COVID-19 GameDay Protocols

Randolph Athletics has designed the following game day protocols using the state’s current “Safer at Home” public health order which states, “Players, coaches, officials, and spectators may not congregate within 6 feet of a person from another household except to the extent necessary, and only to the extent necessary, for players, coaches, and officials to directly participate in the athletic activity.” The six-foot distancing rule, combined with Randolph’s additional abundance of caution, will significantly reduce attendance at our athletic venues.

TEMPERATURE CHECKS
Everyone (students, fans, faculty, coaches, volunteers, officials, and athletes) who enters a Randolph athletic venue for a game must have their temperature checked before entering. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will NOT be permitted to enter the venue.

SYMPTOM SCREENINGS
NO ONE with any of the following COVID-19 symptoms should enter a Randolph athletic venue: sore throat, fever or chills, coughing that causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, diarrhea/vomiting/abdominal pain, muscle or body aches, new onset of severe headache, or a loss of taste or smell.

FACE COVERINGS
Everyone (students, fans, faculty, coaches, volunteers, officials, and athletes) who enters a Randolph athletic venue for a game is required to wear facial coverings at all times while on-site (except children under age 2). Coverings must cover the nostrils and mouth at all times. Limited exceptions are allowed, such as for children who have under the age of 2.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING
All spectators are required to practice appropriate physical distancing at all times. Spectators are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet distance between anyone other than those living in the same household.

LIMITING SPECTATOR SEATING
To ensure proper physical distancing limits, attendance is being restricted with max capacities dependent on event/venue. Spectators are not to sit on any portion of rows labeled with an “X.” Rows without an “X” will have distance markers every 6’ to help ensure proper distances are used.

Drake gym events: We cannot allow spectators in the gym for middle school volleyball matches (details below).

CONCESSIONS
To minimize COVID risks, no concessions will be available at this time.

ATTENDANCE
Currently, the number of spectators permitted to attend, in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines, is set at 50% of venue capacity. In addition to these parameters, we are also basing our attendance restrictions on CDC recommendations and our own abundance of caution. To maximize emphasis on distancing according to bleacher dimensions, Randolph hosted events will allow for less than 30% capacity depending on the event/venue.

Per AHSAA, “If attendance restrictions are in place, equal access for visiting fans must be provided.” Please note, this AHSAA mandate drastically affects our home fan allocation.

Ticket allocation: Maximum ticket allocations will be utilized to prioritize the health and safety of those attending our events. The maximum allocations have been determined based on making sure the mandated physical distancing needs can realistically take place at each venue, during each event. Depending on the event/venue, some events will have no spectators allowed and the others will involve a very restricted number of spectators. Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions will not allow tickets to be offered outside these parameters. Fortunately, we are working on plans that should allow all home events to offer live video streaming online.

Ticket purchasing process: Randolph Athletics will use the digital platform, GoFan, for online pre-sales and potentially in walk-up ticket purchases. A limited allotment of tickets (based on per family allocations detailed below for Friday nights) will be sold before the day of the event. If there are remaining tickets available within the restricted capacity, we will communicate any opportunity for general admission ticket ASAP. If that opportunity exists, tickets will be sold digitally by way of online and credit card purchases at the event until the restricted capacity limit is reached. Due to our capacity restrictions, and from talking to other schools who have already hosted home events, Friday night tickets will most likely be sold out before the day of the event.

PLEASE NOTE: GOFAN LINKS AND DETAILS WILL BE SENT OUT REGARDING THE EXACT PROCESS EACH GAME WEEK


Here are the Randolph athletic venues, their capacity allowing for appropriate physical distancing, and how each event type per sport will allocate tickets for the FALL season:

“Essentials” refer to the following groups for each team: team members (to include band members), coaches, referees/officials, security, athletic trainers, volunteers related to tickets/concessions/temp checkers, plus positions that support the event (scoreboard operator, stat keepers, announcer, line judges, chain gang, admins on duty, filmers, etc)

“SRO” (Standing Room Only) refers to non-bleacher areas where fans can stand or bring folding chairs to sit. SRO fans will still be required to physically distance 6’ from non-members of their household.

