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Jun 03
Staying safe on Sports Day and during Track & Field


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Sports Day is a tradition at many of our schools, and though British Columbia has begun its Restart Plan, school events must continue to adhere to the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings to keep these outdoor athletic events fun and safe within our health and safety protocols.

Physical activity is paramount to student learning, and if your school is interested in hosting a Sports Day, the district has developed guidelines to keep everyone safe. Even in the great outdoors, staff and students must continue to follow health protocols – Check Up, Back Up, Wash Up, Mask Up – to ensure we all stay safe.

There are dozens of COVID-safe Sports Day activities – here are some ideas to get you started!

Hula Hoop Hopscotch: Place 4-5 hoops on the ground and have students jump or hop through them to the end and back! Up the difficulty by spacing the hoops apart like stepping stones.

Slalom: Set up a course of cones for students to weave through. Want to make it challenging? Have students place a ball between their legs and go through the slalom without dropping it.

Poly Spot / Frisbee Toss: Arrange hula hoops vertically for students to throw poly spots or frisbees through. Feel free to make it Harry Potter themed and call it Quidditch!

Knock it Off: A classic carnival game! Challenge students to knock down a pyramid of cans in as few throws as possible. Award extra points if they knock them all down in one or two tries.

Shooting Hoops: Nothing but net! Get students to see how many balls they can shoot through a hoop under a time limit. Drain some 3s before the shot clock runs out!

In order to keep these activities safe, staff must be mindful of a few safety rules:

  • Stay in your learning cohort to minimize any risk and perform activities in rotation, one cohort at a time.
  • Physically distance from others, even within your cohort.
  • Wash your hands before and after participating in events.
  • Disinfect shared equipment with Spore Defense between uses.

Additionally, turn over the sand in any track and field activities involving sandpits and designate one person to rake the sand.

Relays can still take place without batons or touching – an easy way is to space cones two metres apart to mark the end point for one student and the starting point for the next. When the first student reaches their cone, the next student can start without coming into contact with the other student.

Don't be afraid to get creative with incorporating health and safety into your activities! There are plenty of ways to adapt existing events to be COVID-safe. For a full list of other ideas, see our lists of COVID Safer Sports Day EventsCOVID Safer Track and Field Events and Track and Field Fact Sheet.

For more information on running healthy and safe events at schools, see the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings.


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