Sports Leagues - Covid-19 Guidelines

  1. Mask Guidelines 

    Updated  March 5th 

    In response to the Governor’s local and/or state mandates in place, we ask that families and participants do the following:

    Indoors: Everyone entering a JCPRD facility must wear a mask, unless exempt by executive order. Masks are required to be worn by everyone at all times including spectators, coaches, and athletes, with the only exception being during athletic activity*. While on the bench, players must wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Children under 5 may be encouraged to wear a mask but are otherwise exempt from this order.

    *Participants are still more than welcome to choose to wear a mask while engaged in physical activity if they choose to do so.

    Outdoors: All spectators must practice social distancing. If spectators do not practice social distancing, they must wear a mask, unless exempt by executive order. Athletes on the bench must practice social distancing or put on a mask.

    Thank you for your understanding. Please help keep our community safe and our facilities open.

Guidelines for JCPRD Sports Leagues

Updated: March 29th, 2021

Note: Guidelines may change or evolve at any time based upon new data or guidance. 

These regulations have been implemented so that we are able to maximize court and field usage for games and team practices through the Spring and Summer.  Please ensure your team is fully aware of these requirements so that we can continue providing activities and keep our facilities open.  

Please contact your JCPRD facility if a player or coach tests positive for Covid-19 or has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Visitors are Required to:

  • Maintain at least 6-feet of distance between all facility visitors, including staff.
  • Clean hands between rounds of play.
  • Avoid sharing any food, beverage or equipment.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer for use when restrooms are not convenient. Soap and water will be available in restrooms for hand washing.  
  • Bring disinfecting wipes/products to clean shared equipment if sharing is a necessity.
  • Bring your own water bottle or sports beverage.  Drinking fountains will be closed.
  • Bring your own chairs for spectators and possible player bench overflow.  Bleachers may be closed and inaccessible.  Chairs brought into indoor facilities must be acceptable for indoor use, please no exposed metal feet. Chairs must be set up at least 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid tailgating before or after games.  It is suggested to leave the facility and parking lot immediately following the completion of your game.

Attendance is Restricted for:

  • Anyone awaiting Covid-19 test results.
  • Anyone showing signs or symptoms of illness.  
  • Anyone with an underlying medical condition that is associated with a high-risk of developing Covid-19 related complications.
  • If you answer yes to any of the following questions, stay home:
    • Have you had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days?:
      • Fever of 100.4 or greater
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • Chills
      • Sore throat
      • Muscle or body aches
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Congestion or runny nose
    • Have you or anyone in your household been to, or had contact with, someone who has visited any of the travel advisory locations listed on the CDC website within the last 14 days?
    • Have you had close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you been instructed to self-quarantine or isolate, for the current period of time, by a health agency or hospital due to possible Covid-19 exposure?

Winter & Spring Indoor Sports Spectator Limits

Okun Fieldhouse & New Century Fieldhouse Spectators

Event Number of Spectators per Player
All Games2
All PracticesNo Limit
Heart of America Volleyball Tournaments1 spectator per player; HOA's website link

JCPRD Sports Staff & All Visitors

  • Players, coaches and spectators may enter INDOOR facilities no more than 10 minutes prior to game time.
  • Players, coaches and spectators may enter OUTDOOR facilities no more than 20 minutes prior to game time.
  • No one is permitted to congregate in common spaces.  Teams may not utilize indoor lobbies for team meetings.
  • Minors must be under the supervisor of parents/guardians at all times and must be present only to spectate game play. Minors may not travel the facility unattended, access open fields, or use equipment.
  • Game times and courts/fields will be spread as much as possible to minimize cross-traffic at facilities.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.  Use may be limited to decrease the number of people inside the restroom at the same time.
  • Restroom lines may form, maintaining social distance of 6 feet.  Only 1 person may be waiting in line inside the restroom, all others must wait outside.
  • All concessions employees will wear masks and gloves as they prepare food, serve food and conduct transactions.
  • Floor markings will be visible to encourage social distancing by providing parameters for acceptable distances in common areas.  Concessions lines will include floor markings.
  • Commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized by staff daily. 
  • Plexi-glass guards will be placed at front desks and field offices to protect both the public and staff.
  • Game schedules, rules and league details will be available online only.  
  • See below for sport-specific guidelines.


