KSHSAA to conduct survey before making decision on timing of fall sports; announces fall guidelines

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – KSHSAA’s executive board held a Zoom meeting on Wednesday to discuss recommendations, precautionary measures, and the timing for the upcoming fall sports season.

On Wednesday, the Kansas School board shot down Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order to reopen schools after Labor Day in a 5 to 5 vote, which would have also pushed back the fall sports season.

KSHSAA voted to delay a decision and plans to survey school superintendents before meeting again early next week.

Full guidelines for every fall sport sent out by KSHSAA are as follows:

2020 KSHSAA GIRLS GOLF CONSIDERATIONS

With support of the NFHS, the KSHSAA Sports Medicine Committee and the KSHSAA
Executive Board, we offer this document as guidance to the member schools of the
KSHSAA to consider for the 2020 girls golf season. The considerations outlined are meant
to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by encouraging physical distancing,
limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel and allowing for
appropriate and reasonable protective equipment. With the considerations the KSHSAA
believes these reasonable accommodations will help with risk mitigation for the upcoming
golf season.

For as long as group size restrictions and social distancing are in place, the following best
practices are recommended on activity-specific basis.

Equipment/Facility:
• Golfers have their own equipment.
• If school owned and shared between squads then they need to be cleaned/sanitized after
each use.
• Driving range is to be determined by golf course.
• Much of the facility information will come from the golf course.
• If bad weather occurs all should return to their vehicles rather than the clubhouse
Practice:
• Maximize distance and limit groups on one hole/area as much as possible.
• If a team more than 10 is at practice split up areas and rotate “stations.”
• Keep the same groups each day.

Contest warm up:
• Driving range regulations determined by golf course.
• Consider having a rotation of use to limit number on the range at one time and putting
green. Competition (as allowed by Allied Partners of “Back2Golf”):
• The allied partners of golf have produced a “Back2Golf” document that most golf
courses are following for events at their course. Document includes what clubhouses
should consider based on the phase that they are currently in.
• All events will utilize shotgun start to get all persons out on the course at one time to
avoid gatherings in and around the clubhouse.
• If event is scheduled at a 9-hole course, participants shall not exceed 27 participants.
• If event is scheduled at an 18-hole course, participants shall not exceed 54 participants.
(Numbers are based on 3 participants per hole.)

KSHSAA Protocol modifications:
• Postseason will utilize tee times. Teams will not arrive until 45 minutes until their
scheduled tee time.
• Communicate the details of the event prior to the day of the event. This way schools can
plan their arrival and competition with minimal gatherings to discuss the event details.
• At the conclusion of the event no awards ceremony will take place. Record/sign your
scorecard and submit to event manager. Event manager will communicate results with
schools and delivery of awards appropriately. Set up an outdoor area to sign the
scorecard.
• If severe weather delays the event, participants shall go to their car. Avoid large gathering
indoors.
• Athletes should provide their own water bottle.
• KSHSAA will consider waiving the requirement for a marker this year in the postseason.

End of Match:
• in lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect and
sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact; suggestions
include head nod, chest thump, salute, etc.

2020 GIRLS TENNIS CONSIDERATIONS

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS:
• Screening (See General Guidelines)
• Social distancing is to be practiced by players, spectators, officials, etc. Individuals
unable to be 6 feet apart are to wear a mask.
• Players should wash hands after each match.


OFFICIAL/ROVING UMPIRE: USTA Officials used at State Tournaments.
• Will practice social distancing, sanitize hands regularly and wear mask.
• Will not be expected to monitor social distancing of players and coaches.

EVENT STAFF/MANAGER:
• Emphasize that everyone (coaches, players and spectators) is expected to practice social
distancing.
• When reporting results after a match, practice social distancing at score table.
• Provide signage about social distancing, wearing masks and other COVID-19 protocols.
COACHES, ATHLETIC TRAINERS:
• Practice social distancing, wear masks, avoid contact with players unless injured. Wear
gloves.

EQUIPMENT/FACILITY:
• Remove all score devices on each court to prevent touching.Provide a player seat on each
side of the court near net pole. Player(s) will use the same chair(s) during the match. Clean
after each match.
• Provide signage about social distancing and wearing masks by all spectators, coaches,
players not playing, etc.
• Provide hand sanitizer and wipes at score table for players to use after reporting match
score.

TENNIS BALLS:
• USE FOUR BALLS OR SIX BALLS – NOTE: ADDITIONAL TENNIS BALLS
MAY BE NEEDED FOR EVENT.
Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as
virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease. So here is an extra precaution you can
take to keep safe when playing tennis:
o Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball. NOTE:
If they do, re-mark one set with a different number or letter.
o Take one set of numbered balls and have your playing partner take a set of balls
from the other can.
o Proceed with play, making sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only.
o Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch
the ball with your hands. Use racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other
side of the court.

PLAYER EQUIPMENT:
• Players should disinfect their racket handles after each match.
• Players should bring their own water containers and towels and avoid sharing with others.
Make sure they are CLEARLY MARKED.
• Players should clean /wash clothing, braces, etc. after each practice/competition.

PRACTICE:
• Practice social distancing by staying on player side of the net
• Use “your tennis balls” (see Tennis Balls section).
CONTEST WARM UP:
• See “Practice”.
• Continue to use racket spin method for determining side of court, first serve. Maintain
social distancing.
• Avoid touching gates, fence, etc. if possible.

