IAAM Winter and Spring Sports Update - Mercy High School

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IAAM Winter and Spring Sports Update

Please see the statement released by the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland on January 14, 2021 regarding Winter and Spring Sports for the 2020-2021 school year.

Dear Mercy Families,

The IAAM released the following statement this week: 

Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Winter Sports Update (January 14, 2021)

The IAAM is aware of current restrictions related to athletics in certain Member School jurisdictions, however our goal remains the same; to continue to promote and create paths for athletic participation.  Therefore, the IAAM will move forward with winter sports (basketball, squash, and swimming), as planned, beginning February 1, 2021, and ending March 13, 2021. Additionally, IAAM Schools will schedule their contests independently, providing the autonomy that schools will need and want.  If contests are scheduled, any and all health and safety protocols will need to be worked out between schools.

Mercy will be moving forward with an open season for basketball starting on January 25, 2021, and ending in early March. Due to the closing of venues for indoor soccer and indoor track we are not able to offer those sports during this brief open winter season. We are thankful that we were able to play an abbreviated soccer season in the fall, and we will be able to have an outdoor track and field season in the spring. We will also be moving Cheer and Pep Squad to the spring—interest meetings for those teams will be held in February. Spring sports will start on March 1, 2021. Stay tuned for an additional email next week with details regarding the spring sports season at Mercy.

In order for your daughter to participate in basketball, please complete the following steps: 

If you cannot get an appointment to see your primary care to have a physical completed, there is an option to go to an urgent care. 

**If your daughter participated in a fall sport and you submitted a waiver form and a physical, these forms do not need to be resubmitted.**

If you have any questions pertaining to physicals or the Pre-Participation COVID-19 form, please contact our athletic trainer, Gabby Whitlow, at gwhitlow@mercyhighschool.com.

Given the number of students interested in basketball, it is likely that we will need to split our student athletes up into two different groups. Below is the schedule for the week of January 25, 2021. Once registration is complete, student athletes will receive an email on January 21 letting them know what group they will be in.

Basketball Schedule
Group A—Monday, January 25—4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Group B—Tuesday, January 26—4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Group C—Thursday, January 28—4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Group D—Friday, January 29—4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Practice days are subject to change depending on sign-ups. It is our goal to create a safe training environment for our student athletes so we may have to re-evaluate practice days based on participation numbers. 

Listed below are specific roles and responsibilities of players and parents before during and after practices. Thank you for reading and reviewing these thoroughly.  

Should you have any questions, please be in touch with me.

Thank you for your support of Magic Athletics!

Nick Gill
Athletic Director
Mercy High School

Roles and Responsibilities of Players

BEFORE:
1) All training gear must be properly cleaned and sanitized before practice—no sharing of any gear or equipment.
2) Complete the MyMedBot survey daily.
3) Pack all equipment needed for your sessions.
4) Wear your mask when exiting the car and entering Mercy High School.
5) Carpooling should be avoided.

DURING:
1) Use hand sanitizer before entering the gym.
2) Keep your mask on at all times.
3) Enter the gym through the ramp entrance only.
4) Play equipment physically distanced from teammates’ equipment.
5) Wait for instructions to begin.

AFTER:
1) Listen to the coach about dismissal.
2) Make sure you keep your mask on.
3) Leave through the designated exit.
4) Use hand sanitizer upon exit.
5) Leave immediately and proceed directly to your car or ride. Do not congregate or socialize in the parking lot.
6) When you arrive home, wash your hands thoroughly, clean your clothing, and disinfect your training gear before the next session.

Roles and Responsibilities of Parents

BEFORE:
1) All training gear must be properly cleaned and sanitized.
2) Complete the MyMedBot survey daily.
3) Pack all equipment needed for your daughter’s session as there is no sharing of water or gear.
4) Drop your daughter off at the designated entrance to the gym.
5) Carpooling should be avoided.

DURING:
1) Follow any drop-off rules associated with Mercy High School.
2) Ensure your daughter uses hand sanitizer before her session.
3) Parents should be arrive five minutes before the session is over to pick up their daughter.

AFTER:
1) Pick up your daughter and leave promptly—no congregating or socializing—practice physical distancing.
2) Use hand sanitizer and ensure your daughter does as well.
3) Upon returning home, promptly wash your hands and ensure your daughter does as well; clean her clothing and disinfect her training gear prior to the next