Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Contact Tracing: A Better Way?



OCTOBER 20, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

Our goal is to keep you - the influencers in DIII athletics - apprised of what's happening around Division III - the games, polls, news, happenings, awards, calendar of events, and much more. We hope you enjoy d3Playbook and that you'll share this with your friends, colleagues and co-workers.

>> Good Tuesday Morning.  

>> Today's Word Count: 990.

>> Today's Subscriber Count: 1,503. Thanks to Lyle Fulton at Middlebury - our 1,500th subscriber.

>> Thanks for reading D3Playbook. Please recommend us to a friend or co-worker. Or share with your staff and bring them up-to-speed on what's happening in DIII. Remember to follow us on Twitter @D3Playbook

Subscribe to d3Playbook
1.  Contact Tracing. A Better Way?

by Ross Dellinger, Sports Illustrated / Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

"The airplane looked half empty because it was.

The football players of this particular team were practicing social distancing while flying 30,000 feet in the air on a Delta jet en route home from a game. They had more than enough distance between them, or so it seemed. In some places, they were separated by two empty seats and others two empty rows. But a day later, when a small number of players on that flight tested positive for the coronavirus, school officials were forced, through a stringent contact-tracing process, to quarantine so many athletes they had to cancel their ensuing game.

Coaches aren’t exempt from contact tracing, either. A group of coaches at one school, in fact, recently found themselves in a 14-day quarantine. A fellow staff member tested positive after they’d spent four hours with him in a press box booth calling a game.

Contact tracing can extend to families as well. Two players from the same team missed a crucial conference game last month after having to quarantine as high-risk contacts. Why? The daycare center in which their young children attend experienced an outbreak.

One-quarter of the way through the 2020 season, these stories are unfolding across college football, as the sport labors to hold a season amid a pandemic while adhering to protocols designed to protect the health and safety of the very same people, athletes and staff, who are frustrated by them."

>> Situational Awareness: “The contract tracing is killing us,” says Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. “All the sudden the coaches are calling me. They tell me that one kid got it and 12 are out (for contact tracing), and none of the 12 even ever had it.” The lengthy quarantine time is inconsistent among schools and is nine days longer than the NFL’s own protocol."

>> Why It Matters: "High-ranking college athletic leaders have been exploring for weeks an adjustment to allow close contacts to leave quarantine inside of eight days with at least three consecutive negatives tests, a model that is most commonly referred to as “testing out,” and one the NFL operates under today."

>> Reality Check: "A spirited battle rages between colleges and conferences against local health departments over the 14-day mandatory period, the former attempting to convince the latter to approve such adjustments."

>> What They're Saying: “People stifle about it, but that’s where the science is right now,” says Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins University and an infectious disease physician who over the summer sat on the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel."

>> Worth Noting: “It poses a huge challenge when a university quarantines students that have had close contact for 14 days while holding the student athletes on the same campus to a different, unproven standard,” says Tory Lindley, a longtime athletic trainer who is president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

>> The Final Word: “COVID is like Las Vegas. Each time you think you’ve got it figured out, you’re wrong,” says a team physician based in the South. “COVID is the house. It always finds a way to win.”

>> Go Deeper 


2.  No Winter Sports for SUNYAC

In an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of students and staff, after consultation with conference leadership, the presidents of the State University of New York Athletic Conference have made the difficult decision to cancel winter sports.

"This was not an easy decision and I empathize with all of our student-athletes across the SUNYAC," Erik Bitterbaum, the chair of the SUNYAC Presidents said. "However, despite our best efforts to plan for a winter season, our priority must be the health and safety of everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics, and our campuses as a whole."

The winter sports impacted by the decision include the conference schedules and championships for men's and women's basketball, as well as men's ice hockey. The championships for men's and women's swimming & diving and men's and women's indoor track & field also have been canceled. 

The SUNYAC will continue internal planning for the possibility of spring sports. The decision on spring sports will be made at a future date.

>> Be Smart: The SUNYAC joins the NESCAC and North Coast Athletic Conference on the sidelines this winter.



3.  Top DIII Golf Courses


Golfweek has published its top collegiate courses for 2020 and Division III has three of the top 20 layouts in the land.

Courses are rated by Golfweek’s national group of players, with ratings based on multiple criteria such as memorability of the holes and the “walk in the park test.” 

3. Taconic Golf Club, Williams College
T14. The Course at Sewanee
19. The Orchards, Mount Holyoke

4.  Conference Call

This week ... we wrap up our look at Division III conferences with the four oldest in the country.

Conference: Middle Atlantic Conference
Commissioner: Megan Morrison
Headquarters: Annville, Pa.
  • Founded: December 1, 1912
  • Core Members (18): Albright (1945), Lebanon Valley (1945), Widener (1946), Wilkes (1946), Lycoming (1952), Delaware Valley (1965), FDU Florham (1977), King's (1977), Messiah (1983), DeSales (1997), Arcadia (2007), Alvernia (2008), Eastern (2008), Misericordia (2008), Hood (2012), Stevenson (2012), Stevens (2019), York (2020).
  • Oldest: York (1787)
  • Largest: York (3,706)
  • Smallest: Hood (1,013)
  • Championship Sports: 27
  • Longest Trip: 240 miles (Hood to Stevens)

>> Tomorrow: Ohio Athletic Conference

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5.  Comings and Goings
6.  1 Voting Thing

Photo: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Early voting began Saturday in Massachusetts, and Fenway Park is one of 27 sites across Boston that will welcome voters. Thousands of ballots were cast over the weekend at the 108-year-old ballpark. See photos.


Subscribe to d3Playbook
Know someone that would enjoy receiving d3Playbook?
Send an email to d3Playbook@gmail.com with "subscribe" in the subject line
Copyright © 2020, D3Playbook.com All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

No comments:

Post a Comment