The 2020-21 school year was supposed to be easier for Lamar Consolidated ISD athletics.
The district did not have a school in Class 4A, and the five high schools are spread over three districts in football and two for all other sports.
But 2020 has been far from ordinary with a pandemic, and LCISD has adjusted accordingly.
LCISD will be strictly following the guidelines outlined by the UIL related to COVID risk mitigation.
“Our goal is to protect our kids and coaches,” LCISD athletic director Nikki Nelson said. “And we want to keep our kids playing.
“We’re doing both of those things by following the UIL COVID risk mitigation plan.
“I think that is were where many of our fans would have questions, but the No. 1 priority is to keep athletes and coaches safe.
“We hope by the end of the volleyball and football season that we’ll be able to increase the number of tickets we’re able to sell and the number of fans we have in the stands.
“That is the direction we’re hoping to head. We’re being cautious and careful as we head toward that.”
The measures include face coverings and social distancing throughout the attendance of athletic events on LCISD campuses.
“Anyone coming to one of our events will have to have a face covering to attend that event,” Nelson said.
All event works, sports officials and members of the media will be screened before entering an event.
Indoor athletic contests in LCISD gymnasiums will be limited to fans from schools within LCISD only for the immediate future. As the COVID risk level decreases, this policy will be reviewed and updated.
Every other row in the stands at LCISD facilities will be marked as closed. Seats marked off every six feet. Each stadium and gym capacity has been set after the social-distancing measures were marked off.
Schedule and attendance changes
The additional measures taken by LCISD include special pre-game events, field/court access and ticketing.
LCISD teams will not be holding parent nights, junior high nights, senior nights, homecomings and special performances by student groups during athletic events during the fall calendar.
Schools will be allowed to host events on campus and present events on the stadium video board.
Non-participants will not be allowed onto the playing area per UIL guidelines. The measure will include non-staff, parent volunteers in student sections of the bleachers and during the halftime performances.
There will be no fan seating in the LCISD Natatorium fo swim events at the current time to allow for social distancing for swimmers between races.
LCISD will not be accepting passes of any kind to start the 2020-21 school year.
Additionally, the district will not be selling season tickets for varsity football this season.
All fans will need to redeem a ticket to enter a stadium or gymnasium.
Campus and all sub-varsity events will be $3.
Athletes will be given an allotted number of tickets before the day of the game for their parent(s)/guardian(s) to redeem if they choose to attend the game. All athletes’ parents and guardians will be prioritized and ensure available seats are equally reserved for LCISD parents.
Varsity football tickets will be sold online through the GoFan portal at $8.
Football parents will receive a link to purchase tickets on Sunday of game week, then band, drill team and cheerleading will receive a link on Monday to buy tickets. If any tickets remain, a public sale link will be made available on Tuesday morning.
Band and drill team
LCISD will be allocating seats for the home and visiting band and drill teams at Traylor Stadium.
The capacity will include 197 seats for the band and drill team on the home side of Traylor Stadium and 180 seats for the band and drill team on the visitor side of the Traylor Stadium.
If the visiting team isn’t attending the game, those seats will be made available for the visiting team.
LCISD bands, drill teams, and cheer teams will not be traveling out of LCISD to attend varsity football games until further notice.
Those games also include non-district and district contests that remain in Fort Bend County,
Foster and George Ranch will play at Mercer and Hall Stadium in Fort Bend ISD this season, but their bands will not travel.
LCISD athletic events at Traylor Stadium, the LCISD Natatorium, and large high school gymnasiums will be live-streamed via the internet to start the 2020-21 school year.
LCISD will be streaming through the NFHS network. FBISD and Angleton will also be using the same network.
“Every game that is played in our high schools’ big gyms and Traylor Stadium have the capacity to stream,” Nelson said. “We have also installed a streaming camera at the natatorium.”
The full LCISD rules can be read at https://bit.ly/33r3RwO.