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Return to Play Protocols Fall 2021

By Kenda, 08/18/21, 12:45PM CDT


Return to Play following Suspected or Diagnosed COVID-19 Infection

Players who have been told to quarantine due to an exposure at school, etc. should not attend training until they have gone through the Return to Play Protocols.

Symptomatic player/staff with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection:

  • Cannot attend club events until:
    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

Player/staff with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection who have not had any symptoms (asymptomatic):

  • Cannot attend club events until:
    • 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming no symptoms since that time. If symptoms develop, then management should be guided as above for symptomatic individuals.


Player/staff with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection:

  • Cannot attend club events until:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of symptoms, AND
    • Has had a negative result from a RT-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test


  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever (defined as ≥100.4 degrees F) without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms have resolved (exception is loss of taste or smell which may persist for much longer); AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared


Return to Play following Exposure to a Suspected or Diagnosed Case of COVID-19


Any symptomatic player or staff member who has been exposed to an individual with a suspected or diagnosed case of COVID-19 (See exposure definitions above):

  • should be quarantined under one of the following two circumstances:
    • For at least 10 days following the last exposure if no COVID-19 tests are administered


  • For 7 days if a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or antigen test result is obtained on day 5 or later


Quarantined individuals should be closely monitoring for symptom development and follow the recommendations for symptomatic individuals if they develop symptoms at any time. Otherwise, if still asymptomatic at the end of the quarantine period above, they can return to participation.