Bobcats News · Skidmore-Tynan Athletics Fall Sports Covid Plan & Guidelines. HS Football Equipment Pick-up times. HS Football Practice times.


To view the Fall Sports Plan please click the following link or read the copy and pasted version below. HS Football Equipment Pick up times/ Football Practice times for the week of 8/3-8/2020 are listed below the link. Junior High Football Plan, Equipment pickup, Practice times will be announced next week. If you have any questions please email stephen.silva@stbobcats.net or call the Athletic Office.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Athlete Equipment Pick up Procedures and times.

Please come with All Paper work (Medical History, Concussion, Cardiac, Steroid, and Acknowledgment of rules)  if you need a new packet please email Coach Walker at travis.walker@stbobcats.net or call the athletic office. We will also have extra copies at equipment pick up.

Athletes must wear a face covering  and practice social distancing at all times.

Athletes will enter through the Main Entrance of the High School (Doors facing the CTE Building / Practice Field)

Athletes will be given a checkout list and bag to carry equipment in. We will not be issuing lockers. Athletes will be taking all equipment home and will be responsible for it for the time being.

PICK UP TIMES.

FRIDAY JULY 31st.

Seniors/Juniors: 8:30 am-10:15 am

Sophomores/Freshman: 10:30 am-11:45 am

Anyone that could not make it to the times above can come from 5 pm-6 pm Friday July 31st to pick up equipment. 

FOOTBALL PRACTICE TIMES For the week of August 3rd-8th

All athletes arrive by 6:50 am Dressed in Athletic Shirt, Shorts, Flats (Bring cleats w/ you),  Helmet, Water Jug (Gallon of Water or reusable container filled with water) and get to a dot outside of the locker room. We suggest you bring your equipment in your mesh bag you received from us or in your own duffel bag. MASKS MUST BE WORN when exiting vehicles and standing on dots. 

Monday August 3rd

7 am-11:30 am -Football Practice, Weights/Conditioning

Tuesday August 4th

7 am- 11:3o am  -Football Practice, Weights/Conditioning

Wednesday August 5th – (Teacher in service begins- Practices switch to afternoons.)

*Arrive to dots by 3:50 PM for Afternoon practices*

*Shell allowed-Bring Shoulder Pads, Helmet, Girdle,

Thursday August 6th

4 pm- 7:30 pm – Football Practice, Weights/Conditioning

Friday August 7th

4 pm- 7:30 pm – Football Practice, Weights/Conditioning

Saturday August 8th

*Full Pads

8 am- 10 am Football Practice / Conditioning

Week of August 10th-14th 

Tentatively Scheduled to be 4 pm-7:30 pm each day.

Please be flexible with practice times. Due to the current situation we are in we will be planning week to week. Some days practice may be shorter or longer.

 

COPY AND PASTED VERSION OF CROSS COUNTRY, VOLLEYBALL, & FOOTBALL PLAN.

 

Skidmore-Tynan Fall Sports Plan

  Hello Bobcats and Lady Cats.  Our Coaching Staff would like to welcome you back for the 2020-2021 school year.  While we are eager to get to work, we also want to reassure you that this program will follow the safety guidelines put forth by the UIL in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, our coaches have developed sports specific plans which include details into safety and team management that coincide with the UIL recommendations so that we can proceed through our season successfully while maintaining a high degree of safety.  

Our district has allowed us to begin workouts for the fall sports of Cross Country, Football, and Volleyball.  Cross Country has started their workouts and are already using the guidelines that they have developed and have in place.  The season and practice for Volleyball and Football will officially start on Monday, August 3rd.   As usual, we will not require anyone to participate, but if your child will be coming to campus to participate in a fall sport please take the time to read and familiarize yourselves with the general and sport specific expectations for practice procedures.   Please look down this letter to find the specific protocol for the sport(s) that pertain to your child.

Our priority is to keep everyone as safe as possible not only because of Covid, but also as our health relates to heat and general conditioning for those of us practicing outside.  

We will continue to use the general protocol that has been in use for Summer Strength & Conditioning while making additional specific guidelines for each sport.

The general procedures for reporting for workouts will be as follows:

  • Upon arriving coaches will do a pre-screening of Covid symptoms, mask must be worn.
  • Athletes should provide their own water bottles and towels if desired as we will not provide a common drinking station to ensure that bottles are not shared.  
  • Athletes will not be allowed to dress in locker rooms, but will be allowed to use the restroom.  We will have hand sanitizer and an outdoor hand washing station available.
  • Equipment will be sanitized and cleaned daily.

