MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVSSAC launched a plan for fall sports activities postseason play to their member faculties Thursday afternoon and the way it pertains to the state’s COVID metrics map.
Groups from counties which are orange or crimson on the weekly Saturday 5 p.m. map launch will be unable to compete in postseason play for soccer, soccer or volleyball. Solely faculties in inexperienced, yellow or gold classes can compete. These three sports activities are recognized as excessive to average threat by the NFHS (Nationwide Federation of State Excessive Faculty Associations).
Cross nation and sideline cheer groups from orange counties might compete in postseason meets if athletes obtain a detrimental COVID take a look at inside seven days of the competitors. These sports activities are recognized as low threat by the NFHS.
Soccer and cross nation postseasons start subsequent week. Sectional soccer tournaments start October 19 and cross nation regional meets are set for October 22.
Volleyball and soccer postseasons are scheduled to start throughout the first week of November.
“In the end, we might like to see all people take part with none restrictions,” stated WVSSAC Govt Director Bernie Dolan. “However due to the time we stay in, we all know the colour code map is there for a motive. It has given a sign of what’s going on in your group.”
No restriction will likely be positioned on any college on internet hosting an occasion, so long as they’re within the inexperienced, yellow or gold class. Faculties that shift to a crimson designation on the day by day map launch throughout the week will not be allowed to compete in any sport.
Dolan says the danger degree of the game was instrumental in figuring out which shade designations permit for play in a selected sport.
“It was threat of the game and of the county and never essentially the quantity (of exams). They’ve confirmed they will take a look at lots of people in lots of areas. For those who take a look at the map the place they’re doing free testing, they cowl a lot of the map proper now.”
Dolan added that he expects these insurance policies to be in place at some point of the autumn sports activities postseasons and it’s not doubtless that they are going to be revisited later within the fall.
Spectator attendance for all occasions will likely be capped at twenty % capability. Current attendance insurance policies concerning members of the family will stay in place.
“If a subject can seat 5,000 individuals and it says you possibly can deal with a thousand, if households, grandparents and all that make up 450, this lets you open up a couple of extra seats (to most of the people).”
The WVSSAC consulted with the WVDE, the WVDHHR and state well being officers in implementing the rules.
The state golf postseason concluded final week. Athletes from orange counties have been allowed to compete so long as they examined detrimental for COVID.
Soccer postseason tips in place
The WVSSAC has additionally launched plans for the upcoming highschool soccer playoffs. Groups should play in a minimal of 4 video games to be playoff-eligible. The postseason will start as scheduled on the weekend of November 13-14 with the highest sixteen groups in every class qualifying.
In a brand new growth, groups that haven’t been in a position to compete of their full allotment of ten common season video games are allowed to schedule further video games up till November 28.