Athletics Update 1/15/2021

 Hello MMSD Athletics Community,

Throughout the 2020/21 school year, districts across the country have faced multiple challenges in

planning a safe continuation of robust athletic programs for the benefit of students. In MMSD,

education-based athletics play a significant role in the culture and communities of our schools, and the

lives of many hard-working and dedicated student-athletes.

Throughout this pandemic, MMSD has relied on guidance from Public Health, Madison & Dane County in

addition to close analysis of metrics related to the current state of COVID-19 locally to inform our

decisions. Last week, MMSD announced its plan to continue with a virtual instruction model, as current

metrics do not support a safe return of students into our school buildings.

With consideration of current metrics, and our responsibility to keep students, staff, and communities

safe, MMSD athletics will follow the lead of our current instructional model and continue with athletics

virtually at this time. Similar to our instructional model, when COVID-19 conditions improve and metrics

support a safe return to our buildings, MMSD will implement plans for a thoughtful and safe return of

athletics to an in-person model.

MMSD will implement these additional extra curricular provisions for winter and alternate season fall

sports until the safe reopening of our schools is possible:

1) Virtual training activities will be shared for student-athletes. Individual training or workouts will

be shared for asynchronous training or scheduled on a virtual platform (Zoom, Google Meet, etc)

for synchronous training. Activities such as stretching, flexibility, and warm-up routines, strength

and speed training, conditioning, and mental preparation/sport psychology resources - so long as

they follow WIAA Coaching Contact Rules in content and presentation - will be made available.

2) MMSD will not be offering winter sport in-person coaching, in-person practices, or competitions

during the virtual school model. We will continue to provide opportunities in whatever means are

available based on our schooling model and public health guidance as well as WIAA guidance for

winter sports. Additionally, the Big 8 Conference has issued a statement regarding winter sports

at a conference level.

We have requested accommodations from the WIAA to address alternative and additional contact

calendars and flexibility regarding student engagement - we will share additional information

when a decision is made.


3) Based on the WIAA calendar and district decisions, MMSD athletics will not begin in-person

contact for alternate season fall sports until in-person instruction resumes at the high school level.

The district will continue its planning for an eventual return to in-person education-based athletics.

In addition, our planning also includes:

● Providing students with best practices and mental health support along with virtual

training opportunities and connections to help facilitate when we are ready to return

in-person athletics.

● A request for accommodations from the WIAA to address alternative and additional

contact calendars and flexibility regarding student engagement - we will share additional

information when a decision is made.


District athletic programs will continue to provide resources for virtual platforms and best practices to

assist in continuing MMSD’s quality education-based athletic programs. These resources will also support

our planning for a return to in-person athletics when it is determined safe to do so. In the upcoming

weeks, your school’s athletic department will be providing additional information related to virtual

opportunities.

We appreciate how these difficult decisions impact students in different ways. Athletics are a vital

component of the community and its connectivity, while also serving as an extension of the classroom.

We also understand families and coaches want what is best for our student-athletes and programs, and

we share in their desire to eventually return our athletics to an in-person model.

We have great appreciation for the hard work, guidance and support provided from our coaches,

administrators, student athletes, and public health partners, which has helped us navigate a school year

we will not soon forget. Your collaborative effort has resulted in innovative strategies to address the

challenge of staying connected in meaningful ways during this pandemic.

We will continue to gather information and provide clarifications as information is made available. We are

grateful for your commitment and passion for our students, and your athletic programs.

Even though this situation is not ideal, we will get through this together. We ask you to continue to wear a

mask, stay home as much as possible, be kind, stay connected, have empathy, support each other, and

stay together when physically apart.

Be well and stay well,

Jeremy Schlitz, CAA

MMSD athletics

Online Forms and Speed and Strength Information

Please sign up for all of the sports you are interested in for the 2020-21 school year at the link below and then read the information about speed and strength 

Message to all families and athletes:

We all have a great opportunity to work together this fall virtually in a variety of opportunities with our fall athletics virtual programming through Google Classroom.  We will use the same link as we have for summer training to access Speed and Strength, yoga, mindfulness, rehab and prehab, and leadership opportunities.  Please sign up for the Google classroom for all the information you need for virtual fall opportunities, let's make this a habit and stay together as we move back to school.  GoogleClassroom intro and here is the Google Classroom code: bycchtv


This will be populated with:

  • Speed and Strength synchronous classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7pm and 3:30pm

  • Yoga workouts in the evening

  • Mindfulness yoga during lunch hours

  • Prehab and Rehab with our athletic trainer, Bre Braun, Thursday 3:30-4:30pm

  • Tentative planning for sport specific contact dates:

Fall sports - 9/21 - 10/11

Winter sports - 10/12-11/1

Spring sports - 11/2 -11/22

  • Leadership opportunities: Big 8 programming, Spartan Leaders, Social Justice, School culture, potential Book Study


We will kick off programming with some introductory activities the week of 8/31 and begin regular programming 9/8.  Please contact athletic director, Jeremy Schlitz, at jschlitz@madison.k12.wi.us for additional information.

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