The Howard County Public School System announced updated athletics plans to allow limited spectators at 2020-2021 athletics contests, set to begin March 5 for fall sports, which were postponed from the original start date.

Based on current State orders, HCPSS is limited to a maximum of 250 people at outdoor contests and 100 at indoor, which includes the players, coaches, officials and other essential personnel. This leaves little room for spectators at some athletic events. Therefore, all rostered student-athletes on varsity and junior varsity teams will initially be provided with two passes from their school to provide to family members that may be used to enter home contests. Because of the strict limitations on maximum occupancy at this time, only spectators for the home team may attend the game and must have a school-issued pass with them.

HCPSS will continue to monitor State orders and adjust accordingly if the State allows additional capacity at outdoor and indoor venues.

Buses will transport student-athletes to away games and all distancing protocols that are implemented on buses to and from school will also be enforced on buses to and from games. Students may secure alternate transportation to and from away games if they provide the school with a written note at least 24 hours in advance. Parents who choose to drive their student-athlete to away games will not be permitted to enter the game as a spectator at this time.

The fall athletics season was pushed back from its original start date and began with practices beginning February 13. All games will be held in-county and against Howard County high schools. There will not be a state tournament or state championship events. Game schedules will be shared by schools with student-athletes and families.

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Scott E

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