COMPETITION (AS ALLOWED BY USTA & KSHSAA MODIFICATIONS):
• Tennis not an NFHS rules writing sport. We follow USTA rules with KSHSAA
modifications.
• Avoid participation in large tournaments. Schedule quads or smaller sized groupings with
area schools.
• Play match as intended – players switch ends (go to opposite sides of the court), use “their
chair” throughout the match (see equipment).
• When/if players split sets, coaches may approach players but must maintain at least 6 feet.
• See Tennis Balls
• If a ball from another court comes on court, send it back with a kick or with your racket.
• In absence of scoring devices, players will announce the set score at the beginning of each
game and set.

KSHSAA PROTOCOL MODIFICATIONS:
• Possible modifications at postseason tournaments-introductions, awards, etc.

END OF MATCH:
• In lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect and
sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact; suggestions
include head nod, chest thump, salute, racket clap, etc.
• Winning player/pair will take tennis balls to score table and provide match score.

2020 KSHSAA CROSS COUNTRY CONSIDERATIONS


Transportation Considerations:

Adhere to BOE policies for transportation to/from practices and
contests; clean vehicles before and after each usage; suggestions include single individual per bus seat; staggered bus seating as available; parent support for transporting own child (if within BOE policy);


Locker Room Considerations:

  • Adhere to local school policy for usage; cleaning before and after each usage; suggestions include staggered use by teams of locker rooms; maintaining consistent groupings of students in locker room; clothes cleaned after use; equipment cleaned before storing; Concessions Considerations: Follow CDC guidelines. Consider only bottle drinks and pre-packaged items.
  • Limit cash sales, use credit card.

Crowd Size/Limits Considerations:

  • Consider only allowing a certain number of spectators from each school. May want to consider no spectators.

Admission/Ticketing Considerations:
• Consider cashless admission utilizing digital tickets. Competition/Scheduling Considerations:
• Schools should consider smaller meets (Quads & Tris) vs. large invitational tournaments.
• Schools should consider having Varsity meets on one day and sub-varsity meets on another.
• Schools should consider not traveling so far to meets.
• Consider a reduced number of competitions.

Athlete Considerations:
• Each student is responsible for their own supplies.
• Each student has their own marked water bottle/jug.
• Students should not share clothing/shoes.
• Students should have hand sanitizer.
• Students should wash hands frequently.

Officials Considerations:
• Follow social distancing guideline during Pre-Post Meet conferences with coaches; clerking at
the start line; during tabulation of results.
• Wear a face-covering whenever possible. May want to consider a clear shield.
• Bring personal hand sanitizer.
• Bring their own water bottle.
• Don’t share equipment.
• Consider using electronic whistle.
• Do not shake hands.
• Use a megaphone or loudspeaker for commands

Event Staff Considerations:
• Wear face coverings whenever possible.
• Bring personal hand sanitizer.
• Use gloves when handling equipment.
• Social distancing of 6 feet should be maintained.
• No shaking hands, hugging, high fives.
• Bring their own water bottle.
• Limit contact with runners at finish line area.

Equipment/Facility Considerations:
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
• Consider using finish corrals and FAT timing to distance runners at the finish.
• If no FAT timing system is available consider alternative means of finish place and time to
address congestion at the finish line.
• Consider using image-based equipment at the finish to assist with picking place to avoid congestion.
• Consider staggered start times per team.
• Course measured at least 6 feet wide for as much of course as possible.
• Consider teams running – record times, and leave before next team comes and runs same
course and records times.
• Consider having wider starting boxes and further apart. Teams in every other box.
• Team tents areas limited to only members of the team.
• Spread team tent areas apart so there is at least 6 feet of separation.
• Regular cleaning & disinfecting of restroom and port-a-potties per health department
guidelines.
• Provide hand sanitizer.


Practice Considerations:
• Consider conducting workouts in “pods” of the same students always training and rotating
together in practice to ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection.
• Health screening prior to practice. (see general guidelines)
• Keep accurate records of who attends practice – days and times.
• Consider temperature checks prior to practice. (see general guidelines)
• Athletes are responsible for their own supplies.
• Athletes bring their own water bottle/jug.
• Covered face clothes are permitted.
• Consider limiting the number of students coming to practice.
• Runners should remain 6 feet apart.

Contest warm up Considerations:
• Teams should stay together, don’t intermingle with other schools.
• No pre-race huddles.
• Maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
• Consider wearing mask other than times of physical exertion.
Competition Considerations:
• Widen course – at minimum 6 feet.
• Limit the number of spectators per student.
• Limit the number of runners per race or entries per school.
• Spectators should wear masks.
• Coaches should wear masks.
• Face coverings are permitted for runners.
• Consider having runners wear facemasks, in the starting box, until start of race and then
remove.
• Competitors may wear face-covering prior to race starting and then take it off after race has
started.
• Athletes bring their own water bottle.
• Athletes are responsible for their own supplies.
• Recommend staggering starts to allow fewer runners per race.Possible alternative starts – interval starts, “wave” starts vs. mass starts.
o If “wave” starts are used – consider having all #1 runners be the first wave, #2 runners
be the 2nd wave, #3 runners the 3rd wave, etc.
o If interval starts (runners start one at a time at timed intervals) are used with 15-20
second intervals – consider starting the #1’s first, followed by #2’s, etc. Bibs match the
start order.
o If interval starts (runners start one at a time at timed intervals) are used with 15-20
second intervals – consider having runners from the same school going every interval.
Bibs match the start order.
• Consider no awards ceremony. Provide medals and trophies to coach to distribute.

