GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Convention introduced at this time its 2021-22 COVID-19 Recreation Rescheduling Coverage and a number of other key updates to protocols inside the league’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group (MAG) Report.
The COVID-19 Recreation Rescheduling Coverage, which was permitted by the league’s athletics administrators, applies to soccer, area hockey, males’s and ladies’s soccer and volleyball.
2021-22 ACC COVID-19 Recreation Rescheduling Coverage
Within the sports activities of soccer, area hockey, males’s and ladies’s soccer and volleyball:
- If a 2021 ACC sport can’t be performed on its initially scheduled date by a workforce unable to play as a result of an inadequate variety of out there gamers associated to COVID-19, that workforce shall be deemed to have forfeited, with a loss assigned to the workforce unable to play and a win assigned to its scheduled opponent, with each the loss and win, respectively, utilized to the convention standings.
- If a 2021 ACC sport can’t be performed on its initially scheduled date as a result of any issue(s) instantly related to a Recreation Discontinuation Consideration as listed within the present ACC Medical Advisory Group (MAG) Report, the Convention’s sport rescheduling coverage shall apply.
- If a 2021 ACC sport can’t be performed on its initially scheduled date as a result of each groups being unable to play as a result of an inadequate variety of out there gamers associated to COVID-19, each groups shall be deemed to have forfeited, with a loss assigned to each groups and utilized to the convention standings.
Up to date ACC Medical Advisory Group Report
The up to date MAG report contains lodging for vaccinated people and institutional discretion to calm down mitigation methods primarily based on workforce vaccination charge.
The up to date report is the most recent from the ACC Medical Advisory Group and follows a 2020-21 educational yr during which the convention accomplished regular-season and postseason championship competitors (the place relevant) in every of its 27 sanctioned sports activities. The ACC has adhered to the rules put ahead by the MAG, which has met regularly since Could 14, 2020, to share data associated to the influence of COVID-19 on faculty campuses and the return of school sports activities.
“The ACC’s Medical Advisory Group continues its tireless efforts to ship significant protocols that may present a wholesome and protected setting for our student-athletes and groups,” stated ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “As a convention, we’re extraordinarily pleased with the numerous progress and total excessive charges of vaccination amongst student-athletes, coaches and workers. The continued resilience, dedication and sacrifice by our student-athletes is inspiring, and we sit up for watching them compete on the highest stage.”
The MAG is comprised of a person from every member establishment and features a cross-section of infectious illness specialists, public well being specialists, campus scholar well being specialists, workforce physicians, athletic well being care directors and a psychological well being skilled.
“The Medical Advisory Group has adjusted protocols primarily based on the teachings realized final yr, the provision of vaccines and the present state of the pandemic,” stated Dr. Cameron Wolfe, Chair of the ACC Medical Advisory Group and member of the infectious illness division at Duke College Medical Middle. “We are going to proceed to work intently with native public well being to make sure our protocols and efforts are synchronized. Similar to final yr, there could also be a necessity to regulate because the pandemic evolves and we might be ready to take action in the very best well being pursuits of our student-athletes.”
Whereas totally vaccinated people will now not be required to take part in a surveillance testing regime below the most recent revisions, testing should nonetheless be administered to unvaccinated student-athletes, coaches and sport assist workers who’ve important interplay with student-athletes, people designated in a workforce’s journey social gathering and anybody else who’s in common shut contact with student-athletes, as decided by the establishment.
Unvaccinated people on a workforce with a vaccination charge lower than 85 p.c, have to be examined a minimal of 3 times per week with a molecular (PCR) take a look at. Unvaccinated people on a workforce with a vaccination charge at or higher than 85 p.c, have to be examined as soon as per week. Further testing of unvaccinated people is on the discretion of the establishment.
Groups which have a vaccination charge of 85 p.c or larger amongst their student-athletes, and haven’t any energetic circumstances, might calm down mitigation methods round workforce actions (e.g., spacing/masking in conferences, at meals, whereas touring). In all sports activities, the masking of any particular person, vaccinated or unvaccinated, (student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, non-coaching personnel, officers) permitted within the workforce bench space or inside the taking part in enclosure might be on the discretion of the house establishment.