Intramural Sports

Updated: 2/25/2021

Outlined below are the guidelines that will be followed to ensure students can participate in intramural programming in some capacity at the University of Evansville. Prior to participation, students sign a waiver with the intramural sports department acknowledging the risks of participating in intramural (IM) sports and agreeing to follow the Intramural Sports Handbook. The Intramural Handbook will be updated to include the risk of infection, most notably of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 and reaffirm that the participant assumes the liability in participation.

This plan will be enacted and updated as necessary based on guidelines and best practices from other institutions and governing bodies. This plan will also be updated to reflect any changes in COVID-19 numbers released by the local CDC.

Intramural Activities

  • In person activities will be restricted to allow for social distancing protocols:
    • Team based events will be limited to no more than 6 players signed in per game (3 per team). Rosters can include the max number of players allowed under the league rules.
    • During play, sharing of equipment between participants will be discouraged.
    • Team based sports will consist of sports that have natural social distancing put in place.
  • One-night events will encourage pre-registration sign up. Walk up registration will only be possible if there are spots still available for the event.
  • Intramural participants will be required to wear face mask prior, during, and after participating. This will be an exception to the current intramural rule of allowing knots around the head/neck area.
  • Digital recreation and eSports activities will continue to be researched and integrated into intramural programming. The eSports program will be provided to include additional games to encourage participation from a wider variety of students. This will not be normal formatted Esports program where students are competing versus one another but instead reporting scores to the IM department where progress can be tracked through the semester.
  • Clinics, meetings and trainings will be held virtually when possible. However, some in person training will be required. When in person training in required, it will be conducted outside following social distancing guidelines when possible. Priority for attendance will go to those that have submitted necessary paperwork.
  • All games and events will be schedule with time allotted between to ensure proper cleaning of equipment and space prior to the next contest.

Staffing

  • An additional supervisor will be placed on shift to help monitor the facility and to ensure participants are following proper social distancing guidelines.
  • If officials will still be utilized to officiate games, their secondary job will be to ensure proper social distancing practices and health and safety measures during contests.
  • Staff will be required to wear masks throughout the duration of their shift.
  • When checking in participants, staff members will not touch participants ID cards, but will instead use a touch free check in system. This will be utilized through the IMLeagues app and the QR scanner within the app.
    • As an alternate, students will hold the cards as staff verifies identify and checks them into the event.
  • Participants will not be added to the rosters by the intramural sports staff. All participants must be added to the team roster by their captain prior to the start time of the contest.
  • One supervisor will be responsible for checking players into games and supervising the contests. The other supervisor will be in charge of disinfecting equipment as necessary and making sure all non-active participants (bench personal, participants waiting for the next game) are following proper social distancing guidelines.

Equipment

  • Teams will be required to show up to events wearing the same colors to distinguish teams from each other. If pinnies have to be checked out by a team, they will be checked out to the captain of the team in a bag and he/she/they will be responsible for returning them back to the supervisor on duty in a bag.
  • All equipment that is used during a game will be cleaned, sterilized and disinfected prior to the next contest. This includes, but is not limited to, balls, bases, cornhole bags, washers, horseshoes, etc.
    • Additionally, equipment will be swapped out with other disinfected equipment at regular intervals throughout the contest.
  • Water jugs will not be provided during intramural contests and participants sharing water and water bottles will be discouraged.
  • Lost and found materials will no longer be stored. Any valuables will be handed over to the University Security Department and all other items will be disposed of properly.
  • All equipment will be handled while wearing PPE such as a mask and gloves. This is in order to reduce the number of touch points on equipment. All equipment should be disinfected prior to being stored after the intramural events are completed for the night.

