Athletics During COVID-19 Restrictions
From the Athletic Director
GFA's Athletics Department remains committed to offering opportunities for students to participate safely in sports during the winter season. Our success with the fall season has reinforced our belief that sports play a vital role in the sense of community that characterizes a GFA education. Our students develop lifelong friendships through their participation in team sports, and physical activity supports a healthier lifestyle.
We take the safety of our students and coaches seriously, so we are working hard to ensure that a number of precautions are in place to mitigate the risk of spreading respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. In accordance with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health (DPH), we will limit our offerings to basketball and squash because they are categorized as presenting moderate risk of transmission when appropriate modifications are in place. Those modifications include a limit on the number of players allowed on the courts at one time, a mandate to use face masks at all times, regular sanitization procedures, and health monitoring and screening prior to practice and games.
We are working in partnership with schools within our athletic conference, the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA). All FAA schools have agreed to follow the same guidelines and are communicating with families in sync. Although the FAA recently announced its decision to cancel the league competition for the 2020-2021 winter season, this decision will not preclude individual institutions from scheduling interscholastic opportunities. We look forward to seeing our GFA athletes compete against teams from other schools that are adhering to the same state safety guidelines, after January 11, 2021.
We are also hoping to offer students an opportunity to participate in recreational basketball on selected weekends in both the Middle and Upper School. Due to the fluid nature of the pandemic, our plans are contingent on current local conditions, which continue to evolve.
We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions on this page for more details about how we intend to run these programs in a safe and responsible manner.
We appreciate your continued support of the GFA athletics program and, most importantly, our athletes, as we work to ensure a safe and positive experience.
Thank you and go Dragons!
Tauni Butterfield, P '15
GFA Athletic Director
- Will students practice every day?
- Will interscholastic games be played? If so, when and where?
- What protocols will be followed to monitor students’ health?
- Will there be a sports requirement for 2020-2021?
- Will locker rooms be open for students to change?
- What will transportation look like?
- What will be the protocols for cleaning equipment and facilities?
- Which students can participate in the basketball program?
- Will there be tryouts? How will that work?
- When will students have practice?
- How can students sign up for intramural basketball?
- What safety guidelines will basketball players and coaches need to follow?
- Does the Coyle Gymnasium have adequate ventilation?
- What safety guidelines will athletes and coaches have to follow?
- How many students will be allowed to participate in the squash program?
- When will each squash team practice?
- How can a student participate in the squash program?
- Will visitors be allowed during games?
- Will there be private lessons available?
- Why will face masks and shields be required?
- Isn’t it dangerous for players to wear a mask on court?
- What type of mask should I wear?
- Does the squash court building have adequate ventilation?
- What sanitization procedures will be followed?
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