Guidance on Participating in NMAA-Sanctioned Activities
Please note that this information is subject to possible changes and reschedules.
As the state expands in-person learning, it is important that students seeking to physically return to classrooms be provided with access to in-person learning prior to returning to sports and extracurricular activities.
Schools seeking to participate in NMAA-sanctioned activities must first transition to the hybrid model of instruction. A school will be considered to be in the hybrid model if all students seeking in-person learning are offered access to in-person learning at least two days each week for at least five hours and thirty minutes on each of those days, or a total of 11 hours per week, in addition to learning offered in the remote environment.
A school must be in session in the hybrid model for 14 days before commencing participation in NMAA activities.
Once a school has transitioned to the hybrid model, it will have a 14-day waiting period in which COVID-19 cases at the school will be monitored prior to beginning NMAA activities. If the school does not experience four or more rapid responses in the 14 day waiting period, it may commence participation in NMAA activities.
CCSD’s start and end dates
Start and end dates below include the state play-offs:
- Cross Country: February 22, 2021 - March 27, 2021
- Football: February 22, 2021 - March 31, 2021
- Volleyball: February 22, 2021 - March 31, 2021
- Basketball: March 22, 2021 - May 8, 2021
- Soccer: March 1, 2021 - April 10, 2021
- Swimming: March 22, 2021 - May 8, 2021
- Wrestling: March 29, 2021 - May 29, 2021
- Baseball: April 5, 2021 - June 26, 2021
- Golf: April 5, 2021 - June 22, 2021
- Tennis: April 5, 2021 - June 19, 2021
- Track: April 5, 2021 - June 26, 2021
“Our students have been conditioning for months now, and now they are practicing to be ready for district games. It is something we have been waiting for and, although it is not yet ‘back to normal,’ I hope it is the way back to normal,” said Mark Archuleta, CCSD District Athletic Coordinator.
“Our students and families should know that we need to follow 100% of the COVID guidelines we’ve received from the state of New Mexico and the NMAA. Keeping our students healthy is the only way to continue their education and participation in a shortened season,” he continued.
COVID-Safe Practices for High School NMAA Sports & Activities
- Establish and continue communication with local and state authorities to determine current mitigation levels in your community. Check state and local health department notices daily about transmission in the area and adjust operations accordingly.
- New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) COVID-19 Safe Practices as outlined in the School Reentry Guidance must be followed during all activities on and off school campus.
- The safety of school staff and students must be the priority. If schools experience widespread COVID-19 outbreaks, NMAA activities will be halted until health conditions improve.
- Spectators are prohibited from practices and competitive play.
- Food concessions are prohibited.
- Masks are required for adults and students at all times.
- Overnight travel is prohibited.
- Consecutive-day competitions are prohibited.
- Limit competitions geographically (teams only compete with those in the same NMAA district).
- Prohibit congregation of players during warm-up, while at rest or hydration breaks, or when entering or leaving the practice site.
- Follow NM PED transportation guidance as per the School Reentry Guidance.
- Communal showers in locker rooms are prohibited. Where possible, have students change clothes at home. If this is not possible, have students change in private stalls or rooms, staggering the entry and exit of players to avoid student congregation.
- Conduct practices and competitive play outdoors when possible.
- Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
- Post signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering. Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation.
- Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods according to NM PED COVID-19 Response Toolkit.
- COVID-19 testing is required for all coaches and staff following the NM PED COVID-19 Response Toolkit. One or more positive tests among players or coaches will result in a 14-day suspension of practices and competition.
- Conduct trainings for students regarding hygiene and safety protocols including proper hand washing, touching of face, covering mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing and social distancing.
- Stagger arrival and drop-off times and locations. Establish protocols to limit direct contact with parents as much as possible. Students waiting to be picked up must maintain 6 feet social distancing.
- Temperature checks of staff must be taken daily with a touchless thermometer. Daily temperature checks of students are recommended for students in accordance with the NM PED COVID-19 Response Toolkit. Individuals with elevated temperatures (above 100.4 F) or with COVID-19 related symptoms must stay home.
- Implement screenings safely, respectfully, as well as in accordance with any applicable privacy laws or regulations. Confidentiality should be maintained.
- Plan for when a staff or student becomes sick. Sick individuals may not return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
- Students that become sick must be picked up immediately. For emergency situations, staff should call 911.
NMAA Media Guidelines During COVID-19
- Media personnel are required to wear face coverings/masks at all times (indoors or outdoors) and must practice social distancing. This includes play-by-play or broadcast personnel (tv and radio).
- Media access to each contest will be limited to the following:
- Video Streaming Personnel (one outlet designated by host school or NMAA)
- Print Media (maximum four individuals)
- One journalist and one photographer representing each school
- Radio (maximum one station per school; maximum two individuals per station)
- One play-by-play and one color per station
- Television News
- Limited access - may enter facility to obtain footage but cannot cover entire contest
- School Media Personnel (maximum two individuals)
- One individual from each school
- Must have an NMAA school media credential
- NOTE – For State Championship Events, the NMAA will work with the New Mexico Broadcasters Association and New Mexico Press Association to determine which outlets will be granted access per the above guidelines. For regular season events, the host school will make these determinations. Host school administration should work with visiting schools to determine which outlets should be able to cover the contest on behalf of the visiting school/community.
- Prior to the event, all media members must communicate with the host school administration to confirm attendance. Only those media members that have requested and been granted approval to cover the contest will be granted access to the facility.
To view the NMAA 2020-2021 Guidelines for Participation, click here
To view the NMAA 2020-2021 Media Guidelines, click here.