Masks have been shown to decrease transmission rates of SARS-CoV-2; therefore, PPS requires that athletes wear them at all times for group training, competition, and on the sidelines. Masks have been shown to be well tolerated by the majority of individuals who wear them for exercise.
We acknowledge that the covering may need to be removed under certain circumstances, but these should be few and far between. Efforts will be made by coaches and athletic trainers to gradually condition our athletes so that they are able to tolerate wearing a mask, even with high intensity aerobic activity. Mask breaks will be allowed in designated areas that allow for appropriate physical distancing and ventilation. The athletic trainer will assess any athlete who is unable to tolerate a mask and in consultation with the district physician individual exceptions will be considered. Masks should not be worn for competitive cheerleading (tumbling/stunting/flying)), because the covering may get caught on objects and become a choking hazard or accidently impair vision. Likewise, during wrestling contact, a mask could become a choking hazard and is discouraged. Individuals who swim/dive/participate in water sports should not wear a mask while they are in the water, because a wet mask may be more difficult to breathe through. Any mask that becomes saturated with sweat should be changed immediately.
Athletes should always wear a mask when between practice drills, while not on the playing field, on the sidelines, arriving at or departing from the playing facility, in a locker room, and during shared transportation to/from an event. It is important that the mask fits the athlete well and is worn over the nose and below the chin at all times when in use.Wear a Mask to Protect Others