With sports getting ready to return on every level, collegiate sports is getting real with its players.
Ohio State football players and their parents were asked to sign a risk waiver regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The action came before returning to campus for voluntary workouts on June 8, according to reports.
The “Buckeye Pledge” was obtained and reported by the Columbus Dispatch. It asks players to “help stop the spread of the COVID-19.” It also asks them to accept that “I may be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections.”
By signing the two-page electronic pledge, players agree to testing and potential self-quarantining; monitoring for symptoms, and reporting any potential exposure in a timely manner.
They also have to practice Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. These include practices such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
The waiver states “any failure to comply with my Buckeye Pledge above may lead to the immediate removal of athletic participation privileges (not my athletics scholarship) and/or the inability to use athletics facilities.”