Basketball Next Week!
The medical team has cleared 9th-12th basketball to start on MONDAY- can you believe it? This would be a shortened 4 week season.
*CoachWhite (Boy's Team) Would be able to start Tuesday practice after schooluntil 3:15 and continue on a M-F practice schedule after that.
*Girl'sTeam: We are looking for a coach to facilitate practices even just a few days a week as Coach Stroebel is not available at this time. Please email me if you are interested! email@example.com
SignUp Google Sheet link, Guidelines for Participation, Health History Update, and Athletic Release Form are all attached to this email. ALLFORMS must be submitted to the main office prior to play and the MAIN OFFICE will need to be contacted SEPARATELY with changes to your student's after school dismissal.
As you consider this shortened season, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1) Masks must be worn at all times.If a student needs a mask break, he'll need to separate out from the group significantly, like go into the dining room, and take a moment to catch his breath. MANY area teams are currently playing (outside of school, like Liam's soccer team) fully masked, running hard for an hour or more, and they're doing fine. I am confident our players can handle this. Perhaps even invest in a few breathable "athletic recommended masks" for the team and make it part of their uniform/practice jersey.
2) WeFULLY expect the Saratoga County Department of Health to decide, over the next three days, that they are NOT allowing high-risk sports to resume on Monday for our county. If that is the case, we can STILL PLAY BASKETBALL, but our season will be limited to practices and in-school scrimmages until the county gives the all-clear. Iknow that stinks, but it would be regular practice time here at King's,and the kids will get exercise, time with Coach White (which is priceless).
* STUDENTS MUST BE IN GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING TO PLAY. If a student has failing grades, this may motivate MANY of them to get their grades back upto passing in order to play. They would be on academic probation right now, for failing grades, however getting to play basketball would be the thing they needed to get back on track. We usually have a few weeks of practice before games start so this would allow a little time to get their grades back up.
3)If Saratoga DOES allow high-risk sports to play (and there is CONSIDERABLE PRESSURE from the community to allow this) then we will be able to schedule games against other schools. However, AT THAT TIME we would create a "Basketball Players Pod" and EVERY MEMBER of the team would need to separate out (probably to the sanctuary) and only take classes together, virtually, for the remainder of the season (probably 2-3 weeks). Some students will love this. Some will hate it. It is important that they understand that this WILL be required of them, in order to protect the rest of the school from exposure if one of the teamgets COVID. We'll be isolating them from the rest of the student body JUST UNTIL THAT PART OF THE SEASON IS OVER.
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