Sports Update For the 2020-2021 Season

Sports Update for 2020-2021 Season 

As many people have probably guessed by now, this year's 2020-2021 sports seasons have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, although they are still scheduled to happen. For student athletes, participating in school sports is definitely going to look a lot different. Although, luckily, we have some insight into what to expect. 

General Information 

These are the new sports seasons’ start and end dates: 

Winter:  November 30th - February 21st 

Fall II:  February 22nd - April 25th

Spring:  April 26th - July 3rd 

Sports being offered:

Sports collage from the November 2019 Print Edition.

Winter Sports:

Boys Basketball / Girls Basketball 

Boys Indoor Track / Girls Indoor Track 

Boys Wrestling / Girls Wrestling 

Boys Swimming / Girls Swimming 

Boys Hockey / Girls Hockey 

Winter Cheerleading (for basketball)

Co-Ed Gymnastics

Fall II Sports:

Football 

Boys Soccer / Girls Soccer

Boys Cross Country / Girls Cross Country 

Girls Volleyball 

Competitive Cheerleading 

Co-Ed Golf

Co-Ed Field Hockey

Spring Sports:

Baseball 

Softball

Boys Outdoor Track / Girls Outdoor Track

Boys Tennis / Girls Tennis 

Boys Lacrosse / Girls Lacrosse 

Boys Volleyball 

Co-Ed Crew 

The main goal for the upcoming athletic seasons is to allow students to still be able to participate in their sports, while doing so in the safest way possible. To do this, there are many new protocols being enforced, such as mandatory masks (unless engaging in “high intensity aerobic activity” like running or sprinting), social distancing when possible, no spectators at workouts or practices, and no “celebratory contact” (high-fives, huddles, etc.). This may seem like a lot, but it is something that is necessary to keep everyone safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

Additionally, there cannot be groups of more than 20 people while practicing, coaches included. Specific practice groups will be determined, and once they are, athletes will not be able to change groups for the rest of the season. This is to ensure that there will be minimal physical contact between team members, should anyone become infected during the season. 

Malden High Logo

Information For Student Athletes 

This year, there are some new additions and changes to both sports games and practices. 

As for pre-participation requirements, student athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 have to be cleared by a physician before being able to take part in their sport(s). 

Furthermore, the mandatory annual health examination is still being enforced. According to the MHS COVID Playbook, “The MIAA along with the Massachusetts Department of Health has issued a statement indicating that despite the difficulty for many to schedule annual exams, it does not change current regulatory language which indicates that an examination for student-athletes must be "conducted annually." As for application of this regulation, the current practice supported by the MA DPH of a valid examination within 13-months to the day still stands… It is important to note that “Telehealth” physicals will NOT be accepted. Physicals must be conducted in-person by a licensed healthcare professional.”

Before every practice or game, there will be a daily temperature check and a COVID-19 Questionnaire that all student athletes must complete. There will be questions asked regarding the health of athletes, and if an answer to any of the questions is “yes”, the athlete will not be permitted to practice temporarily and must be cleared by a physician to return to their sport. The same goes for if the athlete’s temperature is over 100℉. 

This questionnaire can be completed online via the Sway Medical App, which can be downloaded on any device. 

As of now, all practices will take place outside. You will also have to bring your own water bottle, and are not allowed to share any personal sports equipment. Lastly, for safety reasons, there will be no access to locker rooms until further notice, so plan accordingly. 

Although this year’s sports seasons are going to look somewhat different as compared to previous years, the school is doing their best to ensure that students can still stay active while also being safe. Following these set protocols will help to make sure that everyone can have a successful sports season, and hopefully set us up for a more “normal” one in the future.

Any questions can be sent to the Director of Athletics, Mr.Conefrey. (cconefrey@maldenps.org

Luella Harding

Luella (Lulu) Harding is a junior at Malden High School, and the Head of Sports for the Blue and Gold. She started taking journalism her freshman year because of her love of writing, and soon realized that many of the skills learned in the class carried over into real life. The Blue and Gold has also given her the opportunity to meet some of her closest friends, and she finds the social aspect of the class important to be able to collaborate with others in creating the paper. Additionally, Harding plays lacrosse for Malden High, and hopes to play more with varsity this year. Her favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and her favorite artist is Billie Eilish. Outside of school, she is an active member of feminism club, enjoys playing piano and guitar, going out with friends, and listening to music.

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