 

Cross Country:

The following protocols will take place and be enforced as we begin and continue with cross country training for Fall 2020.  It is of utmost importance that we ensure each child’s good health while at practice, and that we ensure their safety as we continue to train to prepare for the season.  Therefore, the following guidelines/rules will be strictly enforced by our coaches as we move forward with the season.

 

  • Runners have been instructed to always bring a bag with at least 2 bottles of water, a large towel, and their phone.
  • As soon as the child exits his/her vehicle, he/she will don a face covering.  This face covering will stay on the runner’s face until we begin the warm-up.  
  • The child will be issued a ground marker to stand at to enforce the 6 feet social distancing guidelines.  Girls will be assigned to the front of the visitor side restroom building, and boys will be assigned to the front of the visitor side concession building.
  • The runners will be allowed to utilize the visitor side restrooms if needed.  No more than 2 runners will be allowed into their respective restroom.  They will be able to use the restroom and wash their hands.  Soap is provided for the runners.  There is an outside water faucet that the runners can also use but only to wash their hands.  We will wash hands during practice, and as soon as training is completed.  Face covering will be donned, and social distancing will be maintained at all times.
  • Before we begin warm-up, one of the coaches will ask the runners a number of questions from the UIL COVID-19 guidelines sheet regarding their health.  Any child answering yes to any of the questions will be set aside further away from the group, and his/her parent will be contacted immediately by the coaches to pick up the child.  That child will stay out of training until the following week or longer if sickness continues.
  • When teachers/staff/admin return to school August 6th, XC training will move to BEFORE school- Monday-Thursday, 6-7:10 am and Friday 6:30-7 am- meet at the track.
  • Parents/guardians will be contacted weekly by Coach Luna reminding them to not send their child to training if their child is not feeling well- Allow the child to stay home until he/she has fully recovered.
  • Coach Luna will inform parents/guardians that training is not mandatory, and the decision for their child to attend training is solely based on how they feel about their child going to training each day.  If a parent chooses not to send their child to XC training, then Coach Luna will send the workout to the child.  The runner will complete the workout on their own and submit it to Coach Luna before 10:00 pm.  No consequences/make-ups will be given as long as the workout is submitted.  Parent/guardian will inform Coach Luna if their child is not feeling well, so that no consequences/make-ups will be given out.
  • Runners will not be required to wear face coverings when we are actively- running, jogging, walking, exercising, etc.  They will be required to wear them when we are on break and heart rates decrease to 100 bpm or less.  Social distancing will always be maintained. 
  • While running, jogging, walking, and exercising, coaches will constantly remind runners to maintain 6 feet social distancing by raising up their arms in a “T” and not being able to touch the person next to them if there is someone beside them.  We will be running, jogging, walking, and exercising with them and will be able to monitor them constantly.
  • We require that the runners bring their own 2 bottles of water.  Almost everyone is a returning veteran to XC and understands the demands of the sport. In addition, all parents have been informed to ensure their child brings 2 bottles of water, and all parents except one are former XC parents and are familiar with our rules and guidelines for training.  Small water breaks are given throughout the training sessions and most runners consume their 2 bottles of water by the time training ends.  If a runner needs a bottle of water, the coaches will provide it for them.
  • Coaches will not wash any personal athletic clothing from runners.  
  • Coaches will not wash school-issued uniforms.  Runners and their parents will be instructed by the coaches how to wash and dry uniforms at home.  
  • Coaches will not wash school-issued reflective vests on days we are required to wear them- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Runners will be assigned a vest that will become a part of their equipment to bring to practice. 
  • Runners will not be allowed into locker rooms. 
  • Runners will not be allowed to shower at school.
  • When training is completed, runners will don their face covering, wash their hands, and leave the area.  Coaches will remain with those runners waiting for their rides.  We will ensure their face covering stays on, and they maintain social distancing while they wait to be picked up.
  • Coach Luna will always contact parents weekly to ensure they know what time practice begins and ends, so their child’s ride picks them up on time.
  • Coaches will lock the visitor side restrooms when runners have left the area.
  • Coaches will communicate with maintenance in regards to use of the facilities, so they can disinfect them and have them cleaned before the next training session.
  • Fall coaches will meet weekly to reassess/reevaluate our protocols/procedures/checks and change those that need updating in order to ensure the safety of all active athletes.

