With Fall Sports season getting underway, the IHSAA has released operating procedures for Girls Golf and Volleyball teams as they enter stage 4 of their “Staying on Course Indiana Plan. See the documents below for more information.
In golf, tournament and dual match sites will now utilize shotgun starts and there will no longer be “registration areas” for the time being. Participants instead will be asked to report directly to the tee box ten minutes before their assigned tee time. Host sites will also be asked to remove flagsticks from the practice putting and chipping greens and social distancing will be strictly enforced within those practice areas. During the round players are asked to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and their opponents at all times. Scorecards will not be exchanged following the round, instead players will read their scorecard to the staff scorer. The IHSAA guidelines also state that spectators and parents will be held to the same social distancing guidelines as players, but will allow host sites to impose stricter guidelines for fans at their discretion.
Volleyball teams will have to deal with a few more tweaks to the rule book. The coin toss which customarily determines which team serves/receives will be eliminated with the visiting team serving the opening set and alternating first serve for the remaining of non-deciding sets. While teams in the past have changed benches at the conclusion of each set, they will now remain in one place in order to limit the amount of touch points for each student athlete. The IHSAA will permit cloth face coverings for players, coaches and officials.
Girls golf teams in Indiana are permitted to begin practicing on July 31 with their first contests coming on Aug. 3. Volleyball teams will begin practicing on Aug. 3 and are permitted to play their first games beginning on Aug. 15.