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2020-2021 Lawrence High School
Winter Sports Information  
 LHS Winter Sports Information 20-21 (printable)
LPS_2020.21 Winter Sports Recommendations (printable)

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 Winter Sports season at Lawrence High School!  We are extremely excited to get started on Monday, November 16th with the first day of tryouts and practice.  Even though there is a high level of eagerness to get started, we recognize that the start of this season is unlike anything that we have ever experienced before. Our coaches and student athletes are going to face a wide range of adversity this season and be asked to do things that they’ve never done before in a high school season. It’s imperative that we are honest, transparent, and diligent in our approach every single day. I have the utmost confidence that our coaches and student athletes will be resilient and rise to the challenge. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

It’s a Great day to be a Lion! – Nick Wood, Athletic Director   nwood@usd497.org

  • Tryouts are not required for all sports
  • Required forms must be uploaded and approved prior to participation in tryouts through  Register My Athlete
  • Covid Screening Questions Must Be Answered Daily

○    In order to protect the health and safety of all participants, student-athletes must be completely honest with symptom reporting and appropriate follow through, or  risk jeopardizing the ability to continue athletics programs at LHS for themselves  and others.

○    ANYONE feeling sick should stay home and contact their healthcare provider.

  • Masks Required – Athletes must be wearing a mask when they arrive.
  • Athletes Must Bring: Own water bottle and towel

Sport-Specific Information for Tryouts/Practice


FORMS DEADLINE WAS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
IF PAPERWORK IS SUBMITTED AFTER DEADLINE CONFIRM ON RMA THAT  PAPERWORK WAS ACCEPTED BEFORE ATTENDING TRYOUTS/PRACTICES .
ATHLETES MUST BE MARKED COMPLETE TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY TRYOUT/PRACTICE.
NO EXCEPTIONS GRANTED.

Dates and Times are subject to change. Please stay in touch with the head coach for up-to-date information.
*Tryout Information will also be posted on the Tryout Information – Winter and the Practice Information – Winter Sports pages of the athletics website located on the MORE menu

Boys & Girls Bowling – Tryout Required

  • Head Coach Gary Graves | ggraves@usd497.org
  • Tryout Information | Tryouts Dec 1-3 @ Royal Crest Lanes

Boys Basketball – Tryout Required

  • Head Coach Mike Lewis | mlewis@usd497.org
  • Tryout Information | Tryouts Nov 16-20 – tryout group assigned by Coach Lewis
  • Only athletes who have been assigned a tryout group may try out on 11/16
  • If you have not been assigned to a tryout group contact Coach Lewis to be assigned to a group

Boys Swim & Dive 

  • Head Coach Kent McDonald | kmcdonal@usd497.org
  • Practice Information | Practices begin Monday, November 16th

Girls Basketball – Tryout Required

  • Head Coach Jeff Dickson| jdickson@usd497.org
  • Tryout Information | Tryouts Nov 16-17 – tryout group assigned by Coach Dickson

Boys & Girls Wrestling  

  • Head Coach Patrick Naughton | pnaughto@usd497.org
  • Practice Information |Practices begin Monday, November 16th

COVID-19 Information | Daily Protocol

Every day at practice/games, Lawrence High School student-athletes/coaches will be required to:  

  • Complete COVID-19 Screening, Including Daily Temperature Checks

If a student-athlete reports having symptoms and/or has a temperature when completing the COVID-19 daily screening, he/she will be sent home immediately. Please note a coach will notify the student-athlete’s parent/guardian if/when this happens. The student-athlete must provide his/her head coach with medical documentation clearing him/her to return to practice.

▪ If your student-athlete is having symptoms and/or has a temperature, please do NOT send them to practice, and make sure you communicate with his/her head coach.

  1. Wear Masks Unless Directly Involved in “Live Play”*
    *While Douglas County is in Smart and Safe Phase Orange, Masks will be Mandated at all Times
  2. Allow 6’ Social Distancing Unless Directly Involved in “Live Play”*
    *While Douglas County is in Smart and Safe Phase Orange, Masks will be Mandated at all Times
  3. Arrive on Campus Ready to Participate

There will be extremely limited locker room usage. Please make sure you are wearing clean clothes to practice every day. If you need access to laundry facilities, please contact your head coach so that arrangements can be made to provide assistance.

  • Bring their Own Water
  • Lawrence High will provide h and washing stations for all outdoor activities.
  • Hand sanitizer, and disinfectant for equipment will be used at every practice/competition.

COVID-19 Information | FAQs

What if my student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19 or is in contact with someone who has tested positive? For those student-athletes/coaches who test positive for COVID-19 or come into close contact with COVID-19, it is crucial that this information is shared with your head coach (who will in turn report that information directly to the Athletic Director).

Who makes the decision to temporarily shut down a program based on exposure? We work in partnership with the Douglas County Health Department who ultimately makes the decision as to who should quarantine for 14-days. The number of student-athletes/coaches required to quarantine will determine whether or not a team/program is shut down (for the 14-day period).   