 

Below you will find the UIL guidelines for COVID-19 screening of athletes each day prior to practice.

 

“UIL COVID-19 Symptoms

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following questions:

Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea

Screening Questionnaire Information

  1. When asking individuals if they have symptoms for COVID-19, school systems must only require the individual to provide a “Yes” or “No” to the overall statement that they are symptomatic for COVID-19, as opposed to asking the individual for specific symptom confirmation.  School systems are not entitled to collect information during screening on the specific health information of an individual beyond that they are symptomatic.
  2. Once it is determined that individuals who responded “Yes” to either of these questions have met the criteria for re-entry, school systems must destroy those individuals’ responses. “

 

Once again, we are excited to get our athletes back on campus and be able to work with them.  Our coaches have put together a well thought out and safe plan so that we can maximize our workouts while maintaining appropriate safety guidelines. 

Student who feel sick should stay home until they feel better.  If a parent does not feel safe about returning their athlete to campus, please keep them home, but let a coach know so that we at least know where the student is.

Please contact the athletic department if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing our athletes and preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

 

Volleyball:

Skidmore-Tynan High School Volleyball Protocol

Daily Arrival to gymnasium for 2020 Volleyball Practice:

  • Volleyball Athletes will enter the gymnasium at double doors on right side with a face covering.
  • Upon entering the gymnasium athletes will have a designated number spot in bleachers to put equipment and water bottles while still having on face cover. 
  • After equipment is put into designated area, athletes must keep face cover on to wash hands in the Athletic Training room with soap and water and will dry with paper towel provided. 
  • After athletes have completed washing their hands, athletes will return to their assigned spots with face cover while coaches conduct COVID-19 symptom checklist.  

 

COVID-19 Symptom checklist:     

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees      Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea   

 

  • Upon completion of COVID-19 symptom checklist workouts will begin.

Procedures and Guidelines during Workouts:

  • While athletes are actively participating in workouts, athletes may place face covering around neck.
  • While athletes are NOT actively participating in workouts, students must pull up face cover. 
  • During instruction or breaks athletes will maintain the 6 feet rule. 

 

Hydration:

  • Athletes will be given water breaks every 15 minutes. 
  • Athletes will bring their own personal water bottle.
  • If the situation arises and athletes run out of water, athletes will be provided with a personal disposable bottle of water.  

Locker Rooms/ Restrooms:

  • All locker rooms will remain locked. Athletes will not be permitted access to the locker rooms. No showers will be used. No lockers will be used. 
  • Towels will not be provided for athletes, athletes will bring own towel if athlete would like to have. Athletes will not share towels. 
  • If an athlete needs to use the restroom, athletes will use designated restroom facility in the hallway of the cafeteria. 
  • Coaches will notify maintenance/custodial staff to ensure the restroom facility is being cleaned and sanitized daily. 

Departure from gym:

  • Upon completion of workouts, athletes will collect all belongings and will exit through double doors on left side. 

Sanitation of Equipment:

  • At the conclusion of each workout, equipment (volleyballs, nets, jump ropes, boxes) will be sanitized thoroughly to be ready for the following day. 
  • After athletes have departed from gymnasium, coaches will sanitize bleachers that athletes had their personal equipment. 

Practice Times/Groups Overview:

We will have roughly 35-38 girls participating in high school volleyball.  Practices will be broken into smaller groups and separate times.  Both gyms will be used to help with social distancing and during breaks equipment will be sanitized for the next session.

8/3  7:30-8:30 Weights/Agilities—All athletes will be divided into 3 or 4 groups depending       on the exact numbers groups rotating.  

10:00-12:00 Practice group 1 (JV’s)

1:00-3:00 Practice group 2 (Varsity)

8/4  7:30-8:30 Weights/Agilities—All athletes will be divided into 3 or 4 groups depending       on the exact numbers groups rotating.  

10:00-12:00 Practice group 1 (JV’s)

1:00-3:00 Practice group 2 (Varsity)

 

8/5  7:30-8:30 Weights/Agilities—All athletes will be divided into 3 or 4 groups depending       on the exact numbers groups rotating.  

