We are in a new world where the “norm” is no longer accepted. COVID-19 changed the world and schools had to adjust just like all other communities and, when schools adjust, that means athletics must adjust at the same speed.
With the new AIA Timeline released, the organization put out a list of guidelines for each sport to follow for before, during and after a competition. It’s up to each school administration to make sure these new guidelines are followed correctly and the guidelines cover everything from masks to coin tosses.
Masks, masks and more masks.
-Only team racers are allowed
-No post meet awards handed out. Coaches will hand out later.
-One captain from each team at the coin toss
-Team box extended from 10 to 10 but coaches stay in regular box
-Sidelines restricted to players, coaches, athletic trainers, athletic directors, administration, media, and game administration personnel
-No scorecards only electronic
-No bunker rakes and players cannot touch or remove the flagstick
-Golfers and fans leave right after the event
-Long sleeves and pants are allowed
SWIM AND DIVE
-Virtual meets are allowed
-Split days for girls and boys allowed
-No bench switching after sets
-Timeouts and intermissions can be extended for sanitizing balls
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org