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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Athletics

Updated: July 1, 2020

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Overview

The Wright State Department of Athletics plan for the Resocialization of Student Athletes has been developed to safely and responsibly return student-athletes to campus and resume varsity athletics operations while continuing to hold safety and wellness as the top priority.

The overarching goal of Wright State’s Athletics Resocialization Plan is to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on Wright State’s campuses; maintain a healthy environment for student-athletes, coaches, and staff; while remaining within existing guidelines offered by the CDC, State of Ohio, NCAA, Horizon League, and other applicable health directives; and also being responsive to any future changes in local circumstances.

In addition to the outline below, there are comprehensive plans based upon each individual sports’ need and location. Escalation of teams through return phases outlined in the plan will be dependent on approval from Wright State leadership, and performed in consultation with sports medicine professionals at Wright State Physicians and Premier Health.

Despite our efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection, there is an unavoidable, residual risk of exposure to COVID-19 that is inherent in every in-person activity. The university cannot and does not guarantee that its facilities will be completely germ-free.

Return Phases

Teams report to campus on various starting dates, which began with basketball on July 6, and progressed through each phase in approximately 14-day increments. An active positive COVID-19 case may pause activity by that particular sport within the current phase until appropriate isolation, contact-tracing, symptom monitoring, and cleaning measures are followed, and a return to participation is approved.

Phase I

Activities include: Return of sport administrators, coaches, limited support staff; face coverings will be worn at all times by students, coaches, and staff (with exception of student-athletes in an active workout activity)

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people should be avoided unless precautionary measures of physical distancing and sanitization are in place
    • Weight room will have a maximum workout capacity of 10 people
    • All workouts will be on an individual basis with no physical contact with coaches or others

Key points: Small-group voluntary strength and conditioning workouts under supervision of strength coaches and sports medicine staff; remote/online team meetings should be encouraged whenever possible and feasible; closed locker rooms and lounge areas; nonessential travel should be minimized.

Phase II

If Phase I has been implemented successfully, with no evidence of a rebound, and gating criteria have been satisfied for approximately 14 days since the implementation of Phase I, then Phase II may begin as follows:

Activities include: Addition of individual workouts with coaches; face coverings should be worn at all times by students, coaches, and staff (with exception of student-athletes in an active workout activity)

  • Gatherings of more than 50 people should be avoided unless precautionary measures of physical distancing and sanitization are in place
  • Coaches will be required to wear face coverings when possible if within six feet of others
  • Locker rooms may open as long as social distancing guidelines can be enforced (capacity must be limited to less than 50 percent to allow for social distancing)

Key points: Small-group voluntary strength and conditioning workouts under supervision of strength coaches and sports medicine staff (weight room will still be limited to one person per rack); remote/online team meetings should continue to be encouraged whenever possible and feasible; closed lounge areas; nonessential travel may resume.

Phase III

In accordance with the federal guidelines, if Phase II has been implemented successfully, with no evidence of a rebound in the approximately 14-day period, then Phase III may begin as followed:

Activities Include: Addition of workouts with multiple individuals; weight room can increase capacity to 15 people; resumption of unrestricted staffing

  • Limit multiparty contacts with equipment
  • All equipment/areas will be cleaned after each session

Phase Start Dates by Sport Program

  • July 6, 2020: Basketball
  • July 13, 2020: Cross Country, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball
  • July 20, 2020: Baseball, Golf, Track & Field

​​​​​​​All timelines and dates may be adjusted depending on existing medical conditions within groups and/or future adjustments to sport practice/competition calendars.