NJSIAA Summer Session Training Protocol

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Athletics
NJSIAA Summer Training Sessions - Phase 1 & 2

The NFHS and NJSIAA have provided guidelines for the safe return to athletic participation during the summer that are in accordance with the CDC, NJDOE, and NJDOH relative to COVID-19. As per the NJSIAA, the Phase 1 period may begin no earlier than July 13, 2020 and may conclude no earlier than July 26, 2020. The approved Bridgewater-Raritan High School starting date for Phase 1 is Monday, July 27, 2020 and will conclude on Friday, August 7, 2020. The Phase 2 starting date is Monday, August 10, 2020 and will conclude on Friday, August 28, 2020. After the conclusion of Phase 2 on Friday, August 28, teams will enter the Virtual Contact Period which will take place from Saturday, August 29 through Sunday, September 13. Fall Coaches only may have virtual contact with their student-athletes during this time frame. No practices, scrimmages or games may take place until regular season practices commence on Monday, September 14. All regular season practices will be run in accordance with local school district policies. The NJSIAA Medical Advisory Task Force guidelines are consistent with research-based best practices used throughout the country at all levels of competition including both the professional and collegiate levels.  The following Summer Training Session Protocols will be followed for Field Hockey, Football, Boys and Girls Soccer.    

MEDICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff who presently have COVID-19, or who have tested positive for COVID-19, will provide clearance from a physician before the student-athlete, coach, or staff member will be permitted to participate in training sessions. Clearance from an individuals’ physician will be forwarded to the Bridgewater-Raritan District Physician for final clearance. No participation may take place until final clearance is given by the District Physician.  
  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff who have pre-existing medical conditions and/or are immunocompromised (e.g., diabetes, asthma, auto-immune disorders etc.) will provide clearance from a physician before they will be permitted to participate in training sessions.
  • The NJSIAA COVID-19 Questionnaire must be completed prior to participation in any training sessions. This form only needs to be completed one time.  Any student-athlete that has not completed an online COVID-19 Questionnaire will not be permitted to participate in any training sessions until they have completed the questionnaire.
  • If a student-athlete has tested positive, the student-athlete must isolate and all members of the related pod must self-quarantine for 14 days and follow their family physician’s orders. The student-athlete will not be permitted to resume participation in the training sessions until they receive a clearance note from their physician and forward it to John Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics by email at jmaggio@brrsd.k12.nj.us or fax to 908-231-1278.  Final clearance will be given by the District Physician.   
  • If a coach or staff member has tested positive, the coach or staff member must isolate  and follow doctors’ orders.  The coach or staff member will not be permitted to resume participation in the training sessions until they receive a clearance note from their physician and forward it to John Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics by email at jmaggio@brrsd.k12.nj.us or fax to 908-231-1278.  Final clearance will be given by the District Physician.  
    • If the coach or staff member was not directly engaged in a particular pod, and just supervised workouts while maintaining proper social distances and wearing a mask, then the team may continue if other coaches are available.
    • If the coach or staff member was directly engaged in a particular pod, then the coach or staff member must isolate and all members of the related pod must self-quarantine for 14 days and follow their family physician’s orders. The coach will not be permitted to resume participation in the training sessions until they receive a clearance note from their physician and forward it to John Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics by email at jmaggio@brrsd.k12.nj.us or fax to 908-231-1278.  Final clearance will be given by the District Physician.  

DAILY PRE-SCREENING

  • Each day all student-athletes, coaches, and staff must clear the pre-screening process before they are permitted to participate in the day’s training session.  Pre-screening will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled training session.
  • The online NJSIAA COVID-19 Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire must be completed and submitted prior to arriving on campus for each training session. The online NJSIAA COVID-19 Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire will be available in each individual sports’ Google Classroom. Student-athletes can join the appropriate Google Classroom for the sport they are interested in by utilizing the code listed below.  This is also a way for the student-athlete to receive important information from the coaching staff regarding all facets of the program.   
    • Field Hockey - s7v5wkz
    • Football - 43lzwjj
    • Boys Freshmen Soccer -  ji3x7rk
    • Boys Varsity & JV Soccer - lzaxili
    • Girls Soccer - sxasimh
  • If there is a YES response to one or more of the daily pre-screening questions, the student-athlete is not permitted to participate in the training session and should not report to campus. The student-athlete will not be permitted to resume participation in the training sessions until they receive a clearance note from their physician and forward it to John Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics by email at jmaggio@brrsd.k12.nj.us or fax to 908-231-1278. Final clearance will be given by the District Physician. 
  • Once on campus, each student-athlete will have their temperature taken by district personnel prior to each training session. If the student-athlete has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will not be permitted to participate and must return home immediately.  Parents/guardians are advised to remain on campus until their student-athlete has had their temperature taken and has passed the screening process. The student-athlete must have a temperature of less than 100.4 to be eligible to participate in the day’s training session.   
  • Any student-athlete with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to resume participation in the training sessions until they receive a clearance note from their physician and forward it to John Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics by email at jmaggio@brrsd.k12.nj.us or fax to 908-231-1278.  Final clearance will be given by the District Physician.  
  • Once the 90-minute training session is complete, all participants must leave the campus immediately. Parents/guardians should plan to be on campus prior to the end of the training session to pick up their student-athlete. 

