Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there might be additional steps in each community to help prevent the spread of virus. Even when taking all precautions, there will still be risk of transmitting illnesses. Everyone should stay vigilant about the health of members of their teams. These guidelines are to be integrated with the MHSAA Fall Sports Comprehensive Guidelines, available on the MHSAA website. The situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing. Please keep up with the latest from the CDC and the Mississippi Department of Health.
- All students, athletes and support personnel should be screened prior to entering the competition arena with temperature checks and a signs and symptoms checklist (available on the MHSAA website.)
- It is recommended that schools traveling to a venue for a competition screen their athletes before boarding the bus and departing, so as not to allow potentially sick individuals to travel in buses and exposing others in the process.
- In the event of a competitor failing the screening or running a temperature greater than 100 Degrees Fahrenheit, please refer to the MHSAA Fall Sports Comprehensive Guidelines available on the MHSAA website for next steps.
Masking and Hand Hygiene
- Competing students, coaches, judges, and support personnel should be masked at all times while indoors and competing. Masks must fit snugly over the nose and along the sides of the face so there are no gaps.
- Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations should be widely available at the venue.
- All personnel should sanitize their hands regularly including:
- Upon entering the facility
- BEFORE ENTERING the warm up area
- BEFORE LEAVING the competition/scoring area
- Prior to the event, the hosting school and MHSAA will work with the venue to insure that inside capacity will be sufficient for competing athletes and team personnel.
- A maximum of four athletes/judges or support personnel should be allowed per apparatus at one time. This applies both to the warm up area and competition area. A single bench press area, squat rack, or deadlift mat would represent an “apparatus” for this restriction.
- Each apparatus should be separated from the next by at least 10 feet. Each apparatus should have a line marked 6 feet in front of the position the lifter will be facing, inside which no one is allowed to walk while a lift is being attempted.
- If the venue and equipment is not sufficient to allow all athletes to compete at once with the limitation of 4 per apparatus, then teams should be organized into rounds or flights to limit the number of people congested into the warm up or competition area.
- There should be a minimum 10 feet separation from the participating personnel and fans/spectators at all times, in both the warm up or competition areas.
- Limit the pre-event meeting to one coach per team competing.
- Forego team handshakes before or after competing.
- Maintain social distancing 3-6 feet while in the venue.
- Limit travel parties to those necessary to compete and space as widely as possible on team buses.
- Belts, towels, wipes, etc should not be shared. Teams/Individuals are encouraged to bring their own chalk for lifting.
- Bars, plates and collars should be sanitized between rounds/sessions, in both the warm up and competition areas. A CDC approved disinfecting spray is recommended for this use.
- All personnel should have their own water bottle or separate drinks.
- Avoid sharing pens/pencils/score sheets