  • The sharing of equipment is strongly discouraged.  If sharing is a necessity, please sanitize items between uses.
  • Please disinfect all equipment after every game/practice.
  • Writing utensils and other office supplies will not be available for public use.  If a writing utensil or other office supply will be needed, please plan to bring items from home.
  • Drinking fountains will not be available.  Players and coaches should plan to bring a filled water bottle or sports beverage.
  • Golf carts will be used only for staff purposes and emergency transport. Staff will be unable to provide rides to the public. Please plan to drop off walkers at the nearest entrance to your playing area.
  • See below for sport-specific guidelines.

Coaches & Teams

  • Please contact your JCPRD sports facility if a player, coach or other member of your team tests positive for Covid-19.
  • Coaches are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times.
  • It is expected that teams remove all equipment and garbage from their player bench after play.  Please do not leave garbage for the next team to discard.  Benches will be sanitized on a regular basis.
  • Gum, seeds, tobacco products, and all other products for chewing/spitting are prohibited.
  • All team meetings must maintain 6 feet of social distance.  No huddles.
  • See below for sport-specific guidelines.

Game Rituals:

  • All visitors are to avoid high-fives, fist-bumps, handshakes...etc.
  • Pre-game meetings will take place with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between 1 official and 1 coach/manager from each team.  Players may not attend pre-game meetings.
  • Post-game meetings will be limited to a "good game" or "thank you" and a wave. 
    • Volleyball teams may lineup on their own baseline to express thanks.
    • Basketball teams may lineup on their own free throw line to express thanks.
    • Outdoor teams may lineup along their own dugout fence to express thanks.
  • See below for sport-specific guidelines.

Indoor League Modifications (In addition to guidelines listed above.)

  • Doors will be labeled for entry or exit to minimize cross-traffic.
  • Please do not enter more than 10 minutes prior to game time.
  • Player benches will be elongated when possible.  Seating labels will be marked to encourage social distancing.  If benches are not long enough to accommodate all players 6 feet apart, please be prepared to seat players in personal chairs.
  • Basketball
    • All players, coaches and fans must remain in the space along the baseline until your court, player bench and fan seating area are completely vacated before proceeding to your court. 
    • Only rostered players, and coaches represented on a team’s Code of Conduct, may utilize team benches and areas surrounding team benches along the sideline.
    • Parents and other fans may utilize only their designated sideline and may not approach the bench, officials or score table.
    • All visitor must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from the sideline referee; please ensure chairs provide enough space for the referee to move safely up and down the sideline.
    • The game ball, provided by the home team as designated by the schedule, will be cleaned by the referee before the game begins and at halftime.  Additional cleaning may be done when necessary or requested.
    • Players are to refrain from non-essential contact such as high-fives or congratulatory chest bumps.  Huddles must be spaced out per social distancing guidelines.  
    • Any player, as determined by a referee, to make deliberate, non-game-related contact with an opponent, will be ejected from the remainder of the game.  These decisions will be final and may not be contested.
    • Scorekeeping – One volunteer (18+) from each team will be required at the score table.  This volunteer does not count toward the spectator limit.  Elongated tables will be utilized for distancing.  One volunteer will run the scoreboard, the other will manage the scoresheet.  An employee will be responsible for cleaning the score table, chairs and score module between each game.
  • Volleyball
    • When registered for a double header youth league, a double header format will be followed however opponents will remain the same unless not possible.  It is intended that on each game day, teams will play 2 matches, 3 games each, against the same opponent.
    • Teams will remain on one side for the entirety of both matches.  Teams will not switch sides.
    • Youth League Warm-ups - Teams may utilize their own side of the court for pre-game warm up when it is available. Please allow players from a previous game to clear the court and bench before taking the court. To limit cross-team contact, designated warm-up times will be set.  At a minimum of 8-minutes before game time, the referee will set the clock for 8-minutes and designate one team to use the full court as they wish to warm up (such as serving and hitting). At 4-minutes, the ref will signal that the other team will take the court. Once time has ended teams will clear the court and prepare to start the game. Please do not serve or hit to the opposite half-court while opponents are on the court.
    • Adult League Warm-ups - Teams may utilize their side of the court when available.  Teams may not warm-up serving to the other court.
    • All visitors must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from the ref stand.  The ref will conduct the pre-game meeting, and all conversations, from up on the stand.
    • Two game balls will be in rotation for each court and switched between each game.  Game balls will be sanitized when rotated out of play.
    • Scorekeeping - Officials will control the scoreboard and track the score.  The general public may not handle the score modules or score sheets.
    • Teams must keep their own scorebook for verification in the case the ref requests confirmation of the official score.