10:00-12:00 Practice group 1 (JV’s)

1:00-3:00 Practice group 2 (Varsity)

 

8/6 4:00-6:00 Practice-

JV2-old gym

JV1-new gym ct 2

Varsity-new gym ct 1

 

8/7 Scrimmage @ Odem 9:30

 

Football:

Football practice will begin on August 3rd and will have morning practices through August 5th (3 days).  Beginning August 6th practices will be help in the afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m. to accommodate out Techers/Coaches as they begin training and preparing for the school year.

Arrival:

  • As athletes arrive they must have a face covering and wear it until the practice begins and they must have their face covering in their possession at all times.
  • Athletes will stand on a pre-marked spot for symptom and temperature check.  Spots will be marked off to ensure appropriate social distancing.
  • If there is an athlete who does not meet the symptom check requirements they will be moved from their spot and a coach will seek further information.  If it is determined that they do have symptoms or may have been exposed to another person with Covid they will be asked to go home until they have completed the requirements for quarantine.

 

COVID-19 Symptom checklist:     

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees      Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea   
  • Have had close, known contact with a lab confirmed COVID positive person

 

Warmup:

  • As the warmup is being conducted the athletes will maintain appropriate social distancing with their face covering off.  At any point in which they are receiving instruction the face covering will need to be on.

Practice:

  • For the majority of practice athlete will be working in position groups which will allow for small groups that can be easily socially distanced.
  • When it comes time for team repetitions, those students who are actively participating can continue without a face covering.  
  • Any athlete not actively in a drill/repetition must have their face covering on.

Breaks:

  • We will take periodically scheduled breaks throughout practice.  We will follow the UIL protocol requiring athletes to have their own water.  We are asking all football athletes to bring a gallon container with them to ensure they have enough water for the whole workout.  Container can be as simple as the plastic gallon similar to prepackaged water or a milk container.
  • Coaches will be spread out to ensure that there is no sharing of water.
  • Athletes will be socially distance during the break.
  • Athletes will have to provide their own towel and will not be allowed to share it.

 

Weight room:

  • We will continue to use all protocol used during strength & conditioning.  Groups will be kept small so that each athlete has a spotter to ensure safety, yet small enough to social distance when necessary. 
  • All Equipment/Weights will be sanitized after each group has used it and before any other group can use it for their workout.

Locker rooms/Restrooms/Laundry:

  • We issue all football players all the equipment they need as they need it.  We will not be allowing access to locker rooms for dressing out at this time.
  • If an athlete must use the restroom they will be given access to one on a one-at-a-time basis.
  • The custodial staff will be informed if the restroom is used during practice so that it can be sanitized before the next practice.
  • We will not be washing laundry at this time so that we do not mix everyone’s laundry.  We are asking that athlete’s do their own laundry daily to ensure cleanliness and to prevent the spread of germs including not only Covid, but also, Staph and other common germs.

End of Practice:

  • Once practice has finished coaches will encourage athletes to leave campus.  
  • Any athlete waiting for a ride will maintain appropriate social distancing and will be required to wear a mask.

Other General Information:

Parents and student-athletes we are extremely fortunate to be able to start practices.  Please be mindful of all that is being asked of you follow protocol to ensure your safety as well of that of your teammates.  Be sure to have your face covering every day.

Additionally, coaches are asking that you be mindful of making trips that might expose you to large crowds.  

Please try not to visit malls and large cities that have large numbers of Covid cases.  

Please refrain from participating in travel team, summer leagues, and those types of activities.  

The only way for us to be able to continue having our practicing and improve as an S-T team is to not expose ourselves to any needless opportunities that might end up with an illness.  If that were to happen we would have to stop practices.

If any athlete believes that they have Covid symptoms or may have been exposed to a person who is positive for Covid they should report it to their coach(es) and stay at home to prevent exposure to others until the illness has been confirmed positive or negative for Covid.  

The coaching staff would rather have an athlete miss a day or two to make sure that they are not sick than risk a student coming to practice and possibly exposing the whole team.

Parents, our coaching staff wants you to know that we appreciate the opportunity to work with your child in athletics.  We also want you to know that while we are excited to begin practice, your child’s safety is our main priority.  Please help us to have a successful school year and season by encouraging the following of our safely protocol.

 

Sincerely,

 

Stephen Silva

Athletic Director

Skidmore-Tynan ISD