CC Athletic Competition Guidelines
Travel and Game Day Operations
1. Mask / Face Coverings
a. Follow CDC recommended face coverings
2. Bus / Vans
a. Vans may be used to transport student-athletes who are members of very small teams, with a maximum of three student-athletes plus the driver in the van; seating, sanitation, and risk mitigation protocols required for buses must also be applied in vans.
b. Bus occupancy may not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity.
c. Bus seating must be assigned (and represented on a seating chart) with as much distance between individuals as possible, and always at a minimum of 6 feet.
d. Strategic seating assignments should maintain pods and tiers that have been used during practice. Changing seats should not be allowed.
e. Buses must go directly, without stopping, from the visiting team’s home location to the site of competition. Similarly, no stopping will be permitted on the return trip.
f. Individuals traveling on the bus may eat pre or post-game grab-and-go meals before departure from their home campus or from the site of competition outdoors or in a space that allows for increased physical distancing.
g. Eating inside restaurants, convenience stores, or any other source of foods is strictly prohibited.
h. Plates, utensils, cups, etc. must be disposable and condiments must be made available in single-serve packages.
a. Travel parties must be limited to the student-athletes who will be playing in the competition and essential athletics staff members only.
b. No overnights and no hotel stays may be permitted.
c. Contests must be scheduled to ensure that visiting teams do not have to depart their home campus before pre-travel test results are received.
4. Arrival at the Competition Ste
a. All members of the visiting teams travel party will be required to wear a face-covering from the team bus to the team area/facility.
5. Physical Distancing
a. Student-athletes will remain in their designated team warm-up areas.
a. There will be no pre-game or post-game handshakes/fist bumps between student-athletes, coaches, or officials.
7. Sports Medicine
a. Access to the home institution’s sports medicine facility will be limited to emergency use unless otherwise arranged through mutual agreements with the visiting institution prior to the day of competition.
Game Day Operations
Conference protocols, including specific game-day operations, apply. Institutions will share their own game-day protocols among member schools. This section highlights the certain key considerations.
1. Student-Athletes and Athletics Staff
a. Only Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals will be permitted access to the site of competition.
b. Masks are required at all times for all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel working at the site of the competition, except as noted below:
i. All individuals who are in the team bench area must wear a mask properly at all times when they are not in the field of play.
ii. Masks may be required during competitive play in certain sports and in particular games if so requested and agreed by athletic officials from both institutions.
iii. Gaiters, scarves, bandanas, and face shields are not adequate substitutes for masks and may not be used.
c. Symptom checks for all Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals will occur prior to departure for the visiting team, or upon entry to the field for the home team.
d. The host institution’s staff must share applicable restrictions or limitations with visiting teams prior to the date of the competition. Staff from the home institution are accountable for enforcing these restrictions.
i. Visiting teams may not have access to locker rooms; visitors should arrive at the contest ready to play.
ii. Host institutions must provide access to restrooms at the site of competition, either within a facility or by providing a portable restroom.
e. Student-athletes and staff are not permitted to share water bottles. Individually labeled bottles must be used for hydration.
f. Towels may not be shared. Used towels must be placed in a laundry container.
g. All staff will avoid any areas in the competition venue where they will encounter individuals who are not in the team travel party, unless otherwise permitted for the purposes of conducting the competition:
i. In sports without benches (golf, tennis, track) specific team areas will be assigned and all team members must keep all belongings in that area.
h. Non-coaching staff members will maintain 6-foot social distancing except in instances where they serve a working purpose during the game.
Unexpected COVID-19 Presentation
a. If a student-athlete or member of the athletics staff develops symptoms suggestive of infection with COVID-19 during travel to or at the site of a contest, the contest will be stopped immediately and either cancelled or postponed.
b. When a student-athlete or athletics staff member exhibits symptoms at an away site, or in route to or from an away site, the symptomatic individual must contact a member of the athletic training staff for further guidance.
c. If the symptomatic person is a student-athlete, the athletic training staff, or their designee, must notify campus student health services immediately.
d. The symptomatic individual must immediately isolate in a private location. If this occurs at the game site, a member of the respective institution’s staff must escort the sumptomatic student or staff member to a designated isolation area. The host will provide instructions for accessing appropriate local medical facilities.
e. Visiting institutions must have a plan in place to safely and separately transport asymptomatic individuals back to their campus. No symptomatic student-athlete or staff member may ride on the bus for the return trip.
a. The CC schedule will begin March 20 and is scheduled to run through May 1 with a round robin format for all sports and double headers for baseball and softball. The following week may be reserved for postponed contests. This format (with eight teams) will meet the contest minimums established by the NCAA. A festival schedule will be employed with each institution competing against the same opponent in all sports.
b. Non-conference competition – No non-conference play will be permitted once conference play begins. There remains potential for this policy to be reviewed as conditions change. Golf and track & field will allow for non-conference competition to bring those teams up to NCAA minimums (3) and will be required to meet CC health, safety and game day standards.
c. Championships – The Centennial Conference champion will be crowned based on regular season competition in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis. Tie breakers, minimum contests and other rules will be put in iplace to address as many scenarios as possible. The CC track & field championships are likely to feature a condensed number of events, limited entries and a single day of competition for each gender. CC Golf championships will also be altered to eliminate the need for an overnight trip and limit contact with members of another team.
d. Cancellation/Postponements - Determinations regarding game cancellations/postponements will be made in accordance with health/safety recommendations from the sports medicine staffs of the participating institutions, with additional considerations also including institutional policy, team/campus/community conditions, missed class time, and roster size availability. A make-up weekend may be available (May 7-8) for postponed games in the sports of baseball, men’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis. Contests with postseason and championship implications will be prioritized in rescheduling considerations:
i. Baseball – 9-inning doubleheaders will be played on weekends. If doubleheaders are rescheduled for weekdays, two 7-inning games will be played.
a. No spectators will be permitted at any contests.
b. Monitoring uninvited spectators at open competition venues may be burdensome to institutions, but home institutions must make every effort possible to discourage spectator gatherings at contests.
Click HERE to access a downloadable version of the Centennial Conference Athletic Competition Guidelines
These standards apply to all CC schools that will compete against another CC school as part of a competitive Spring Sports schedule. In the event non-conference competition is conducted, other schools should meet or exceed CC standards.