The primary objective of Norwich Free Academy is to provide a safe environment for our students and staff, and that extends beyond the school day to our athletes, coaches and training staff.
Arriving at this point has not been easy, and we are grateful for the continued support, cooperation and patience of everyone in our athletics family, all of which will be even more necessary as we continue to move forward with the Fall 2020 season.
This information is meant to provide you with all necessary details about spectator access (in person and virtual) and the protocols necessary to ensure we continue to provide the safest environment possible for our student-athletes. The protocols we are putting in place follow those recommendations from our two governing bodies: the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC).
Fall sports at NFA include: cheerleading, cross country (boys and girls), field hockey, football, jazz pom dance team, soccer (boys and girls), girls swimming and girls volleyball.
Spectators: Away Events
NFA fans will not be allowed to attend any away athletic contests, pursuant to the aforementioned guidelines from the CIAC and ECC. Fans that attempt to attend games in other locations will be asked to leave. Again, we appreciate your cooperation.
Spectators: Home Events
Fans will not be allowed to the following home events: football, volleyball and swimming. We know this is not easy, but we also know the guidelines set forth are to provide the safest environment possible and that is why we must continue to adhere to them.
A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the following home events: soccer (girls and boys), cross country (girls and boys) and field hockey. The process to attend those games is this:
1. Beginning October 1, we will allow two spectators per player at home events in the sports of soccer, field hockey and cross country.
2. Players will need to inform their coaches who will be at each event 24 hours in advance. Coaches will then include these names on the game day roster.
3. The two spectators will be expected to have their passes (provided by the athletes) to gain entry.
4. All spectators will be required to check in with an NFA athletic official upon arrival.
5. Any spectator without a pass and/or not on the approved list will not be provided access.
6. Spectators must wear a mask/face covering on site. Shirts and jackets will not be allowed as a face covering.
7. Please maintain proper social distancing at each event.
8. Children/siblings count as a spectator, infants do not.
9. At the end of the game, spectators are asked to leave the facility without interacting with either the teams or the players. They will meet you at home or at your car.
It is our hope to have spectators be a part of these home events. However, if these protocols are not followed, we are prepared to hold events without spectators. Again, your patience, support and cooperation is appreciated.
A note about cheerleading and the jazz pom dance team. Each group will be performing at six events (two boys soccer, two girls soccer, two field hockey). Members of those teams will be allowed spectators at the games at which they perform by following the same process as above.
Virtual Access to NFA Home Athletic Events
NFA has the technology in place to live-stream any athletic contest played in Alumni Gym or on the Turf Field.
All soccer matches (boys and girls, varsity and sub varsity), football contests (varsity and sub varsity) and field hockey games (varsity and sub varsity) played on the NFA Turf Field are accessible through the NFHS Network. To create your free NFHS account, visit: NFHS - NFA Events, click the "Follow" button to sign up for free; do not hit the subscribe button.
Normally, the NFHS Network requires a fee for viewing a live stream. This year's free access to our home turf events is provided by the NFA Foundation, Inc.
Please note, for away contests, if another school is using NFHS (and many are), it’s likely that you will not be able to use your free access for that game. Free access is for NFA home games only.
All volleyball matches (varsity and sub-varsity) played in Alumni Gym will be streamed live on the NFA YouTube channel.
Games on YouTube and NFHS Network can be watched live or on-demand at any time following the event.
Unfortunately, at this time, it is not possible to live stream swimming and cross country meets. We will do our best to provide additional exposure to these teams and athletes through our social media networks.
Thank you again for your support and patience during this challenging time. For specific athletics related questions, please contact Athletic Director Roy Wentworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.