In accordance with the College’s expectations and within the framework of the evolving guidance from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the EWC Division of Intercollegiate Athletics established base guidelines for student athletes in Fall 2020, as well as expectations for competition, game-day operations, and fan experience.
As such, the EWC Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has developed a comprehensive action plan that details the following:
- Football, Basketball, and Volleyball student athletes will report to campus on Monday, August 3, 2020.
- Student Athletes from areas experiencing significant community transmission of the virus will be quarantined for the requisite 14-day period before engaging in countable athletically related activities as recommended by the CDC.
- Remaining student athletes scheduled to participate in sports will arrive with the general student population.
- Per the NAIA, competition officials will have to complete a COVID-19 test 5 days prior games and are required to wear mask. Officials must be medically cleared in order to officiate a game at EWC. Medical clearance documentation must be shared with the EWC Director of Intercollegiate Athletics or his designee.
- Athletic trainers will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with all student athletes.
- The EWC Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has adopted best practices by partnering with Sodexo to establish protocols for the sanitization and maintenance of athletic equipment, uniforms, and apparel, weight training sessions and competitions. It includes, but is not limited to, the fieldhouse and football offices; Adams-Jenkins offices, JWJ, training and locker rooms, and competition facilities; and the EWC Community Field and Athletic Stadium.
- The Athletics Department is working with Sodexo and the Division of Finance, Administration and Business Innovation to audit all spaces and adjust occupancy accordingly to align with social and physical distancing requirements.
- The gymnasium will remain closed for spectatorship and non-athletic related activities, at the discretion of the President, until further assessment allows for congregating of larger groups.
- Currently, the EWC Community Field and Stadium is slated for 1,000 seat capacity to allow for social distancing. However, that is contingent upon further evaluation and updates provided by local, state, and federal health officials, well as consultation with medical professionals.
- The Athletics Department is also coordinating with its medical consultant to review international students’ status to ensure safe return to campus.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has developed a targeted framework for screening, testing, and monitoring of student athletes in their individualized action plan that includes:
- Athletic Training
- Game play/Competition
- Game-day operations (includes spectatorship)
The action plan includes strategies for providing additional medical access for student athletes and is available upon request to the EWC Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.