The College has developed a series of protocols that will enable its sponsorship of spring 2021 sports. Protocols established by the institution, the Centers for Disease Control, New Jersey Department of Health and Region XIX regarding general safeguarding – and specific guidelines for athletics such as baseball, softball and track and field – will govern these low- and medium-risk activities as defined by the State’s health department. Student-athletes can participate in spring 2021 sports provided they have met the institution’s existing medical, academic and eligibility standards and agree to sign a pledge that commits themselves to acting and behaving responsibly before returning to campus. This pledge is included within the College’s required SafeColleges training. Students who fail to adhere to the College’s health and safety guidelines may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including, suspension. Reports of noncompliance can be securely submitted here.

Protocols – Student-Athletes/Coaches

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Adhere to social distancing markers.
  • Use sanitizing stations before entering the field of play and returning to the dugout, bleachers or sideline.
  • Do not celebrate or gather in areas such as the field of play, dugouts, bleachers and sidelines; no postgame handshakes.
  • Use your own, individual-supplied water bottle.
  • Do not spit or chew gum.
  • No laundry service.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Coaches must sanitize Bergen-issued equipment after each practice or game.
  • Opposing teams should not handle the other team’s baseballs/softballs.
  • Do not interact with spectators or opposing team members.
  • Do not exit and reenter the athletics facilities bubble within the same day – leaving the bubble forfeits one’s right to return to the bubble that day; readmittance is not permitted.
  • Complete a negative fever thermal temperature screening and receive an approved entry message in the #CampusClear risk assessment questionnaire before entering the bubble.
  • “Opt-out” from the season or a specific practice/game for any reason, any time, by formal notification to coaches and the managing director of athletics.
  • Do not use any indoor athletic resource (including, but not limited to locker rooms, team rooms, the gymnasium and pool).
  • Use the outdoor “blockhouse” for basic restroom facilities for one person at a time.
  • Test negative before entering the College’s outdoor athletics facilities bubble for a game. A positive test prior to a practice or game will cancel that day’s event.
  • If you test positive, become sick with COVID-19 or experience any COVID-19 symptoms on practice- or game-days or non-practice or game-days, follow the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and coaches should immediately notify the Managing Director of Athletics (jhernandez@bergen.edu), Office of Human Resources (humanresourcesgroup@bergen.edu) and College nurse (dhuie-pasigan@bergen.edu). Student-athletes should immediately notify the Managing Director of Athletics (jhernandez@bergen.edu), Interim Vice President of Student Affairs (rchoonoo@bergen.edu) and College nurse (dhuie-pasigan@bergen.edu).
  • In the event of becoming symptomatic while in the athletics facilities bubble, he or she must notify the managing director of athletics, who will contact the College nurse while moving the affected individual to an isolated, tented location in the bubble. The nurse will then provide direction regarding how to assess the individual’s symptoms and what further action should take place in accordance with the protocols outlined regarding symptomatic individuals.
  • The College will limit attendance to those engaging in athletic competition and will remain in compliance with the state’s established outdoor gathering limits as it relates to permitting spectators (currently 50 people and with more than two parents/guardians per player).
  • The College will not sponsor any travel to away games. Student-athletes and coaches must provide their own mechanism for attending games. As per Centers for Disease Control recommendations, individuals travelling together should remain limited to those in the same household.

Protocols – Spectators

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Adhere to social distancing markers.
  • Do not spit or chew gum.
  • Do not interact with other spectators, student-athletes or the opposing team.
  • Use the outdoor “blockhouse” for basic restroom facilities for one person at a time.
  • Do not attend games if you test positive, become sick with COVID-19 or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • In the event of becoming symptomatic while in the athletics facilities bubble, he or she must notify the managing director of athletics, who will contact the College nurse while moving the affected individual to an isolated, tented location in the bubble. The nurse will then provide direction regarding how to assess the individual’s symptoms and what further action should take place in accordance with the protocols outlined regarding symptomatic individuals.
  • The College will not permit spectators from visiting teams.
  • The College will limit attendance to those engaging in athletic competition and will remain in compliance with the state’s established outdoor gathering limits as it relates to permitting spectators (currently 50 people and with more than two parents/guardians per player).
  • Obtain a ticket to enter the athletics facilities bubble for a game. As part of obtaining a ticket through a digital portal that the College will distribute through student-athletes, potential spectators must complete COVID-19 awareness training that will discuss expectations of those on campus. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be presented at entry to the athletics facilities bubble.