Four-Rivers Conference releases fall sports attendance guidelines

    On August 18, the Four-Rivers Conference athletic directors announced guidelines and recommendations the conference will follow for its fall sports, including volleyball, football, boys soccer, softball, cross country, girls golf, and middle school girls basketball. St. James will be following the plan, which was formulated to reduce exposure to the coronavirus.


    For all sports, facemasks will be “highly recommended” for all athletes when they are not actively involved in strenuous physical activity. Spectators will be asked to sit in family/household clusters and keep a minimum of six feet of distance from other groups.
    The wearing of masks by spectators will also be highly recommended, especially in times when physical distancing of six feet is not possible. Some conference schools will require masks to be worn at all times.
    Spectators are asked not to attend events if they have any of the following: new or worsening cough; new or worsening sore throat; new or worsening loss of taste and or smell; shortness of breath/trouble breathing; vomiting or diarrhea; or a fever greater than 100.4 degrees.
    For volleyball, gym capacity will be limited to 50 percent, with visitors seating limited to 75, with ticket vouchers (which reserves your ability to purchase a ticket at the game) to be distributed to visiting players by their coach prior to each match. The remaining seating capacity will be reserved for home fans.
    For football and boys soccer, stadium capacity will be limited to 50 percent. Visitors will receive 250 ticket vouchers, with the remaining capacity reserved for home fans.
    For middle school girls basketball, gym capacity will be limited to 50 percent capacity. Visitors will receive 50 ticket vouchers and the remaining capacity will be reserved for home fans.
    For softball, cross country, and girls golf, it is recommended that spectators be limited to immediately family members only. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to allow for social distancing.
    Fan capacity at each conference venue will be determined by the local school district, its county health department regulations, and city fire codes. Attendance limitations and other restrictions may change as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.