McNicholas began a three-step phases to return to athletics on Monday, June 1. The phases will allow our student-athletes the opportunity to train and interact with their teammates and friends in a safe manner. In addition, Mercy Health's training room and ATC guidelines are also included. It is paramount that ALL student/athletes, parents, and coaches follow instructions for the safety of all of our athletes and coaches. These phases are subject to change based on the state and/or local authorities revealing new directions. Each sport can also vary based on CDC and state guidelines depending where specific sport-activity is performed, but guidelines in this attached document will be followed across athletics while ON CAMPUS.
This phase is specific to our athletic department and will be the guidelines we ALL will be following for a minimum of the first two weeks in June. Our incremental phases are necessary for our specific campus-situation because our gymnasium floors are being refinished and will not be available for use until June 15th (limiting our indoor space necessary for proper distancing).
Phase 1: June 1 - 14. These guidelines also give us the option to extend for however many weeks necessary and/or until the proper authorities give us new direction.
- Only team activity will be permitted outside on campus in an area safe for athletes and coaches
- We will allow the use of free weights that will be transported in a John Deere Gator on a mobile basis (if any team is to use the free weights they will be informed of proper safety protocols from myself and/or our Athletic Trainer Mike McCafferty)
- This phase will allow proper social distancing in order to limit the amount of exposure while allowing athletes to interact with their teammates and be on campus again
Phase 2 would ideally begin June 15, but is still a work in-progress. We are devising instructions that include more indoor/weight room capabilities that will be safe under whatever current local/state guidelines will be at the time. If June 15 isn't a safe date for our athletes, we look to begin July 1.
Phase 3 will include any type of in-season practicing/competition that may have restrictions per the state or local authorities
Note: At any time if restrictions, requirements, and/or recommendations are lifted or changed, per authorities, we will find and discuss the necessary guidelines that will offer safety and wellness for our student-athletes and coaches.
While authorities have provided many guidelines for numerous types of businesses and activities, we are following guidelines from the OHSAA that were released late last week. The OHSAA stated that skill training may take place at school facilities at the discretion of the respective school districts. Skill training is defined and the mandated and recommended restrictions are posted here.
Athletic Training Requirements
In addition to requirements in the link, we have added some much needed recommendations and clear direction from our athletic trainer, Mike McCafferty. Athletes and coaches must follow these protocols in order to participate in activity on our campus. Each team's activities may vary while on campus, but proper protocol on the necessary safety for our athletes and coaches will not.
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- Sanitizing classroom surfaces between classes
- Following guidance from health authorities
- Designating one-way corridors and stairways to enhance social distancing
- Using a block schedule so that students move into no more than four class groups per day, with four classes meeting one day and the other three the next
- develop unique talents through active participation.
- have access to a depth and breadth of opportunities.
- be part of a close-knit, faith-based community.