After my article yesterday (Spectators will not be allowed to attend Howard County Public School System fall athletic sporting events) new information was provided to Scott E’s Blog today from the Howard County Public School System:

Prior to the start of practices, parents received information that was provided as we knew it at the time. As you can imagine, we are learning new information nearly every day and will continue to provide it to you as we receive it. We wanted to provide you with a few updates that we have learned in the past few days.

We are encouraged that based on current County and State guidance, our games will be able to be conducted as planned, meaning that football games will be 11 v 11, volleyball games will be 6 v 6, and all other fall sports will be able to have their full complement of players.

Additionally, we are hoping that a limited number of spectators will be permitted at games but we are still working through those details. Based on current orders by the State, we are limited to a maximum of 250 people at outdoor contests and 100 at indoor. This includes the players, coaches, officials and other essential personnel. That leaves little room for spectators at certain sports but we are currently working through those logistics. We want as many parents to be able to watch their student-athletes compete as we possibly can allow within the State’s current orders

We will continue to update our student-athletes, parents and guardians as new information is learned and plans finalized. We got off to a wonderful start to sports this past weekend and thank all of you for your continued collaboration and focus on health and safety so that we may be able to continue with an uninterrupted fall season.


My understanding is that the information above will be / has been emailed to parents.

The link on the website has been updated to the following on February 14th:  https://help.hcpss.org/athletics/SY-21-spectators

HCPSS is still working through State guidance limiting the maximum number of people permitted at indoor and outdoor contests to understand how many spectators may be able to attend athletic contests. Additional information will be shared with families closer to the start of games.


I will continue to track and follow this topic and will report out any new information I find or am sent about attendance for sporting events.

I will also check with the County tomorrow on how their restrictions affect the school system sporting events and if they plan to adjust the restrictions for the upcoming 2020-2021 fall sports season (games starting in March 2021).

Scott E

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