End of Race Considerations:
• In lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect and
sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact; suggestions include
head nod, chest thump, salute, etc.
• At completion of race return to team tent area, don’t mingle.
• Use water from individual cups or from personal water bottle

KSHSAA BOYS SOCCER

Competition Scheduling/Contracts Considerations:

  • School Administrators/Soccer Coaches should prepare to be flexible with contracts regarding
    late cancellations of schools/teams given current health status of schools/team members. If a
    team is unable to compete due to health concerns/COVID-19, no forfeit will be required. May
    reschedule contest; otherwise, no contest takes place.
  • Schedule/host schools/teams from a closer geographical area; reduce travel from other regions
    of Kansas and surrounding states.
  • Consider not scheduling/hosting or participating in multi-team invitational tournaments.
  • For any tournaments, consider playing first round games at higher seed sites instead of at one
    common site to reduce number of schools/teams at one site.
  • Allow for competitions to take longer due to safety/sanitation protocol.
  • Consider scheduling only one competition per week.
  • Consider alternate game nights for various levels (non-varsity and varsity).
  • Consider playing a reduced regular season schedule; not required to play 16 games.
    Transportation Considerations:
  • Adhere to local Board of Education/District policies for transportation to/from practices and contests; clean/sanitize vehicles before and after each usage; considerations include single individual per bus seat; staggered bus seating as available; parent support for transporting own child (if within BOE policy).

Locker Room Considerations:

  • Adhere to local school policy for usage; cleaning before and after each usage; suggestions include
  • staggered use by teams of locker rooms; maintaining consistent groupings of students in locker room;
  • clothes cleaned after use; equipment cleaned before storing.
  • Concessions Considerations:
  • Follow CDC guidelines. Consider only bottle drinks and pre-packaged items.
  • Admission/Ticketing Considerations:
  • Consider cashless admission utilizing digital tickets.

Competition Hosting Considerations:
Pre-Competition Health Screen and Temperature Check

  • Consider having each individual involved (workers, officials, students, coaches) completing a
    health screening/questionnaire and a temperature check immediately prior to a competition.
    These could either be done off-site under the supervision of each participating school or on-site
    as schools arrive and check in.
  • Health screening/questionnaire including temperature should be turned in by all individuals.
    Cleaning/Sanitizing
  • Have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, sanitizing cleaners in each team’s locker room, officials’
    room, team bench areas on field, and scorer/officials’ table on field.
  • Clean/Sanitize locker rooms, officials’ room, team bench areas, and scorer/officials’ table before
    and after each use.
  • Encourage all involved individuals to use hand sanitizer or wash hands before, during, and after
    a competition.
  • Consider cleaning/sanitizing of restrooms and other common areas before, during, and after a
    competition.
  • Clothes/Uniforms (including pinnies) and towels cleaned/washed after each use.
  • Athletes should not share pinnies, towels or any other equipment/supplies. Label with names.
  • Shin guards cleaned/sanitized after each use by the athletes.
  • Balls cleaned/sanitized before and after each game. Also, during the game, ball holders can
    clean/sanitize balls. See Ball-Cleaning Guidelines. Easiest method is simply wiping down balls
    with disinfectant wipes.
    Masks
  • Communicating to workers and participating schools current mask regulations for
    state/county/school.
  • Ask all involved to have their own mask. Have extra masks on hand for workers/participants.
  • Consider having individuals in team bench areas and at the scorer/officials’ table to wear masks.
  • Consider having plexiglass/clear plastic barrier in front of ticket/admissions and concessions
    workers.
  • If allowing spectators to attend, consider having them wear masks at all times.
    Social Distancing
  • Consider extending team bench areas and officials’ table area if needed up to the penalty areas
    and may mark off 6 feet sections to help with social distancing.
  • Consider having team bench areas on opposite sides of the field and possibly at diagonals to
    minimize interactions with sideline official.
  • Ball Holders should maintain 6 feet social distancing from others.
  • Spectator considerations may include not allowing any, limiting numbers, marking off 6 feet
    sections in bleacher seating, removing bleachers and asking spectators to bring their own chairs
    to use in specified/marked areas.
    Food/Beverages
  • Bottled beverages with names on them are recommended. Each participant should have their
    own drink container.

Soccer Rules Considerations:
Pregame Conference (NFHS Rule 5-2-2d)

  • Limit attendees to head referee or center referee, the head coach from each team, and a single
    captain from each team.
  • Move the location of the pregame conference to center of the field. All individuals maintain a
    social distance of 6 feet.
  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.
    Substitution Procedures (NFHS Rule 3-4)
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the substitute, officials and/or teammate(s) by
    encouraging substitutions to occur closer to the center line.
    Officials Table (NFHS Rule 6-2; 6-3)
  • Limit to essential personnel which includes home team scorer and timer with a recommend
    distance of 6 feet between individuals. Visiting team personnel (scorer, statisticians, etc.) are
    not deemed essential personnel and will need to find an alternative location.
    Pre and Post Match Ceremony Considerations:
  • Suspend the pregame world cup introduction line and send players to their field positions with
    bench personnel lined up on the touch line (6 feet apart) for introductions.
  • Suspend post game protocol of shaking hands/high-fives/fist bumps.
    Soccer Rules Interpretations:
    Legal Uniform (NFHS Rule 4-1)
  • Long sleeves are permissible.
  • Long pants are permissible.
  • Under garments are permissible but must be of a similar length for the individual and a solid like
    color for team.
    Equipment and Accessories (NFHS Rule 4-2)
  • Cloth face coverings are permissible.
  • Gloves are permissible.
    Officials Uniform and Equipment (NFHS Rule 5-3)
  • By state association adoption, long-sleeved shirt/jackets are permissible.
  • Electronic whistles are permissible (supplies are limited).
  • Choose a whistle whose tone will carry outside.
    • Fox 40 Mini
    • Fox 40 Unisex Electronic – 3 tone
    • Ergo-Guard – 3 tone – orange
    • Windsor – 3 tone – grey
  • Check the market for other choices.
  • Cloth face coverings are permissible.
  • Gloves are permissible.
  • May consider asking officials to come dressed to competitions (locker room not provided).
  • Have a separate restroom for officials when possible.
  • Best scenario is to provide a separate room for officials that is large enough to allow social
    distancing of 6 feet and allow officials access to a shower.
  • Any food/beverages provided to officials should be prepackaged/bottled or ask officials to bring
    their own.

