Arabians News · COVID-19 PHHS Athletics Update 6/4

Here is the latest information from the Pendleton Heights High School Athletic Department concerning COVID-19:

June Reminders:
-Campus is still closed through the month of June.  Please make sure athletes are not trying to use the facilities.  This includes the track, batting cages, tennis courts, and any other outdoor accessible facilities.  This policy applies to all club and youth groups per the State of Indiana and the Department of Education.  Our high school is expected to follow this directive and we expect our community members to support us in that by not using the facilities as well.

Return to Play:
-I have been made aware that the Governor has accepted a “common sense” plan that would allow school and sports to start.  It is currently in the process of going through his legal team before releasing.  On Monday we were told it could be announced anywhere between days to weeks.

-I can’t stress enough how prepared you are going to have to be in terms of COVID-19.  We will discuss in great detail once we are able to meet and have more information.  We will need to be prepared to meet all requirements expected.  The bottom line is the alternative is NO SPORTS! None of us want that to happen!!

Return to Play Committee (RPC):
-It will be my job to come up with the plan on how to execute the procedures once I have received guidance.  I thought it would be best to hear coaches voices on this matter so I have formed a committee.  Below are the representatives in addition to Adam Ritz (Asst. AD) and myself:

  • Chris Chambers (athletic training/medical)
  • Melissa Hagerman (girls rep)
  • Dave Cloud (boys rep)
  • Jed Richman (strength/conditioning rep)
  • Wendy Hilligoss (PHMS rep)

-As you all are aware, physicals will still be valid from last school year.  It does have to be dated after April 1, 2019 be acceptable.

-I have received all physicals from PHMS.  Your physical will be put on file automatically at the high school once you register in Final Forms.

-All athletes will need to be registered in Final Forms and have all required documents electronically signed, including the physical waiver form created by our legal team.

-If someone needs a physical, I highly recommend that you get it done immediately.  Most doctors are not scheduling athletic physicals at this time so you may have to visit an urgent care facility.

July Activity:
-If activity is permitted in July, we will not start activity at PHHS until July 6th.  The thinking on this is the following: July 1 and July 6 fall under two different phases of Indiana’s Back on Track Plan. Under that plan, the transition to the next phase is July 4th.  Even though the IHSAA moratorium week has been waived, some families may be trying to take vacations or get away for the first time in months. I don’t want an athlete to feel pressure to be here if they are unable to attend.  They don’t need to feel like they are behind in the first few days of some normalcy.

-In addition to the above, we have decided not to permit our teams to participate in any team camps, competitions, or other organized team activities in the month of July.   Teams will not take part in team organized activities that requires them to be away from campus in July.   July will be strictly for strength and conditioning and concentrating on getting our athletes in shape for competition.

Go Arabians!