How the COVID-19 Era Has Transformed HS Athletics - Athletic Business

How the COVID-19 Era Has Transformed HS Athletics - Athletic Business

TA`s Gary Stevens  co-authored ..

Although every high school athletic director looks forward to the day when holding a high school practice or hosting a competition resembles the pre-COVID period, it is safe to say that some of the methodologies and practices used in conducting high school sport during 2020 are here to stay.

In an era where they have been challenged to use the full range of their communication, organizational and logistical skills to offer programming to their student-athletes, athletic administrators have been afforded a unique opportunity to develop new skills, build their leadership capacities and reexamine their practices. In essence, the entire profession and its practices have been transformed.

Focus on fundamentals

In developing return-to-play plans for their schools, high school athletic directors throughout the United States relied upon a series of fundamental tools and processes to assess their surroundings, adapt their programs, and mitigate the risk of coronavirus exposure. Among their approaches were:

  • Designing and implementing plans to daily sanitize all athletics facilities and equipment
  • Emphasizing personal hygiene
  • Using health questionnaires and applications to screen all participants in practices and competitions
  • Monitoring and refining department processes and protocols
  • Communicating regularly with school health and sports medicine personnel, including nurses, physicians, and athletic trainers