Practice Considerations:

  • Consider conducting workouts in “pods” of the same students always training and rotating together in practice to ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection.
  • Health screening prior to practice. (see general guidelines)
  • Keep accurate records of who attends practice – days and times.
  • Consider temperature checks prior to practice. (see general guidelines)
  • Athletes are responsible for their own supplies. Label items with names.
  • Athletes bring their own water bottle/jug labeled with name.
  • No sharing of towels, pinnies, shin guards, etc. Wash and disinfect items after each use.
  • Covered face cloths are permitted and should be worn except during conditioning (6 feet apart) and active play. Coaches/managers/trainers should wear at all times.
  • Consider limiting the number of students coming to practice.
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet apart) whenever possible even during team meetings.
  • Refer to cleaning/sanitizing considerations provided in this document.

2020 GIRLS GYMNASTICS CONSIDERATIONS

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS:
• Screening (See General Guidelines).
• Social distancing of at least 6 feet should be maintained at all times. No hugging, shaking
hands, or fist bumps for support/encouragement.
• Consider wearing a cloth facial covering for non-coaching staff, coaching staff, and
student-athletes.
o Student athletes should consider wearing cloth facial covering while in the facility
and when moving from each apparatus, but not while participating on the
equipment as the mask could come off, move, or become a distraction and
increase the risk of injury.
• Social distancing should be in practice while waiting for a turn on the apparatus or
moving from one event to another. Communicate gym policies clearly to participants and
parents.
• Everyone should wash and sanitize their hands before entering and leaving the gym and
must wash/sanitize their hands between rotation to different events.

GYMNASTS:
• Consider making each student responsible for their own supplies
• Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing (do not share clothing), and
individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.
• Hand sanitizer should be plentiful at all contests and practices.
• Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
• See GYM BAG -P2-3-GYM
OFFICIALS/JUDGES:
• Bring personal hand sanitizer. Wash hands frequently.
• Don’t share equipment.
• Follow social distancing guidelines.
• Space judges 3-6 feet apart at judging tables.
• Do not shake hands and follow pre and post meet ceremony guidelines established by state
associations.
• Judges and meet personnel may wear face coverings.


COACHES, EVENT STAFF:
• Communicate your guidelines in a clear manner to students and parents.
• Athlete safety is paramount. Coaches should not be restricted from spotting an athlete if
necessary, to protect the athlete from injury.
• Expectations regarding spotting or alternative teaching/coaching methods should be clearly
communicated repeatedly during practice.
• Follow CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.
• Follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the building.
• Coaches may wear gloves when adjusting equipment.

EQUIPMENT/FACILITY:
• Contact equipment manufacturers for specifics on proper cleaning protocols for their
equipment. Continued use of disinfectant chemicals may reduce the life of the product.
The application of disinfectant chemicals may have unintended results and place the
gymnast at risk of injury.
• Remove common chalk bowls. Chalk bowls frequently become talking places for athletes.
Gymnasts will need to provide their own chalk container.
• Equipment should be wiped down with a dry, clean towel between rotations. DO NOT
apply a liquid or disinfecting agent. Towels should not be re-used.

PRACTICE:
• Consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students always training and rotating
together on apparatus in practice to ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an
infection.
• Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact
tracing is needed.


KSHSAA PROTOCOL /MODIFICATIONS:
• Limit the size of events to quads or less, if possible
• Opening March – maintain social distancing.
• Postseason Meet Awards – Will space gymnasts 6’ apart when presenting awards.
• Coach will give their gymnast their award.

END OF MATCH:
• In lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect and
sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact; suggestions
include head nod, chest thump, salute, etc.

GYMNASTS BAG – SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR YOUR PERSONAL GYM BAG

  1. A reusable cloth facial coverings/mask – The mask, must be worn when entering the
    building and anytime you leave the gym. Once you have entered the workout area, you
    can put your mask into a baggie inside your gym bag. However, you must abide by the at
    least 6’ apart rule at all times while in the workout area.
  2. Grips, wristbands and any braces that are normally used during practices will stay in your
    gym bag.
  3. Include a travel size spray bottle filled with water to spray your grips. Be sure to keep
    the spray bottle inside a Ziploc bag in case it leaks.
  4. Personal bottle of hand sanitizer = less chance of possible cross contamination and less
    time standing around waiting to use a shared gym bottle – be sure to have this inside a
    Ziploc bag, in case it leaks. This will be used before each event and when exiting the
    building.
  5. Disinfectant wipes for personal use to disinfect your feet – can be alcohol wipes. These
    will be used when entering, after each event and before exiting.
  6. 1 ½” white athletic tape and any other tape you normally use during practice.
  7. Fingernail clippers – flat edge instead of round because they are for cutting rips
  8. Personal water bottles for drinking– the water fountains will not be in use because of
    CDC guidelines. Bring two bottles if you think you will drink that much water. CLEARLY
    MARK WITH NAME & DO NOT SHARE WITH OTHERS.
  9. Your shoes will also be stored in your gym bag, in a separate compartment or bag that is
    inside your gym bag. Preventing possible cross-contamination with other items in the gym
    bag.
  10. A Gallon size freezer Ziploc bag or plastic container big enough to get your hands into.
    Each gymnast will be given chalk for their personal use. There will not be any shared chalk
    buckets available in the gym.
    Everything inside the gym bag must be disinfected after every practice/meet – before you return to the gym again. Be sure the disinfectant doesn’t contain bleach – it could ruin your bag. Be sure to spray the inside and the outside of the bag as well. This is for everyone’s protection; we don’t want to take a chance of carrying any potential virus back and forth.

