These plans are based on federal, state, and local health regulations and guidance available at this time. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, they are subject to change.
Additional details will be provided to student-athletes from the Athletics Division or coaching staff via email or text, as they develop or change. Student-athletes should check their UMHB student email and texts at least daily.
Fall student-athletes will return to campus on their standard report date for pre-season:
- August 7 – Football
- August 8 – Cross Country, Soccer, and Volleyball
Specific information on when and where to report will be sent by separate email.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR ATHLETICS PROGRAM OPERATIONS
Student-athletes may come into contact with infectious diseases including, but not limited to, MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk will still exist. It is critical that student-athletes strictly comply with all health and safety protocols, both during participation in athletics and throughout their daily campus activities.
Student-athletes will be required to engage in educational sessions on hygiene, social distancing, cleaning/sanitizing, COVID-19 symptoms, etc.
Student-athletes, like all UMHB students, are required to conduct daily self-screenings and stay home (or in their campus housing) if they have any symptoms, and report immediately to Dr. Brandon Skaggs at (214) 704-1168 or Michael Burns at (405) 308-7336 or email@example.com. Reporting to a coach or athletic trainer does not fulfil your duty to report to Dr. Skaggs.
Team meetings and film sessions will typically be held in-person with proper social distancing, mandatory face masks, hand sanitizing upon entry, and respiratory etiquette. Virtual meetings may be held when appropriate and student-athletes should be prepared to participate in virtual meetings on time and with the required electronic equipment needed to participate. Student-athletes may not group together in other campus areas to attend virtual meetings (i.e. in campus housing rooms, off campus locations, etc.).
To reduce training room occupancy, athletic training sessions will be by appointment only. Masks, hand sanitizing, and other health protocols must be strictly observed during treatment sessions.
Strength and Conditioning Program
- Masks must be worn to and from the training location, but are allowed to be removed during the session as long as social distancing is maintained.
- Each individual must pass an infrared thermometer temperature check before being allowed to enter. A student-athlete who has fever will be denied entry and will be instructed to immediately isolate and contact Dr. Brandon Skaggs at (214) 704-1168 or Michael Burns at (405) 308-7336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Upon the conclusion of each group session, the equipment, area, and implements used will be sprayed with an electrostatic disinfectant spray gun.
- At the conclusion of each day, SSC will clean and disinfect the floor and hard surfaces.
- Drinking fountains will be off and individuals will be advised to bring their own water.
To de-densify practice sessions, student-athletes will practice in smaller groups when possible. Each coach will provide a specific practice schedule and health protocols.
Workout equipment will be cleaned with electrostatic disinfectant in between each group of student-athletes. Each night, SSC will conduct their regular cleaning and disinfecting.
Use of Locker Rooms
All student-athletes will be assigned a single locker which will not be shared with other student-athletes. Some football players will utilize the auxiliary and visitor locker rooms located in Crusader Stadium. All locker rooms, regardless of sport, will be cleaned each night.
In many instances, student-athletes will bring their own water bottles. For some sports, UMHB will set up tables that have water/sports drink in disposable cups so that student-athletes can discard the cup each time.
Daily Pre-participation Symptom Screening
There will be pre-participation screening checks for every student-athlete at all practices, competitions, and meetings under the coach’s direction, including temperature checks. Informal meetings without coaching staff present are not allowed.
If Symptoms Develop
Student-athletes who exhibit symptoms during participation in athletics will immediately be isolated and instructed to promptly contact Dr. Brandon Skaggs at (214) 704-1168 or Michael Burns at (405) 308-7336 or email@example.com. Student-athletes, like all students, should be prepared to isolate at home/away from campus if s/he develops symptoms. More information on isolation can be found here. (mandatory reporting of symptoms or exposure)
If there is a known exposure to COVID-19
If a student-athlete learns that s/he has been exposed to an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, s/he has a duty to promptly report the exposure directly to Dr. Brandon Skaggs at (214) 704-1168 or Michael Burns at (405) 308-7336 or firstname.lastname@example.org and to self-quarantine. Do not go to practice, class, or any other campus building, other than directly to your campus housing room. Further instructions will be provided.
If the university determines that a student-athlete has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the student will be contacted by Dr. Brandon Skaggs or a member of the Student Life division with instructions on how to immediately quarantine. Typically, the student can quarantine on campus as long as they are fully compliant with quarantines protocols and rules.
More information on quarantine can be found here (mandatory reporting of symptoms or exposure)
The current athletic schedule can be found at www.cruathletics.com. Any updates will be posted on that site. On May 19, 2020, the NCAA Division III Presidents Council voted for contest reductions in two areas strictly for the 2020-21 academic year:
- Reduced (by 33%) minimum number of contests for DIII championship selection
- Reduced (by 33%) minimum number of contests for DIII sports sponsorship
If the NCAA provides more information, student-athletes will be notified.
Rules regarding spectators have not yet been determined.
Above all, student-athletes are expected to be responsible citizens when in our central Texas community at large and to follow all federal, state, and local rules. Represent UMHB well.
Many people will be reminding all students of these health and safety protocols each day. Please be respectful and responsive.
Page last updated July 17, 2020