Attention all student-athletes, coaches and parents:
Summer conditioning begins on June 22!
Dear FCUSD Families:
The FCUSD Athletic staff has been working intently with our District to establish guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all our students by referencing the guidelines from the (CDC), National Federation of High School (NFHS), and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to determine options for safe environments for our students and coaches. We are pleased to announce that conditioning for CIF Fall sports will begin on June 22, with limited contact and in adherence to our safety guidelines.
A full list of these athletic guidelines will be provided on June 19 and will be posted on: www.fcusd.org/athletics
This initial phase for resuming sports activity is very limited. It is designed to safely return students to physical conditioning, allow for the social-emotional connection with peers and coaches, and to test the degree of self-discipline adults and students will demonstrate that might allow FCUSD to transition to more unrestricted sports activity in upcoming weeks. Our hope and plan, if the guidelines are followed by all, is to begin implementing CIF Winter and Spring sports conditioning in the upcoming weeks.
Please note: Student participation in a workout program is completely voluntary and based upon parental discretion. Any student who chooses not to participate in summer workouts will not be penalized.
Before a student can begin conditioning on Monday, June 22 there are a few critical steps that need to be followed:
- Students will be contacted by the team coach in the next few days with instructions for beginning conditioning
- Students will need to obtain full clearance on athleticclearance.com
- This includes an up to date Sports Physical (within the last twelve month)
- Signed Participation Agreement (part of the athleticclearance.com paperwork)
Highlights of FCUSD CIF Fall Sports Safety Guidelines:
Full list of guidelines click here on June 19
- Arrival on campus: Coaches will designate a specific entry point, students will be screened, and will be assigned a small group.
- Group size: 10 with 1 coach. We will start in small groups to ensure that we are social distancing. Groups will stay in the same “Pod” so that we do not have crossover and can better help with contact tracing.
- Water Bottles: Students will need to bring their own water bottle that is labeled with their name.
- Disinfecting: We will be disinfecting and sanitizing common spaces between sessions. Student-athletes will be trained and responsible for helping to clean and sanitize equipment and areas with which they have made contact.
- Clothing: Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and do not share clothing with teammates.
- After practice: Once the workout is over, students will exit campus through a specific designated area, designated by the coach. Students will not be permitted to congregate in the parking lot.
- Students are encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home.
- Drop-off or pick-up students: Parents or others dropping off or picking up a student will be instructed to do so at a designated location. Drivers must stay in their cars, and no unauthorized spectators are to be near the student-athletes before, during or after practice.
Please note: The health and wellness of our student-athletes is our main focus and we want to provide them with a controlled environment so they can begin conditioning.
If we feel students or coaches are not consistently and properly following the protocols, we will stop the sessions. It is critical that all parents, athletes, and coaches take the rules seriously and follow them at all times.
FCUSD coaching staff will be meeting prior to our start date of June 22, to ensure there is a mutual understanding of these safety steps and expectations.
Please know that we have worked collaboratively with district staff to address safety concerns in planning these guidelines. If you have any questions, please reach out to your coaches or school’s Athletic Director.
We are grateful for the cooperation made by all so our students can begin conditioning for their fall sport. We look forward to reconnecting with our student-athletes next week and are excited to begin.
Peter Maroon (Director of Athletics, FCUSD)
Lisa Finley (FHS Athletic Director)
Mark Beamish (CHS Athletic Director)
Mark Keeton (VDL Athletic Director)
Our athletic programs firmly belief that all participants are students first and athletes second. Unlike youth sports and collegial level, FCUSD is an Education Based Athletic program. FCUSD recognizes athletic competition as an integral part of the school experience. As such, all athletes should have the opportunity to participate in some form of interscholastic athletics within the limitations of each individual sport and such participation should encourage positive scholastic growth and achievement. Both the student athlete and the sport itself should be a credit to the school and the community. FCUSD realizes that an effective interscholastic athletic program is a product of the responsible cooperation among its five major contributors: the student athlete, the parents/guardians, the coaching staff, the school site and our District administration. FCUSD strives to strengthen the integrity of students and adults in the community by promoting the concepts of sportsmanship, honesty, and quality academics. These priorities advance the highest principles of character, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.
Director of Athletics
1965 Birkmont Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742