I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. I think we are all under the understanding that this virus is serious and we must all do what we can to help with keeping everyone safe. Below is the latest information plus a recorded message from me to our parents, student-athletes, and coaches.
-A video message from the Athletic Director: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1H1PHPLhMlwLYYPpym48hUQPufQkAbbYy
-On Thursday, April 2nd, Governor Holcomb ordered schools to remain closed for the duration of the school year. Your student-athlete should be participating in eLearning activities from PHHS. Please help with keeping our students on task by checking on their progress. Their academic results this year will determine their eligibility to compete in the fall.
-Athletes should be receiving course workouts from Coach Richman as part of the eLearning education process. If they are not in the Strength and Conditioning class, they should receive the workouts from their head coach. It is important that they remain active during this time. We really want to focus on the flexibility aspect as that is the hardest thing to lose and get back during a time of minimal activity. Otherwise, be creative with things around the house to substitute for weights.
-I have been seeing a few athletes have committed to playing at the next level. We are happy for them and look forward to being able to properly congratulate them. The final Signing Celebration will be held on June 3rd. Details will go out as we get closer.
-The Freshman Parent Athletic Orientation video is available on our website or by clicking here.
-Reminder, our athletic trainer, Chris Chambers is still available to virtually treat our student-athletes. Chris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about an injury.
I know our spring athletes are devastated about not being able to finish school and compete this spring. This is a test in character and my coaches, my department, and myself are committed to making sure they pass this test. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help with this process. Stay healthy!
Below are some answers to some questions you may have:
What can I do to help?
The best way to help is to follow the recommended guidelines by health, state, and national leaders. You can also help by donating items that can be used at hospitals, you can give blood, and limit contact with others by practicing social distancing.
With school closed, may I still use the school’s athletic facilities?
No, all school facilities are closed until the end of May. This includes but not limited to the locker areas, pool, gyms, Activity Center, and weight room.
How do I workout while school is closed?
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. If you are not in the class, contact your head coach. Be creative and stay active!
What if I am not in the Strength and Conditioning Class?
Workouts will 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 face-to-face. 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. However, you may have communication with your coach and other teammates via any form of communication that does not involve being physically present. Coaches have been instructed to have regular communication with their athletes.
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. This would go against the State of Indiana’s orders per Governor Holcomb. We must realize that the sooner everyone does their part to rid this virus, the sooner life will get back to normal. Disregarding the orders will lead to the further delay and could eventually affect fall sports. 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. However, you may call Transfer Connection to initiate the order process now.
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!