Created: 21 September 2020


USASA Return To Play Plan
COVID-19 Competition Guidance

USASA is committed to assisting series directors, coaches, athletes, parents, and resort partners navigate the upcoming 2020-21 USASA competition season during the COVID-19 global pandemic. We recognize that COVID-19 has impacted different parts of the country in varying degrees at different times and remains fluid. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact and can lead to severe illness and death.
This USASA Return To Play Plan (RTPP) has been developed following guidance of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s COVID-19 Task Force and Domestic Competition Guidance Plan along with guidance from the CDC for best practices. This resource guidance* is based on U.S. Ski & Snowboard recommendations, and includes portions of specific content from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Key Points
USASA COVID-19 Guest and Resort Safety Measures

  • 100% Online Registration- No need to meet in the lodge or check in, just sign up online & away you go. We will meet you on the hill at your start/heat time.
  • Electronic Information Sharing- (Team App) - Everything you need for information on event days right on your phone. Bib Pickup, Heat Times, Start Lists, Inspection and Training times, Final ranking and next event details all from your phone!
  • Heat Formatting- This allows us to make smaller heats of 25 or less to help navigate the event day and keep crowds down at the start. Show up at your scheduled heat time, inspect, train, practice, take your (2) runs and call it a day!
  • Expanded Start Areas- We will be working with resort partners to provide additional start area space where applicable to ensure adequate room for proper distancing.
  • Face Coverings- This is pretty common already in our winter sports. We will require these by all staff and for athletes when social distancing is not possible.
  • Awards Ceremonies- Awards will be done virtually when possible and medals will be transferred by heat or team to keep person to person contact to a minimum.
  • Contact Tracing- Athletes, coaches, judges and officials will be registered and tracked for each event. Health assessments will be completed and participant information recorded.
  • CDC Best Practices- All USASA events will be held within state local and federal guidelines as suggested by regional health administrators and authorities.
  • 2020-2021 National Championships- USASA is working closely with Copper Mtn and the CDC to determine the best course of action surrounding the event. An official decision will be made on January 15th-2021.


Click here to read the complete USASA COVID-19 Return to Play Plan

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