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Athletics and Student Athletes

The CSUN Athletics Department has developed a detailed 10-phase approach guiding the return of Intercollegiate Athletics to campus operations, with safety and health as its utmost priority. With the constant updates and fluctuations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the department has had to be flexible, nimble, and patient. The timing for reintegration is dependent on being able to ensure a safe return to campus for its staff and student-athletes guided by and in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University, as well as CSUN campus. All activities related to gameplay will be in alignment with the NCAA and Big West Conference.

At the core of the 10 phase action plan is an exhaustive Infectious Disease Prevention Plan. Supplies and equipment (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, non-contact thermometers, etc.), as well as cleaning and disinfection routines for facilities performed by both staff and custodial, are a big part of mitigating the spread of infection. Lastly, part of the Disease Prevention Plan, Covid-19 self-screening procedures of symptoms and exposure will be required by all staff, coaches, and student-athletes before entering any Athletic Facilities and venues comprising a full accompaniment of counterstrategies against infection leading the entire Athletics Department toward a secure and healthy environment.

CSUN Athletics COVID-19 Action Plan

  • Phase I – Creation of COVID-19 Athletics Action Team
    • Complete
  • Phase II – Athletics Facilities and Personnel--Preparation for Return to Campus
    • Complete
  • Phase III – Staff and Student-Athlete COVID-19 Prevention Education
    • Ongoing
  • Phase IV – Establishment of Infectious Disease Response Plan
    • Complete
  • Phase V – Opening of the Sports Medicine Clinic
    • Opening is scheduled for 9/14
  • Phase VI – Strategy for safe and efficient Campus Pre-participation Physical Exam (PPEX)
    • Ongoing
  • Phase VII – On-Campus Individual Athlete Physical Conditioning
    • Approved for Men’s and Women’s Basketball beginning 9/21
  • Phase VIII – On-Campus Intra-Squad Practice
    • Subject to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Approval
  • Phase IX – Intercollegiate Competition, On and Off Campus, without spectators
    • Subject to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Approval
  • Phase X – On-Campus Intercollegiate Competition, with Spectators
    • Subject to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Approval

As of July 29, 2020, the Big West Conference Board of Directors announced that fall sports competition would be postponed through the end of the calendar year (men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball; fall schedules for men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis). Athletics is poised to move forward when the time comes.

As of early September, the NCAA and Big West have yet to determine the course for Winter sports (men’s and women’s basketball). On a positive note, on-campus individual athlete physical conditioning has been approved beginning September 21, 2020.

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