2020 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CONSIDERATIONS

OFFICIALS & EVENT PERSONNEL:
• Coaches and other event personnel must wear masks.
• Schools should have officials’ information and team info in order to track contacts
(officials may be accessible through Arbiter.)
• Officials will arrive onsite in their officiating attire; a locker room will not be provided.
• A separate bathroom should be provided for officials when possible.
• Officials should bring their own food and water CLEARLY MARKED.
• Electronic whistles are allowed, but not required.
• Officials should bring their own pen to sign the lineup sheets and score book.
• Officials may but are not required to wear a mask while working but will wear a mask
between matches.
• Scorer’s table – scorekeeper, libero tracker and scoreboard operator should be 3- 6 feet
apart when possible and wear masks.
• Officials will not be expected to monitor physical distancing; each person is responsible.
• Cleaning supplies should be available on site. Host schools will be responsible for cleaning
score table, team benches, and officials stand between matches.

PLAYER CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT
• Clothing/towels/knee pads should be washed and cleaned after every workout &
competition.
• Player braces, equipment, etc. should be cleaned after each use/wearing.
• Players should provide their own water bottle and towel CLEARLY MARKED WITH
THEIR NAME (don’t share with others)

GAME EQUIPMENT, EQUIPMENT, FACILITY:
• The officials stand should be cleaned after each match.
• Nets, standards and officials stands should be cleaned and sanitized after set up and before
each match.
They should be cleaned before storage.
• Ball carts, net padding, etc. should be cleaned with a disinfectant at the end of the day.
• Schools will provide their own volleyballs for warm-up. The host school will provide ball
carts for use.
• Volleyballs should be cleaned (see attached information) at the end of the day. Clean game
balls
should be rotated into the match at the end of each game/set.
• Team benches should be cleaned at the end of each match (NOTE: teams will not change
benches unless the coach and official deem a disadvantage to a team). Should they switch
sides, benches will need to be disinfected and players/personnel will observe social
distancing.


BALL CLEANING INFO:

• Many inquiries regarding how best to clean and/or sanitize volleyballs. In brief analysis,
the use of sanitizing wipes inclusive of bleach or similar disinfectant have proven to be
effective against emerging viral pathogens. However due to the porous surface of the
leather and composite volleyballs, tests have not confirmed the ability to kill the novel
coronavirus. When using the wipes, it is suggested to place the wipe in one hand while
thoroughly rotating the ball to ensure cleaning of the entire surface.
• Once the entire surface has been cleansed, the ball will need to dry prior to being placed
back in use. Please note due to the chemical properties in the wipes, some of the ink on the
ball may be removed. Alcohol wipes have resulted in damage to the product and are
not recommended at this time.
• Please note this is not a recommended practice for regular use when the need for sanitizing
volleyballs is not a concern. See General Guidelines.

PRACTICE:
• Consider work-outs in “pods” of the same students using the same balls.
• Players will follow general guidelines outlined in this document.
• Players should practice social distancing as often as possible.
• After practice and competition, players will wash their hands, wear face masks and practice
social distancing.


CONTEST WARM UP:
• Match warm-up will be conducted as stated in the KSHSAA Volleyball Manual (20/10
minutes). NOTE: Schools may adjust the warm-up time but will follow the warm-up
stages/steps outlined on page 20-21 of the 2020-2021 KSHSAA Volleyball Manual.

COMPETITION (AS ALLOWED BY NFHS RULES):
• No pre-game and post-game handshakes/high-fives/fist bumps.
• Each team is responsible for its own hand sanitizer and its own med kit.
• Recommend face coverings be worn during the pre match meeting. Captains will not
attend.
• Players and team personnel on the team bench will practice social distancing and wear
masks.
• Only athletes will touch the balls. Players will retrieve stray balls. Ball should be set on the
floor during a timeout.
• A sanitized back up ball should be available at the score table (someone needs to be
designated to sanitize the ball(s).)
• Players would need to use hand sanitizer before entering and when exiting the court during
substitutions or with libero; no hand touching allowed during substitutions (sanitizer could
be set up on a chair at end of bench.)
• Each school is responsible to bring towels to wipe up sweat off the floor; host schools are
recommended to provide a roll of paper towels at the scorer’s table.
• Players should avoid huddles after each dead ball. Officials will issue delay of game if
prolonged.

