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Maconaquah Return to Play Protocol (Printer friendly .PDF of the below information)

Prior to participation – all athletes must have a physical on file, along with the additional 2020-2021 IHSAA Health History Update Questionnaire, Consent and Release Certificate forms (Must print and turn in form to coach). If you answered “YES” to any of the 7 questions, students will be required to have a new IHSAA Athletic Physical beginning August 3rd, 2020 in order to participate.

Parents must also complete the: Online Athletic Forms

Athletes, Coaches & Trainers who are experiencing a combination of symptoms are excluded from practice/events and should remain at home. Athletes should notify their coach as well if they have a combination of any symptoms.  Anyone who is sent home, must be seen by a physician and receive written clearance before returning. 

Symptoms include but are not limited to: 

  • Fever
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • New loss of smell and/or taste 
  • Nausea/vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain (other than sport related soreness)
  • Headache 
  • Skin lesions on the feet or toes

Any athletes, coaches and athletic trainers who arrive ill, display symptoms of COVID-19, or answer “yes” to any of the PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONS, that are posted on Maconaquah Athletics Website, should not participate in treatment, practice or competition. Parents will be notified immediately along with the school nurse and administration.

Any athlete, coach and athletic trainers who are sent home will need to be cleared by their family physician. They must return with written clearance from their physician. 

Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and School Staff who are 65 yrs. or older, or who have any other predisposing issues, which place them in a high-risk category, should understand the risks of attendance and participation. 

Athletes and coaches will be trained by either a Maconaquah staff member or the Athletic Trainer on how to properly socially distance, how to use the provided cleaners/disinfectants, and how to properly wash hands. In addition, education will be provided to all athletes and coaches on how the virus is transmitted. This will be done at all first day meetings. 

Phase 1 – July 6 – July 19:

  • No formal competition allowed/acclimation period.
  • No Non-essential personnel allowed.
  • Practical social distance as much as possible.
  • Masks are required to be worn by coaches at all times when social distance is not applicable. 
  • Preparation & Cleaning:
    • Extra cleaning & sanitizing protocols are being implemented by custodians and coaching staff
    • Clothes must be washed daily
    • Multiple hand sanitizer stations available.
    • Cleaning bottles/supplies provided at each weight station
    • Balls/equipment sanitized before/after use
    • Restrooms/Touchpoints/Surfaces will be disinfected by the Maconaquah Custodial staff.
    • Athlete/Camper:
      • Self screening/attendance prior to workouts upon entrance
      • Athletes must bring their own filled water bottles. Water fountains will not be available.
      • Wash hands prior to entering weight room or gym area (hand sanitizer).
      • All should enter door 31 W.
      • Use restrooms in the Commons for hand washing.
      • Check in with coach for attendance and self-screening clearance.


  • 30 Max students in weight room. Groups stay together. No spotters. 
  • Only essential personnel (Athletes, Coaches, Admin, Athletic Trainers). No managers. No parents.
  • 2 activity days (with equipment, balls, etc.) per week for each sport (nonconsecutive days). 6 hours maximum.
  • Conditioning/Strength 4x per week.
  • No contact permitted.
  • No locker room during this period
  • Cleaning bottles/supplies provided at each station
  • No shared water stations
  • Hours are limited to 15 hours per week per athlete
  • Athletes are to leave the facility immediately after their session and not congregate on school property.
  • Athletes are not allowed to share equipment. (Examples but not limited to: helmets, gloves, shirts, shorts, shoes, water bottles, towels, etc.)
  • Athletes & Coaches should socially distance as much as possible. Areas such as benches, sidelines and other holding areas should be monitored and spread out when in use.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for athletes but not mandated.

Phase 2 – July 20 – Aug 14:

Scrimmages allowed – no spectators

  • No Non-essential personnel
  • “Normal” Summer IHSAA rules starting July 20
  • Practical social distance as much as possible.
  • Preparation & Cleaning
    • Continue as in Phase 1
  • Athlete/Camper:
    • Continue as in Phase 1
  • School begins, athletes should wash hands prior to entering the locker room.


  •  Continue as in Phase 1
  • Spotters allowed in the weight room.
  • 50% locker room usage. Use is discouraged.
  • Contact is allowed according to IHSAA rules.
  • No competition is allowed except girl’s golf.
  • Anyone who prefers to wear a mask is allowed, if doing so will not cause a health risk.

Phase 3 – Aug 15 – Beyond:

  • Transportation considerations/restrictions TBD and will follow NACS guidelines.
  • Full competition with spectators according to local/State guidelines TBD.
  • Preparation & Cleaning
    • Continue as in Phase 1.
  • Athlete/Camper:
    • Students who are in school can participate unless symptoms develop. At that time parents, school administration and school nurse should be contacted, and the student removed from participation.


  • Full locker room usage monitored (rotate large team groups in/out).
  • Contact is allowed according to IHSAA rules
  • Concessions – pre-packaged snacks allowed.