General Guidelines

  • All in-season activities for must follow the NYSPHSAA Return to Interscholastic Athletics guidelines and the NYS Department of Health Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation and the CDC. All coaches must read and be familiar with both documents in their entirety to assure compliance. Additional guidance for sport specific activities, student-athlete registration and more are linked to the left. 

    Many home events will be streamed online. Visit the Live Stream page for more information. Also, parents may download the rSchoolToday Activity Guide for schedule and other information. 

    Screening & Attendance

    • Daily screening for all athletes and coaches is required if they are not in school on that day.
      • Coaches will take temperatures of all remote and hybrid learners.
      • Any athlete with a temperature above 100.0 degrees, cannot enter the athletic area and must go home.
    • Attendance of all student-athletes and coaches is required and to be kept on file with the coach.
      • We can set it up to use the RSCHOOL today app for attendance the same app we use for the daily health screener.

    Cleaning & Disinfecting

    • Handwashing or sanitizing station(s) setup at every activity.
    • Avoid sharing of equipment when possible.
    • When unavoidable, clean and disinfect all equipment between use (spray ionizer, wipes, spray bottles).
      • For example: After drills, after sets, after stations.
    • Final disinfecting is required for all used equipment post workout will be done by coaches before next cohort enters.


    • Student-athletes must wear masks while on campus.
    • Student-athletes are asked to bring their own hydration source and mask.
    • Student-athletes must wear a face covering following the return to athletics document while indoors regardless of the activity or social distancing.
    • During practice if they are unable to tolerate the mask or feel the activity is unsafe with a mask, the activity must be modified, or alternate activity must be given which allows them to tolerate the mask.
    • Designated mask break areas must be provided for student athletes.
      • When taking a mask break student will maintain proper social distancing.
    • Washing hands or using hand sanitizer before, during and after competitions/practices.
    • Student-athletes are responsible for their own belongings, individual clothing and towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.
    • No hugging, high-fives, shaking hands or fist bumps.
    • Students are encouraged to keep their mouth guards in their mouth throughout the competition/practice.
    • High school athletes should drink enough fluid before, during and after activities.
    • Athletes are encouraged to go directly home after workouts.
    • Locker rooms will be available to change.
      • Lockers will not be assigned this season.
      • Student will be required to social distance when in locker room.
    • During the competition, CDC recommends for sports that athletes cannot maintain proper social distance they should wear a mask.
      • For wrestling, the wrestler should report to the head table with their mask on place it on the head table and mask back up after the match.
      • For basketball, if a players needs to catch their breath they should pull it down during transitions and pull it back up when they will be with in six feet of another athlete. Substitutions of players may need to be more frequent to provide opportunities for athletes to catch their breath.


    • Communicate guidelines in a clear and consistent manner to students and parents.
    • Coaches must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing requires a shorter distance.) Face coverings are worn as per return to athletics document. 
      • Any adult (coaches, trainers, school personnel) in attendance must be masked at all times, whether indoor or outdoor or social distanced
    • Keep accurate attendance of all student-athletes and staff in case contact tracing is needed.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment including balls. 


    • If student-athletes are showing any signs or symptoms they cannot attend.  
    • Student-athletes cannot attend activities if in the last ten (10) days:
      • They have tested positive for COVID-19.
      • Traveled to a state for more than 24-hours that is affected by NYS Executive Travel Order until they have completed the travel requirements. 
      • If an athlete tests positive for COVID-19 they will need to be cleared by their doctor and follow the return to play protocol for COVID-19.


    • Currently games are not open to the general public.
    • Home spectators only, 2 per student athlete.

    Sports Seasons

    February 1: High-risk winter sports (Basketball, Ice Hockey, Competitive Cheer, Volleyball, and Wrestling) official start date is Monday, February 1st only as permitted by the respective local health authorities (i.e., county health departments). Sections have the authority to determine a later start date. 

    March 1: Fall Season II sports (Competitive Cheer, Football, and Volleyball) official start date is Monday, March 1st. High-risk sports can begin play only as permitted by the respective local health authorities (i.e., county health departments). Sections have the authority to determine a later start date. 

    April 19: Spring sports official start date is Monday, April 19th. High-risk sports can begin play only as permitted by the respective local health authorities (i.e., county health departments). Sections have the authority to determine a later start date. 

    Spectators at Other Schools (Updated Feb. 20)

    The following is a list of what local districts allow for spectators. At Midlakes, the bleachers will be cleared after the JV game for fans coming to the varsity game. We ask JV spectators to sit in the section on the far side of the gym and the Varsity parents sit closest to hallway. If you have any questions please contact John Lombardi. The modified wrestling schedule will be posted once it's completed.   

    No Spectators

    Home Spectators
    (2 per athlete)

    Home and Away Spectators
    (2 per athlete)


    Midlakes (All levels)




    Newark (no modified spectators)



    Pal-Mac, 2 per athlete in most instances a
    total of 36 spectators per side

    East Rochester


    South Seneca


    Marcus Whitman
    (When in HS Gym)

    Waterloo, starting Feb. 20, no modified spectators



    Wayne (JV/Varsity only) 





    Penn Yan


    Red Creek

    Red Jacket 








    North Rose-Wolcott