School Sports Guidance

Face Covering Guidance for CHSAA-sponsored sports, youth sports and youth programming in schools and childcare settings

This guidance outlines the face covering requirements for all school-associated sports activities.

Face coverings are a key component to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Due to a large number of cases and outbreaks as a result of children’s sports, all individuals participating in school youth sports must adhere to the following orders:

Face Covering Guidance for Specific School Sports (preschool-12) Sports

Soccer, volleyball, football, bowling, golf, track and field, baseball, lacrosse and field hockey

  • Indoor participants of all of these sports must wear a face covering at all times (unless covered under a CHSAA variance).
  • If playing outdoors, a face covering is not required but is recommended.

Gymnastics

  • Indoors, gymnasts must wear a face-covering at all times and should obtain a face covering suitable for gymnastics movements. However, during a competition or an exhibition, a gymnast may remove their face covering as long as the gymnast is at least 25 feet away from any other individual. Coaches and spotters must wear a face covering approved for personal services, i.e., a surgical mask, a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it, or a KN95 mask.

Spirit (i.e., cheer and dance)

  • Participants must wear a face covering at all times except when a CHSAA variance applies. Indoors, a competitor may remove their face covering as long as they are at least 25 feet away from all other individuals (including teammates) at all times.
  • Outdoors, a face covering is not required but is recommended.

Wrestling

  • Except when a CHSAA variance applies, all individuals in Denver County must wear a face covering while wrestling, whether during competition or in practice while indoors.

Swimming and Diving

  • All individuals must wear a face covering while on an indoor swimming deck. A face covering may be removed while an individual is in a swimming pool and actively engaged in pool activity in which their face covering may become wet, including while on the diving platform to perform a dive.
  • A face covering is not required outdoors but is recommended when not in the water.

Hockey

  • Except when a CHSAA variance applies, all individuals in Denver County must wear a face covering while practicing or competing in hockey indoors. If playing outdoors, a face covering is not required but is recommended. Individuals participating in hockey should wear a face covering that will not interfere with mouth guards or other helmet safety components.