MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with the release of the University’s Return to Campus Plan, released their Return to Play plan for its student-athletes.

Student-athletes will begin reporting to campus July 12 with football beginning in phases. The program will have 50 student-athletes return on that date, followed by 35 more on July 19 and the final 30 members of the program returning July 26. Meanwhile, soccer and volleyball will return August 3, with cheerleaders and cross-country August 5.

Upon returning to campus, all student-athletes and staff will be tested for COVID-19 and must test negative for the virus before they can interact in-person with other members of their respective programs. Any student-athlete who tests positive for the virus, will be quarantined on campus for the required 14 days before being tested again.

Coaches and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at home or another approved location.

All athletic personnel and student-athletes must self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 daily before they arrive on campus or at a practice site.

For the summer, all meals will be served out of the F.S. Dining Hall via a “grab-and-go” system. The dining hall operations and capacity will evolve depending on the University’s phase system and recommended guidelines. During the summer, prepacked food will be provided to the students for them to prepare in their respective dormitories, as well as the grab-and-go options. There will be no buffet options. The menu will have some leniency for items available and will feature breakfast, lunch, and dinner as needed.

Courtesy: ASU Athletics


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