SportsMed Field, Garth Campus Stadium

Properly distanced bleacher spaces for two members of the same household, plus SRO areas, plus essentials, equals the Randolph total CAPACITY properly utilizing all bleacher structures and surrounding areas:

  • Friday Nights: 252 bleacher fans + 148 SRO fans + 200 essentials = 600 (29% of total capacity)

Friday Night Varsity Football games

PLEASE NOTE: GOFAN LINKS AND DETAILS (TICKET PRICES, PARKING, GATE LOCATIONS, ETC) WILL BE SENT OUT REGARDING THE EXACT PROCESS EACH GAME WEEK

Live video streaming will be available and more details on that process will be sent separately.

Middle School Football games: Due to a reduced amount of essentials for MS games (smaller football/cheer rosters, no band or dance teams, etc) combined with fewer spectators, the circumstances allow us to utilize a different approach compared to Friday night games. In the days leading up to a home MS football game, both middle schools will each be sent a GoFan pre-sales payment link specific to their school with the same limited total allotment of tickets in place. The links will be live until either 1) the total allotment of available tickets are sold out OR 2) if the total allotment of tickets haven’t sold out, pre-sales ticket will close 48 hours before kick-off time, whichever happens first (both are automated through the GoFan program). If the total allotment of available tickets is not met online, then general admission tickets will be sold digitally at the game until the capacity is reached and then no more fans will be allowed to enter.

PLEASE NOTE: GOFAN LINKS AND MORE DETAILS (TICKET PRICES, PARKING, GATE LOCATIONS, ETC) ON A PER EVENT BASIS WILL BE SENT OUT REGARDING THE EXACT PROCESS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS

Live video streaming will be available and more details on that process will be sent separately.

TOC Court, Shields-Jones Athletic Complex on Garth Campus

Properly distanced bleacher spaces for two members of the same household, plus essentials, equals the Randolph total SEATING CAPACITY utilizing all six sections of the bleachers (zero SRO opportunities):

  • Varsity/JV Volleyball: 108 bleacher fans + 75 essentials = 183 (18% of total capacity)

Varsity/JV Volleyball matches: Each of the varsity/JV volleyball student-athletes will be allocated TWO free tickets to each home game. Each team member will be given a packet that includes two physical tickets per family, per game. These tickets will be collected before each match.

Live video streaming will be available and more details on that process will be sent separately.

Knight-Lowe Gym, on Drake Campus

The Knight-Lowe gym has bleachers on each side. Upholding physical distancing mandates, all home bleacher sections completely pulled out allows for 18 individual seats. All visitor bleacher sections completely pulled out allows for 24 individual seats, but when accommodating the spacing needs for each team’s bench and the scorer’s table volunteers, the visitor side only allows 9 individual seats (with the bleachers pulled partially out or completely put away and using chairs in that space). This allows for the seating capacity for a MS Volleyball in the Drake gym to be 27 individual seats while trying to safely accommodate the essential individuals that are needed for the event.

Middle School Volleyball matches: Due to the constraints listed above and to protect the health of all essential individuals and ease the constraints on spacing the 45-60 essential people present for matches (depending on visiting team roster size), we cannot allow spectators in the gym for middle school volleyball matches.

Live video streaming will be available and more details on that process will be sent separately.

Road events for all sports
Each host school determines their game day protocols and system for allocating and selling tickets. Randolph Athletics and head coaches will do our best to communicate this information in a timely manner, but this will largely be determined by the communication from the host schools.

PLEASE NOTE: MORE DETAILS ON A PER EVENT/VENUE BASIS WILL BE SENT OUT REGARDING THE EXACT PROCESS IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO EACH EVENT.