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New sports guidelines into effect

Update on high school sports - New sports guidelines went into effect on Friday, February 26, 2021

Last week, the State issued new guidelines for youth sports. The updated rules go into effect on Friday, February 26. 

This is good news for our student-athletes as the new guidelines make it possible for all organized youth and recreational sports to resume in Placer County. (The guidance allows counties with fewer than 14 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and currently, Placer County falls into this category!) You can read the guidance here and we’ve outlined below the key things to know. 

Summary:

TTUSD’s students participate in a variety of sports, and outdoor activities; based on the sport, different restrictions apply.

Under the new guidelines, the rules remain firm that teams are not allowed to participate in out-of-state games and tournaments. We have sought additional guidance, including legal counsel, and currently, California school districts that are not abiding by the CDPH guidelines are out of compliance. This adds challenges to TTUSD since our students traditionally compete in multiple counties and states. Our legal counsel is currently in the process of challenging the state line travel mandate directly with the CDPH on our behalf.

Lower Contact Sports

  • TTUSD students can participate in lower-contact sports including skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, baseball, cheerleading, outdoor volleyball, softball, and tennis as long as parents sign an “Assumption of Risk” form. 

Higher Contact Sports

  • TTUSD students can participate in higher-contact outdoor sports, outdoors, including football and soccer but there is a COVID-19 testing requirement for football athletes prior to a competition. Parents must also sign an “Assumption of Risk” form.  

The new guidelines require that, in counties with positive case rates between seven and 14 per 100,000 residents, for higher contact sports (such as football), people age 13 and older be tested every week to play or coach football. Test results must be available within 24 hours of competitions. Testing will be available to TTUSD coaches and student-athletes at TTUSD’s Testing Center at Rideout.

General requirements for all sports

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times when not participating in the activity (e.g., on the sidelines).
  • Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff, and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.
  • There is no sharing of drink bottles and other personal items and equipment.
  • Observers maintain at least 6 feet from non-household members.
  • Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance.
  • Limit indoor sports activities (practice, conditioning) to comply with capacity limits indicated in the current CDPH Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity.
  • Associated indoor activities for the team are prohibited (e.g., team dinners, team meetings, film study) 
  • If we do not comply with the CDPH guidelines, we are out of compliance, which threatens any play for our student-athletes.

 

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