PHS COVID-19 Wrestling Guidelines & Expectations
In support of the Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics, the NJSIAA & NFHS Wrestling Sports Committees offer this document for the 2020-21 season. The considerations outlined in this document are meant to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by encouraging physical distancing, limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel and allowing for appropriate protective equipment.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there might be additional steps in each school, county, and state to help prevent the spread of virus. Even when taking all precautions, there will still be risk of transmitting illnesses. Everyone should stay vigilant about the health of members of their teams. Please note this document is subject to change.
Return to Competition
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. 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 changing space, 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.
Expectations for Coaches:
Expectations for Wrestlers:
Expectations for Referees:
Expectations for Parents
(A family’s role in maintaining safety guidelines for themselves and others):
PHS Wrestling Practice Guidelines:
PHS Wrestling Match Guidelines:
*CLEANING OF MATS, SHOES, SURFACES
Review Current Resources at www.njsiaa.org/reources
NJSIAA Return to Play Season 2 & 3
NJSIAA COVID-19 Winter Protocols & NJSIAA COVID-19 Winter Guidelines
NJSIAA Virtual Workout Guidelines
New Jersey Department of Health: Guidance for Sports Activities Document-January 12, 2021
DOH Screening Form
Additional documents/resources for air quality and cleaning from the EPA & CDC