Allow two family members per player entry into away CAL football games

Allow two family members per player entry into away CAL football games

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Abigail Levendusky started this petition to Cape Ann League

Although we are thrilled that Fall II sports are being allowed to play, we believe that parents should be able to attend away games. There is no reason that this can't be done safely and socially distanced. 

We, the undersigned (representing all nine Fall II participating CAL schools), respectfully request that two family members per player in the CAL be allowed entry into away football games.

This past week, the CAL Athletic Directors and Superintendents voted to establish guidelines for the Fall II sport season. As part of these guidelines, they are not allowing any visiting fans/parents to attend away games. These restrictions go above and beyond what we collectively believe are reasonably necessary to ensure a safe viewing environment.

More specifically it goes beyond the guidelines recommended by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the MA Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). The current guidelines from the MIAA and EEA for outdoor events suggest allowing 2 spectators per away player is acceptable.

"Spectators must practice social distancing between different household units and accept personal responsibility for public health guidelines. The number of spectators is determined in compliance with EEA, DESE, and DPH guidelines"

The EEA guidelines go on to state"...spectators will also be limited to two adults and two siblings per player for both indoor and outdoors...". Nowhere does it indicate away outdoor games are excluded.

In short, the CAL went beyond the MIAA/EEA guidelines with their decision. The decision is particularly difficult to understand considering the following:

  1. The stated guidelines from the governing agencies
  2. The reopening of the state per Governor Baker and various INDOOR and OUTDOOR stadiums
  3. States beyond MA having played football safely in the fall with spectators in full attendance (home and away).
  4. Other leagues within Massachusetts are allowing spectators (example: Middlesex, Patriot)
  5. Other states fully reopening to 100 percent capactiy (Texas, Mississippi, etc)

So, what can be done?

First, sign this petition and respectfully request the Cape Ann League Athletic Directors and Superintendents to call a meeting to reverse their decision to ban away spectators and allow two away family members per player at away football games.

Second, SPREAD THE WORD! We need to turn this around quickly with as many signatures as possible. Tell everyone you know to please sign the petition!

Thank you for your support.

 

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