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Athletics

Trine Athletics/Fan Attendance Policy

General Public Information:

  • All attendees must be on a list submitted to the athletic department three days prior to the event.
    • Tickets WILL NOT be sold to the general public.
    • Athletes will be able to add four people to their list.
    • Attendees will need to present their ID for verification
  • Ticket booths will be open for check-in one hour prior to tip-off.        
    • No one will be granted entry unless they are on the list
      • There will be NO RE-ENTRY to the stadium.
    • Attendees will be assigned sections and will be required to stay in their area.
      • Parents – Will be seated in the upper bowl
      • Students/Faculty & Staff – Will sit on the West End bleachers in the lower bowl.
        • We will not bring out the bleachers in the lower bowl on the East Side of the gym.
      • Band – Band will not perform at the events.
      • Cheer/Dance – Will be located on the both sides of the end line (North and South)
    • All social distancing guidelines MUST BE followed
      • Cheer/Dance must have socially distanced formations throughout the game
    • All attendees must be masked at all times
      • There will be signage throughout the stadium, in bathrooms, on video board monitor and announced throughout the duration of the event
      • Players, cheer, dance and staff will be masked when appropriate
  • There will be NO visiting fans during the game
  • Hand sanitizing stations located throughout the stadium
  • Parents should not mix with athletes at any time
    • Parents are not to go on the court at the conclusion of the game
    • The stadium will close 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game

Parking:

  • There will be NO TAILGATING.
    • Will be enforced by Campus Safety
  • Ticket booths will begin opening for check-in one hour prior to tip-off.
    • No one will be granted entry if they are not on the list

Concessions:

  • There will be one concession stand open throughout the game
  • Limited Menu: Pre-packaged options with limited hot options
    • Hot dogs, nachos and popcorn will be only non-pre-packaged options available
  • Workers must be masked and gloved at all times
  • No reusable items will be present (i.e. ketchup and mustard pumps)
    • Replace with single-use packets

Promotional Item Handouts:

  • Workers will be masked and gloved at all times
  • Items will be limited to students ONLY!
  • Distribution setups will be located on the mezzanine near the student seating section, located on the West side of the building.

Game Operations:

  • Timeline will be adjusted to accommodate Athletic COVID-19 protocol
    • Cheer/Dance will be on end lines
    • No pre-game runout with cheer
    • Basketball team will still run out
    • Cheer and AV will alternate timeouts and times to perform according to the timeline created by Athletics
    • Dance will be allowed to perform at halftime for men’s games
    • Halftime events will be individual-based or filmed prior to the event.

General Public Information:

  • Attendance will be limited to 500, per Governor Holcomb mandate
  • Tickets WILL NOT be sold to the general public
  • All attendees MUST be on a list submitted to the athletic department two days prior to the event
    • Parents must present ID to verify names.
    • All students must scan in with ID
    • Each athlete will get four names on the list
    • Students/Faculty/Staff will be allowed in the game
  • All attendees MUST wear a mask at all times
    • Those not adhering to the requirement will be asked to leave the event
  • All social distancing guidelines MUST BE followed
    • Signs will be posted inside of bathrooms and upon entrance to the building
    • Attendees will be advised to sit 6 feet away from others.
    • Parents will be located on the North side of the arena closest to the entrance
    • Students will be located on the South side of the arena and will utilize the back hallway to get to their seats.
  • Parents should not gather in the lobby for athletes at the end of the game.
  • Attendees should not gather in the lobby during intermission times.

Concessions:

  • Limited Menu: Only pre-packaged options
  • Only essential personnel will be allowed in the “working areas”
    • Working areas are defined as – areas considered essential for the operation of the game currently being held at the stadium.
  • Each statistics table will have disposable masks and hand sanitizers
    • Hockey penalty boxes will have hand sanitizers and be cleaned at each intermission by housekeeping staff in attendance.
    • Statistics workers must be masked when social distancing cannot occur.
  • SID – Will need (student workers)
    • Two workers for Basketball Games (AV still needs to do music)
    • Four workers for Hockey Games (AV still needs to do music)

Trine Athletics/NCAA resocialization of sport guidelines

We have rebuilt the fall schedules and will compete in the coming months. Student-athlete and staff health and safety are always paramount to any decisions we make, and we are excited that we have found a safe path to compete in intercollegiate athletics.

The athletic department has adopted the NCAA alternative playing and practice season model which allows for 114 days of activity in all sports. This will allow spring sports to practice, but not compete in the fall semester. The NCAA resocialization of sport guidelines, as well as Trine University, local, state and federal policies will be followed.

Sport-specific activities will align with NCAA's guidance and provide a safe path while we return to play. There will be benchmarks and dates for the activities. The athletic department will continue to collaborate with local and national agencies to establish a set of expectations for each sport as they return small group, group and team activities.

All precautions will be taken to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 while engaging in athletic activities, but no measures can be 100 percent effective. Each student-athlete will have to determine if they have certain underlying medical conditions that place them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 while deciding if returning to athletics is prudent for their situation. We have provided each athlete with a list of considerations, by the direction of the NCAA; to assist in this decision. This document explains health care cost, the risk category of each sport and the steps we are taking to comply with the NCAA resocialization standards.

We are currently working on this within the MIAA and other conference affiliations. Since all NCAA fall sport championships were canceled, every Division III institution and conference will begin discussions soon on what this may look like. We will keep all of our student-athletes up to date as decisions on both winter and spring sports are made through the NCAA, MIAA and additional conference offices.

We are currently working on this within the MIAA and other conference affiliations. The decision on both winter and spring sports will be made at a later date in order to accumulate the most relevant data and information on how to proceed.

As you are aware, we have tested all student-athletes upon arrival to campus. As we proceed, in conjunction with ever-changing NCAA guidelines; we will continue our testing protocol for any team that will compete against other schools. This protocol will continue throughout the fall season and be administered based on the risk classification as assigned by the NCAA.

Yes. As outlined in the NCAA Resocialization of Sport document, specific underlying medical conditions such as moderate to severe asthma, immunocompromised status, severe obesity, diabetes or additional heart, lung, kidney or liver disease have all been identified as conditions that may place an individual into a higher-risk category. It is recommended that individuals with increased risk factors refrain from participation in the early stages of organized athletic activity. The presence of increased risk factors may require additional documentation from your primary physician, and all final participation clearances are at the discretion of the health care providers at the college.

Contact tracing protocols will be initiated to determine high-risk exposures as well as who will need to isolate, quarantine, and who will require diagnostic testing. The athletic department will follow Trine University, county, state and federal guidelines.

Please contact Matt Land, Athletic Director, with any concerns. The NCAA has also established a phone number and email address to allow student-athletes, parents or others to report potential return-to-sport concerns. The Association will notify school and conference administrators, who are expected to review and address concerns. Concerned individuals can call toll free 833-661-CV19 (2819) or email covidconcerns@ncaa.org with the name of the NCAA member institution, sport and brief summary of the concern.

No student-athlete can be dismissed from a team for choosing not to participate due to COVID-19 concerns.

No. A student-athlete is only charged with a season of participation when the student-athlete participates (practices or competes) during or after the first contest in the traditional segment. If the student-athlete's engagement in athletically related activity does not include outside competition, the student- athlete may practice without triggering a season of participation.

Locker room use is limited at this time. Showers, lockers, and changing rooms are off limits. As organized team activities resume, student-athletes will have limited use of the locker room changing area.

Click here to view the outline for our phased approach to participation in Fall Athletics.