TRAINING SESSIONS

  • Training sessions will be no longer than 90 minutes in length including a ten (10) minute warm up and a ten (10) minute cool down.
  • All training sessions are to be conducted outside and in accordance with heat participation procedures.
  • Access to training sessions must be limited to student-athletes, coaches, and appropriate school personnel.
  • There will be no physical contact between student-athletes. 
  • There will be no physical contact between student-athletes and coaches.
  • Training sessions are to be limited to conditioning, skill sets, and sport specific non-contact drills.

GROUPINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • No more than 10 students may be grouped together in a single area.  Groups or pods are to be established by the coach. Student-athletes may not change from one group to another within workouts or across days.  Groupings must stay consistent through Phase 1.
  • Social distancing of at least six (6) feet must be maintained between student-athletes and staff at all times including within the group of ten (10).
  • Groups or pods must be separated by a minimum of twelve (12) feet.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times. This includes when student-athletes are arriving to the school, during pre-screening, and when departing from the training session.

FACE COVERINGS

  • Coaches and staff must wear cloth face coverings at all times.
  • Student-athletes must wear cloth face coverings at all times when not participating in activity.
  • Individuals must provide their own face coverings which may be disposable or reusable.  Cloth gaiter type coverings are recommended as they are most easily put on.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT (PHASE 1) 

  • Sports equipment may not be shared at any time.
  • All equipment and touchpoints (e.g., benches, agility cones, etc.) must be cleaned and disinfected after each training session with district supplied EPA approved disinfectants suitable to treat COVID-19.
  • Weight training, either indoors or outdoors, is not permitted in Phase 1.

HYDRATION

  • Student-athletes will be required to provide their own water or other drink with a minimum of 32 ounces for each workout. Containers may be refilled at the site of the training sessions.  
  • Water containers are not to be shared.
  • Student-athletes will be provided with unlimited access to the water refill station.

LOCKER ROOMS/RESTROOMS

  • Student-athletes will not have access to locker rooms at any time.
  • Restrooms/Porta Johns will be limited to one person at a time. Students waiting to use the facility must stand at least six (6) feet apart.  
  • Signage will include:
    • Exterior Field House doors  informing students that they are not permitted to enter the
    • Clearly posted reminders located on the portable restroom facilities for students and staff using restroom facilities to maintain social distancing, wear face coverings/masks at all times, and wash hands.
  • Student-athletes will wear their training session gear to the session and will return home in the same gear.

HYGIENE

  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff will wash their hands as often as possible, including before and after the training session.
  • There will be no spitting, chewing seeds, or gum during the training session.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available, however, student-athletes are encouraged to bring their own.  

SCHEDULE

  • Coaches will schedule training sessions in conjunction with the Athletic Director.  
  • The Athletic Director will make arrangements for staff to conduct pre-screening prior to the workout.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

  • In the event of inclement weather, the coach will notify the student-athletes, coaches, and staff of any cancellations.  
  • In the event of sudden unexpected inclement weather/lightning, the Field House may be used as a safe location. Social distancing must be maintained, face coverings worn, and no activity may be conducted in the Field House. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES

  • When reporting for a training session, students should arrive at the facility for pre-screening at the time designated by their coach.
  • Pre-screening will be conducted in a designated area of the Field House.
  • The student-athlete must have the following in their possession when they arrive for a training session:
    • Cloth face covering/mask being worn and a back up face covering.
    • Water or other suitable drink - minimum of 32 ounces in a labeled container.
    • NJSIAA COVID-19 Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire, completed prior to arriving on campus for the training session.  The questionnaire is to be completed online through the sport-specific Google Classroom. 
    • Sport-specific required equipment (shoes, stick, ball, etc.).
    • Labeled gear bag to carry personal items.