NFHS RULES MODIFICATIONS & NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION
RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. VOLLEYBALL RULES CONSIDERATIONS
    Prematch Conference (1-2-4a; 1-6-2; 1-6-3; 2-1-10; 5-4-1h, k; 5-6-1; 7-1-1; 7-1-1
    PENALTIES 1; 9-1a; 12- 2-3)
    ▪ Limit attendees to one coach from each team, first referee and second referee.
    ▪ Move the location of the prematch conference to center court with one coach
    and one referee positioned on each side of the net. All four individuals maintain
    a social distance of 3 to 6 feet.
    ▪ Suspend the use of the coin toss to determine serve/receive. The visiting team
    will serve first in set 1 and alternate first serve for the remaining non-deciding
    sets. Volleyball Contingency Planning Committee Recommendations Page 3
    ▪ Suspend roster submission at the prematch conference. Rosters are submitted
    directly to the officials’ table before the 10-minute mark.
  2. Team Benches (5-4-4b, 9-1-2, 9-1-2 NOTE, 9-3-3b)
    ▪ Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches between sets. In the event
    there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all
    social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.
    ▪ Limit bench personnel to observe social distancing of 3 to 6 feet.
    ▪ Limit bench occupants to essential personnel.
  3. Deciding Set Procedures [1-2-4b, 5-4-4c, 5-5-3b(26), 9-2-3c]
    ▪ Move the location of the deciding set coin toss to center court with team
    captains and the second referee maintaining the appropriate social distance of 3
    to 6 feet. A coin toss, called by the home team, will decide serve/receive.
    ▪ Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches before a deciding set. In the
    event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides,
    observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a
    disadvantage is present.
  4. Substitution Procedures (2-1-7, 10-2-1, 10-2-3, 10-2-4)
    ▪ Maintain social distancing of 3 to 6 feet between the second referee and the
    player and substitute by encouraging substitutions to occur within the
    substitution zone closer to the attack line.
  5. Officials Table (3-4)
    ▪ Limit to essential personnel which includes home team scorer, libero tracker
    and timer with a recommend distance of 3 to 6 feet between individuals.
    Visiting team personnel (scorer, statisticians, etc.) are not deemed essential
    personnel and will need to find an alternative location.
  6. VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS MANUAL CONSIDERATIONS
    ➢ Pre and Post Match Ceremony
    ▪ Establish volleyball specific social distancing match protocols including the
    elimination of handshakes before and after the match.
    ▪ Pre-match protocol: When directed by R1, starters to their endline; 2nd whistle,
    on court to take their positions.
    ▪ Post-match protocol: When the R1 signals “End of Match”, players will utilize
    an appropriate sign of respect and sportsmanship directed to their opponent
    and then exit the court to their team bench.
  7. VOLLEYBALL RULES INTERPRETATIONS
    ➢ Rule 4-1 EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES
    ▪ Cloth face coverings are permissible. (4-1-4)
    ▪ Gloves are permissible. (4-1-1)
    ➢ Rule 4-2 LEGAL UNIFORM
    ▪ Long sleeves are permissible. (4-2-1)
    ▪ Long pants are permissible. (4-2-1i (1))
    ▪ Under garments are permissible, but must be unadorned and of a single, solid
    color similar to the uniform short.
  8. KSHSAA MODIFICATIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS:
    • Regular season – Schools should avoid participation in large tournaments; recommend that
    contest groupings be quad size or smaller; recommend that participating teams be league
    or other neighboring schools.
    • Postseason – Modifications will be made as conditions allow – introductions, awards, etc.
    END OF MATCH:
    • In lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect and
    sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact;
    suggestionsinclude head nod, chest thump with fist, salute, etc.

2020 KSHSAA FOOTBALL CONSIDERATIONS

With support of the NFHS, the KSHSAA Sports Medicine Committee and the KSHSAA
Executive Board, we offer this document as guidance to the member schools of the
KSHSAA to consider for the 2020 football season. The considerations outlines are meant
to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by encouraging social distancing,
limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel and allowing for
appropriate and reasonable protective equipment. With the considerations the KSHSAA
believes these reasonable accommodations will help with risk mitigation for the upcoming
football season.

