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NAC Fall Sports Game, Spectator Protocols

Updated: Oct 8

As the beginning of the NAC Fall Sports season approaches on Friday fans should be aware of the game and spectator protocols.

Game and Spectator Protocols Falls Sports Season 2020 With games soon upon us, we want to provide you with as much information as possible. As a district, the focus is to make sure our athletes are safe and that we can provide them the opportunity to participate. Please understand that we are 1 of only 5 sections across NYS that is allowing our fall seasons to take place. And one of only a few sections that is allowing spectators.

Below you will find the COVID 19 regulations for games and spectator protocols that must be followed:

-Masks must be worn at all times by all players, coaches, officials, game staff, chaperones, and spectators. -Each athlete is allowed only 2 spectators for both home and away games. -Each athlete must give the list of the two spectators to their coach at practice on the day prior to the game. -Spectators may only be across from the team bench area, they may not be behind the team area, on the end lines, behind the goal, or next to the team benches. -No spectator benches will be available. -Tents are not allowed to be used by either the teams or spectators. -No concessions will be sold at games. -Spectators must maintain 6 feet of physical distance between individuals and/or family household units at all times (As per NYSDOH Guidance). We will have marked areas available for spectators and ask that they remain in that area during the game. -Spectators must wear a mask at all times. -Spectator socially distanced seating areas will be blocked off for each athlete's 2 spectators. -We ask that all spectators promote positive sportsmanship at all times. -If a ball goes out of bounds during a game, please do not touch it. -If you are going to sign out your athlete to take them home from an away game, we will have a designated parent who will be responsible for the signature form. They will check with the parents during the game/halftime, and must have your signature. -At the conclusion of the game, spectators must leave the facility. Please do not congregate in groups, mingle, or gather around the parking lot or bus.

Section X Spectator Sportsmanship Expectations

As a parent/guardian and/or spectator:

-I will promote positive sportsmanship. -I will understand the role my child plays on the team. -I will encourage my athlete to perform that role to the best of his/her ability. -I will demonstrate sportsmanlike and respectful conduct toward officials, coaches, players, and parents/ guardians and serve as a positive role model through my own actions for those around me. -I will refrain from the use of profanity and/or vulgar language in my conduct towards officials, coaches, players, and parents/guardians. -I will resist coaching my child or other players during games and/or practices. -I understand that I am the parent/guardian or spectator and will leave the coaching to those who have been entrusted with the position. -I will remember that interscholastic athletics are a learning experience for students and that mistakes are sometimes made. - I will give my child and other student athletes space and time after games, except for encouragement and praise. -I will promise to help my child enjoy the sport experience by doing whatever I can, such as attending as many games as possible and being a supportive, respectable parent/guardian and/or spectator. -I will not be under the influence of, or in possession of, drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, or weapons of any kind at games, contests, or other school events. -I will place the emotional and physical well‐being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.

Conduct at events which are illegal, disruptive, unsafe, disrespectful, or unsportsmanlike may result in action that may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

Verbal warning by a contest official, head coach, and/or school official. Written warning issued by a school official. Immediate ejection from the contest. Suspension from High School athletic events.

A reminder from Section X: Attending a High School Event is a Privilege - Not a Right!

Let The Players Play Let The Coaches Coach Let The Officials Officiate Fans - Be Loud, Be Proud & Be Positive!

OFA hosted a scrimmage against Morristown which was also a dress rehersall for the new anti-COVID rules mandated by the state.


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