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What's your high school's spectator policy for attending games during COVID-19?

The Burlington Free Press logo The Burlington Free Press 10/2/2020 Alex Abrami and Austin Danforth, Burlington Free Press

High school games in Vermont resume on Saturday.

Will they have an audience? For most schools, the answer is yes.

But to adhere to state health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have adopted spectator policies to attend games. While many are similar to one another, we've reached out to every high school to compile a statewide list.

a group of people standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Colchester fans throw colored powder into the air during halftime in the high school football games between the Mount Mansfield Cougars and the Colchester Lakers at Colchester High School on Friday night October 18, 2019 in Colchester, Vermont. © BRIAN JENKINS/for the Free Press Colchester fans throw colored powder into the air during halftime in the high school football games between the Mount Mansfield Cougars and the Colchester Lakers at Colchester High School on Friday night October 18, 2019 in Colchester, Vermont.

The state has set a limit on outdoor gatherings to 150 people.

More: The 2020 fall schedule for northern Vermont high school sports

More: Vermont high school boys soccer: Players to watch in 2020

More: Vermont high school football: Players to watch in 2020

(Editor's note: School policies are subject to change based on latest mandates from state. This page will be updated with schools' plans as they are relayed to us.)

Arlington Memorial

Policy not finalized at time of publication.

Bellows Falls

All Bellows Falls athletes will be given two season passes for their sport's home games. Visiting athletes will be allowed two family members. 

For field hockey and soccer games, all fans will sit along the tree line side of the field in marked sections that allow for social distancing efforts. Small bleachers will also be available for five sets of families in groups of two.

For football games, all Bellows Falls fans will sit on the press box side of the field. Visiting fans will be allowed on the side facing the press box. Bleachers will be marked with places to sit for groups of two that accommodate the social distancing effort.

BFA-Fairfax

For soccer games, athletes are allowed a maximum of four tickets per player. For football, ticket limit for athletes is set at three per player.

Additional spectators for Fairfax home events will gain entry on a first-come, first-serve basis until 150 capacity is reached.

If home numbers consistently exceed 150, Fairfax will move to a voucher system. For away games, Fairfax athletes will be issued vouchers to distribute to family and fans based on the home team's allowance. 

BFA-St. Albans

BFA-St. Albans has established a protocol to make tickets available to each player's parents and coach's immediate family members to attend games at Collins Perley Complex. The same courtesy will be given to the visiting team.

Unless they are a member of an athlete's family, BFA students will not be allowed to watch home games. Northwest Access TV will stream BFA home games on its Facebook page.

Indoor facilities are closed to spectators and visiting teams.

Blue Mountain

Athletes on each team will be guaranteed two tickets per player. The rest will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. All who plan to attend must go through a health screening prior to entry.

Brattleboro

Spectators will be limited to immediate family members, including grandparents, of students participating at an event. Each Brattleboro player or coach will be allotted four spectators while visitors will receive two tickets per player or coach. Will-call lists will be located at the ticket gate for check-in, which will begin 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Burlington

Each BHS athlete and coach on a team roster will be permitted two spectators per game this season. The opposing team will be provided two tickets per athlete. An attendance list must be provided to athletic administrators by noon on gameday.

Remaining tickets will be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. All persons must go through a health screening upon arrival at D.G. Weaver Athletic Complex.

Burr and Burton 

Each member of a BBA athletic team will receive two season passes and ADs of opposing schools will be mailed a set of guest passes (two per athlete) to distribute to their fans. There will be a limited number of day passes available for students, employees and community members on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 30 minutes before game time.

BBA will mark a spectator zone for each of our venues that do not have gated entrances and only people with passes may be inside the spectator zone. Spectators will be required to produce a pass when asked.

For games held at Applejack Stadium, tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis starting one week before the event.

Champlain Valley

CVU devised a spectator plan based on team roster sizes.

For soccer and field hockey, athletes will receive three tickets each. Volleyball athletes also have a three-ticket limit per athlete unless the varsity and JV matches are played at the same time; then the ticket limit is two.

For football, athletes are permitted two tickets apiece. For cross-country running, each athlete is allowed to have one family member in attendance.

There will be no general admission for CVU home games.

Colchester

The spectator plan is based on team roster sizes. 

For field hockey, athletes will receive four tickets each. For soccer, the ticket count is three per athlete. For football, athletes are permitted two tickets apiece. For cross-country running, each athlete is allowed to have one family member in attendance.

Athletes may distribute their tickets as they see fit to family members and/or friends. There will be no general admission for Colchester home games.

