Outdoor sports guidelines

Outdoor sports guidelines
Posted on 01/28/2021

Morganton, NC – Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

Burke County Public Schools and our high schools are excited for the opportunity that our outdoor sports programs have to compete this season. Though games will look very different this year as we strictly follow rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by the NC Governor’s Office and the NCHSAA related to COVID-19, we are grateful that our teams will be able to participate.

Here are a few things you need to know about outdoor sports this season and what to expect:

  • Per Governor’s orders, only 100 fans will be allowed to attend outdoor high school sporting events.
  • While we will miss the support and atmosphere of bleachers packed with fans, we still want our players, cheerleaders and bands to have the opportunity for family members to be able to watch them in person during home games. Our individual schools have a plan for how passes will be handled for each Varsity and JV sport to adhere to the 100-fan limit at events.
  • All attendees must wear a cloth face covering and practice social distancing.
  • For football, no tickets will be sold at the gate. No spectators from the visiting teams will be allowed. Other sports will allow visitors from the visiting teams. 
  • Fans will only be allowed in designated seating areas.
  • We will thoroughly clean all event areas following games.  
  • During the game, all players, coaches, referees and spectators will follow face covering guidelines and game balls will be cleaned on a regular schedule.
  • We are working to live stream the events on the high schools’ individual YouTube Channels.  
  • Athletes and parents will receive additional information during meetings and on school websites.  

We thank you for your support and understanding during this time of navigating high school athletics in the midst of this pandemic. We also thank you for realizing these policies and guidelines are given to us by state officials and must be followed for our teams to continue to meet NCHSAA eligibility. We are relying on you and your cooperation to help make our season successful. As a reminder, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and for everyone’s health and safety, please continue to follow the 3 Ws: Wear a face covering. Wait and practice social distancing. Wash your hands thoroughly and often.

Click here for the NCHSAA Sports Calendar

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