Dear FCUSD Families / students / coaches:
Please know that we are committed to supporting and providing every opportunity to our student-athletes that are allowed based upon the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Every district in our state is mandated to follow these guidelines. The pandemic has created challenges unlike any we have seen in the past. Nonetheless, we are committed to the safety, well-being and positive experience for our student-athletes using every resource we have, and we need your help.
We need your support in providing guidance to our students and helping them understand the complexity of the current COVID-19 situation as it pertains to athletics. Please encourage your students to practice all safety protocol: wear a mask, wash hands often and socially distance.
Timeline of decisions:
On Dec. 14, 2020, CDPH posted guidelines for “Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports.” These guidelines are intended for all youth, including school and community sponsored programs, and private organized clubs and leagues (not for collegiate or professional sports).
CDPH has classified each sport in different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19:
- Low-Contact Sports - Individual or small group sports where contact within six feet of other participants can be avoided. Some of these sports have relatively low exertion rates that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings when within six feet of other people.
- Moderate-Contact Sports -Team sports that can be played with only incidental or intermittent close contact between participants.
- High-Contact Sports - Team sports with frequent or sustained close contact (and in many cases, face-to-face contact) between participants and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants. Indoor sports are higher risk than outdoor sports due to reduced ventilation.
For more specific details please visit the CDPH website link: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx )
On January 5, 2021, the CIF updated the guidelines, calendar of sports schedule and color coded sports based upon different levels of risk for transmission. For this year, we have two seasons of sports, Season 1 from January to April, which includes cross country, football and girls volleyball. And Season 2 from March to June, which includes baseball, basketball, competitive sport cheer, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, boys volleyball and wrestling. (For more specific detail please visit the CIF website link: https://cifstate.org/covid-19/CIF_CV-19_Guidelines.pdf )
FCUSD offers a variety of sports and we have color coded them based upon CDPH and CIF levels and tiers.
(Note: B = Boys, G = Girls)
The color coding is defined as: Tier 1 Widespread (Purple), Tier 2 Substantial (Red), Tier 3 Moderate (Orange) and Tier 4 Minimal (Yellow).
Although CDPH, SCPH and CIF allow school teams to condition at this time, CDPH states that, “Inter-team competitions (i.e., between two teams) will not be allowed in California until January 25, 2021, at the earliest, based on the guidelines outlined in this document. The return-to-competition date will be reassessed by January 4, 2021 based on California disease transmission trends and is subject to change at any time given the level of COVID-19 transmission in California."
The Sacramento Regional Current Tier status is Purple as of January 6, 2021, which means that when CDPH allows competition to take place, the sports in Purple may participate if they are in that Season.
We realize that the information continues to change and we are adjusting the best we can with the situation at hand to ensure we follow the guidelines as set forth by CDPH, SCPH and CIF. Our priorities remain the same: 1. the safety of our students, staff and community, 2. the social emotional well-being of our students, 3. Provide opportunities to meet the need of our student-athletes’ potentials.
Thank you for the continued understanding and support,
Peter Maroon (Director of Athletics, FCUSD)
Lisa Finley (FHS Athletic Director)
Mark Beamish (CHS Athletic Director)
Mark Keeton (VDL Athletic Director)
Education Based Athletics
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