Athletics

Seasons of Play

  • Lark Athletics will follow the guidelines of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) regarding guidelines for practices and seasons of play.
  • As of a decision made July 10, all sports will be able to practice during the fall semester and compete in the spring semester according to the dates set by NJCAA and KJCCC.
  • No athletic practices will begin before August 17 and the number of scrimmages will be limited according to KJCCC policy.

Screening and Use of Athletic Facilities

  • An Athletic Training Screening Document or app will be created by Athletic Trainer and distributed to coaches to be used before every team activity before using any athletic facilities.
  • Doors to the following facilities shall remain locked and only opened by the essential employees: Yost Center gymnasium, weight room, athletic training clinic, team room, locker rooms, CAC, athletic offices, athletic lobbies.
  • Classes/Practices/Team or individual activities in these spaces will require the coach/teacher to allow students entry with permission to stay only the duration of the planned activity.
  • Individual work-outs may only occur only with a coach present. No student athletes should be given a key to gain entry into athletic facilities.
  • No locker rooms will be used during the fall semester.
  • Equipment that was used during practice should be sanitized after practices by coaches using cleaning products provided by the Campus Facilities department.

Fitness Room use

  • The fitness room will open August 28 and remain open to all students according to the CARES level in which the college is operating.
  • Masks are required in the fitness room and occupancy is limited to 10 people at one time, not including workers.
  • Every other machine or weight racks are to be used and disinfected after each use and regularly by the staff.
  • Students may sign-up for one hour slots using a shared Google doc system.

Travel Guidelines

  • Fall scrimmages are encouraged to be no more than a 30-minute trip from campus.
  • KDHE county numbers will be monitored to determine final travel decisions within the state.
  • When traveling, athletes need to wear masks when in vehicles as social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Coaches will arrange boxed meals through Dining Services or arrange for carry-out food.

Athletic Response to Student Athlete Showing Symptoms of COVID-19

  • If a student athlete exhibits symptoms, they must contact their coach or resident director who will make arrangements for isolation and testing in coordination with the quarantine coordinator.
  • If the coach determines the athlete showing symptoms has been within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer with teammates, those teammates must self-quarantine in their rooms until test results are returned.
  • If a student athlete tests positive, the student will remain in isolation and the health department will conduct contact tracing. The rest of the team may be required to get tested according to local asymptomatic test availability.

Spring Semester Planning

  • During fall semester, the athletic department leadership team will finalize steps of spring season event planning, spectator plans and facility management to prepare for spring season including consideration of live streaming arrangements, restroom facilities, officiating locker room use, etc.
  • Prior to spring semester, acceptable travel distance will be re-evaluated according to KJCCC guidelines and consulting local health authorities.
  • Necessity of overnight travel will be re-evaluated and guidelines for lodging will be revisited at that time.