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PCL TO PUSH BACK START OF 2020 FALL SPORTS SEASON

Following a vote on August 5th by the league’s Board of Governors, the Philadelphia Catholic League will delay the start of its 2020 Fall Sports season due to Covid-19 concerns and the most recent Return To Competition Guidelines issued by the PIAA on July 29.  The PCL is committed to a safe return to competition, but the safety and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches and athletic staffs is the primary focus,” says Archbishop Ryan Principal Mr.  Joseph McFadden, Chair of the League’s Board of Governors.  “I commend the athletic directors for taking a cautious yet systematic approach to resuming athletic activities that is reflected in each of the school’s Athletic Reopening Plans. We hope our student-athletes can enjoy a competitive and safe athletic experience this fall if the opportunity presents itself.”  The league’s Board of Directors met last week and voted unanimously to push back the start of the Fall sports season.  Football Heat Acclimatization will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, with opening contests set for Sept. 18-19. Strength and conditioning workouts for football student-athletes will continue until Friday, Aug. 14.  For student-athletes competing in soccer, girls’ volleyball, field hockey, cross country, golf and girls’ tennis, tryouts/practices will begin on Monday, Sept. 14, and contests will begin on Oct. 2-3.  Strength and conditioning workouts for student-athletes participating in the aforementioned sports may continue until Friday, Aug. 28.  Plans could be adjusted as more information and guidelines becomes available from the PIAA.  Complete 2020 Fall sports schedules and PCL Championship dates will be announced in the coming weeks and posted on www.aopathletics.org
 
 
 

 

ST. HUBERT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Return to Play Action Plan
(In Response to Covid-19)
 
This document was prepared using guidelines and recommendations from the following organizations:
- Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Policy Lab
https://policylab.chop.edu/reports-and-tools/policy-review-evidence-and-considerations-school-reopenings
- The Office of PA. Governor Tom Wolf and the PIAA https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/
- National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) https://nfhs.org/media/3812287/2020-nfhs-guidance-for-opening-up-high-school-athletics-and-activities-nfhs-smac-may-15_2020-final.pdf
St. Hubert High School recognizes that knowledge regarding Covid-19 is constantly changing as new information becomes available. These recommendations will be adjusted as new information becomes available to reduce the risk to our student-athletes, parents, staff, and spectators.
Athletic Director: Ed Evanitsky Pandemic Coordinator: Sr. Kathryn Donze
Email: eevanitsky@huberts.org Email: srkathryn@huberts.org
Phone: 215-624-6840, Ext. 1560 Phone: 215-624-6840, Ext. 1512
Cell: 215-313-8439
 
 
 
