Knight Athletics

Safe Return / Knight Athletics

Regular Health Screenings

Due to the close contact required for training and competition, regular health screenings will be adopted. Under the guidance of the team physician and the sports medicine staff, student-athletes will be regularly screened for COVID-19 symptoms. This may include questionnaires, temperature checks and testing.

High-hygiene Environment

In student-athlete support areas and locker rooms, enhanced cleaning practices will be employed. This will include shared responsibility by those using the spaces (wiping down areas before and after use), cleaning by staff members at regular intervals and deep cleaning by Physical Plant staff. Hand sanitizers, personal towels and antiviral sprays will be utilized where necessary.

In student-athlete support areas and locker rooms, including weight rooms, and training rooms, capacities will be reduced, and staggered schedules will be created to facilitate physical distancing.

Calvin Athletics’ Sport Medicine Team along with Calvin's Safe Return Team will develop sport-specific mitigation strategies pertaining to acclimatization, practices, balls or playing apparatuses, equipment, sanitization, travel, distancing, sport-specific venues and activities. Guidance from the NCAA Sports Science Institute, the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine and other sport specific governing bodies will be used to develop these plans for the return and resocialization of sport.

Fan Information

Adjusted Attendance Maximums

Based on Michigan and local guidelines, as well as campus practices, athletics events will be hosted in front of reduced capacity crowds. Strategies will be developed for varying percentages of capacity.

Physical Distancing in Venues

Fans/Guests may be assigned to enter at specific gates and lines will be queued with appropriate spacing outside of the venue. Seating strategies will be developed that allow the ability to physically distance oneself, including broad use of general admission-style seating, the creation of mask-required sections and the ability of guests to move freely about venues to less crowded areas as desired.

Low-touch Environment

To protect both staff and guests, use of hard tickets will be minimized, handouts and programs will be eliminated, safe food practices at concession stands will be employed and buffet-style food offerings in premium spaces will no longer be used.

Event Flexibility

Venue changes dictated by the NCAA, MIAA or other relevant agencies will be employed, as well as efficient ticketing and communication strategies in case changes must be made to events. Effective notification of students, staff, families and fans will be critical in the event of alteration or cancellation of competitions.

Virtual Strategies

Calvin athletics will make every effort to enhance coverage on social media, educate fans on offerings through the website (calvinknights.com), and broadcast (livestream) games through no-cost options when available.

Visiting Teams

Visiting teams and travel parties, including coaches and staff, will be required to complete screenings prior to participation on Calvin’s campus. Visiting teams’ sports medicine staffs will be responsible for oversight of any medical screening and care pursuant to standards set by the MIAA and Calvin Athletics Sports Medicine and Health Maintenance COVID-19 Committee.

Sport-specific Venue Guidelines (for at least Fall semester 2020)

Volleyball

  • Michigan and local guidelines and executive orders will determine capacity.
  • Van Noord Arena will continue to be ticketed general admission/open seating venue.
  • Athletics will encourage masks and social distancing of attendees through signage and advertising.
  • Seats behind the team benches and staff will be free of fans.

Soccer

  • Zuidema Field is not an enclosed athletics venue. As such, events will continue to be general admission/open seating.
  • Both men’s and women’s soccer will remain non-ticketed events.
  • Athletics will encourage masks and social distancing of attendees through signage and advertising.

Cross Country

  • Calvin’s Gainey Complex’s Cross-Country Course is not an enclosed athletics venue.
  • Calvin Cross Country events will remain a non-ticketed event.
  • Athletics will encourage masks and social distancing of attendees through signage and advertising.

Basketball

  • Michigan guidelines and executive orders will determine capacity for basketball games in Van Noord Arena. If significantly restricted, we will limit attendance to student-athlete guests, students, faculty and staff and season ticket holders only.
  • Hospitality practices within the Arena’s Suite will be modified to reflect reduced capacity, physical distancing and best practices in food service.
  • The upper level of Van Noord Arena will be open for all games to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Athletics will encourage masks and social distancing of attendees through signage and advertising.

Swimming and Diving

  • Michigan guidelines and executive orders will determine capacity for swim and dive events in Venema Aquatic Center. If significantly restricted, we will limit attendance to student-athlete guests, students, faculty and staff.
  • Hospitality practices within the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex related to swimming events will be modified to reflect reduced capacity, physical distancing and best practices.
  • Calvin Athletics will encourage masks and social distancing of attendees through signage and advertising.

Hockey (Eagles Ice Center)

  • Michigan guidelines and executive orders will determine capacity for basketball games in Van Noord Arena. If significantly restricted, we will limit attendance to student-athlete guests, students, faculty and staff.
  • Hockey will remain a ticketed event.
  • Hospitality practices within the Eagles Ice Center will be modified to reflect reduced capacity, physical distancing and best practices in food service.
  • Athletics will encourage masks and social distancing of attendees through signage and advertising.

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