As part of the new NFL COVID-19 regulations, athletes on the sidelines must now wear masks. The NFL published new guidelines for its operations in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic on Monday, including requiring players to wear masks on the sideline unless they have their helmet on and are about to join the game. All other players must wear a face mask when on the field.
Football is a contact sport and wearing a mask can only help in preventing infections such as flu and colds. It is also required by law when entering stadiums or arenas to protect against airborne diseases.
In addition, new rules were introduced to prevent coaches and trainers from entering games from the stands. They may still enter fields through separate entrances, but not along with players or staff members. The only exception is if a trainer is needed near (within 20 feet) an injured player on the field. In that case, he or she would be allowed entry into the stadium.
Players are asked to stay in their seats until the end of the pregame ceremony, at which time they may leave their seats and walk onto the field. If a player has to leave their seat because of injury, security guards will help them back to their seat once play has resumed.
The new rules are intended to ensure that no one is exposed to the virus during times of game action.
Why aren't masks essential for the majority of players? The NFL's senior medical officer, Allen Sills, said last week on the NFL Network that masks are a means to avoid clubs' most outspoken employees—coaches on the sideline—from spreading the illness if they are sick but are unaware of it. He added that while there is no evidence of this happening often, it's not impossible.
Masks were first used in American football in the 1950s. At that time, there were two types of players: those who were "healthy" and could play regardless of their health (i.e., their ability to fight off injuries) and those who were not healthy and could not play despite trying out for teams (they were usually sent home). The mask allowed these injured players to participate without risking further injury by taking direct hits from other players or equipment. They also prevented sick players from spreading the virus to others.
In the modern era, all players wear masks when they are on the field. This is required by league rules which were passed in March after more than a decade without any changes to the policy.
There are several reasons why athletes don't wear masks. First, they are uncomfortable. Even though modern masks include foam padding, they still tend to be tight-fitting headgear that can cause irritation when you wear them for an extended period of time. As a result, many players choose not to wear them at all.
There is no requirement for masks. However, unlike in places such as Minnesota, there is no specific regulation requiring masks on the playing field in California, however players, coaches, and fans on the sidelines and in the stands must wear the facial coverings. If you are asked to remove your mask during play, then you should not do so.
We were informed that players will henceforth be required to wear "face covers" when playing hockey. Even players wearing full-face shields (rather than cages) would have to wear a face mask within the full-face shield. We were at a tournament where people weren't taking this seriously, so I decided not to either.
The rationale behind this rule is twofold: first, to prevent as many shots to the head as possible; second, to allow for facial expressions which may help a player control the puck or communicate with his/her teammates.
I'm sure most kids will follow this new rule without issue, but some might find it annoying. If your child complains about having to wear a mask, tell them that it's for their own good and that you love them even though they're being a baby. That should get them to shut up!
Team workers must wear masks for the duration of the game. Failure to comply might result in a fine and/or suspension, according to the NFL. According to ESPN, five coaches have been fined $100,000 each (their teams $250,000) for neglecting to wear face masks during games. The most serious infraction so far was by Gary Anderson, who coaches the Seattle Seahawks' defense. After one of his players was injured on a play against the New York Giants in September, Anderson refused to put on a mask. "I'm not going to wear a facemask," he said. "I'm not going to do it." He was fined $200,000 ($400,000 if he had refused to wear a helmet).
Coaches are required to wear protective headgear at all times while on the sideline. However, they do not need to wear a facemask unless they are taking part in the coaching staff's huddle program. If they choose not to participate, their assistants can be given different assignments during timeouts or other critical moments of the game.
In addition, defensive coaches are expected to instruct their players from behind a shield during games. But this rule is rarely enforced. One reason may be that many defenses use a 3-4 alignment that does not require a secondary coach to be positioned behind his players.
There is no penalty for NFL players who fail to wear masks.