Hawks News · PPL Return to Play

Outdoor workouts and practices have begun for high school boys and girls basketball and co-ed track. We hope to be able to get in the gym as soon as cleared by the district. Schedules are up and available on this site (hfwathletics.org).

Coaches Contacts: Girls Basketball (drcebular@philasd.org), Boys Varsity Basketball (hegelston@philasd.org), Boys JV Basketball (eljay825@gmail.com), Co-Ed Track (mzoda@philasd.org)

Please keep in mind the following protocols when returning to play:

As with all seasons, no student-athlete may participate in any phase of our RTP plan (workouts, practice, competitions, etc.) until they have an updated and completed PIAA CIPPE Form (must be signed June 1, 2020 or later to be eligible for this SY).


  • Must be worn by all players, coaches, and officials at all times at all practices and games, including during competition. No exceptions.
  • Masks must be at least 2-ply material, should not have gaps and should not fall down on the face (the PPL masks that were given out in November are approved for use. We are working on placing additional orders as well). Face shields are not a replacement for a face mask.
  • If masks are not properly on a coach or player during a game, then the player or coach will be issued a penalty (technical foul, points, card, infractions penalty, etc.).  Repeated fouls for not wearing masks will lead to ejection from the game or forfeiture of the game.
  • If a mask comes down by accident and isn’t immediately pulled back up, then the game play must stop (similar to as if there was blood or other immediate need)
  • Masks must be worn on all transportation to and from games, including in carpools and on SEPTA.


  • No locker room use.
  • Chairs on sidelines must be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and masks must still be worn except when drinking water at an appropriate distance on the sideline.
  • No team meals or pre-game gatherings permitted.
  • All team meetings must be held either outdoors, with appropriate spacing, or held virtually.
  • Transportation must allow for appropriate spacing and only one person permitted per seat. Windows must be open on the bus or vehicle, regardless of the weather.


  • Teams must maximize outdoor practice space, regardless of weather. All cardio workouts should be done outdoors.
  • Skills and drills with distancing will take up most of the remaining time for indoor practices.
  • Scrimmages and contact practice will be limited.

Contact tracing

  • Anyone who meets criteria for testing due to symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 must be tested.
  • The team, including coaches and staff, is considered a cohort. If there is a COVID-19 case in the cohort, the entire cohort must quarantine and will be unable to meet, practice, or play for 14 days.
  • Anyone with an exposure outside of the team must quarantine for 14 days as per guidelines.


Quarantining and Isolating

  • Screen every attendee for symptoms before every practice or activity and prevent them from remaining on site if they have cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • It is not necessary to conduct onsite temperature measurements. If you do measure temperatures, use a no-touch thermometer, and do not allow anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher to remain onsite.
  • If a player or staff member develops COVID-19 infection or has a positive test, schools and organizations must take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further. Required precautions include calling PDPH at (215) 685-5488 to report positive cases. The PDPH will be the final authority in decisions on the quarantine and isolation protocols. This includes determining close contacts that may take place during previous competition. All positive cases and additional updates must also be reported to the League Office for contingency planning purposes.

Spectators and Game Personnel

  • Limit the amount of people participating in events to essential participants, for example; coaches, scorekeepers, referees, etc.
  • Limit the amount of people around the playing field or court to ensure appropriate distancing requirements.
  • If possible, those players who are not playing on the day of the game should not attend the event.
  • All spectators are prohibited.
  • Tournaments of 3 or more teams are prohibited at this time.
  • Gathering of teams after games, for example, team celebrations, post-game handshakes, and post-game team meetings are not permitted.