The MIAA is committed to delivering a safe competitive environment while allowing our member schools the autonomy to determine the best way to do this on their respective campuses. In the looming COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic this is still our highest concern.
The MIAA will follow our Health Crisis Protocol which places the ultimate decision to play or not play contests in the hands of the senior-level leadership on each campus. With the guidance of each institution's medical experts, local community health departments, state health departments, and resources from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), our campuses will determine if a contest needs to be canceled. If contests are canceled, attempts will be made to reschedule before the official end of the spring season.
At this time there are no scheduled MIAA contests until March 27. We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and the recommendations from local and state health departments, the CDC and the NCAA. If conference schedules are impacted, the Presidents’ Council will make decisions regarding the administration and selection into conference tournaments and the determination of automatic qualifiers for NCAA tournament participation.
The MIAA encourages all student-athletes that are concerned about contracting the virus to feel comfortable discussing this with their respective institutional leaders and, if necessary, request to opt-out of participation without ramifications. We also ask that if a student-athlete is exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus, they should not participate in athletic activities and report to a medical provider for possible testing.
Precautionary measures for athletic events and practices should include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Be mindful of cafeteria etiquette:
- Do not refill drinks from a cup you have been drinking from.
- Avoid touching utensils that others may be using.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
- After going to the bathroom.
- Before and after eating.
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer.
- Disinfect chairs, benches, media tables, score tables, locker rooms, and equipment.
- Limit access to team locker rooms.
- Do not share towels, and be certain to handle your towels yourself.
- Used towels should be placed in a designated area by the athlete.
- Do not share water bottles.
- This includes the practice of an athletics staff squirting water from a water bottle into an athlete’s mouth.
The MIAA will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our member institutions and make adjustments to our plan as needed. We will give updates on any changes. All decisions will be made with the best interests of the health of our fans, campus communities, coaches, administrators, and our student-athletes.