All spectators will need to check in at the CHS Laker Nation tent. Lake Champlain Access TV will live-stream Colchester home games.

Craftsbury 

No policy provided.

Danville

Danville will allow spectators on a first-come, first-serve basis until 150 capacity is reached. The school will monitor the number of spectators and may adjust attendance policies to adhere to state guidance.

Enosburg

To ensure attendance does not surpass the 150 capacity, Enosburg is allowing each player and coach’s family members to attend. The same courtesy will be given to the visiting team.

Enosburg is working on a pass for athletes to hand out to their guests on gameday. No Enosburg students will be allowed to attend.

Essex

Each Essex athlete will be given an allotment of season tickets (approximately four per student) to be used for all home events for their team’s contests.

Spectators will be admitted to specific events only if they have a corresponding team ticket to show at gate entry points behind the school. High school students will not be admitted without a ticket.

Essex will issue guest vouchers to visiting team members that will be valid for only that day or event. The vouchers will be sent to visiting schools each week for distribution.

There will be no general admission at Essex.

Fair Haven

Spectators who will be screened upon entrance and they will not be allowed re-entry into the game if they leave the field. Contact tracing for spectators will be mandated at all home events prior to entering the facilities.

Athletes from both teams will be allowed two tickets per game for parents, who must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to game time or else their tickets may not be available. Remaining spectator spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Face masks are required to be worn by all athletes, staff, coaches, spectators and any person on school grounds — single-ply gaiters and plastic face shields are not permitted. Spectators must practice social distancing and will be removed from the event if they fail to follow the mandated face mask and social distancing guidelines.

Green Mountain

Fans will be allowed. Masks are required as well as social distancing. Home and away fans will be kept separated as much as possible.

Green Mountain Valley

No policy provided.

Hartford

All rostered Hartford student-athletes will be allotted at least two will-call tickets to each home game. Exceptions must be addressed in advance with the athletic department.  

All rostered visiting student-athletes will be allotted two will-call tickets to each game at Hartford — these are the only spectators from the visiting team that will be allowed into the venue.

Any remaining tickets will be given out at the gate starting 30 minutes before the published game time. Unclaimed tickets from will-call will be released to the stand-by line at the published game time. Once 150 spectators are inside the venue the entrance gate will be closed.

Harwood

Two spectators per student-athlete and coach will be allowed at each contest. For extenuating familial circumstances, a request may be made to the athletic director for extra tickets. All requests will be reviewed by the AD in consultation with the building administrators.

Beyond those allotted tickets athletic events will not be open to the general public, including students. 

Spectators must self-screen prior to attending a home contest and wear a mask for the duration of the event. Households may stand together, but should keep 6 feet away from other households. Indoor facilities are closed to the public.

Hazen

School officials don't expect home games to surpass the 150 limit. However, all spectators must wear facial coverings, remain socially distant and should sit with members of their own family. 

The school building will be closed.

Lake Region

All players on home and visiting teams will be allowed two family members in attendance. All family members will check in at the main gate to the event to be counted. Remaining space will be first-come, first-serve. Gates will open 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the contest.

Spectators should wear facial coverings at all times and be practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet. Anyone in violation of these requirements may be asked to leave the event. There will be no concessions or use of bleachers — all spectators will be on the side opposite the benches.

Lamoille

Each student athlete will be provided two spectator passes to distribute for each home event. The athletic department will work with visiting schools and teams to arrange the same expectation. 

Leland & Gray

Each player from the home and visiting team will be allowed three guests. All coaches, players, officials and spectators will be screened with a temperature check, three COVID-19 related questions, contact tracing information and mandatory wearing of a mask while practicing social distancing throughout the entire event. 

There will be two separate screening stations at all home contests; one for the home team and one for the visiting team. The school will designate social distancing areas from which fans can watch the game. 

Long Trail School

Long Trail will allow fans to attend its school's home competitions, with a cap at the 150-person limit per state guidance. Spectators must wear facial coverings. There are no bleachers; the school recommends bringing chairs or blankets to an event.

Lyndon Institute

Each student-athlete — home and away — will be allowed two spectators and must designate to whom the tickets will be assigned. Fans from opposing schools will not be allowed to be on-location unless they are on the opponents' spectator list. Remaining spectator spots will be first-come, first-serve.

The bleachers will be closed to help with social distancing and to limit areas of cross contamination. Spectators are asked to bring their own folding chairs if they wish to sit during the games. 