COVID-19 Positive Test

  • In the event that a participant arrives to a contest and is experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19, the participant will not be allowed to participate in the contest.
    • The symptoms include, but not limited to, fever, shortness of breath, cough, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting.
  • If a participant develops these symptoms during a scheduled contest, they will be asked to leave and a COVID-19 report form will be completed that includes all names of participants and staff present.
  • If a player develops symptoms of COVID-19 following an intramural event, they should notify the intramural office within 24 hours. Upon receipt of this notification the intramural sports office will fill out the COVID-19 report form that includes all staff, and participants that were present during the contest and any participants and staff that potentially came into contact with a staff member or participant that was present at that time.
    • Staff members and participants will be notified of their potential exposure by email and will be placed on suspension on IMleagues for a period of 14 days following the event in question unless otherwise approved to return to play by the Coronavirus Task Force.

Emergency Action Plan

Recreational Sports requires all employees to hold a valid American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED and First Aid certification in order to respond to an emergency while on shift. Additional PPE for emergency response will include gloves and face masks. Supervisors in all areas are instructed to use compression CPR only.

Non-Life-threatening Emergency

  • First responder standing six feet from the participant will ask the following questions to determine if additional PPE should be used:
    • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
      • Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, loss of taste/smell?
    • Do you currently have COVID-19?
    • Have you been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19?
  • Regardless of the above responses, the responder will wear appropriate PPE. PPE will include a washable face mask and gloves. The individual will be asked to put a surgical mask on before staff approach and care is provided.
  • Staff will respond and provide care as determined. If necessary, EMS will be called and notified of the emergency including potential COVID-19 status.

Life-Threatening Emergency

  • All life-threatening cardiac and breathing emergencies will be treated as potential COVID-19 positive cases.
  • First responders who are trained in CPR will perform chest compression CPR.
  • The first responder will determine an initial assessment for breathing at a six-foot distance and put on PPE.
  • All student staff is up to date with CPR certifications.

Phase 3: TBD (Bringing back more team sports, no walk-up registration, additional spectators allowed, and facilities open to additional reservations)

Facilities

  • Facilities will be opened to additional reservations including outside reservations. Proper cleaning and disinfection of facility will still be required between uses.

Intramural Activities

  • Activities can move from low risk sports to medium risk sports. These sports include things like 4v4 flag football, 3v3 basketball, volleyball dodgeball and soccer among others. Sports that will be allowed will be sports that reduce the number of players in an activity space at one time and are recommended to begin competition by the NFHS Return to Play Guidelines.
  • Participants will still be required to wear masks during intramural competition.
  • Any event that can take place outside will be moved to the Intramural playing fields any and every night weather permits.

Staffing

  • Staffing will return to a typical staffing structure with one supervisor per court/field and officials officiating the game.
  • The games scorekeeper will be responsible for assisting the supervisor with proper social distancing guidelines for non-active participants.

Equipment

  • Equipment can be shared. (i.e. footballs, basketballs, etc during game play). However, any wearable equipment, flag belts, towels, clothing should not be shared between participants.

COVID-19 Positive Test

  • In the event that a participant arrives to a contest and is experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19, the participant will not be allowed to participate in the contest.
    • The symptoms include, but not limited to, fever, shortness of breath, cough, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting.
  • If a participant develops these symptoms during a scheduled contest they will be asked to leave and a COVID-19 report form will be filled out that includes all names of participants and staff present.
  • If a player develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 following an intramural event, the individual should notify the intramural office within 24 hours.
  • Euchre will be held virtually. There's a small number of people interested in playing and this should be easy to setup virtually and to have them report their scores.
  • All Sports requiring “line-ups” will have the playing area labeled with X marks on the sidelines and teams/players must stay within their boxes when they're not playing.
  • For sports requiring equipment such as bats or balls, each team will use their own 2 bats and balls throughout the duration of the game. When one team comes off the field, they take their ball with them and grab their own bats, vice versa.
  • Basketball Skills Test will last throughout the duration of a month. Throughout the month, the participant must sign up on IMLeagues and then will be assigned 2 supervisors to meet participant for their scheduled competition time.
    • Each participant will be live streamed to our social media, and extra participants or spectators are not allowed to attend in-person. Same with every other sport, for now.

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