Winter high school sports can begin competition starting Friday in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Starting Friday all high school winter sports can begin competition in Rhode Island.

In a press release on Wednesday, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) said they received authorization from state officials to begin games/competition in the low and moderate risk sports.

The sports that can resume games/competition are:

  • Indoor track & field
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming

“Although we are thankful to receive the authorization from the State of Rhode Island and everyone is anxious to play, we also recognize that each member school and our officials associations will need time to adjust schedules and implement the new guidelines prior to hosting any competitions,” RIIL said in a statement.

RIIL added that they strongly encourage each school to take the appropriate time necessary prior to hosting its first events.

Here are some of the COVID-19 guidelines teams will have to follow:

  • The new guidance strongly encourages sports teams and leagues to require athletes, coaches, and officials to get weekly COVID-19 tests. A weekly testing protocol can quickly identify COVID-19 positive athletes, even those who do not have symptoms, and move them to isolation more quickly, which will help stop the spread to teammates and other close contacts.
  • If a player, coach, official, or member of a team, sports organization, or stable group tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the team or group who have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for up to 10 days or in accordance with Executive Orders and directions from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)
  •  If RIDOH identifies a positive COVID-19 case or outbreak connected to an athlete, coach, official, or sports team or organization, all activities associated with that case or outbreak should immediately cease, and all participants and organizations should fully and promptly cooperate with RIDOH case investigation and contact tracing, and follow the instructions provided from RIDOH regarding the need to quarantine and when activities may resume.

 

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