Middlebury

Each athlete and coach of the home and visiting teams will be offered two tickets, and all remaining tickets will go to the Middlebury student body so they can support their friends. Printed tickets will be sent to each opposing team and must be presented at the entrance to be allowed into the game. No one without a ticket will be allowed to enter.  

Mid-Vermont Christian

No policy provided.

Mill River

No spectators will be allowed.

Milton

Every student athlete and coach from each participating school will be given two free admission tickets for games at Milton. Game tickets will not be sold at the event or to the public and stadium seating is closed to the public. A small pool of tickets will be raffled off to Milton students.

All spectators will be required to enter game using the school main entrance and must present their ticket in order to receive game admission.

Missisquoi

Two tickets will be allocated per player for the away team. Families of MVU athletes will receive maximum of four tickets. At this time, the school has asked the MVU student body not to attend home games.

Montpelier

Two tickets will be allocated per player on each team. The rest will be located at Montpelier's front gate and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Mount Abraham

Game staff will be counting attendance at each field to keep track of the number of spectators. If an even is approaching the maximum number of spectators an announcement will be made asking for volunteers to leave the game. Preference will be given to families of athletes, coaches and Mount Abraham students and staff. 

To ensure physical distancing and increased safety of all spectators, each game venue will have designated spectator boxes on the sidelines where spectators will be required to stay. 

Facial coverings are required to be worn by spectators at all times after exiting their vehicles. Bandanas and gaiter-style masks are not permitted.

Mount Anthony

MAU athletes and coaches will receive a maximum of two tickets for home games. Coaches will also provide a list of parents or guardians to the athletic director.  For visiting teams, athletes and coaches will also receive no more than two tickets. Health screenings are mandatory for all in attendance, including athletes, coaches and spectators.

Mount Mansfield

Immediate family members for each player and coach for MMU will be allowed to attend. For the visiting team, two adults are permitted per athlete. Masks must be worn by all spectators upon exiting their vehicle. No high school students or community members will be allowed to attend the event.

Appropriate social distancing should happen on the sidelines. All spectators will sit on the opposite side of the team benches — the only exception will be for football where the fans are kept outside the fence. Indoor facilities are closed to all visiting teams and spectators.  

Spectators who cannot follow any of the school’s guidelines may be asked to lave the event. If protocols can’t be followed, MMU holds the right to no longer allow spectators to attend events.

Mount St. Joseph 

No policy provided.

Northfield

No policy provided.

North Country

Two spectators per family, with remaining numbers filled first-come, first-served.

Otter Valley

Game attendance will be limited to two spectators per athlete and coach on the roster for each team. The remainder of the maximum crowd size (150) will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

All spectators must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing — those who don’t will be asked to leave and future attendance may be jeopardized. Otter Valley athletes already on site for practice may stay to watch games and maintain the maximum capacity of 150 spectators.

Indoor facilities and metal bleachers will not be available.

Oxbow

The current for capacity for each Oxbow event is 150 spectators — student-athletes, coaches, team personnel and officials do not count towards the spectator count.

Each Oxbow athlete will be guaranteed two spectators for parents, visitors will be guaranteed two spectators per participant. Remaining spectator spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Peoples 

Athletic events will not be open to the general public as spectators (this includes school faculty and students). Each player and coach will be allowed a maximum of two family members to attend each game. Visiting schools will be extended the same courtesy.  

The above guidelines will be in place for at least the first week of the season as the school gauges its feasibility and cooperation from spectators. 

Poultney

Home and away teams will be allotted 50 percent of available spectator tickets. Each Poultney athlete will be allowed two reserved admissions intended for parents or guardians.

The visiting team will be able to reserve admission; a sign-up will be supplied and must be returned by noon on the day before a game.

Any remaining tickets will be open to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Proctor

Policy not finalized at time of publication.

Randolph

Policy not finalized at time of publication.

Rice Memorial

All will be required to wear a facial covering and social distance while on campus to attend games. At a minimum, all parents and family members will be given priority to attend the events of their children and siblings. As soon as this is ironed out, we will communicate this to our community.

Visiting teams and spectators will not be allowed in the Rice building for any reason prior or during a sporting event. 

Richford

According to first-year athletic director Jim Hubbard, crowd sizes shouldn’t reach more than 150 at home games. Health guidelines will be followed, and that includes mandating all spectators to wear masks.

Rivendell

Two family members per athlete and coach will be given priority for attendance. Following that allotment, spectators will be permitted to watch on a first-come, first-serve basis until the gathering capacity of 150 is reached. 

Rutland

No policy provided.

Sharon 

No policy provided.

