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So. Aroostook Opening High School Athletics and Activities
So. Aroostook Opening High School Athletics and Activities
Jon Porter
Monday, July 06, 2020

So. Aroostook Community School is interested in knowing if there are any middle/high school student/athletes interested in returning to physical activity through a structured and monitored program which follows the Maine Principals Association guidelines.  Guidelines are listed below.

If students or parents are interested in participating or have additional questions or concerns , they can contact either:

 So. Aroostook Athletic Director Cliff Urquhart:  curquhart @rsu50.org

So. Aroostook Superintendent/Principal Jon Porter:  jporter203@rsu50.org   


MPA Guidance for Opening High School Athletics and Activities

RETURN TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The MPA understands that many student athletes have had limited or even no access to athletic facilities and organized activities for several months, resulting in potentially significant deconditioning.  This level of deconditioning places the student athlete at high risk of overuse injuries with the return to normal activity.  When considering plans for a “re-start” of sports activities, consideration must be given to the student athlete’s level of conditioning.  Further information concerning return to physical activity/conditioning can be found in Return to Sports and Exercise during COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for High School and Collegiate Athletic Programs (Return to Sports and Exercise During the COVID-19 Pandemic )

The following recommendations and guidelines contain a “phase in” approach that includes:  1) a period of voluntary non-sport specific  strength, conditioning and agility training (Phase 1); 2) voluntary  individual skill activity along with strength, conditioning and agility training (Phase 2);  3) a two week summer period that allows for sport specific activities (Phase3); and 4) a fall sport season (Phase 4).

Phases 1 and 2– Conditioning, Strength Training, Agility, and Individual Skill Activity

Phases 1 and 2 should consist of a four-week period, during which, student athletes will have the opportunity to participate in activities to improve conditioning, strength, agility, and individual skill activity.  The four-week period is to be broken down into two parts, with specific guidelines and recommendations implemented for each part.  

Phase 1 Weeks 1-2 of Conditioning, Strength Training, and Agility (July 6 – July 19)

Use of outdoor facilities only

  • Coaches must track attendance of each student and adult daily.  

  • Students and/or adults who have symptoms of COVID-19 illness or feel sick must stay home and only return with medical clearance.

  • Students and/or adults who have symptoms after arriving at a training session must leave the site and only return with medical clearance.

  • Student groups or “pods” of 10 or less need to be assigned and names recorded.

  • Students stay in their “pod” for the duration of Phase 1.

  • All students and adults should maintain proper social distancing (6 feet).

  • Face masks/coverings are recommended when appropriate.  In accordance with CDC guidance, “face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but rather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from the person wearing the mask (who may not have any symptoms of disease).” (CDC Consideration for Youth Sports, 2020) “Face coverings may be challenging for players (especially younger players) to wear while playing sports.” (CDC Consideration for Youth Sports, 2020) “Face coverings should be worn by coaches, youth sports staff, officials, parents, and spectators as much as possible.” (CDC Consideration for Youth Sports, 2020)

         Cloth or disposable face coverings should be worn throughout each phase when                        not engaging in vigorous activity, such as when sitting on the bench, during chalk talks, interacting with an athletic trainer, etc. 

  • Medical grade face coverings are not necessary. Cloth or disposable face                                     coverings are acceptable.

  • Face coverings should not be worn when engaging in high intensity aerobic or                            anaerobic workouts, distance running, or swimming.

  • Plastic shields covering the entire face (or attached to a helmet) shall not be allowed during contests. Their use during practices increases the risk of unintended injury to the person wearing the shield or teammates. 

(2020 NFHS Guidance for Opening up High School Athletics and Activities, 2020)

  • Coaches, officials, and other contest personnel should always wear cloth face coverings. (Artificial noisemakers such as an air horn or a timer system with an alarm can be used to signal in place of a traditional whistle.) (2020 NFHS Guidance for Opening up High School Athletics and Activities, 2020)

  • Activities are to be limited to conditioning, strength training, and agility.  No sport specific equipment or skill activity is allowed.

  • Limit of one hour of activities per student per day.

  • Students should bring their own water bottle.  No sharing of water bottles allowed.

  • Disinfectants and hand sanitizers should be available on site.

  • Students and adults should practice frequent hand washing when in contact with others or with equipment (jump ropes, weights, etc.)

  • Any equipment used should be sanitized after each individual use.  For guidance on use and cleaning of equipment, please reference the CDC guidelines:

https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/guidance_for_gyms_fitness_providers.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/cleaning-disinfecting-decision-tool.html

Phase 2 Weeks 3-4 of Conditioning, Strength Training, and Agility (July 20 – August 2) 

Use of indoor and outdoor facilities

  • Coaches should continue to track attendance of each student and adult daily. 

  • Students and/or adults who have symptoms of COVID-19 illness or feel sick must stay home and only return with medical clearance.

  • Students and/or adults who have symptoms after arriving at a training session must leave the site and only return with medical clearance.

  • Use of outdoor and/or indoor (such as weight rooms, gyms, and wrestling rooms) facilities allowed.

  • Student groups or “pods” of 10 or less (indoors), but up to 50 students allowed in designated areas (outdoors).

  • Students stay in their “pod” for the duration of Phase 2.

  • All participants and adults should maintain proper social distancing.

  • Face masks/coverings are recommended when appropriate.  In accordance with CDC guidance, “face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but rather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from the person wearing the mask (who may not have any symptoms of disease).” (CDC Consideration for Youth Sports, 2020) “Face coverings may be challenging for players (especially younger players) to wear while playing sports.” (CDC Consideration for Youth Sports, 2020) “Face coverings should be worn by coaches, youth sports staff, officials, parents, and spectators as much as possible.” (CDC Consideration for Youth Sports, 2020)

    • Cloth or disposable face coverings should be worn throughout each phase when not engaging in vigorous activity, such as when sitting on the bench, during chalk talks, interacting with an athletic trainer, etc.

    • Medical grade face coverings are not necessary. Cloth or disposable face coverings are acceptable.

    • Face coverings should not be worn when engaging in high intensity aerobic or  anaerobic workouts, distance running, or swimming.

    • Plastic shields covering the entire face (or attached to a helmet) shall not be allowed during contests. Their use during practices increases the risk of unintended injury to the person wearing the shield or teammates. (2020 NFHS Guidance for Opening up High School Athletics and Activities, 2020)

    • Coaches, officials, and other contest personnel should always wear cloth face coverings. (Artificial noisemakers such as an air horn or a timer system with an alarm can be used to signal in place of a traditional whistle.) (2020 NFHS Guidance for Opening up High School Athletics and Activities, 2020)

  • Activities are to be limited to conditioning, strength training, agility, and individual skill development.  Individual sport specific activities and equipment will be allowed, such as individual dribbling and shooting.  No form of competition (including 1v1 drills) is allowed.

  • Limit of two hours of activities per student per day.

  • Students should bring their own water bottles.  No sharing of water bottles or other personal items allowed

  • Disinfectants and hand sanitizers will be available on site.

  • Students and adults should practice frequent hand washing when in contact with others or with equipment (jump ropes, weights, etc.

  •  Any equipment used should be sanitized after each individual use.  

Phase 3 Extended conditioning and acclimatization period – Guidelines TBD 

(August 3 – Aug 16)

Phase 4 TBD