  1. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS:
    ❖ Before, during and after a practice or contest, players, coaches, game officials,
    team personnel and game administration officials should wash and sanitize their
    hands as often as possible.
    ❖ Always maintain social distancing guidelines while on the sideline, the practice
    field, and the field of play, when possible.
    ❖ Everyone should have their own beverage container (identifiable water bottle) that
    is not shared. Disposable cups are a consideration, if not handled by too many
    people.
    ❖ Face coverings are permissible and recommended for all coaches and team and
    game administration officials. School district policy should be followed.
    ❖ Gloves are permissible for all coaches, team staff, and game administration
    officials.
    ❖ Keep non-essential personnel off the sidelines and practice fields throughout
    a contest and practice.
    ❖ If available, dressing facilities for game officials and teams should be large
    enough for them to use social distancing guidelines and should be properly
    cleaned and sanitized prior to their arrival each day. Schools should consider
    using staggering locker room guidelines to minimize the number of athletes
    entering, dressing, and leaving the locker room at one time.
    ❖ The schools should establish a protocol on cleaning and sanitizing of all player
    equipment (helmets, shoulder pads, etc.), and locker room on a routine basis to
    mitigate risk. Participants can be required to clean their own equipment daily, as
    the protocol from the school.
    ❖ Encourage, educate, and stress the importance of behavioral patterns that mitigate
    the spread, so each athlete has an opportunity to start and finish the 2020 season.
    ❖ The line-to-gain crew (chain crew) should always wear face coverings.
    ❖ Huddle formations should be modified. Huddles should not be formed in a circle,
    but in rows. Not huddling helps a great deal with social distancing.
    ❖ For 2020, Jamborees are discouraged. Not having a jamboree will limit one
    exposure to help with the season ahead. If you choose to compete in a
    Jamboree, then we will permit them to be two teams, three teams or four
    teams for 2020 only.
  2. PRACTICE CONSIDERATIONS:
    ❖ Practice may look different then it has over the years. Using best practice to
    mitigate exposure, as stated in the general guidelines is a valuable step.
    ❖ Maintain static small groups when possible.
    ❖ Limit the amount of team activities.
    ❖ Maintain social distancing guidelines when not involved in direct activity.
    ❖ No non-essential personnel should be on the practice field.
    ❖ Face coverings should be worn by coaches and essential personnel unless social
    distancing guidelines are being met.
    ❖ Follow the water bottle considerations.
  3. GAME – FOOTBALL RULE CONSIDERATIONS:
    ❖ TEAM BOX (Rule 1-2-3g)
    • The team box may be extended on both sides of the field to the 10-yard
    lines (for players only) to provide more social distancing space for the
    team.
    • Always maintain social distancing of 6 feet while in the team box.
    • Do not share uniforms, towels and other apparel and equipment.
    ❖ BALLS (Rule 1-3-2)
    • The football should be cleaned and sanitized before, throughout and after
    each practice and competition as recommended by the ball manufacturer.
    • The game ball holders should always maintain social distancing guidelines
    during a contest.
    ❖ FACE MASKS / FACE COVERINGS {Rule 1-5-1a, 1—5-3c (4)}
    • Face coverings are permitted to be worn directly over the mouth and nose.
    • Approved plastic splash guards are permitted by must be NOCSA and
    NFHS approved and be clear without the presence of any tint.
    • If at any time during the game, a face shield becomes damaged or does not
    function as designed, then the individual player should be sent out for a
    minimum of one play to remedy the issue. If the individual can remedy
    the issue, without delay, then they can stay on the field, just like a helmet
    coming unsnapped.
    ❖ GLOVES (Rule 1-5-2b)
    • Gloves are permissible but still must comply with Rule 1-5-2b by meeting
    either the NOCSAE Standard or the SFIA Specifications.
    • Gloves should be cleaned and sanitized after each practice and
    competition.
    ❖ TOOTH AND MOUTH PROTECTORS (Rule 1-5-1d)
    • Tooth and mouth protectors should be cleaned and sanitized after each
    practice and competition.
    • Should never be shared
    • Should be handled as few times as possible with your hands. Keep them
    in your mouth.
    ❖ CHARGED TIME-OUTS & AUTHORIZED CONFERENCES (Rule 2-6-2,
    3-5-3, 3-5-8)
    • All charged time-outs will be two minutes in length. This is to facilitate
    proper individual hydration getting individual water bottles to players and
    for coaching. Per rule, play may resume earlier if both teams are ready for
    play.
    • The authorized conference for charged time-outs should take place
    between the 7 or 9-yard marks and not on the sideline for social distancing
    purposes. It will be permissible for more than one coach to be involved in
    these conferences and for technology to be used.
    • Each game official, player and coach should have their own beverage
    container (water bottle) brought out to them on the field. Disposable cups
    could also be used, but there should be consideration given to the number
    of people handling these cups. Each school should develop a system to
    provide water to officials. Considerations may be to have ball boys or
    designated chain gang members to deliver water to officials at appropriate
    times, or to station the water bottles for all officials behind each goal post.
    ❖ INTERMISSION BETWEEN PERIOD AND AFTER SCORING (Rule 3-5-
    7)
    • The intermission may be extended to a maximum of two minutes between
    the first and second and the third and fourth periods and following a try,
    successful field goal or safety, and prior to the succeeding free kick.
  4. FOOTBALL GAME OFFICIALS CONSIDERATIONS:
    ❖ GAME OFFICIALS UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT
    • Electronic whistles are permissible but not required (supplies are limited).
    The tone should carry outside.
    • Face coverings are permissible, but not required.
    • Gloves are permissible, but not required.
    • Do not share uniforms, towels, water bottle and other apparel and
    equipment.
    ❖ PREGAME CONFERENCE, COIN TOSS AND OVERTIME
    PROCEDURES

    • For the coin toss, limit attendees to the referee, umpire and no more than
    two representatives from each team. You are permitted to forego the pregame coin toss in the middle of the field if the coin toss has already taken
    place.
    • The coin toss should take place in the center of the field with designated
    individuals maintaining social distancing requirements.
    • No handshakes prior to and following the coin toss.
    • Maintain social distancing while performing all pregame responsibilities
    with all officiating crew members, game administration staff, line-to-gain
    crew, clock operators, individuals handling the balls during the game and
    team personnel.
    • For the overtime procedure, please use the same procedures as used at the
    start of the contest for the coin toss.
    ❖ LOCKER ROOMS
    • School should communicate locker room availability to officials in
    advance. Whenever possible, schools should provide adequate space for
    social distancing to be maintained while officials change before and after a
    game. In addition, shower facilities need to be offered to officials, so
    proper hygiene guidelines can be met to mitigate the spread of the virus
    back to their homes.
    ❖ SIDELINES
    • The sidelines should be clear for you to work the game. Officials need to
    make sure coaches are in their coaching box and players are in their
    designated areas, as social distancing guidelines are vital for the mitigation
    of the spread. Coaches should not need to be told to be in their designated
    areas. No exceptions!
  5. PRE AND POST GAME CONSIDERATIONS:
    ❖ Suspend the pregame protocol of shaking hands during introductions.
    ❖ Suspend the postgame protocol of shaking hands.
    ❖ in lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect
    and sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact;
    suggestions include head nod, chest thump, salute, etc.
  6. TRAVEL:
    ❖ Follow school district guidelines and protocols.
    ❖ Consider face coverings for all individuals. This includes players, coaches,
    student managers and the bus driver. Mitigating the spread is important with the
    longer time together on a bus.
  7. MEDIA:
    ❖ Follow the guidelines and stay out of the player box and coaches box areas of the
    field. Therefore, media should not be on the sideline from the 10-yard line to the
    opposite 10-yard line.
    ❖ Face coverings should be worn when social distancing guidelines cannot be met.

