MHS offers winter sports update

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The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is adhering to the Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC) reopening metrics regarding the return of students to in-person instruction at all levels. The School Board also decided on Sept. 28 that all District students will continue with virtual instruction unless the health data improves significantly.

Big Eight member schools have determined conference competition for winter sports will not occur in 2020-21. As each District allows, in-person workouts, practices, and games may be allowed to occur as adopted by member schools and following public health recommendations.

As a result, winter sports season competitions and games are on hold. At this time, our plan is to begin winter sports practices as scheduled, in accordance with PHMDC guidance:

  • Nov. 16: girls basketball, gymnastics, boys hockey, girls hockey
  • Nov. 23: boys basketball, boys swimming and diving, boys wrestling
  • Jan. 4: Boys and girls skiing and snowboard

Some schools in the Big Eight Conference have announced that they will remain in vitual-only instruction until at least the start of second semester, regardless of PHMDC metrics, and will not have winter sports unless or until they return to in-person instruction. MHS and the District will leave open the possibility of an earlier return, in accordance with PHMDC reopening recommendations. We will also consider separate non-conference only seasons for winter sports.

In an effort to start building rosters for the anticipated upcoming seasons, we would like all student-athletes to register for any and all sports that they plan to participate in for the 2020-21 school year. Registration is done through the My Payments Plus registration program. No registration fees will be collected at registration. Fees will be assigned once an athlete is rostered on a team.

MHS will look to implement the following extracurricular provisions:

  • Coaches may begin working out with student-athletes in groups of 10 or fewer indoors or in groups of 25 or fewer outdoors, as the guidance by PHMDC allows and in accordance with WIAA coaching contact rules upon the submission and approval of a coaching contact plan.
  • Coaches may share virtual individual training activities with all students. Coaches must follow WIAA coaching contact rules.
  • Fall and spring programs may select to use their optional WIAA allotted coaching contact days. If so, they must adhere to the PHMDC guidelines and receive prior authorization from the MHS athletic director.
  • The athletic department will continue to hold twice-a-month virtual learning sessions on a variety of topics with local, state and national sports experts.

If you have specific questions, please reach out to your winter sports varsity coach or the athletic department.

Let's do our part to make sure there is a winter sports season. Please wear a mask, practice appropriate physical distancing and use proper hand hygiene. Remember, we are all in this together.