Let’s try this
As the calendar
turns to July, high school athletics are getting set to return to the
practice courts and fields.
School Corporation administration, CHS athletic department, coaches and
staff have been working together to develop a plan that allows for CHS
student-athlete’s to return to the athletic fields and courts amidst the
COVID-19 pandemic,” new CHS athletic director Jeff Hamstra said in a letter
activities beginning Monday, July 6, until the first official practice on
Aug. 3, are voluntary for student-athletes. Student-athletes are encouraged
to take proper precautions during this time as well by following proper CDC
guidelines such as social distancing, wearing a mask and avoiding large
crowds to keep everyone as safe as possible.
to participate on July 6 must complete the physical paperwork located on the
CHS Athletics website including the sudden cardiac arrest/concussion form,
the code of conduct form and a pre-participation physical or IHSAA Health
History update questionnaire.
CHS and CMS
athletes who have physicals on file from the 2019-2020 school year need only
to fill out the Health History Form. All students that are not in that group
must have a 2020-2021 physical on the IHSAA form.
General items of
note from the athletic department to individuals participating include a
required COVID-19 pre-screening procedure before each activity,
student-athletes must bring their own labeled water bottle and are not
allowed to share and student-athletes are expected to wear their own masks
when social distancing can not be observed, but will not be required to wear
them during strenuous physical activity. CHS will not be providing masks for
Locker rooms will
be unavailable and student-athletes are expected to leave campus when
workouts are completed, maintaining social distancing guidelines before,
during and after each activity.
COVID-19 student-athletes and employees should be aware of include a fever
of 100 degrees or more, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and
new loss of taste or smell.
In CHS’ three-phase
return, phase one will run from July 6-19 and teams are allowed two days of
activities (not back to back days) and four days of conditioning per week.
No more than 15 hours per week for multi-sport athletes. All teams will
practice on campus with the exception of girls golf.
No school equipment
will be passed out and smaller groups (10 or less) are encouraged. There
will be limited access to the CHS weight room, including no more than 20
athletes in at a time and all equipment must be cleaned after every exercise
and restroom access will also be limited.
In phase two from
July 20-Aug. 15, time constraints are no longer limited and groups can
consist of full-team practices. Locker rooms will be available and informal
scrimmages with other schools may be possible.
In phase three
beginning Aug. 15, competitions are allowed with spectators and normal
practice rules apply.
On Monday, July 6,
sports teams will begin preparation for the fall season with an appointment
for screening followed by practice or conditioning.
Volleyball will be
the first team to start with a 6 a.m. screening and practice from 6:30-8:30
a.m. on the track. Junior and Senior members of the football team will be
screened at 6:30 a.m. and will report to the grass practice field from
7-8:30 a.m. Girls Soccer will be screened at 7 a.m. and will meet on the
turf field from 7:30-9 a.m.
Girls Cross Country
will get its screening at 7:30 a.m. and workout from 8-9:30 a.m. Freshmen
and Sophomore football players will be screened at 8 a.m. with conditioning
on the grass field from 8:30-10 a.m. Swimming group one will be screened at
9 a.m. and swim from 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Wrestling will be
screened beginning at 10 a.m. with a workout from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Boys
Basketball will be screened at 10:30 a.m. and practice from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Freshmen and sophomore boys soccer players will be screened at 10:30 a.m.
and practice from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the turf field.
Swimming group two
will be screened at 11 a.m. and practice from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Boys Soccer
juniors and seniors will be screened at 11:30 a.m. and practice from 12-2
p.m. Boys Cross Country will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and will practice from
On Tuesday, July 7,
the girls basketball team will begin its preparation with an 8:30 a.m.
screening and a workout from 9-11 a.m.