venues.

  • That limit will be established per stadium, gym, etc.

  • Tickets will be prioritized to the family members of the athletes.

  • When feasible, one-way entrances and exits will be identified.

  • As much as possible, contact-free ticketing will be used.

  • In some sports with small venues, venues will be emptied between contests


  • All orders will be complied with regarding the number of participatants in any contest as well as the number of opponents in a given day.


  • Communal water will not be provided for home or visiting teams.

  • Players are expected to provide their own bottled water/water bottle.

  • Equipment will be sanitized regularly.

Athletic Facilities

  • Spaces will be allocated in a manner that allows for cleaning in between use.

  • Locker rooms, weight rooms, athletic trainer rooms will be sanitized regularly.

  • Food concessions will adhere to Ohio’s guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Banquet and Catering Facilities and will only sell prepackaged food items.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all facilities.

  • Ventilation systems will be running where available.


  • All persons on a bus will wear face masks/coverings.

  • Pre-travel symptom and temperature checks will be conducted and recorded.

  • Players will be required to either ride the bus or ride in a car with their own family.

  • Athletes will not be permitted to carpool.

Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

  • Schools will comply with all directives in the Director’s Order related to reacting to, quarantining, and communicating about confirmed and/or suspected cases.

  • Any athlete with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not be permitted to return to play or practice until a release signed by a health care provider has been submitted.