Outdoor League Modifications (In addition to guidelines listed above.)

  • At facilities with multiple entrance gates, it is encouraged to use those nearest your playing field to minimize foot traffic at each gate.
  • Please do not enter more than 20 minutes prior to game time.
  • Adult Slowpitch & Youth Fastpitch
    • Game Balls
      • 9U through Adult Leagues - Each team must furnish a minimum of 4 game balls.  Ball type and purchasing instructions are listed on league web pages.  Each team will pitch their own game balls to limit cross-team contact.  The umpire will have zero contact with game balls.  The defending team must have game balls ready for when the ball goes out of play.  
      • 8U and belowTeams will be given 2 game balls at the first game.  Teams must keep their game balls for the duration of the season.  If a game ball is lost, please contact the Youth Sports Coordinator for purchasing instructions.
        • Game balls should be sanitized by the defending team when a ball rotates out of play.
    • Players may sit in dugouts but must maintain at least 6 feet of social distance.  
      • Teams must bring chairs for overflow players to sit directly behind dugouts, maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance.
    • The bleachers may be closed and inaccessible.  Spectators may bring personal chairs and sit along the outside of the infield and outfield fences, maintaining at least 6 feet social distance.
    • Warm-ups - Players may arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to game time.  Players may take their game field only after the previous team has completely vacated the field and dugout.  Teams may not access any fields other than the one assigned game field.  Please avoid cross-traffic between different teams entering/exiting dugouts.
    • Reminder - No tailgating before or after games inside the complex or in the parking lot.

Practice Regulations

  • Attendance – Practices may be attended by rostered players and coaches. Spectators are allowed to attend with no limit.
  • Entry and Social Distancing – Teams are to enter the building no more than 10 minutes prior to practice time.  Please follow arrows and signage to enter through appropriate doors.  Please ensure all players remain outside the boundary of all courts and socially distance from other teams while waiting for practice to begin.  
  • Practice Times - If your practice is scheduled to begin at 5:30, you may enter your court no earlier than 5:30.  Late arrivals will not be granted additional time.  Teams are expected to vacate their practice court promptly at the end of practice.  Please begin wrapping up your practice prior to your practice end time.  If your practice is scheduled to end at 6:30, your team must be off your court no later than 6:30.  
  • Masks – Everyone entering Okun and New Century Fieldhouse are expected to wear a mask unless exempt by executive order. Masks are required to be worn by everyone including spectators, coaches, and athletes with the exception of athletes engaged in athletic play. While on the bench wearing a mask, players are still required to social distance.
  • Okun Fieldhouse Drop-off and Pick-up – It is the responsibility of the team Head Coach to coordinate with parents for outside drop-off and pick-up.  Players may not be left unattended.  The Head Coach must be present to supervise at all times.  If the Head Coach must wait with players after practice while parents are en route, they may do so on the outside covered patio to the south of the building.