General Information
A.) The CDC recommends people who are at higher risk to contract Covid-19 should not participate in athletic activities. In addition, anyone in a higher risk category should not attend any athletic team games or practices. The higher risk category includes but is not limited to people:
- 65 or older
- with kidney or liver disease
- with diabetes or asthma (please consult your physician)
- undergoing treatment for cancer
- who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding
B.) People who have tested positive or are showing symptoms of Covid – 19 are expected to stay home and follow CDC criteria to return https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
C.) If you have been in close contact recently with a person diagnosed with Covid – 19 you are urged to follow the CDC guidelines on Quarantine and Isolation https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html
D.) If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. A listing of states can be found here: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx
Proactive Steps for Student-Athletes
Daily Health Monitoring
A.) All student-athletes will be required to fill out a daily symptom check survey form before participation. In addition, they will have their pre-participation temperature taken by a member of the Athletic Department Staff daily. All HIPAA rules will be observed in this process.
B.) Any student-athlete who feels sick must report to the Athletic Trainer, the team’s coach, the Athletic Director or a school administrator.
C.) Anyone who is ill will be isolated immediately and sent home when appropriate. Parents will be informed immediately. If the individual needs to be picked up by a parent, they will be masked and isolated until pick-up. If symptoms continue (fever, etc.), the student should be referred to their primary physician.
D.) Signs regarding health and safety will be posted throughout campus.
E.) As part of their orientation, students will be instructed on proper health and safety precautions including but not limited to:
o Handwashing
o Social Distancing
o Proper Face Mask usage – Coaches, student-athletes and athletic staff will wear masks in accordance with state guidelines. http://www.piaa.org/assets/web/documents/Press%20release%20-%20Friday%20July%203%202020%20-%20Masks.pdf
o Care and disinfection of personal equipment daily
F.) High-fives, fist bumps and hand shaking are prohibited
G.) Student-Athletes must have their own water bottles, preferably in a one-gallon jug. These items cannot be shared.
H.) Chewing gum, seeds or spitting is prohibited.
I.) Everyone on the sidelines MUST wear masks as well as social distance.
J.) Student-athletes must refrain from sharing clothing, towels, pinnies etc. These items should be washed after each use.
K.) Locker rooms and the Fitness Center will be closed to all until classes resume in September. At that time, students who must get changed for practice or a game will be able to access the locker rooms or the fitness center. We will limit the number of students allowed in these areas while encouraging the athletes to maintain appropriate social distancing, when possible.
Proactive Steps for Coaches
A.) Coaches will have their temperatures taken before each team event.
B.) Coaches will wear masks during practices unless a documented medical condition preventing this is present.
C.) Coaches will have their own water bottles and they cannot be shared.
D.) Coaches will be expected to enforce social distancing during practices and games when practical.
E.) Coaches will discourage unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, fist bumps, handshakes, or hugs.
F.) Outdoor practice will be prioritized.
G.) When practical, coaches will encourage student-athletes to wait in their cars until just before practice, or warm-ups begin instead of forming groups in confined spaces.
General Proactive Steps
A.) Cleaning schedules will be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable disease.
B.) Athletic Facilities will be cleaned at the end of each workout. High touch areas will be cleaned more frequently.
C.) The locker rooms and Fitness Center will be closed for all athletes prior to the start of the school year. Student-athletes will be required to arrive on site dressed and ready for practice.
D.) Appropriate clothing and footwear must always be worn in the gym to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment surfaces.
E.) Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals (balls, sticks, etc.) will be cleaned intermittently during practice and events as deemed necessary.
F.) Hand Sanitizer will be available for team use as resources allow.
Please Note: All clothing must be taken home every evening. Any clothing left on the field, gym floor or benches will be disposed of during cleaning.
 