South Burlington

Each South Burlington player and coach, as well as those on the visiting team, will be allotted three vouchers each for spectators. No physical tickets will be given.

Each player will have 3 boxes next to their name and the gate monitor will check the boxes as people come in. Specific names do not have to be given, but spectators will have to specify which athlete and/or coach they are connected to. 

There will be one entrance for varsity and JV games. Bathrooms will be available. Masks are required and spectators must practice social distancing. Failure to comply will result in a dismissal from the game/match.

Spaulding

The number of spectators shall be limited as much as possible and measures put in place to ensure physical distancing between households. Interactions between spectators and participants must be minimized before, during and after events. 

Springfield

Only parents and/or step-parents, and legal guardians of players from both teams will be allowed to attend home events. Spouses of coaches will also be admitted. Everyone entering will also have their temperature checked.

All must be on a will-call list that includes phone numbers and can be used for contract tracing. If a parent will not be attending they may request to be replaced on the list — the request must be made and approved through the athletic director. If space allows, siblings age 12 or under can be admitted when pre-requested by a parent.

All spectators must have a mask that covers chin, mouth and nose. Masks must be worn during the event unless 6-foot distancing is possible. Cones will be placed around the fields spaced in 10-15 foot intervals and families will be asked to stay with six feet of cones.

All varsity games will also be lived streamed on Facebook.

Stowe

Athletic events will not be open to the general public as spectators (this includes school faculty and students). Each player and coach will be allowed a maximum of two family members to attend each game. Visiting schools will be extended the same courtesy.  

The above guidelines will be in place for at least the first week of the season as the school gauges its feasibility and cooperation from spectators. 

St. Johnsbury 

Games will not be open to the general public. Athletes on each teams will be allowed two guests apiece — and they may only be immediate family or household members. Spectators will be designated to specifically marked areas — for home and visiting fans — for the event

Contact tracing information will be required of all spectators, who must also pass a temperature check and health screening upon arrival. Masks must be worn at all times while on campus. Indoor facilities will be closed and no concessions will be available.

Thetford 

Each athlete, home and away, will receive two reserved tickets. Spectators without reserved tickets will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis until the 150 cap is reached. Face covering are required while on Thetford’s campus for athletic events.

Twinfield

No policy provided.

Twin Valley

We are encouraging opponents to limit their attendance to family only.  We will not be keeping a list of spectators, nor will we be screening fans.  However, all spectators in addition to players and coaches, will be required to wear face masks at all times while on the property. Once the match concludes, we expect everyone to promptly leave.

Union 32

Based on number of athletes per team, U-32 athletes will be allocated 2-4 tickets for family members to attend home games. Visiting teams are allowed to bring 50 spectators per team, and the AD must provide a list 24 hours prior to event.

Indoor facilities are closed to all visiting teams and spectators and concessions will not be open this fall.

Students or community members (i.e. general admission) will not be allowed unless they are included in family members' allotted tickets.

Vergennes

Vergennes will issue two passes per player for the home and away teams. If it surpasses the 150 spectator limit, any person with a pass is guaranteed a spot while others will be asked to leave.

West Rutland

Spectators will be admitted to a designated, fenced area able to hold 150 people. Any spectators beyond that number will be required to watch the game from outside the area. Visiting teams will be asked to limit spectators to immediate family members only.

White River Valley

Guests are expected to wear a properly fitted face covering at all times. Each athlete will be allotted two tickets for each game — for visitors, these are the only spectators that will be allowed. There will be no concessions or bleachers.

Williamstown

No policy provided.

Windsor

Attendance limited to two spectators per athlete and coach on the roster. Entry for spectators will begin 30 minutes before the posted start time of each game. No more than 150 spectators are allowed to attend an athletic event. 

Spectators are required to wear a facial covering and maintain 6 feet distance from other spectators not in their household. Spectators not following these guidelines will be asked to leave. 

Windsor High School athletes who complete practices on campus may stay on site to watch games as long as they continue to follow COVID precautions.  There is enough cushion between expected attendance and state limits to accommodate those students.

Winooski

Home game crowds for boys and girls soccer will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will not exceed the state guidance on spectator limits (150 fans). Athletic director Dennis Barcomb said he eliminated night games at Winooski to help maintain crowd size.

Woodstock

Attendance will be limited to two spectators per athlete and coach on the roster. All spectators must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing. 

Woodstock athletes completing practices on campus may stay on site to watch games. Parents who bring younger children to the athletic facilities are responsible for keeping those children close at hand as their own ability to maintain proper social distancing is limited. 

Buildings are closed to guests and concessions will not be available.

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