Team Sports on Pause



Team Sports on Pause – 11/23/2020 through 1/19/2021


* Pause affects all sporting activities except for Collegiate and Professional. Teams that view themselves as professional must obtain approval from DECD. *


* Masks now required in Gyms and Fitness Centers, no exceptions *



“Team” is defined as a group of more than 4 people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.


What is prohibited during Team Sports on Pause:

  • Participation in High Risk Sports (other than conditioning/non-contact drills)
  • All Team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics and tournaments (including all interscholastic, “pick-up” games, and other informal athletic activities)
  • Participation in any out-of-state Team practices (including conditioning), competitions, camps, clinics and tournaments by CT residents
  • Participation in competitions, camps, clinics, tournaments in CT by out-of-state Teams
  • Teams are not able to break up into smaller groups to practice or compete (e.g. a 20 person team practicing or competing in groups of 4 or less at the same time and location is not allowed)


What is allowed during Team Sports on Pause:

  • Outdoor Recreation activities
  • Individual and small group training (4 people or fewer)
  • Individual and small group Moderate and Low Risk Sports (4 people or fewer)
  • Gyms (masks now required, no exceptions, minimum 6 foot spacing and other Sector Rule Safeguards) 
  • Group Fitness Classes & Dance Studios, Yoga, Martial Arts Instruction, etc.
    • Reduced to 25% capacity (from 50%)
    • Masks now required, no exceptions
    • Subject to minimum 6 foot spacing and other Sector Rule Safeguards
  • School Gym Classes (No Team sports subject to Pause to be played)
  • Professional teams that obtain DECD approval and Sanctioned Interscholastic College Sports (Recreational/Club sports on college campuses are subject to Team Sports on Pause rules)
  • Pools that serve more than one household may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane.  
      • Lanes must be a minimum of 6 ft wide.   
      • Advance registration for lap swimming is encouraged.   
      • Swimming lanes are for individual use and are not meant to be a substitute for team practices, which shall be enforced by the facility’s management.  
      • Pool deck observers are discouraged.  If parent/guardians are necessary, only one per swimmer is allowed, they must wear a mask, remain at least 6 ft apart, and shall not coach from the pool deck or bleachers. 
      • Swim aerobics and swim lessons shall be limited to the equivalent of one person per lane. 
      • Swim aerobic participants should maintain distance of 12 ft throughout class or utilize every other lane. 
      • In instances where swim lessons require a parent or guardian to be present in the pool, swim lessons may allow two persons (a parent/guardian and their child) in a lane with pairs maintaining 12 ft of separation throughout class or utilizing every other lane, as long as pairs are from the same household.

    Risk Categorizations with Associated Sports, National Federation of State High School Associations, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, May 2020



Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants.


Martial Arts

11-on-11 Football


Boys Lacrosse


Competitive Cheer

Competitive Dance Teams



Sports that involve close, sustained contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants OR intermittent close contact OR group sports OR sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants.






Swimming relays


Water polo


Ice hockey

Field hockey

7-on-7 football

Girls lacrosse

Pole vault

High jump

Long jump

Rowing/Crew (with two or more rowers in shell)

Tennis (doubles)

Racquet sports (squash, pickleball, racquetball)



Sports that can be done with social distancing or individually with no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors.

Individual running events

Throwing events (javelin, shot put, discus)

Running/Cross Country (staggered starts)

Individual swimming



Alpine skiing/ snowboarding

Sideline cheer

Rowing/Crew (single sculling)

Tennis (singles)