Play it protected: SDHSAA mandates modifications for fall sports activities
With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic nonetheless looming, the SDHSAA handed a lot of rule modifications for the 2020 fall sports activities season.
The affiliation organized a activity pressure in July, consisting of medical professionals, state workplace representatives, SDHSAA board of administrators, superintendents and athletic administrators.
The duty pressure was additionally aided by the Nationwide Federation of State Excessive Faculty Associations with its tips for South Dakota.
“The Nationwide Federation of State Excessive Faculty Associations got here out with some nationwide tips together with some sports activities particular adoptions,” SDHSAA Assistant Government Director John Krogstrand stated. “So I might say that 95-99 p.c of what we’re doing is derived from that nationwide doc.”
From there, suggestions from SDHSAA workers on these rule modifications fall below three classes: necessary, optionally available and impermissible.
Necessary: rule modifications that have to be adopted till additional suggested
Non-obligatory: guidelines allowances which may be utilized if desired till additional suggested
Impermissible: objects that aren’t allowed by SDHSAA rule
Every fall sport has rule modifications established for it and they’re on SDHSAA’s web site.
“Some issues are simply form of widespread sense all the best way throughout the board to attempt to mitigate threat as greatest can and maintain our athletes, individuals and spectators as protected as attainable,” Krogstrand stated.
Essentially the most noticeable modifications are the elimination of handshakes — each previous to and after contests. Particular person introductions of gamers/tunnel traces from contests have been eradicated. Beginning lineups will be launched, however not with the run-through motion of athletes as names are known as. In soccer and volleyball, gamers keep at their respective sidelines and wave to their opponents after the competition is over.
In soccer, sport balls are rotated extra steadily than beforehand allowed to make sure cleansing and sanitization of balls between downs. The chain-gain crews shall be situated on the house workforce’s sideline. The crews shall not enter the taking part in discipline. If a measurement is required, officers ought to ship chains to the sector, not the chain crew.
In volleyball, hand sanitizer shall be obtainable for athletes/coaches to make use of upon coming into and exiting the competition.
Tennis gamers are required to make use of numbered units of tennis balls, with a special quantity for every competitor/doubles workforce, and solely deal with their numbered tennis balls. The tennis balls are to be cleaned with Lysol or Clorox.
No-touch scorecards are a compulsory modification for golf and to observe guidelines revealed by the host course and USGA tips which can be in place for spectators, opponents and coaches. This contains leaving the flagstick and hole-barrier in place if the course is utilizing that system for normal season play.
An optionally available modification for volleyball is to strongly encourage using digital whistles for officers. In cross-country, the course have to be widened to make sure six-feet of width at its most slim level is a compulsory modification.
In each golf and cross-country, there are not any awards ceremonies following contests and no draping of medals on opponents.
Krogstrand stated among the modifications may appear mundane, but additionally obligatory to be able to proceed taking part in a fall season and decrease dangers of publicity.
“If we let our guard down, in the end we may find yourself in a situation like we had this previous winter, the place swiftly we don’t have a standard conclusion to the seasons,” Krogstrand stated.