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VHSL Athletics Updates & Information - Summer 2020
Updates & Information

July 27 update

The Executive Committee of the VHSL voted 34-1 on July 27 to adopt a calendar where all three sport seasons would, essentially, be played in 2021. The winter sports season will be from Dec. 14-Feb. 20, the fall sports season will be from Feb. 15-May 1, and the spring sports season will be from Apr. 12-Jun. 26. VHSL Activities will be on a similar schedule to previous years with the exception of VHSL Theatre, which moves to the spring season. Further details regarding schedules, post-season play, overlapping seasons, etc. should be available by early September.

Beginning Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 30, we were able to conduct in-person, optional, workouts for Fall Sports programs.  Details were shared via the school's ConnectEd e-mail system on July 7. that communication is posted below in its entirety.  In addition to in-person activities for VHSL Fall Sports, ACPS coaches for all seasons may provide students at-home workouts to prepare them for in-person training.  In addition, they may host online workouts and/or 'check & connect' with student-athletes virtually.

Also, please be aware that anyone interested in participating in in-person workouts must have a completed VHSL Physical From dated after May 1, 2020 on file in our Athletic Office.  Students entering 8th-12th grades interested in information regarding a particular sport are encouraged to contact the respective Head Coach.  The VHSL Physical form, contact information for the Head Coach of each sport/activity, and answers to FAQ's are below.

Useful Links
Athletic Department Contact Information
VHSL Physical Examination Form
Parent Information for ACPS Summer Workouts

FAQ's

What is the status of VHSL Athletics/Activities for this year?  
The Executive Committee of the VHSL voted 34-1 on July 27 to adopt a calendar where all three sport seasons would, essentially, be played in 2021. The winter sports season will be from Dec. 14-Feb. 20, the fall sports season will be from Feb. 15-May 1, and the spring sports season will be from Apr. 12-Jun. 26. VHSL Activities will be on a similar schedule to previous years with the exception of VHSL Theatre, which moves to the spring season. Further details regarding schedules, post-season play, overlapping seasons, etc. should be available by early September. We'll provide updates here and on social media (Twitter @MonticelloAD, Facebook 'Monticello Mustangs AD') as we are able.

What about out-of-season workouts for Fall, Winter and Spring Sports, or VHSL Activities?
With more information on the school year and VHSL calendar anticipated for late July/early August, plans can then be developed to include Fall, Winter and Spring Sports, and VHSL Activities for voluntary in-person workouts/meetings.  More information will be available following the Albemarle County School Board meeting on July 30 and subsequent athletics-specific meetings in the days to follow to establish the appropriate parameters.  We'll provide updates here and on social media (Twitter @MonticelloAD, Facebook 'Monticello Mustangs AD') as we are able.

Will students be able to play multiple sports with the overlap in seasons?
Absolutely!  The overlap in seasons under the VHSL's Model 3 isn't much different than the overlap in previous years, with the playoff season from fall & winter has traditionally overlapped with the tryouts/pre-season practice season for winter & spring.  The difference is, with the switching in the order of the winter and fall seasons, it switches which seasons overlap with each other.  The process remains the same, all students will be afforded the opportunity to try out for any subsequent sport following the conclusion of a previous sport season.  Any questions or concerns regarding this should be shared with the Athletic Director (Matthew Pearman, ).

What if I have questions that aren't answered here?
Please feel free to reach out to the Head Coach for sport-specific questions and the Athletic Director (Matthew Pearman, ) for any non-sport specific questions.

What precautions will the athletic department be taking to ensure a safe environment?
The safety of our student-athletes is always our highest priority.  Precautions will be taken in the following areas for any VHSL athletics/activities until further notice:  Pre-Workout Screening, Limitations on Gatherings, Facilities Cleaning, Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment, and Hydration.  Please CLICK HERE for detailed Parent Information for ACPS Summer Workouts.

Is the school hosting discount physicals?
Typically, we offer discount physicals one afternoon in late May each school year.  Due to the current limitations on indoor gatherings and physical distancing, we are unable to offer at-school sports physicals this year.

Where can I get a sports physical?
It is recommended for your child's Pediatrician/Primary Care Physican to perform sports physicals.  Also, MedExpress (260 Pantops Center, Charlottesvile) offers walk-in physicals from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily.

How do I turn my physical in while schools are closed?
Physicals can be sent by e-mail to at any time.  Starting July 1, the school office is open daily on weekdays from 8:30am-4:00pm for drop-off.  Completed physicals can also be given to the Athletic Trainer(s) at the voluntary summer workouts.



ConnectEd Communication re: Athletics - July 7

A message from MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL

Dear Monticello Family,

The Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) Athletic Departments, in accordance with Virginia High School League (VHSL) guidelines and approved by ACPS, are excited to share with you that starting Monday, July 13, Fall Sports activities will have the option to conduct limited, optional, organized work out sessions. Participation by students and coaches is strictly optional.
Anyone interested in participating in these optional sessions must have a completed VHSL Physical Form dated after May 1, 2020 on file in the Athletic Office. The form is attached, and copies are available in the school office.

Students entering 8th-12th grades interested in information regarding a particular sport are encouraged to contact the respective Head Coach. Fall Sports coach contact information is below. Updated athletics information, the VHSL Physical Form, and contact information for the Head Coach of each sport/activity will be available online at www.GoMonticello.org.


In an effort to protect student-athletes and coaches from the spread of COVID-19 and to create a healthy environment for all, the ACPS Athletic Departments along with the ACPS Health Advisory Committee have developed safety protocols that require diligent on-site and at-home effort. The attached document is provided for your review. Also, parents are encouraged to remain in their vehicles when dropping students off/picking students up from workouts.


For workout schedules, contact the respective sport coach or click the ‘CALENDAR’ tab at www.GoMonticello.org. With Fall Sports workouts only, initially, Winter/Spring athletes are welcome to try a new activity and participate as workouts will be general in nature in compliance with VHSL guidelines. We appreciate your patience and with continued improvements in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 illnesses. We look forward to providing this opportunity for those who feel comfortable. If you/your student are not comfortable participating in in-person workouts at this time, but would like to stay informed with team information, please contact the respective sport coach.

On a broader note, online registration for all VHSL athletics and activities for the 2020-21 school year is available online at www.GoMonticello.org, click ‘REGISTRATION’. Schedules are posted, but subject to change. Activity fees will not be collected until the VHSL calendar for the upcoming school year is approved.

Thank you, and please continue to stay safe. Go Mustangs!

Matthew Pearman, Sr.
Director of Athletics
Monticello High School
   
Author: Matthew Pearman   E-Mail: mpearman@k12albemarle.org