Please Note: All clothing must be taken home every evening. Any clothing left on the field, gym floor or benches will be disposed of during cleaning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sport Specific Guidelines
As of September 14th, St. Hubert student-athletes will be returning for the first day of PIAA practice for the following sports: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.
● Cross Country – Prior to the start of the school year, members of the Cross Country team will meet at the coach’s designated practice area. Before leaving home, athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. The Athletic Director or Coach will do the temperature check before the start of practice. When classes resume, team members will meet in the school parking lot at the end of the day where the Athletic Department will conduct the daily health check prior to practice.
● Field Hockey – Prior to the first practice, all team members will meet in the courtyard outside the gym where they will be assigned to groups of 5 – 10 players who will workout together. As long as circumstances permit, these groups should stay together to limit exposure to others if someone develops an infection. Before leaving home, athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. The Athletic Director or Coach will do the temperature check before the start of practice. Since the Field Hockey and Soccer teams will be using the same field, practice days or times will be staggered to allow enough time for the players to clear the area prior to the start of the next practice. When classes resume, team members will meet in the courtyard at the end of the day where the Athletic Department will conduct the daily health check prior to practice. Designated groups should remain together throughout the season, if possible.
● Golf – Prior to the start of the school year, on days for practice or a home match, members of the Golf team will meet at John F. Byrne Golf Course. Before leaving home, athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. The Athletic Director or Coach will do the temperature check before the start of practice or match. When classes resume, team members will meet in the school parking lot at the end of the day where the Athletic Department will conduct the daily health check prior to practice or match. Team members must have their own clubs, balls, etc. At no time, should any player handle the pin. All putts should be attempted with the pin in the hole. There should be no contact with any other player’s golf ball during a practice or match.
● Soccer - Prior to the first practice, all team members will meet in the courtyard outside the gym where they will be assigned to groups of 5 – 10 players who will work out together. As long as circumstances permit, these groups should stay together to limit exposure to others if someone develops an infection. Before leaving home, athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. The Athletic Director or Coach will do the temperature check before the start of practice. Since the Field Hockey and Soccer teams will be using the same field, practice days or times will be staggered to allow enough time for the players to clear the area prior to the start of the next practice. When classes resume, team members will meet in the courtyard at the end of the day where the Athletic Department will conduct the daily health check prior to practice. Designated groups should remain together throughout the season, if possible.
● Tennis - Prior to the start of the school year, members of the Tennis team will meet at the Russo Park tennis courts. Before leaving home, athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. The Athletic Director or Coach will do the temperature check before the start of practice or match. When classes resume, team members will meet at the tennis courts at the end of the day where the Athletic Department will conduct the daily health check prior to practice. Players must have their own racquets. Balls will be provided by the school. When not playing in a match, team members must remain outside the fence around the courts and maintain safe social distancing.
● Volleyball – Based on current state guidelines, only 25 individuals (includes student-athletes and coaches) will be permitted in the gym at one time. Depending on the number of students that signup for the Volleyball team, we may need to have multiple tryouts during the week of August 17th. Prior to the first practice, all team members will meet in the courtyard outside the gym where they will be assigned to groups of 6 players who will work out together. As long as circumstances permit, these groups should stay together to limit exposure to others if someone develops an infection. Before leaving home, athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. The Athletic Director or Coach will do the temperature check before the start of practice. When classes resume, team members will meet in the gym at the end of the day where the Athletic Department will conduct the daily health check prior to practice. Designated groups should remain together throughout the season, if possible.
● Cheerleading – Our Cheerleading teams will be starting voluntary workouts in August. Based on current state guidelines, only 25 individuals (includes student-athletes and coaches) will be permitted in the gym at one time. Depending on the number of students that will be participating on the Cheerleading teams, we will need to have multiple practices. Coaches will have to limit each practice to approximately 20 – 22 depending on the number of coaches that will also be in attendance. Prior to each group’s first practice, team members will meet in the courtyard outside the gym where they will be assigned to groups of 5 - 6 athletes who will work out together. As long as circumstances permit, these groups should stay together to limit exposure to others if someone develops an infection. Athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. The Athletic Director or Coach will do the temperature check before the start of practice. Mats will be setup in the gym to permit acceptable social distancing for each group. Coaches will try to limit physical contact as much as possible but spotting and stunting will be permitted according to PIAA guidelines.
 

