Athletics Update: Fall Practice Guidelines

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 8:11am

Long Reach High School Practice Guidelines

Fall Sport In-Person Practice

General Guidelines Indoors/Outdoors – Logistical Procedures: 

  • All Students are Academically Eligible for the Fall Season; Try-outs begin Saturday, February 13th;

  • Carpooling is not recommended; Athletes must show up “dressed and ready to practice”

  • Schools are closed during sports practices. Locker room use is strictly prohibited

  • Volleyball & Cheer must enter through the athletic entrance between the gyms

  • Volleyball & Cheer may use the hallway restrooms by the AAM Office; one athlete at a time

  • Port-a-Pots will be in the Stadium for those practicing outdoors

  • Athletes will be assigned to a Pod for tryouts; Maximum per pod is 25 outdoor and 10 indoor. Should we have tryouts in excess of 25 for a team outdoor or 10 indoor, multiple pods will need to be created until the HCHD changes its indoor and outdoor guidelines

  • Coaches will take Daily Attendance for tracking purposes

  • If at check-in, an athlete is missing online registration paperwork, student must go home


  • Certified Athletic Trainers (Pivot Physical Therapy) will be on-site during times when student-athletes are present

  • Coaches must have on a mask at all times while on LRHS campus; Gators may only be worn if there is another mask under the gator; 

  • Athletes must arrive in 20 minutes prior to their practice times otherwise they will be sent home.

  • Athletes are to arrive promptly and remain in their vehicles until their pod/program check-in time

  • Athletes are to wear a face covering and practice social distancing of 6’ from one another from the time they get out of their car, to the entrance to their practice site thru pod check, and every time they are not engaged in “Active Participation or drills and skill development” and until the time he/she leaves Long Reach High School campus

  • Any time a student comes off the field from active participation, they must put their mask on;

  • Masks are to be worn during seated flexibility, warm-ups/cool downs and when he/she is not in an active drill or vigorous participation 

Health/Safety Protocols and Guidelines

  • HCPSS COLD WEATHER GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES will be monitored and enforced

  • Prepare for inclement and cold weather impacting practices and field conditions. If the weather is inclement or temperatures are below the recommended guidelines, consider shortening your practice or a virtual meeting session

  • Should inclement weather, cold, snow, or ice prevent a practice from happening, there will be no Indoor Practice Schedule. 

  • Parents/caregivers who choose to remain on site must remain in their vehicles if they elect to wait for their child. Parents/Guardians/Spectators are prohibited from congregating outside of their vehicles in the parking lot and anywhere on campus including any athletic field

  • Staff and student athletes must NOT come to school with any of the following symptoms:  New onset cough or shortness of breath, Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours, Fatigue Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea

  • Families or staff who travel out of state should review the most recent travel advisories in Maryland and may consult with the school health room staff regarding testing and quarantine

In the event of cold weather, it is important to protect the student-athlete from Cold Injury. Aside from wearing the appropriate clothing and layering, it is recommended that practices be limited due to cold weather.