January 8, 2021
I hope this finds you all well.
At long last, on Monday, January 11, 2021, John Bapst will begin to offer Winter Sports. Tryouts, workouts, and practices for Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball, Competition Cheer, Indoor Track, Ice Hockey, Alpine Ski, and Swimming and Diving will begin on Monday. The schedule for next week, by sport, including location, time of event, and provided transportation (if applicable) is attached below.
COVID-19 has not touched all of our lives in some way. As always, the health and safety our students, coaches, and officials, is our number one priority. Also attached is a letter detailing our philosophy with regard to the reopening of winter sports, our COVID-19 Assumption of Risk Document, and our Daily Screening tool. Please read the letter. The forms should be returned to our coaches on Monday. No student-athlete will be permitted to begin the season with out turning them in.
Non-COVID-19 protocols still need to be followed as well, and to that end our Parent Consent forms, our Student-Athlete Contract, along with our Physical form are all attached as well. Our student-athletes should turn these in, digitally or otherwise, to the Athletic Director. Please drop them by my office or ask the folks in the main office to “put them in my mailbox.”
We have also attached information about our ImPACT Concussion baseline program. Each student-athlete that signed up for a winter sport should have received an email from Kyrstyn Keating (email@example.com), our Athletic Trainer. That email detailed the process for taking the baseline test. It is taken online, and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Kyrstyn will be communicating with both the AD and our coaches on who has taken the test before we start practice. Please, if you haven’t taken the test, do it this weekend. If some reason you have not received an email about the test, or there are any other questions let me know.
You will receive follow-up communications this weekend from your coaches. They may provide you with details about your first workouts, and procedures and protocols they will ask you to follow this year. As a reminder, face coverings are required for all athletes and coaches, at all times, in all activities. Please plan accordingly.
Once we get through the first couple of days, and get established, we will be scheduling player/parent/coach zoom meetings. These will serve as our annual meetings, normally held in person at school where we review policy and philosophy. Please stay tuned for times and dates for these meetings.
We have a very respectful, long-standing relationship with John T. Cyr Bus Company. Unfortunately, due to a driver shortage, Cyr will not be able to provide us with buses before 4pm. Due to facility issues beyond our control, some sports will need to practice, both on and off-campus, and before 4pm. We will need to count on parents and families to help get our student-athletes to their practices and games in some cases. Any scheduled transportation will appear on the schedule. Coaches will work with players and families to help arrange transportation as needed. We thank you, in advance, for your help here.
Finally, it is important to have the proper perspective heading into this winter. We all want our student-athletes to have a great experience. We want them to improve in their sport, we want them to have fun, and we want them to compete. However, this winter season will require patience. It will require understanding. It will require strict adherence to procedures and protocols. We will do everything we can to provide the safest and most fulfilling experience possible.
Thank you for all your support, and I wish all of our Winter Sports Student-Athletes nothing but the best of luck next week and beyond!
Dan O’Connell–Athletic Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
January 1, 2021