The State of California has officially updated their health guidelines as it pertains to organized team meetings and practices for their University system.
Formerly, the guidelines limited practices and team activities to just 12 student-athletes, but with new guidelines, that number has been raised all the way up to 75, under certain conditions, of course.
California has updated its guidelines related to cohorts in sports. Teams can train in groups of no more than 75 while outside with the recommendation of groups of 25, where possible.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) October 1, 2020
So, 11 v 11 is now allowable.
LA, Santa Clara & Berkeley were waiting for this. pic.twitter.com/ynUa1pZgua
The new guidelines read ‘if daily antigen testing is the adopted protocol, teams may train outdoors in groups of no more than 75.’ Thanks to the partnership with Quidel, the Pac-12 has made it possible to start daily testing for the coronavirus.
The guidelines also state that the teams should split into groups of no more than 25 to help maintain and limit any potential spreading of the virus.
This wasn’t the last step but it was a big step in the way of getting your USC Trojans back on the field.
According to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura, each local government for Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA will still require their athletic departments to submit “written, facility-specific COVID-19 prevention plan at every facility, perform a comprehensive risk assessment of all work and athletic areas, and designate a person at each facility to implement the plan,” which was also written in the new guidelines.
We’ll continually monitor that last bit but the Trojans are as good as back!