Fall Sports & Spectators Update - September 11, 2020

Fall Sports & Spectators Update - September 11, 2020
Posted on 09/11/2020
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South Park School District Community:


The South Park Eagles begin their home sports schedule tomorrow with a JV football game against Southmoreland. Next week, our football, soccer and volleyball teams will host home games at Eagle Stadium or in the high school gymnasium. Following the adoption of a revised return to athletics plan by the board of directors last evening, the district can now share tentative procedures for home games.


Following last evening’s board meeting, athletic director Tom Kayda received a notification from Dr. Robert Lombardi, PIAA Executive director. The email was shared with school leaders across the state. The email read:


“Thank you for all of your efforts in dealing with the re-opening of schools and the initiation of starting a new school year academically and athletically. There’s enough challenges to go around for everyone. Just following up on yesterday’s [Wednesday’s] action by the Senate in passing HB 2787 that has been criticized by the Governor’s spokesperson and she indicated that he will veto it. If that happens, the general assembly will have to pass this bill on a ⅔ majority to override the veto and it would become law. That leaves us in this unpopular position for this weekend and next week. The indoor limits of 25 people and outdoor limits for 250 are in effect (listed below and in the order). They have been issued as an order of the Governor. We cannot have schools violate this order.


“If schools violate this, it will cause us as an organization [PIAA] a huge problem to keep our support in the General Assembly who expect us to play by the rules and work through the process for change. We live by the same type of standard, so please share with your schools and constituents, we will follow the order and work through the process for change. Failing to do that may place all of us in a precarious position and give the administration fuel to change their mind and mandate actions that may be more restrictive to our schools. As stated by Senator Corman, yesterday [Wednesday], ‘...what the Governor giveth, the Governor can taketh away.’”


With this directive from the PIAA, the South Park School District must comply with the current order from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf which limits indoor gatherings to 25 and outdoor gatherings to 250. In the revised guidance from Governor Wolf, it states, “Spectators may attend sporting events, but count towards the statewide large gathering limitations (25 or fewer people indoors, 250 or fewer outdoors).” Therefore, the number of all individuals (student participants, coaches, staff, administrators, gameday workers, police officers and spectators) present at the entire venue cannot exceed these limits.


The district’s current plan as of Friday, September 11 is:


Home Varsity Football (September 18)


After conversations with administration and team/band leadership, the district will host Senior Night for football, cheerleaders and the marching band at its first home game on September 18. Senior recognition for football players will be held before the game. Senior recognition for cheerleaders will be held at halftime. Senior recognition for the marching band and the marching band’s performance will be held after the game. Limited spectator tickets to the pregame recognition, football game and halftime recognition (two tickets per participating senior) will be provided to senior football players and senior cheerleaders only. Limited spectator tickets (two tickets per participating senior) for the postgame recognition for marching band members and the band’s performance will be provided to senior marching band members only. Football and cheerleading spectators must exit the stadium immediately after the conclusion of the game. Band spectators may only enter the stadium after football/cheerleading spectators exit after the game. Those without tickets will not be permitted entry to Eagle Stadium. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. Spectators must park on the South Park High School campus and walk up to the fieldhouse entrance. Accessible parking is available in the fieldhouse parking lot.


Administrators will work with team/band leadership to develop updated spectator guidelines for future football home games later this month. Since seniors will be recognized at the first game, the district made it a priority to ensure all senior participants will receive two tickets.


JV Football


Each JV football player will receive two spectator tickets. Those without tickets will not be permitted entry to Eagle Stadium. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. Spectators for JV football must park on the South Park High School campus and walk up to the fieldhouse entrance. Accessible parking is available in the fieldhouse parking lot.


Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer


Each senior member of the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will receive four spectator tickets for each game at Eagle Stadium. All other members of the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will receive two spectator tickets for each game at Eagle Stadium. Those without tickets will not be permitted entry to Eagle Stadium. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. Spectators for girls’ and boys’ soccer must park on the South Park High School campus and walk up to the fieldhouse entrance. Accessible parking is available in the fieldhouse parking lot.


Girls’ JV & Varsity Volleyball


Because of the 25-person limit on indoor gatherings, no spectators will be permitted to attend girls’ volleyball games at this time.


Middle School Football

Each middle school football player will receive two spectator tickets. Those without tickets will not be permitted entry to Eagle Stadium. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. Spectators for middle school football must park on the South Park High School campus and walk up to the fieldhouse entrance. Accessible parking is available in the fieldhouse parking lot.


Middle School Volleyball


Because of the 25-person limit on indoor gatherings, no spectators will be permitted to attend middle school volleyball games at this time.



When attending athletic events, all spectators must wear face-coverings at all times (even when seated) at the recommendation of the Allegheny County Health Department. Spectators must also adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Seating may be marked to ensure those who do not live in the same household are separated by at least six feet. All spectators must go through a temperature screening before being permitted to enter the facility. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 are to stay home. Restrooms will be open. Concession stands will be closed. Those who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the property immediately.


As guidance, recommendations and mandates continue to change, these procedures are subject to modification. Further updates will be emailed to families and posted on sparksd.org. 


Thank you for your continued patience, support and cooperation as we work to ensure a healthy and safe fall sports season.

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