2020 KSHSAA SPIRIT CONSIDERATIONS

Judges:
• Chairs should be 6 feet apart for everyone sitting at the judging and tabulation tables.
Event Staff:
• Make sure all county and USD guidelines for COVID-19 are followed by all attendees.

Equipment/Facility:
• Both warmup and performance mats should be cleaned/sanitized between each group’s
warmup and performance.
o Check with mat manufacture for guidelines on cleaning mats.
• Public restrooms should be cleaned once per hour
• Locker rooms (squad area) should be assigned and one squad per area.
• Follow all county and USD guidelines for COVID-19

Practice:
• Clean mats and practice surfaces between each practice
o Check with mat manufacture for guidelines on cleaning mats.
• Wash hands frequently and social distance when available.
• Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol should be readily available.
• Maintain common partners, small static groups

Competition (as allowed by NFHS Rules):
• Clean mats and practice surfaces between each practice
o Check with mat manufacture for guidelines on cleaning mats.
• Face coverings are recommended for everyone in attendance.
• 6’ Social Distancing for all attendees when possible.

NFHS Rules modifications:

  1. Spirit Rules Considerations
    • Cheerleading and Dance General Risk Management (2-1-14, 2-1-16):
    Sideline and playing surface placement during game. Participants should be appropriately
    spaced on the court, field or sideline to ensure proper social
    distancing.
    • Cheerleading Apparel / Accessories (3-1-1):
    Jewelry of any kind is prohibited except for thefollowing: A religious medal without a
    chain is allowed and must be taped and worn under the uniform. A medical-alert medal
    must be taped and may be visible. Masks may be worn but are not required.
    No masks may be worn in routines that involve stunting. Any mask worn during a
    routine that does not involve stunting but involves tumbling must be taped and secure.
    • Dance Apparel / Accessories (4-1-1):
    Jewelry of any kind is prohibited except for the following:
    A religious medal without a chain is allowed and must be taped and worn under the
    uniform. A medical-alert medal must be taped and may be visible. Masks may be worn
    but are not required.
    No masks may be worn in routines that involve stunting. Any mask worn during a
    routine that does not involve stunting but involves tumbling must be taped and secure.
  2. Other Spirit Considerations
    • Cheerleading and Dance General Risk Management:
    Judge placement during adjudicated performance and competition. Judges, officials,
    adjudicators, etc. should be appropriately spaced to ensure proper social distancing.
    KSHSAA Protocol modifications:
    • TBD after the NFHS aerosol disbursement study is complete.
    End of Match:
    • In lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect and
    sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact; suggestions
    include head nod, chest thump, salute, etc.

2020 KSHSAA DEBATE CONSIDERATIONS

Festival/Competition Judges/Adjudicators:
• Judges should wear masks and be seated at least 6 feet apart.
Event Staff:
• All staff should wear masks and social distance at least 6 feet apart.
• Conduct check-in by coach only (team does not report to table)
Equipment/Facility:
• Facility bathrooms should be cleaned multiple times throughout the day during all day
tournaments.
• For in-person competition, set up rooms to allow social distancing
• Clean rooms between rounds
Practice:
• Masks should always be worn indoors.
• Social distancing of at least 6 feet when possible.
• Classes and practices should be moved outdoors when possible.
Festival/Competition “Virtual”:
• See KSHSAA Virtual Debate Manual Supplemental
Competition (as allowed by NFHS Rules):
• See NFHS Return to Debate/Speech/Drama Guidelines (TBD) after the NFHS aerosol
disbursement study is completed.
End of event:
• In lieu of handshakes, please develop and utilize an appropriate sign of respect and
sportsmanship that does not include handshake or other physical contact; suggestions
include head nod, chest thump, salute, etc.
2020-21 KSHSA

2020-21 KSHSAA MUSIC CONSIDERATIONS

Facilities: See NFHS Return To School Guidance with Music Education
Teachers: See NFHS Return To School Guidance with Music Education
Equipment: See NFHS Instrument Cleaning Guidelines
Rehearsals: See NFHS Return To School Guidance with Music Education
Marching Band Festival warm up: See NFHS Return To School Guidance with Music
Education

Marching Band Competition (as allowed by KSHSAA Rules): See NFHS Return To School
Guidance with Music Education

KSHSAA Protocol modifications: KSHSAA Summer Marching Band Guidelines

Preliminary Mitigation Strategies
• Masks (slits for mouth opening when playing wind instruments)
• This includes Marching Band (outside) and Orchestra (inside) rehearsals
• Distancing (6’ x 6’, trombones 6’ x 9’)
• 50 denier hose bell covers
• Clarinet bags
• Face shields
• Extra Ventilation (i.e. Hepa Filters = Air scrubbers)
• Smaller group rehearsals
• 30-45 minutes maximum per group rehearsals
• Air ventilation between classes
• Straight rehearsal rows not normal curved rows
• Spit valves emptied onto “puppy pads” or similar pad on the floor and appropriately

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