The Return of Athletic Competition for Fall Sports

Today, we are excited to announce Chaminade Julienne’s intention to proceed with all fall sports and Eagle Pride marching band, with plans to phase in limited spectators at our home events.

Beginning this weekend, CJ will host visiting teams for competition in Our Lady of Victory Gym and Roger Glass Stadium on John Q. Sherman Field for women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and football. Tennis and golf matches will continue with their respective schedule which is already in progress.

School leadership has reviewed the order posted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on August 19 as well as the new Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) recommendations that include safety standards specific to sports.

In addition to adhering to guidelines from ODH and OHSAA, Greg Mueller, principal, and Jeremy Greenleaf, athletic director, have consulted with local Catholic high school principals and Greater Catholic League (GCL) athletic directors, respectively. The CJ leadership team then discussed the implementation of both recommended and required safety protocols to continue with fall contact sports and spectators.

In order to allow fall competition, CJ will follow the new health orders issued on August 19 and will require full compliance from coaches, student athletes and visiting teams. Coaches and participants must follow the state public health orders and complete the educational requirements as provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

In addition to completing safety training, all participants will be expected to conduct a pre-screening of symptoms before arriving at the event, and every person will have their temperature checked before being permitted to enter the venue. While on CJ’s campus, all event participants will be expected to follow current health orders, including the use of face coverings and adhering to social distancing protocols. A compliance officer will be present at each event.

Each venue is being prepared to accommodate visiting teams. The facilities team and athletic department are collaborating on increasing the health and safety of our athletic facilities, which includes additional signage to promote safety protocols and additional hand sanitizer dispensers.

The safety and well-being of our students and community continues to be a priority, which is why CJ is following a phased approach to allow spectators at our home athletic events. To prepare, each sport will run a home competition without spectators so the event management teams can focus on the safety of all student athletes and coaches. They will also use these experiences to evaluate any additional precautions or protocols that may need to be put in place in order to welcome guests, in the safest way possible, to future events.

As spectators will not be permitted to attend home competitions through Wednesday, August 26, CJ will provide a live stream to the women’s volleyball game scheduled for Saturday, August 22, and the men’s soccer game scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, so that parents and others may still view the game. Details for accessing these live stream events will be posted on the CJ athletic page here: cjeagles.org/athletics.

When these first events in each venue are safely and successfully executed, CJ plans to phase in limited spectators for future home athletic events. A limited spectator plan will be released next week and is projected to follow Gov. DeWine’s recommendations, regarding capacity and ticket allotment to family members of each athlete, Eagle Pride member, and cheerleader. Ticket information and safety requirements will also be included.

Because of the capacity limitations set forth in the ODH order, it is highly unlikely that tickets will be available for any members of our community aside from close family members of athletes. This would likely prohibit students who are not part of an athlete’s immediate family, local alumni and others within the greater CJ community from attending.

CJ is excited for the opportunity to offer our student athletes the opportunity to experience a well-rounded education and athletics season under these new guidelines and circumstances.