MIDVALE, Utah (May 8, 2020) –
The UHSAA Executive Committee and UHSAA Staff have worked together over the past weeks to provide member schools with information dated April 21, 2020. This information has been extended through Memorial Day.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the UHSAA Out of Season Policy will resume allowing for summer activities. Coaches, however, must have the approval of their school and district and operate any contact in accordance with all local and state health guidelines and restrictions.
All UHSAA sanctioned sports and activities are currently in a moratorium through Monday, May 25, which prohibits the use of any physical presence, including no in-person meetings, no practices, no use of school facilities, no scrimmages, no gatherings, or no activities that in any way violate social distancing protocol outlined by state government leaders and health department guidelines.
It is permissible, however, for coaches to organize individual and team meetings via social media only. Coaches may use social media platforms that correspond with current school and/or district policy such as Zoom, Facebook, Instagram or Skype. Distance coaching, or on-line coaching, would allow for coaches to do the following activities:
1). Assess the needs of individual students in your program, especially in regards to mental health, which may include sport psychology information.
2). Coaches are encouraged to have open communication that is focused on caring for the social and emotional well-being of the student.
3). Assess the needs of your students as a whole group or team in an online group conversation.
4). Go over playbooks, chalk talks, game film, and game situations individually, sub-groups, or whole group discussions.
For music and the sport of drill team, tryouts may be held in accordance with school and district policies and in line with county health department guidelines and restrictions. Choreography for drill team can be developed, but to maintain a level playing field, no competition choreography is to be taught. Any adjustments to drill team moratorium dates must be submitted on the UHSAA website.
The UHSAA Staff in conjunction with the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees through email, and in upcoming May meetings, will be discussing summer calendars, summer moratoriums, and fall starting dates listed on the 2020-2021 UHSAA calendar.
We understand the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to our state and the world as a whole. We encourage virtual communication as we support each other in these challenging times. If students are struggling, they need to know they can reach out to a school counselor or a school social worker for support. If you have suggestions, please contact your representative on the Executive Committee or UHSAA Staff.
UHSAA Executive Committee and UHSAA Staff