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS
Transportation:
Modifications for student/coach transportation to and from athletic events may be necessary. This may include:
● Reducing the number of students/coaches on a bus/van
● Limit the use of car pools. Athletes should ride to practices or games with persons living in the same household.
● Using hand sanitizer upon boarding a bus/van
● Social distancing on a bus
These potential modifications will be determined by the bus companies, Department of Education, State and Local governments.
Social Distancing during Contests/Events/Activities
● Sidelines/Bench – appropriate social distancing will be maintained on sidelines/bench during contests and events, as deemed necessary by the school, PIAA, state and local governments.
Who should be allowed at events?
Group people into tiers from essential to non-essential and decide which will be allowed at an event:
1. Tier 1 (Essential) – Athletes, coaches, officials, event staff, medical staff, security
2. Tier 2 (Preferred) – Parents, media
3. Tier 3 (Non-essential) – Spectators, vendors
● Only Tier 1 personnel will be allowed to attend events until state/local governments lift restrictions on mass gatherings.
● Changes to seating capacity and social distancing may be necessary for each venue facility and will be determined as more recommendations are released by the local/state governments.
Overnight/Out of State Events/ Events in COVID-19 Hot Spots
● St. Hubert High School will evaluate each event and follow all local/state government guidelines on a case by case basis. Every consideration will be taken as to not expose students to unnecessary or potentially high-risk exposure.
POSITIVE CASES AND COACHES, STAFF, OR ATHLETES SHOWING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The symptoms may range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:
● Fever or chills (100.4 or Higher)
● Cough
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Fatigue
● Muscle or body aches
● Headache
● New loss of taste or smell
● Sore Throat
● Congestion or runny nose
● Nausea or vomiting
● Diarrhea
What to do if you are sick?
● If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you are infected with the virus, STAY AT HOME. It is essential that you take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home or community. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
● Notify the school immediately (Principal, Dean of Students Office, Athletic Director, athletic trainer, coach).
● It will be determined if others who may have been exposed (students, coaches, staff) need to be notified, isolated, and /or monitored for symptoms per the Health and Safety Protocol of St. Hubert High School.
● If a positive case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, contact tracing will be implemented with the assistance of local health professionals and the CDC/PA DOH. This tracing will identify those individuals who would have been within six feet of the sick athlete for more than 15 minutes while the person was symptomatic or within the 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic.
● Those identified will need to be put in social isolation for 14 days and closely monitored for the development of symptoms. While testing of the asymptomatic contact may be available, it does not confirm the infection potential of that individual, so it cannot be relied on for return to play.
● The athlete with the positive COVID-19 test may return to social interaction 72 hours after resolution of symptoms, including but not limited to: fever (without the use of fever reducing medications), cough, shortness of breath, AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared according to CDC guidelines. Emerging evidence in the field of cardiology recommends a 14-day convalescent period from the start of symptoms prior to starting back to strenuous activity and consideration of cardiac testing. Students who test positive for COVID-19 should provide a written release for return to activity from their medical provider before allowing continued participation.
What to do if a student or staff become ill with COVID-19 symptoms during practice, event, or during transportation to or from an event?
● Every effort will be made to isolate the ill individual from others, until the student or staff member can leave the school or event
● If student, parent/guardian will be contacted immediately, and arrangements will be made for the student to be picked up
● Ill individual will be asked to contact their physician or appropriate healthcare professional for direction
Return of student or staff to athletics following a COVID-19 diagnosis?
● Student or staff will be required to have medical clearance from their physician or appropriate healthcare professional, determined to be non-contagious,
fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine), improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), no vomiting or diarrhea.

EDUCATION
Staff, Coaches, Parents and Athletes will be educated on the following (through posters, flyers, meetings, emails, phone calls):
● COVID-19 signs and symptoms
● Proper ways to limit exposure to COVID-19 (hand washing, cough in your elbow, disinfecting touched surfaces, social distancing, avoid touching eyes, nose, face and mouth, no spitting, gum chewing, etc.)
● No handshakes/celebrations (high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, hugging), etc.
● The content of this Return to Sport Guidelines Document
● Any pertinent COVID-19 information released by state/local governments, NFHS, and PIAA.
● Locker room use will be limited; students should come dressed for activity wherever possible
● Limit indoor activities and the areas used.
● Student Athletes should remain with their assigned groups during each workout to limit the number of people they encounter.
● No students are permitted in Athletic Training areas without the presence of an athletic trainer.
 
Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire
CoVid-19 Daily Questionnaire
Name:
Date:
Sport:
Temperature:
Do you have a new onset of cough or shortness of breath?
Yes
No
Have you had a fever or felt chills?
Yes
No
Do you have a headache?
Yes
No
Have you experienced loss of taste or smell?
Yes
No
Have you had a known exposure to a CoVID-19 positive individual?
Yes
No
Have you had a sore throat?
Yes
No
Have you had any general muscle soreness or fatigue?
Yes
No
Have you recently traveled outside the surrounding area?
Yes
No
If so - where
 
 


STAY HEALTHY ST. HUBERT’S
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND PLEDGE

