LHSAA spells out COVID-19 related guidelines, restrictions for all fall sports

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The LHSAA issued its general guidelines for fall sport competitions Thursday.

The 17-page document detailed operating procedures and restrictions for cross country, football, swimming, and volleyball and answered frequently asked, if not all questions.

Among the requirements, athletes, coaches must fill out a questionnaire answering questions that are health-related prior to competing.

Fans can attend at a 25 percent capacity rate but must wear face coverings.

Cheerleaders, band and dance team members can attend and participate but must maintain distancing.

Media can attend, on a controlled basis, but must be screened and maintain adequate distancing from the bench area.

Any individual who screens positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate and must then quarantine for 14 days.

Cross Country will have staggered start times with only two spectators, per competing athlete. The starting line and finishing line will be in different locations. There will be no awards ceremonies.

Football includes social distancing in the bench area with manageable numbers on the roster for games, depending on the school and size of the team. There will be face coverings for the coin toss, halftime and post-game gatherings. No handshakes or hugs can take place. Press box facilities are for official personnel only with limited numbers.

Swimming includes limiting entries to a manageable number. Swimmers must wear a mask until the start of the race and must be spaced six feet apart. Girls and boys events would be held separately. Relays are not required and are at the discretion of the host team.

Volleyball includes all coaches, athletes, officials and personnel wearing a mask. Volleyball matches have been taking place around the state since last week.

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