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OKCPS Announces Plan for Fall Sports

OKCPS Fall 2020 Activities Guidelines

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Middle School Fall Athletics are postponed until further notice. 


High school fall sports will continue as scheduled. 

  • Football
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Cheerleading

Temperature Checks, Masks or Face Coverings will be required.

  • All fans, officials, coaches and teams will have their  temperature checked before being allowed into any facility. 
  • Masks or face coverings are required for all participants, workers, police, officials, patrons or anyone entering any Oklahoma City Public Schools Athletics facility.  
  • Refusal to wear a mask or face covering or not allowing your temperature to be taken will prevent admittance into the facility. 
  • Any individual that has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter and facility.

Gates and Concessions

  • Admission will be charged.
  • Concessions will not be available at any of our venues.
  • The district will provide one bottle of water for each visitor. 
  • Fans may bring a clear water bottle into the venue. No other outside food or drink will be allowed.

Transportation Protocol for Students

  • Masks or face coverings are required when entering the bus and while on the bus.
  • The bus will be filled back to front. 
  • Seating will be alternating, when possible. 
  • Windows will be open while traveling, as weather allows. 
  • Transportation requests must be turned in 10 days prior to an event so the OKCPS Transportation Department can determine the number of buses to meet the need. 

OKCPS Athletics Sport Specific Guidelines


Team Box

  • Extended on both sides to the 10-yard lines to allow for social distancing on the sideline.
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times while on the sidelines.
  • Coaches and other personnel must wear a mask or face covering at all times.
  • Players are required to wear a mask or face covering while standing on the sideline.

Equipment and Balls

  • Do not share towels, gloves, uniforms, etc.
  • The ball should be cleaned and sanitized throughout the contest as recommended by the ball manufacturer.
  • Ball person should carry a towel and cleaning solution to clean the balls between every use.

Masks and Face Coverings

  • Cloth masks and face coverings are permitted. 
  • Plastic shields must be integrated into the face mask, attached to the helmet, and be clear (no tint).


  • Players should social distance during timeouts.
  • Each player and official should have their own water container.

Pre-Game Coin Toss/Meetings and Overtime

  • Only the referee and umpire from the officiating staff.
  • Only one designated representative from each team.
  • Masks or face coverings are required.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • No handshakes.
  • Overtime meetings follow these same protocols.


  • Shorten halftime to the NFHS minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Keep teams outside locker rooms so social distancing may be followed.


  • No handshakes, fist bumps etc.

Health and Safety

  • Masks or face coverings are required for all coaches, team staff, game administrators and officials.
  • Field level personnel should be limited to the team, coaches, athletic trainers, athletic director, and one administrator.
  • Locker rooms for teams and officials should be large enough to allow for social distancing and must be properly cleaned and sanitized before and after each contest.  If locker rooms are not large enough for social distancing, they should not be used.


OKCPS Football Preview Schedule -- August 20 & 21, 2020

Thur, Aug 20 Taft Stadium  6:00p    Northwest Classen vs Southeast

Thur, Aug 20 Speegle Stadium  6:00p  Douglass vs US Grant

Fri, Aug 21 Speegle Stadium 6:00p   Capitol Hill vs Classen SAS at Northeast

Friday,  21 Taft Stadium 6:00p   Star Spencer vs John Marshall 

  • Start Rapid Fire with a ball placed on the 35 yard line.
  • One team on Offense can use two huddles.  
  • 20 minute rotation Defense team 3 and out rotate
  • Switch after 20 minutes.  
  • 20 Minute Break
  • Start Half Game 7:00


OKCPS Football Schedule 2020-21

football schedule

Marching Band Protocols for Football - Fall 2020 

  • Bands can perform one time -- at halftime. 
  • Marching band performances will include no more than 50 wind players.
  • Students will stand and play in formation with minimum 6-feet separation. Drills are only allowed if minimum 6-feet separation is kept at all times.
  • Masks or face coverings will be worn at all times (except when playing a wind instrument). Flags and drumlines will perform with a mask or face covering. 
  • Bands can play in the stands with minimum 6-feet separation. Flutes will sit on the front row in stands. In accordance with the Return to Learn Fine Arts Guidance document, instrumental students will be spaced 6x6, with the exception of trombones who should be given a 6x9 space if instruments are being played. 
  • In accordance with the Performing Arts Aerosol study, winds (except flute) will use covering over the bells. Covering may be made from nylon hose or other materials.
  • In accordance with the Return to Learn guidance, the conductor should stand 10 feet away from the first row of musicians. This will also apply to drum majors at all times.
  • Students will not share mallets/drumsticks.
  • Students must provide their own mask or face covering and water (water bottle) in order to participate.
  • Limit bathroom breaks to a few students at a time. Students must be monitored when walking to and from the restroom, etc.




  • No shared equipment.  This includes:
    • Water bottles
    • Poms
    • Megaphones
    • Signs
    • Any mats used for practice should be cleaned/disinfected every day.

Health and Safety

  • Avoid cheers that require unnecessary contact with teammates.
  • Maintain social distancing as much as possible, at all times.
  • Avoid congregating before, during and after practices and games.
  • Keep any stunt groups together.  Do not mix and match bases and flyers.
  • Masks or face covering must be worn when not cheering.

Note: Competitive cheer events have been postponed until later this Fall.




  • Limit pre-game meetings to home plate umpire and one coach from each team.
  • Maintain social distancing. Masks or face coverings are required.


  • Limit dugouts to essential personnel only.
  • Maintain social distancing as much as possible.  Masks or face coverings are required of all players, coaches, and other personnel in the dugout.
  • Consider having athletes line up along the foul line fence outside the field to aid with social distancing.
  • Athletes and coaches should bring their own water bottle.


  • All batting helmets and bats should be sanitized between each player.
  • Catchers’ equipment should be sanitized between players and after every use.
  • Personal batting gloves should be utilized whenever possible and should not be shared with others.
  • Each team will use their own softballs while in the field playing defense.
  • Umpires will not be responsible for softballs.  Each team is responsible for their own game softballs.
  • Softballs should be sanitized before and after every game.


  • No handshakes, fist bumps, etc.

Health and Safety

  • Participants are required to wear a mask or face covering during play.




  • Limit to one coach from each team and first and second referees. 
  • Maintain social distancing.  Masks or face coverings are required.
  • Eliminate the coin toss. Visiting teams will serve first in set 1 and alternate first serve for remaining non-deciding sets.

Team Benches

  • Teams will not switch benches or courts between sets.
  • Consider the use of 2 rows and/or limiting the number of people on the bench to essential personnel only.
  • Limit bench personnel to allow for social distancing.
  • Each player and coach should have their own water bottle.

Substitution Procedures

  • Maintain social distancing. 
  • No touching of other players or officials during the substitution.

Officials Table

  • Limit to essential personnel only.
  • Maintain social distancing and masks are required.


  • No handshakes, fist bumps, etc.

Health and Safety

  • Participants are required to wear a mask or face covering during competition and on the sidelines.


Cross Country

Race / Match

  • No handshakes, fist bumps, etc.
  • Use staggered, wave or interval starts.
  • Consider widening courses to 6 feet at the narrowest point.
  • Coaches should wear a mask or face covering, even outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.  

Health and Safety

  • When athletes are not running, a mask or face covering is required. 
  • If desired, runners can wear a mask or face covering while running.