My name is Matt Percival, the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Athletics. As the Athletic Director, I want to share with you a few important pieces of information about summer athletic opportunities at Eastview. First, before I do I want to take a moment to recognize all that is going on in our world around us. Our principal, Mr. Bruce Miller, sent a message to all families over the weekend and I want to reiterate a couple of important points that he shared:
Over the recent months we have faced the challenges of distance in response to the global pandemic. You have experienced disappointment, uncertainty, fear, frustration and lots of change. Many of you have additional responsibilities within your families while learning in a different way from your home.
The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last Monday evening and the following events this past week have been painful and difficult to process. You may have questions and want to talk about your feelings. If we were together at Eastview, we would have the opportunity to connect and support each other face-to-face to process these events together. We want you to know that even though we are apart you are not alone.
As coaches, teachers, counselors and administration we are here to offer guidance and support in having these discussions; we understand the potential to use these moments for healing, hope and fostering positive change. Again, even though we are apart, you are not alone and we are here to support you.
Now for items pertaining to athletics this summer please know that all opportunities offered are done so with specific guidance from the District 196 Pandemic Team, Minnesota State High School League, the Minnesota Department of Health, The National Federation of High School Athletics as well as Minnesota Department of Education and the Governor’s Office. This information is very fluid so what we are sharing today is only what we know as of now. Based on the recommendations of those groups here are the basics of our current plan:
- MSHSL Summer Waiver will begin for in-person contact on June 15th. All contact prior to June 15th must be virtual.
- The plan is to open up outdoor only activities at District 196 facilities starting June 15th
- The plan is to open up some indoor facilities in District 196 (Gyms, larger spaces such as commons areas on July 6th,
- The indoor weightroom facilities in District 196 remain closed until further notice.
- Guidelines regarding the use of any non-district 196 facilities is up to the owner of each facility. (for example county parks, ice arenas, golf courses, private gyms etc.)
- Each step along the way is known as a “phase.” Starting June 15th we will be in Phase 1 which includes “Pods” of 10 or less including the coach or instructor and does not allow for the use of shared equipment (i.e. a ball) going from one person to another as it requires disinfecting each time someone touches it.
- Phases will be determined by the above mentioned organizations and confirmed by the District 196 Pandemic Team prior to advancing to the next phase.
- Pods must remain consistent throughout the duration of the camp. In addition, each space has limits on how many pods (i.e. a regulation sized football/soccer/lacrosse field can accommodate up to 4 pods, an ice rink 2 pods and a basketball/volleyball court 1 pod.
- All coaches will be required to submit a safety plan that must be approved by the District 196 Pandemic Team.
- All participants will be required to review and agree to follow all safety requirements outlined by the plan.
- There will not be access to locker rooms, indoor restrooms etc.
- Students are required to provide their own equipment when applicable and all equipment is required to be disinfected prior to use by any other person.
As far as general physical development/weight training/super group options we will be providing the following:
#1 A free virtual option with workouts provided on a weekly basis (continuation of what is currently available) throughout the summer. These workouts can be completed at any time at a student’s own location without the need for any equipment.
#2 We are putting together an in-person, outdoor, pod-based Super Group opportunity. Online Registration will be available the week of June 8th on Fee Pay and specifics will be sent out as soon as they are available. These workouts will be outdoors until given clearance to return indoors in pod settings and will adhere to strict safety protocols. There will be a fee for this in-person option.
As far as the fall is concerned, all of our Minnesota State High School League Fall Sports are currently scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17th. The sports scheduled to start on that date included Adapted Soccer, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Football, Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Swim and Dive, Girls Tennis and Girls Volleyball. We will keep you posted on any changes to that date as we learn more.
If you are ever in need of sport specific information our Head Coach Contact information it can be found here: https://legacy.mshsl.org/mshsl/schoolpage2.asp?school=139
If we can ever be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to reach out. As we are still working remotely on most days the best way to reach us is via email:
Matt Percival, Athletic Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joan Beckmann, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director (email@example.com)