PROCEDURES FOR COACHES/STAFF

  • Coaches and staff should arrive first and complete the pre-screening at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the training session.
  • At least one coach/staff member will be designated to conduct the pre-screening which will include the following:
    • Confirm completion of the NJSIAA COVID-19 Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire.
    • Conduct temperature checks and record results.
    • Ensure that the student-athletes have two face coverings, water or other suitable drink in a labeled container, appropriate clothing, footwear, and equipment.
    • Direct cleared student-athletes to the designated training session facility (Basilone Field or Turf 2) and remind student-athletes to wear their face covering and maintain the six (6) foot social distancing requirement.  
  • At least one coach/staff member should monitor the student-athletes as they enter the field and direct them to locations on the field while maintaining social distance.
  • Ensure that proper medical supplies including an AED are available on site.
  • Have pre-determined pods of up to ten (10) student-athletes assigned. These pods are to remain consistent for the duration of Phase 1 training sessions. 
  • Remind student-athletes of the procedures for the use of the Field House Outdoor Restrooms and/or Turf 2 Porta Johns.
  • When the training sessions are completed, dismiss student-athletes to the parking lot to be picked up by parents/guardians or get into their own vehicle.  
  • At least one coach monitors the pick up to ensure social distancing and the wearing of face coverings is observed.  
  • Remind the student-athletes to properly sanitize their hands.
  • Sanitize/disinfect equipment as necessary using school issued disinfectant.


NJSIAA SUMMER SESSION - PHASE 2 GUIDELINES RATIONALE

Once individual pods of student-athletes have successfully completed Phase 1 and there is no significant change in health conditions, progression to Phase 2 is medically appropriate. Larger groups of student-athletes are permitted during Phase 2 because the individual pods have worked out together without a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a two-week period. Phase 2 allows the pods from Phase 1 to be combined into a pod of 25-30 student-athletes. Student-athletes will be permitted to share sports equipment within their newly formed pod only. Limiting the sharing of equipment to pods will, as in Phase 1, help to control the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that all sports equipment be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with applicable guidelines.  Phase 2, pending Superintendent/Board of Education Approval, will begin on Monday, August 10, 2020 and conclude on Friday, August 28, 2020.

MEDICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

  • Follow guidelines from Phase 1.

DAILY PRE-SCREENING 

  • No changes or additions - follow guidelines from Phase 1. 

TRAINING SESSIONS  

  • Phase 2 allows for increased team activities as it pertains to skills and drills development and permits schools to use indoor facilities if approved by the school district. 
  • Training sessions will be no more than one hundred twenty (120) minutes in duration and will include a ten (10) minute warm-up, and a ten (10) minute cool down. 
  • Only one training session per day is permitted during Phase 2.
  • There must be a minimum of 2 practices/training sessions for every 7 days, totaling 4 practices.
  • The maximum number of practices/training sessions is 6 for every 7 days, totaling 12 practices.
  • There must be 1 day of rest per every 7 days. 
  • For indoor training sessions, care should be taken to provide good air circulation. 

FACE COVERINGS

  • No changes or additions - follow guidelines from Phase 1 


STUDENT-ATHLETE PODS

  • The Phase 1 pods of 10 student-athletes can be combined into a single pod consisting of 25 to 30 student-athletes. 
  • All movements must be tracked to ensure all student-athletes in a given pod are in the same Phase.
  • For Outdoor Training Sessions: 
    • More than one pod of student-athletes can be in a single area, provided there is 12 to 18 feet between each pod. 
  • For Weight-Room Training Sessions:
    • The maximum number of student-athletes in a weight-room training pod is 10. 
    • The total number of pods permitted will be determined by the size of the area and by calculating the maximum number of student-athletes and coaches that can maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times. 
  • Pods must stay together throughout the entirety of Phase 2. 
  • Consider using marks on the floor to maintain social distancing for all indoor workouts. 
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet will be maintained between student-athletes and staff at all times, including within the pods. 

SPORTS EQUIPMENT

  • Balls may be used throughout Phase 2 as part of the workouts. 
  • Balls can be dribbled, passed, caught, thrown, punted, handed off, etc. within their pods only.
  • All other equipment, like sticks, rackets, bats, etc. may be used if they are the student-athletes personal equipment and should not be shared.
  • Football & Lacrosse helmets may be worn during Phase 2, but mouthguards are prohibited. 
  • Field Hockey goalie equipment may be worn, including the helmet during phase 2. 
  • All sports equipment and touchpoints (e.g., balls, benches, agility cones, ladders, clipboards, etc.) must be cleaned and disinfected between users and after each workout with EPA approved cleaners and disinfectants against COVID-19.

LOCKER ROOMS/RESTROOMS

  • No changes or additions - follow guidelines from Phase 1 

HYGIENE 

  • No changes or additions - follow guidelines from Phase 1 


 

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