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Feb, 2021

State of Vermont Update to Recreational Sports

Effective Friday, February 12, 2021, we will move into Phase Three and may resume games. This includes indoor leagues and training.

Unfortunately, all organized Adult sports remain suspended until further notice.

General Requirements:
  • Require all participants to complete a health check, including temperature screening, before arriving at a team-based activity.
  • Require masks/cloth face coverings to be worn at ALL times when indoors, including practices, scrimmages, and games. Outdoor activities require masks when a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be consistently maintained. If an individual fails to properly mask, the facility or the State of Vermont may suspend the team's practices or games indefinitely.
  • Limit teams to no more than two games in any 7-day period. "Jamboree" or tournament-style play is not currently permitted in Vermont. This will be reevaluated on April 1, 2021.
  • Prioritize non-contact activities, such as conditioning and drills where physical distance can be maintained, and give strong consideration to implementing modifications to reduce the intensity of face-to-face contact and promote physical distancing.
  • Prohibit congregating before, during, and after practice. Promote an "arrive, play, leave" mentality.
  • Prohibit Spectators from attending sports events; only "key personnel" - players, coaches, and staff.
  • Plan facility schedules in a manner that avoids contact between different user groups. Staggered start and end times.
  • Prohibit team-based social gatherings.
  • Discourage multi-household carpools.
  • Prohibit spitting on playing field or surrounding surfaces.
  • Prohibit sharing of water bottles.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean and disinfect equipment.
  • Ensure teams maintain a list of participants in each practice for a minimum of 14 days to assist in contact tracing.
Sports-Related Travel
Vermont based teams may only participate in sporting events between Vermont based teams. Out of state travel requires quarantine upon return.

Sport Specific Guidance
Close proximity or moderate contact – soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, ultimate frisbee, 7-on-7 football, a crew with two or more rowers – may hold team practice sessions, scrimmages, and games. The total number of participants in any game or competition may not exceed 25 individuals or the rostered members of the two teams competing, whichever is greater.

Use of indoor facilities is limited to 50% of approved fire safety occupancy or one person per 100 square feet and limits on event size – currently no more the 75 people present. Limits on numbers in locker rooms and other similar spaces must be evaluated independently and must be strictly enforced. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-rink locations, multi-court gyms) may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different gym, unique and distinct rinks) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another (for example, a basketball team and a cheer squad should not have access to the same locker room at the same time). Indoor, pick-up games are not currently allowed; fitness and exercise facilities (such as gyms and ice rinks) may offer opportunities consistent with Section 8.1 of the ACCD guidance

Reporting Non-Compliance
Concerns related to compliance with these guidelines are best addressed to program administrators or the VSA.

On-going concerns may also be submitted via the Executive Order Reporting Tool on the Department of Public Safety website at
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