We can’t wait to cheer on our Blue Devils athletics teams, but safety comes first. The Northeast Conference (NEC) Council of Presidents has postponed all competition and championships for the Fall 2020 season due to the continuing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council will meet again on Oct. 1 to evaluate the state of the pandemic and its competitive options moving forward.
CCSU student athletes are scheduled to return to campus with the general student body on August 24 and will be allowed to practice and participate in other athletics-related activities. Following NCAA Division 1 regulations and NEC protocols, training and practice protocols have been established to govern practices and coordinate team activities.
General Health & Safety Protocols
Masks required: Student athletes, coaches, and staff are required to wear appropriate face masks when required when not actively training and physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
Limited locker room usage: During preseason camp, use of locker room facilities will be limited according to guidelines set in place by the University.
Testing: Student athletes who will be living in residence halls must follow the arrival procedures and testing guidelines. Every week, five to 10 percent of student athletes from each practicing in-season team will be tested for COVID-19.
Screening: Student athletes also will be screened by Health Services/Athletic Training, including but not limited to, filling out a COVID-19 daily survey and temperature checks.
Education: Student athletes, coaches, and staff will learn more about general hygiene practices that may mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This presentation will be available digitally and viewing will be required (and verified) before student athletes return to campus.
Athletic Training Room rules: Access to the Athletic Training Room will be limited to assigned times only, which will be set by Athletic Training staff. The number of individuals allowed in the room will be determined by the University.
In the Training Room, student athletes must always wear a mask; shower and change clothing before arrival; and notify the staff of any illness or symptoms prior to entering the facility.
Athletic Training staff will prioritize which student athletes need to use the facility daily; disinfect tables after use; and use the required PPE as advised by the University and medical guidelines.
Masks, no whistles: Coaches and other staff present at practices will be required to wear masks. Coaches will not use whistles during practice.
Practice and training scheduling: Each student athlete/group will be given a designated practice time. Arrival/departure must be scheduled so that groups will not meet each on the way in or way out of practice.
Social distancing: Guidelines will require 6 feet between each person and 12 feet between persons during workouts; 15 feet is advised for coaching staff.
If multiple groups are on the field at the same time, quadrants must be established on the field to maintain adequate distancing.
If multiple coaches are on the field they must stay with their assigned group.
Cleaning: Surfaces and equipment will be disinfected before and after each group’s practice session.
Laundry drop-off: A new policy for the return of clothing to the equipment room for proper washing will require the use of drop-off bins to avoid direct hand-off from students to staff.
Labeled water bottles: Student athletes must provide their own clearly labeled water bottles for use in the weight room and during practices and games. Water bottles cannot be shared with other student athletes.
Showering and changing: Before and after practice or training, student athletes should shower and change at home or in their residence hall room.
Positive tests for COVID-19 must be reported to the COVID Student Contact Center at (860) 832-1910. (More information on contact tracing here.)
Student athletes should contact their head coach, head athletic trainer, and the Office of Student Affairs in the event of a positive test result or COVID-19 symptoms.
Coaches and staff should contact head coach/athletic director, head athletic trainer and HR in the event of a positive test result or COVID-19 symptoms.