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SDSU Rodeo Team Travel COVID-19 Operation Plan


The SDSU Rodeo Team members, Coach Ron Skovly and Faculty Advisor Dr. Joe Cassady will adhere to South Dakota State University guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH).

This plan is also grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols.

Travel: 3 trips
Planned Audience: Rodeo Team

Staffing and Safety Protocols

  • One full-time employee – Rodeo program coach Ron Skovly
  • Rodeo team will follow current CDC guidelines
  • Guidelines and Rules
    • Rodeo Team will be instructed to maintain appropriate social distancing and good hygiene practices. Individuals are required to follow the current University and SDBOR face covering protocols. Team members will be asked not to travel if they exhibit any type of illness.
  • Travel
    • All team travel will be in private team owned trucks and trailers (This is normal operating procedure)
    • Coach will travel separate in state motor pool vehicle
    • Motel rooms will be filled with travel partners or campus roommates together first with one person per bed. Team members have option to stay with parents.
    • All 3 fall rodeos will be held at large outdoor fairgrounds for each location.
      • Mid Plain’s Community College – North Platte, NE; September 17, 18, 19; Large grandstand with ample room for social distancing. No public allowed to attend.
      • Iowa Central Community College- Ft. Dodge, IA; September 24, 25, 26; Not advertising rodeo, no public allowed to attend.
      • Dickinson State University- Dickinson, ND; October 1, 2, 3. Large Grandstand with ample room for social distancing. Past attendance has been under 500 in stands.
  • Event location precautions
    • Each rodeo location will have COVID-19 precautions in place with the guidance of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and local school authorities.
    • SDSU Rodeo Team will avoid bottleneck areas at small gates and at rodeo secretary’s office. 
  • Other Region Rodeo Team Travel
    • University of Wisconsin River Falls is the only team that is not allowed to travel or hold a rodeo at this time.