Arabians News · PHHS Athletics COVID-19 Update 3/19

At a press conference on Thursday, March 19th, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that he is signing an order that would require schools to be closed until May 1, 2020.  With this extended school closure announcement, it obviously has widespread effects on high school athletics.  In two separate March 19th press releases, IHSAA Commissioner, Bobby Cox made the following announcements to the membership:

  • The remainder of the IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament Series will not be completed this year.
  • There will be an attempt to hold an abbreviated spring season with a tournament in every sport.
  • The pre-participation requirements will be altered.  Starting on May 1, all spring athletes will only need to complete 5 practices before starting competitions.

The Pendleton Heights Athletic Department will follow the guidelines set forth by the South Madison Community School Corporation.  Please see the corporation wide messenger sent home to parents concerning the education plan for the near future.  All athletic activity will continue to be suspended until May 1st.  Parents and athletes should look for any additional future updates in your email from FinalForms.

Below are some answers to some questions you may have:

With school closed, may I still use the school’s athletic facilities?
No, all school facilities are closed until at least May 1st.  This includes but not limited to the locker areas, pool, gyms, Activity Center, and weight room.

How do I workout while school is closed?
It has always been the plan to encourage our student-athletes to take some time of rest during spring break.  Once eLearning days start, the majority of our student-athletes will receive daily instruction from our strength and and conditioning instructor via Canvas as a part of his class work.

What if I am not in the Strength and Conditioning Class?
Workouts can be shared with head coaches who then can pass along to their athletes who are not in the class.

Can I meet with my coaches during this time?
No, you may not meet with your coaches.  All coaches have been instructed to not hold any face-to-face meetings with any athletes for any reason.  This will remain in effect until at least May 1st.

Can I workout with my teammates away from school facilities?
 We can not keep you from meeting up with your teammates, that is an individual family decision.  However, we can highly recommend that this activity not take place.  I realize that you are seeing videos on social media of other school’s athletes working out together.  It is our stance that we help prevent the spread of this pandemic and end our isolation sooner rather than later.  To accomplish this, we need to limit contact with others.  We certainly support your desire to continue to get better but the best way will be to follow the provided workouts.

Will I be able to order a letter jacket this spring?
The letter jacket order days set for 3/24 and 3/31 have been postponed.  To reward our deserving student-athletes and to support small business and one of our corporate sponsors, The Transfer Connection, we will reschedule those opportunities.  New order date(s) are TBD at this time.

Will there be spring sports at PHHS this year?
At this time, the IHSAA has stated they plan to stage tournaments in all spring sports after an abbreviated regular season.  All athletes will be required to complete five (5) practices before being allowed to compete.  The earliest practice that can take place is on May 1st.  All contests scheduled prior to that date have already been canceled.

How important are my grades during the eLearning period?
Your grades are very important.  You are a STUDENT-athlete and your school work should be your first priority.  Additionally, the grades at the end of this semester will determine your eligibility for next fall.  You must pass five (5) classes at the end of this semester or you will start the fall athletic period academically ineligible.

Will we ever get back to normal?
I believe we will get back to normalcy in our daily lives at some point. It is our mission that our student-athletes learn life lessons during their time as an athlete at Pendleton Heights.  This is one of those times.  This is a time to learn that something can be taken away in a hurry.  Value your opportunities, value your teachers, value your coaches, value your teammates, and value your family!