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The SEC announced the following medical protocols that will be in place for fall athletics, that include football players being tested twice a week by a third-party provider and coaches and staff wearing masks on the sidelines.
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (August 7, 2020) - The Southeastern Conference has announced its initial COVID-19 management requirements for the fall athletics season as recommended by the SEC's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.

The Task Force has been meeting frequently since April to review and discuss information associated with the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on developing policies and protocols to guide membership decisions related to the healthy return of athletics activities, including team gatherings, practices, conditioning and competition, for SEC student-athletes and others associated with SEC athletics programs.

"Our Medical Task Force is producing an effective strategy for testing and monitoring, which complements the vigilant day-to-day efforts of our campuses to establish and maintain healthy environments in which our student-athletes can train and compete," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "Our health experts have guided us though each stage of preparation for the safe return of activity and, together with the medical staffs embedded within our athletics programs, we will continue to monitor developments around the virus and evolve our plan to meet the health needs of our student-athletes."

The Task Force's initial requirements for fall SEC sports include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing, and protocols for quarantine and isolation. Similar requirements will be developed for other SEC sports before their competition seasons begin.

Due to the constantly changing realities around the pandemic, the requirements and testing strategies developed by the Task Force will continue to be reviewed and updated as new information becomes available. The requirements are being developed as minimum standards for SEC programs to enact and serve to build on recommendations of the Autonomy 5 Medical Advisory Group and the NCAA's Resocialization of College Sports Guidelines. The SEC anticipates an additional pre-season report from the SEC's Task Force by August 31.

TESTING

-The SEC will coordinate centralized testing through a third-party provider to ensure consistency in surveillance and pre-competition testing. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the current standard testing method for the COVID-19 virus. Alternative testing methods may be considered if sufficient data develops to support those methods.

-In the sport of football, student-athletes and others in direct contact with the program will receive a PCR surveillance test at least twice weekly during competition, typically six days and three days prior to competition. The Task Force recommends exploring alternative testing methods that will accommodate a third test, in addition to the two required PCR tests, that will provide for the reliability and rapid response necessary for diagnostic testing in a timeframe closer to competition.

-In the sports of volleyball and soccer, student-athletes and others in direct contact with the program will receive a PCR surveillance test at least twice weekly during competition, with one to occur three days prior to the first competition of the week. The Task Force recommends exploring alternative testing methods that will accommodate a third test, in addition to the two required PCR tests, that will provide for the reliability and rapid response necessary for diagnostic testing in a timeframe closer to the first competition of the week.

-In the sport of cross country, student-athletes and others in direct contact with the program will receive a PCR surveillance test at least once per week during competition, with that test to occur three days prior to each competition.

MASKING

-In football, volleyball and soccer, all coaches, staff and non-competing personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sideline and physical distancing will be employed to the extent possible.

-In cross country, competing student-athletes are required to wear a face covering at the starting line, which may be removed when proper distancing has been achieved. Coaches and staff associated with cross country competition are expected to utilize social distancing to the extent possible and will be required to wear a face covering during pre- and post-competition.
OTHER NOTES

-Each institution is required to designate a COVID-19 Protocol Oversight Officer who will be responsible for education and ensuring compliance with the SEC's COVID-19 management requirements.

-The SEC announced in July that student-athletes in all sports who elect to not participate in intercollegiate athletics during the fall 2020 academic semester because of health and/or safety concerns related to COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team.

-The full SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Requirements for COVID-19 Management of Fall Sports can be found here.
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15 Comments
LSU third party testing will likley be processed in Birmingham... What are the odds key LSU players will test positive the weeks leading into the Bama game...
Reply2 months
Oh, Najee Harris and Dylan Moses are a little dinged up before the LSU game? Surprise! Terrace Marshall now has COVID. The hospitals have been manipulating cases for months. You better believe the SEC will too.
2 months
I want everyone from both teams to play.
2 months
That’s a bit of a stretch
2 months
When positives occur, what is the protocol? The affected player(s)/coach(s) sitting out 2 weeks or something? If this isn't extremely clear, we will have big problems.
Reply2 months
Largest Huddle ever this year. They have to use radios in all helmets to relay the plays.
Reply2 months
“ student-athletes in all sports who elect to not participate in intercollegiate athletics during the fall 2020 academic semester because of health and/or safety concerns related to COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team” This is BS
Reply2 months
And, chicken wire screen doors on houses to keep out mosquitoes.
Reply2 months
this is fricking retarded
Reply2 months
All of this to fight a cold the athletes have approximately 0 chance of serious illness from. The positive tests on Wednesdays before games are going to be a real problem.
Reply2 months
It's not just about protecting the athlete. Are you that dense?
2 months
I understand it's to "protect" the coaches and staff personnel as well. My problem is we continue to fight Darwinism over a virus with a hospitalization and death rate on par with the flu because of an upcoming election. We would've been back to normal by last month in 2019 or 2021 but nope, it's an election year and orange man bad so obstruct, resist, and delay prevails.
2 months
How is a kid coming off the field after an offensive / defensive series supposed to catch his/her breath with a mask on ?
Reply2 months
Depends on what "non-competing personnel" means. Are these players who are not in the game? Or ball boys, water bottle girls, etc.?
2 months
Better yet, if only the people that test negative can play or be on the sideline, why have to wear a mask at all?
2 months
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