NHS Athletics Update: March 16, 2021
Nipomo Athletics Families,
Good afternoon everybody! I hope that you and yours are healthy and happy! As we get ready to start playing contests with almost every sport all at once, I thought that it would be prudent to send out an update for you all regarding spectators allowed at contests, charging at contests, concessions, game schedules and COVID testing of student-athletes.
It has been a rollercoaster ride with the County Health Department regarding spectators. We couldn't, we could, we couldn't and now we can! Every school and venue will be different based on occupancy numbers of playing areas and whether those areas are indoors or outdoors. Every school will also be different regarding how they will know who is who, what is what, charging vs not charging, etc..
Here is the breakdown of what you can expect when we are playing at home, here at NHS.
** ANYWHERE SPECTATORS ARE ALLOWED IT IS MASKS ON AND SOCIALLY DISTANCED BETWEEN FAMILY GROUPS
Monarch Dunes Golf Course = NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED.
Gym (Basketball, Stunt, Volleyball, Wrestling) = NO SPECTATORS CURRENTLY ALLOWED. This guidance has not changed. No spectators currently allowed for indoor sports. If this changes I will confirm via parent square messaging.
Baseball / Softball Fields = 2 family members (any ages) per student athlete. Lists created with Head Coaches and can be changed each game. Communicate with your daughter's/son's Head Coach.
Stadium (Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Track & Field) = 3 family members (any ages). Head Coaches will create lists for each home game. Communicate with your Head Coach to update those lists.
Swimming Pool (Swim & Dive, Water Polo) = 2 family members (any ages) per student athlete. Lists created with Head Coaches and can be changed each contest.
Tennis Court = 2 family members (any ages) per student athlete. Lists created with Head Coaches and can be changed each home contest.
Along with this, our coaches will need help each week to make the contests happen (including for our indoor sports). We are allowed parent volunteers for game management jobs in each sport. Your Head Coaches should contact you all each week with any volunteer jobs needed. Please help them/us out, as we are stretched really thin with all of our sports happening at once!
I will also message out weekly what you can expect when traveling to other schools. Here are this weeks' away contests and what you can anticipate.
1. Thursday = Girls Golf @ Blacklake. No spectators allowed.
2. Thursday = Girls Tennis @ Morro Bay. 2 spectators allowed per athlete.
3. Saturday = Varsity Baseball @ Paso Robles. 2 ADULT spectators allowed per athlete.
4. Saturday = Football @ Mission Prep. 2 spectators allowed per athlete.
5. Saturday = Boys Water Polo @ Pioneer Valley. 2 spectators allowed per athlete.
Charging at Contests
Some schools will be charging at contests and some schools will not. How schools collect money each week may be different as well. Here is a list of our home sports and how we will be handling money/charging at gates.
Baseball = officials fees, donation box at entry gate for donations to help pay for the official cost. No change given.
Basketball = officials fees, but no spectators allowed at this time. No donation box.
Cross Country = no officials = no cost
Football = officials fees, donation box at entry gate for donations to help pay for the official cost. No change given.
Golf = no officials = no cost
Soccer = officials fees, donation box at entry gate for donations to help pay for the official cost. No change given.
Softball = officials fees, donation box at entry gate for donations to help pay for the official cost. No change given.
Swim and Dive = officials fees, donation box at entry gate for donations to help pay for the official cost. No change given.
Tennis = no officials = no cost
Track and Field = officials fees, donation box at entry gate for donations to help pay for the official cost. No change given.
Volleyball = officials fees, but no spectators allowed at this time. No donation box.
Water Polo = officials fees, donation box at entry gate for donations to help pay for the official cost. No change given.
Wrestling = officials fees, but no spectators allowed at this time. No donation box.
No concessions are currently allowed at any of our schools. Please plan accordingly.
We (AD's) are still working through a few wrinkles with game schedules due to testing rules. My hope is to have all of our schedules posted on our school athletics page by Friday. That being said, there will be changes that will occur constantly! Changes always happen due to weather, officials availability, etc, but this year we will also be battling the potential for double and triple booked facilities, as well as COVID related cancellations or postponements. Your patience is appreciated!
COVID Testing of Student-Athletes
Representatives from SLO County Health Department came and trained us yesterday with testing our student-athletes. The weekly test (Mondays currently) will be required for the sports of Basketball, Stunt, Volleyball and Wrestling (our indoor sports). This testing is required in order for them to conduct true weekly practices and to play games. The test is a nasal swab test that the student-athletes administer themselves with myself, our Athletic Trainer and our Head Coaches supervising. We tested volleyball players yesterday, as well as all of our coaches that were present for the training. For the next month this testing will take place only on Mondays from 3-4pm. In mid-April we will add a second test day of the week and possibly a third day based on guidelines for gameplay for Basketball, Stunt and Wrestling. Test registration information for our student-athletes of these specific sports will come from those Head Coaches.
No other sports are currently required to test. Should our SLO County COVID numbers spike there is a possibility that Football and Water Polo would have to begin testing as well. Notification will come out should that become required.
That is all for now. Sorry, it's a LOT! Please email back directly with any questions. email@example.com
With Titan PRIDE!
Nipomo High School
Parents of Nipomo HS Student-Athletes:
The NHS Family ID clearance registration (click to go to site) for the 2020-21 school year is now available. Instructions for NEW & RETURNING parents are posted below.
If you need assistance with registration at anytime, contact FamilyID at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (888) 800-5583 x1.
If you are taking your student-athlete to complete a physical for the 2020-21 school year, PRINT OUT the 2020-21 Sports Physical Form (click on link to access). After you print, bring the 2020-21 Physical form with you to your physician for completion.
HOW TO TURN IN YOUR PHYSICALS FOR 2020:
NEW THIS YEAR: Due to concerns around COVID-19 and the safety of our student-athletes, after your physician completes the form, please scan the form or take clear photos of BOTH SIDES of the physical form and email those images to Assistant Athletic Director Philip Deichler at email@example.com.
Completed forms must be emailed and verified by the Athletics Department and Family ID must be completed BEFORE participation in any athletic practices or contests.
Thank you for the support and Go Titans!