With summer “break” officially here and COVID-19 on the decline in Michigan, organized sports are slowly beginning to test the waters. Last week, the MHSAA published their first set of guidelines for summer activities by its member schools. A few days later, the lifting of the stay at home order quickly gave school sports the opportunity to begin preparing for the 2020-21 school year. However, before we begin meeting, we want to make sure we have the necessary guidelines and equipment in place to ensure the safety of our staff and student-athletes. Here is a quick synopsis of what to expect as teams begin meeting sometime next week:
- OUTSIDE activities only with up to 100 people in attendance properly socially distanced (at least 6 feet apart).
- Locker rooms and rest rooms will not be available — student-athletes should come dressed and ready to go.
- Upon arrival, each student-athlete (and staff member) will be checked with a thermometer. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 degrees, will be sent home and should seek care from their primary physician.
- Each student-athlete (and staff member) will also be asked some questions, which will be recorded, about their recent health.
- If your student-athlete has been sick, please keep him/her home.
- Individual drills can be performed — no competition.
- Equipment will be routinely deep cleaned, to help prevent the spread of germs.
- Student-athletes should bring their own water and not share.
Each varsity coach will be in contact regarding the plan for his/her program. Some programs will have to take some unique measures to be able to meet with no access to the gymnasiums. Stay tuned for more information regarding those plans. One thing will remain constant, our use of PLT4M to train all student-athletes. If you are just hearing of this game changing program, welcome back! For those who have been using this valuable resource provided by the Kent City Sports Boosters — keep up the great work! For those who have not, here is a cheat sheet so you can successfully get started: PLT4M Cheat Sheet.
We are excited to get back to some sort of “normalcy” but we also want to make sure we are following the guidelines from health experts so we can continue prevent future cancellations due to COVID-19. Here is an article from the MHSAA regarding the plans for summer workouts as of Friday, June 5, 2020: