News · Spectator Guidelines for Fall Sports as of 8.23.20


This Fall of 2020 will most certainly look and feel different in the sports world.  First, as shared previously, Football and Volleyball have been moved to the Spring and we are still awaiting a final ruling on plans for our CI and PI Adapted Soccer teams.  Second, due to several different safety precautions, Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines etc. each sport will be following some sport specific guidelines for participants as well as spectators.

At Eastview, our goal for our teams this year is: We want to do the best we can, as safely as we possibly can, teaching incredibly valuable life lessons as often as we can, having as much fun as we can, for as long as we possibly can. We know that the only way to accomplish this goal is through collaborative efforts of our athletes, coaches, event staff, officials and spectators.  Using our motto of “Eastview Together” as inspiration, I really do believe this is something we can accomplish collectively as a community.  We appreciate your assistance in advance in helping make these events a reality for our students.

At all events spectators are expected to maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from anyone that is not in their household and are required to wear face coverings upon entrance and exit from the event as well as anytime a distance of 6 feet or more can’t be maintained with members not from your household.

Here are the sport by sport guidelines as of 8.23.20:

Cross Country:  No Spectators will be allowed.  In accordance with the MSHSL Guidelines we are running all meets in either duals or tris against fellow South Suburban Conference Teams.  In order to maximize available courses, timers and officials the SSC will hold all meets on the same days, same courses in different waves throughout the day.  In order to accomplish this and still meet all MDH guidelines for number of participants etc. races will be held from 9:00 a.m.-after 6:00 p,m. on most race days.  Introducing spectators to an uncontrolled environment where we cannot guarantee that people will be in the appropriate places on the course, and be appropriately socially distanced can put our student athlete’s health at risk.  These situations unstructured situations could put the season completion in jeopardy for our teams.  In addition, the parking and traffic flow issues of these “rolling meets” makes the addition of spectators extremely difficult.  As a result, only essential team personnel and team members will be allowed at the course site and only during their own assigned race time.  We are working to provide a conference wide option of a livestream and/or live results.

Soccer: Soccer is a more controlled environment with only two teams on the field so we are able to meet the MDH Guidelines of no more that 250 allowed.  For Lower Level soccer the safety regulations listed below will all apply with the exception of the prior approval pass list.  For Varsity Soccer the only way to gain entry to the Stadium will be through a pre-approved pass list procedure coordinated by each booster club. This will be done with a limited number of pre-approved designated family members and close friends of each player who is participating,  Each booster club will be responsible for submitting their list of names in advance and no substitutions or walk-ups not on the approved pass list will be allowed entry.  Several safety requirements have also been put in place.

  • Masks are required to be worn by all spectators at all times
  • All spectators must check-in at appropriate gate with ID. No fans allowed in earlier than 25 minutes before the first game and no entry earlier than 15 minutes prior to the second game.  All names must be on submitted list.  No substitutions.
  • No spectator access to the field area at any time
  • Visiting fans will occupy the bleachers on the east side of the stadium (opposite the press box).
  • Home fans will occupy the bleachers on the west side of the stadium (press box side)
  • Lower level benches will also be on opposite sides of the field and fans should remain on their own side.
  • No concessions will be available, outside food/beverage allowed but no coolers
  • Fans must sit at least 6 feet apart from anyone not living in their household
  • All players, coaches, fans must immediately exit  the area at the conclusion of the contest
  • No gathering or waiting in a group outside the stadium after the game. Please help with congestion by going directly to vehicles
  • Players and coaches are also being asked to follow several additional safety precautions.

We are working to provide a streaming option for as many contests as possible.

Swimming and Diving: No spectators will be allowed.  Due to the indoor nature of this activity in an educational space no fans will be allowed to attend.  All Eastview meets will be held virtually, meaning each team will swim in their own pools with results uploaded via Hy-Tek to score the meet head to head.  The only workers allowed in the facility will be head table workers, meet official, site supervisor and officially approved team video and photo personnel. All back-up timing will be done by team members.  We are working to provide a streaming option for as many contests as possible.

Tennis: Spectators will be allowed (again using the MDH maximums of 250 people per event) with a number of restrictions.  Spectators are not allowed inside of the fence areas or on the courts and surrounding court surface.  Each school in the SSC has a different set-up and will communicate how they will make it work at their facility.  At Eastview, the windscreens on the North and South ends of the courts have been rolled up to allow for spectator viewing on each end.  Bleachers are not recommend due to group congregating, so all spectators will need to provide their own chair.  In addition, all spectators are asked to follow the following safety guidelines:

  • Masks are required to be worn by all spectators at all times
  • No spectator access to the court area at any time
  • Fans must sit at least 6 feet apart from anyone not living in their household
  • All players, coaches, fans must immediately exit the area at the conclusion of the contest
  • No gathering or waiting in a groups outside the courts after the match. Please help with congestion by going directly to vehicles upon conclusion of the match.
  • Players and coaches are also being asked to follow several additional safety precautions.

As of now with the 8 different courts a streaming option is not feasible, but we will continue exploring the available options to keep people updated on how the match is progressing if they are unable to attend in person.

Huge thanks to all in advance for your cooperation, understanding and support of these policies and guidelines as we continuously work towards are goal of a safe and great experience for all of our participants.  #EastviewTogether