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UASD Approves Winter Sports Plan, but Competition is on Hold

As sports at the Upper Adams School District (UASD) move indoors, the district is taking extra precautions to keep athletes, coaches, referees, and spectators safe.

District Athletic Director Anthony Graham said winter sports practice is beginning now and that competition, should it be allowed, will begin the second week of December.  But competition can only occur if Adams County returns to a “moderate” rate of COVID infection from its current elevated state of “substantial.”

Graham said the health procedures are similar across the three winter sports, basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling, and include temperature screening, restricted locker room access, having athletes and referees arrive dressed in their sports clothes, social distancing, and sanitization.

Bleachers will be divided into two sections: One for essential sports personnel, including teams, coaches, referees, and medical staff, and one for spectators. Each student will be allowed two passes for family members or other guets, and there will be no visiting spectators.

Graham said several streaming options are available for each sport that will allow people to watch competitions online.

Graham said there will be no hand shaking and that teams will acknowledge each other from a distance as a show of sportsmanship.

The wresting program will use two competition mats alternately.  The mats will be cleaned between uses.

“We feel we’re in the right place to move forward,” said Graham.

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