ACC’s coronavirus guidelines for competition, testing and more

first_img Published on July 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Medical Advisory Group released a seven-page coronavirus report Wednesday outlining guidelines and information regarding testing, masks, quarantining and discontinuing games.The group, composed of 15 medical and athletic experts, created “minimum standards (to) provide guidance on appropriate risk mitigation strategies and engender a level of trust and confidence,” the report states. Because the guidelines are the “minimum,” the ACC acknowledged that stricter local or state rules may apply. For now, however, the 15 ACC schools and any nonconference opponents are expected to abide by these regulations as of Aug. 1.Here’s a breakdown of the report:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCOVID-19 testing and positive resultsAll football team members — including players, coaching staff, trainers, administrative assistants and academic support providers — must be tested for COVID-19 within three days of every game, beginning the week of the first game. The guidelines also apply to team members of Olympic sports, as well as those in “close contact” with them. The report deemed five of Syracuse’s seven ACC-sponsored fall sports, as well as lacrosse and basketball, to be at “high-risk,” of spreading COVID-19. Players in these sports must undergo weekly testing. The exception to the weekly testing is cross country, which is listed in the report as “medium-risk.” Those athletes can be tested every other week. Low-risk athletes, like golf or tennis players, should be tested at the discretion of the institution. Additional testing and contact tracing should also be conducted at the institution’s discretion. Athletes identified through contact tracing should quarantine for 14 days, the ACC’s report states.If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, they’ll isolate for at least 10 days from the detection of symptoms or the return of the positive test result. The athlete must also have recovered for at least one day. The team’s medical staff will decide when the athlete can return to play. Within 24 hours of a positive test result, the team is expected to notify all opponents who have come within six feet of the player for more than 15 minutes in the previous 48 hours. Benches, sidelines and locker roomsEveryone in the bench area, including coaches, bench players, trainers and players who have just exited the game, is expected to wear a mask. Football and men’s lacrosse are the only exceptions. Those players are wearing helmets on the sidelines, and face shields are being developed to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets for football, according to the ACC report. Temperature checks, six-foot distancing and masks are required for any individual on the sidelines. Each school’s staff will be responsible for disinfecting home and visiting locker rooms, as well as bench areas. Visiting teams will also get additional time to conduct further sanitation at their discretion. Other informationFootball officials should also abide by three-day testing requirement.Postgame interaction should be limited between players, staff and coaches.Except officials and players, anyone handling equipment should be screened and should wear gloves and a mask.Campus-wide outbreaks, an inability to control and isolate positive COVID-19 cases or insufficient hospitalization in case of a surge could all lead to “game discontinuation.”Pregame or postgame routines that violate six-foot social distancing should be eliminated.Travel groups for teams should be evaluated to minimize risk of exposure.Teams should be aware of the mental health of student-athletes, especially as it pertains to COVID-19 changes.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: How to watch United States vs. Netherlands final

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden defeats England to claim bronze medal And then there were two.The defending champion U.S. women’s national team will face the Netherlands for the Women’s World Cup title Sunday.  Megan Rapinoe injury update: U.S. star expects to be ‘good to go’ for World Cup final Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe takes aim at FIFA over prize money gap, finals scheduling It will also be live streamed on FoxSportsGo and fuboTV.Where is the game being played?The game is being played at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.When was the last time they played?The USWNT topped England 2-1 on July 2, while the Netherlands eliminated Sweden 1-0 on July 3.The U.S. has played the Netherlands seven times, with the Americans leading the series 6-1. The USWNT enters as the favorite as the team prepares to make it’s third straight final appearance. On the other hand, the Dutch team is making its first final appearance.Here’s everything you need to know entering Sunday’s matchup:How can I watch the Women’s World Cup Final?The game is scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. ET and can be viewed on Fox, FS1, FS2 and Telemundo. Related News Who will be on the starting rosters?While the official rosters have yet to be revealed, it is anticipated that USWNT star Megan Rapinoe will play after sitting out the semifinals against England with a hamstring injury.What are the odds?The U.S. is listed at -1 (-145), while the Netherlands is +1 (+125). The over/under is 2.5.last_img read more