All members of St. Hubert High School athletic teams have an important role to play in keeping our fellow students and the St. Hubert High School community safe by doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a member of a St. Hubert High School athletic team, I know that I must take steps to stay well, to protect others and promote a safe return to campus for students and faculty. Because of this, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19.
St. Hubert High School's highest priority is the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. I know that by engaging in campus activities, including attending classes, pursuing my education, eating in dining areas, attending activities, participating in sports and recreation, I may be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections. I also understand that despite all reasonable efforts by the high school, I can still contract COVID-19 and other infections. In order to reduce my risk, I agree to be an active participant in maintaining my own health, wellbeing and safety, as well as the safety of others, by following all the guidelines and expectations outlined by St. Hubert High School.
As more information is gathered and known, I understand that St. Hubert High School may modify these guidelines and expectations. It is my responsibility to make every effort to keep myself apprised of these changes to protect myself and my school community.
It is my pledge to protect myself, my peers, and the St. Hubert High School community by doing the following:
• Agree to testing for COVID-19 and potential subsequent self-quarantining or self-monitoring if I am identified as a contact of anyone who has been determined to be positive for COVID-19.
• If I test positive for COVID-19, I agree to remain off campus until:
o My symptoms have resolved, and
o It has been at least ten days since the start of my symptoms, and
o I have a negative COVID-19 test result.
• Complete the Student Health Survey daily
• Monitor for the following:
o Fever of 100.4 or higher
o Respiratory symptoms, such as dry cough or shortness of breath
o Sore throat
o Headache
o Body aches
o Chills
o Loss of taste or smell
• If I develop the above symptoms, I will contact my athletic trainer, coach, school nurse and follow instructions which may include being tested for COVID- 19 and self-quarantining while the test results are pending, and/or being evaluated by the athletic trainer or school nurse.
• Stay at home if I am feeling sick.
• Participate fully and honestly with school staff for contact tracing to determine whom I might have potentially exposed to COVID-19.
• Wear a mask or the appropriate PPE as required.
• Practice physical distancing as much as possible.
• Frequently wash and/or sanitize my hands.
• Keep my personal space, shared common space, and my belongings clean.
I understand COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 disease, even if I follow all of the safety precautions above and those recommended by the CDC, local health department, and others. I understand that although the high school is following the coronavirus guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections.
I have read, understand, and agree to comply with my pledge above. I also acknowledge that these expectations and pledge are a condition of my participation in St. Hubert High School Athletics and that any failure to comply to the above may lead to immediate removal of athletic participation privileges and/or the inability to use Athletic facilities.

I take my pledge seriously and will do my part to protect St. Hubert High School.
 

___________________________________ ______________________________
Signature of Student-Athlete Date
 
___________________________________ ______________________________
Signature of Parent/Guardian Date
 
 

ST. HUBERT ATHLETICS 

 
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PIAA Sports Physicals

All students who plan to try out for a sport next school year will require a PIAA COMPREHENSIVE INITIAL PRE-PARTICIPATION PHYSICAL EVALUATION (CIPPE), dated after June 1, 2020.  The six page form is available on the St. Hubert Athletics website.  Your family doctor can perform the physical. One physical will cover multiple sports for the entire school year.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THESE IMPORTANT DATES

August 2020 - Fall sports registration and signups. More information to come shortly!

 

August 17, 2020 - Fall sports tryouts begin:

Cross Country

TBD

 

Field Hockey

Monday, 8/17 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Russo Park

Soccer

Monday, 8/17 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Russo Park

Tennis

TBD

Volleyball

TBD

 

 

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ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS WEBSITE
 
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has partnered with SIDEARM Sports for a new high school athletics website launched on Thursday, Sept. 8 - www.aopathletics.org.
"We are very excited to offer an innovative platform to promote the academic and athletic achievements of our Archdiocesan high school student-athletes as they develop spiritually and morally into young adulthood," says Sr. Maureen McDermott, IHM, Superintendent for Secondary Schools, Office of Catholic Education.
Among the various features of the website include:
  • Scores
  • Standings
  • School data including directions to campus and Admissions information
  • Team Schedules
  • Athletic employment links
  • PIAA and PCL policies and procedures
  • Historical records
  • Features on current and former AOP student-athletes
  • Photo galleries
  • Active presence on social media including the new @AOPAthletics Twitter account