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Oklahoma School for the Deaf Athletics Guidelines


Posted Date: 08/30/2020

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Athletics COVID Plan

 

Students Participation in Athletics:

 

8th - 12th Grade in High School Practices Required to stay in the Dorm. 

 

6th - 8th Grade in JH School Practices are NOT required to stay in the Dorm. 

 

Students competing in games/tumbling are NOT permitted to stay in the dorms only specific nights of the week. Due to COVID the dorms require students to stay the entire week. For example students cannot stay in the dorm for after school games if they are not living in the dorm full time Su-Th or M-Th. Parents would be required to pick a student up at the conclusion of a game if they do not live in the dorms full time.

 

HS Practice:

M-W 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Sunday 6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

HS Cheer Practice:

M-Th 6:30am - 7:30am 

 

6th - 8th Practice:

Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00am

Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:20pm

 

Tumbling:

Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:20pm


 

The OSSAA offers the following guidelines to ensure safety of all, schools may choose to implement all or any portion of these guidelines at the local school district’s discretion. The situation surrounding COVID-19 is fluid and adjustments may need to be made. Coaches, participants and spectators should adhere to all CDC, local health authority and school facility guidelines and restrictions, including social distancing. In addition to these guidelines, the NFHS has provided conditions for modification of game rules specific to each activity. A copy of those conditions can be found on each activity’s webpage at OSSAA.com. 

 

 

ALL FACILITIES: DO NOT ATTEND A WORKOUT OR PRACTICE IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ARE TRUE.

  • An exposure to COVID-19 exists. (an exposure according to the CDC is defined as coming into close contact, 6 ft. or less for 15 minutes or longer) 

  • You have a temperature of 100.4 or above. (CDC recommends not retuning until you have been free of fever for a minimum of 24 hours without fever reducing medicine) 

  • You show any symptoms of COVID-19; Symptoms from CDC: 

    • Fever or chills 

    • Cough 

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

    • Fatigue 

    • Muscle or body aches 

    • Headache 

    • New loss of taste or smell 

    • Sore throat 

    • Congestion or runny nose 

    • Nausea or vomiting 

    • Diarrhea (recommended to stay away from others for 14 days from feeling first symptoms) 

 

INDOORS 

  • Coaches or other supervisory adults must wear a mask or cloth face covering. 

  • Each person entering the facility must have their temperature checked upon arrival. Any individual with a temperature registering 100.4 degrees or above must not be permitted to stay. 

  • Hands must be washed or hand sanitizer used prior to entering the facility and touching any equipment. 

  • Locker rooms and/or restrooms if opened must be sanitized before use and at the conclusion of the workout

  • 2 people maximum on any one piece of workout equipment. 

  • Spotters must wear a mask or cloth face covering. 

  • Social distancing requirements must be followed; the total number allowed in a weight room must comply with social distancing requirements (exception: a spotter should be permitted to safely spot). 

  • Any equipment used including weights, balls, bats, helmets, etc. must be disinfected appropriately with use 

  • No shared hydrating bottles, towels, gloves, or any other personal equipment is permitted. 

 

OUTDOORS 

  • Coaches or other supervisory adults must wear a mask or cloth face covering. 

  • Each person entering the facility must have their temperature checked upon arrival. Any individual with a temperature registering 100.4 degrees or above must not be permitted to stay. 

  • Hands must be washed or hand sanitizer used prior to handling of equipment. 

  • Locker rooms and/or restrooms if opened must be sanitized before use and at the conclusion of the workout 

  • Social distancing guidelines must be followed. 

  • No shared helmets or equipment worn on the head including facemasks. 

  • No shared hydrating bottles, towels, gloves, or any other personal equipment is permitted. 

  • Any equipment used including balls, bats, helmets, etc. must be disinfected appropriately with use. 

 

FOR ALL ACTIVITIES 

The use of masks is encouraged when social distancing cannot be achieved. *Neck gaiters are a good alternative to the traditional masks for participants.

 

ACTIVITY SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR FALL ACTIVITIES: 

 

CHEER: 

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines. 

  • Non-player personnel (coaches, managers, athletic trainers and support individuals) should wear a mask as much as possible during practice. 

 

CROSS COUNTRY: 

  • Masks or face coverings are recommended. 

  • Non-player personnel (coaches, managers, athletic trainers and support individuals) should wear a mask as much as possible during practice. 

 

FOOTBALL: 

  • Have team meetings in an outdoor environment whenever possible. 

  • Social distancing should be observed as much as possible during practice. (such as, distance between players in lines, drill spacing on the practice area, break areas) 

  • Limit the number of large group meetings in confined spaces prior to practice and during practice sessions. 

  • Consider scheduling practice pods of players with consistent personnel groupings. 

  • Clean and/or sanitize footballs as needed during practice. 

  • Clean and/or sanitize practice equipment (blocking and tackling dummies/shields) as needed during practice. 

  • Structure drill work and instruction to avoid coaching from directly in front of players. 

  • Consider film /video studying by players to be confined to small groups or individually. 

  • Consider social distancing when using an air-powered whistles for communication purposes. 

  • Non-player personnel (coaches, managers, athletic trainers and support individuals) should wear a mask as much as possible during practice. 

 

VOLLEYBALL: 

  • Disinfect the venue and all equipment, including volleyballs, where the activity will take place. 

  • Players and Coaches should wash and sanitize hands often. 

  • Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth with unclean hands. 

  • Modify drills or activities to limit/reduce violations of social distancing requirements, including but not limited to: high fives, huddles, and team meetings. 

  • Practice social distancing as often as possible. 

  • Require all participants to wear a mask except those athletes on the court playing. 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. 

  • Bring hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. 

  • Properly dispose of your personal drinking cups, bottles or utensils used. 

  • Sanitize all surfaces and volleyballs that were used during activities. 

  • Non-player personnel (coaches, managers, athletic trainers and support individuals) should wear a mask as much as possible during practice.

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