Should we expect competitions to be canceled this season? Yes, all athletic schedules are fluid and may change based on recommendations from the Douglas County Unified Command and the local authority of our opponents.

Will spectators be allowed to attend events? The decision regarding fan attendance has not yet been made. Please note this decision will be made jointly with the Douglas County Unified Command and the Sunflower League.

Will there be travel restrictions this season? Yes, there will be restrictions on athletic travel. The immediate restrictions include the number of individuals allowed on a bus and the unavailability of school vans; future restrictions may include a specific mileage range for our teams to travel to and/or a restriction on a specific mileage range for opponents allowed to t ravel to compete against us.

Will student-athletes have access to the training room? Yes, on a limited basis. At this time, there will be no ice baths allowed.

Are we allowed to host team events away from the practice/playing field? No, we do not want our student-athletes meeting in large groups away from campus. This means there will not be team dinners, field trips, etc.

Screening and Exposure Protocol

  • Prior to athletic participation, student-athletes and their parents should fill out the KSHSAA COVID-19 Questionnaire and submit it to their school. The student should obtain written clearance by a medical provider prior to participating in sports ONLY IF they answer yes to any of the questions. This questionnaire should be distributed to students in advance of the season, providing enough time to obtain the additional medical clearance if necessary. If necessary, this written clearance is in addition to the annual pre-participation physical exam.
  • Anyone involved in a school activity should be screened daily for COVID-19 signs and symptoms, including a daily temperature check.
  • A daily record should be kept of all team members present including adult personnel. Responses to screening questions for each person should be documented and retained on file.
  • Screening documentation should be maintained in a confidential manner and not shared with all staff, parents or teammates unless necessary due to a confirmed exposure.
  • Any person reporting or exhibiting COVID-19 signs or symptoms without other obvious explanations should not be allowed to take part in any school activity and should be immediately sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must be isolated until they meet the criteria for release set by the KDHE or the local health department.  They must also obtain written clearance by a medical provider before returning to participation.
  • Any individual who has had close contact exposure (defined by the KDHE as less than 6’ of physical distance for 10 minutes or longer, or if there was exposure to respiratory secretions such as being coughed or sneezed on) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact their primary care physician or local public health officials for guidance. While in self-quarantine, the person should be alert for symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider if these symptoms appear.  An exposure is considered close contact with a COVID-19 positive person up to two days before their symptom onset (or if asymptomatic, up to two days before their specimen collection) until the time they are no longer required to self-isolate.
  • Those not identified as a close contact may continue to participate. Contacts of a close contact do not need to be excluded from activities unless they are also considered a close contact.
  • Any student who has traveled to a KDHE identified restricted area should self-quarantine and not participate in school activities for 14 days upon return to their home.

Lawrence Public Schools
Winter Sports Recommendations

LPS_2020.21 Winter Sports Recommendations (printable)

Every day, student-athletes/coaches will be required to:

  • Implement recommendations from the “KSHSAA Return to School Activities – Activity Specific Risk Mitigation Strategies” published by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.
  • COVID-19 Screening, Including Daily Temperature Checks
    • Per the KSHSAA, if a student-athlete reports having symptoms and/or has a temperature when completing the COVID-19 daily screening, he/she will be sent home immediately. Please note a coach will notify the student-athlete’s parent/guardian if/when this happens.
    • The student-athlete must provide his/her head coach with medical documentation clearing him/her to return to practice.
      • If your student-athlete is having symptoms and/or has a temperature, please do NOT send them to practice, and make sure you communicate with his/her head coach.
    • Wear Masks Unless Directly Involved in “Live Play” *While Douglas County is in Smart and Safe Phase Orange, Masks will be Mandated at all Times
    • Allow 6’ Social Distancing Unless Directly Involved in “Live Play”
    • Arrive on Campus Ready to Participate
      • The locker rooms are closed until further notice, so please arrive fully dressed for practice. Please make sure you are wearing clean clothes to practice every day.  If you need access to laundry facilities, please contact your head coach so that arrangements can be made to provide assistance.
    • Bring their Own Water
      • There will be no communal filling stations, so please plan accordingly.

 

Sport-Specific Guidelines for Lawrence Public Schools

Basketball

  • Practice Restriction: 2-Hour Maximum per Squad
  • Travel Restriction: 90-Miles, No Overnight Trips
  • Events with No More than Four Teams*
  • Varsity, JV, Sophomore, Freshmen OR Four Same-Level Teams
  • No Showcases/Tournaments
  • No More than Two Student Managers per Gym

Bowling

  • Practice Restriction: 2-Hour Maximum per Squad
  • Travel Restriction: 90-Miles, No Overnight Trips
  • Events with No More than Three Teams
  • No Tournaments

Boys Swim & Dive

  • Practice Restriction: 2-Hour Maximum per Squad
  • Travel Restriction: 90-Miles, No Overnight Trips
  • Events with No More than Four Teams
  • No More than Two Student Managers

Wrestling

  • Practice Restriction: 2-Hour Maximum per Squad
  • Travel Restriction: 90-Miles, No Overnight Trips
  • JV/Varsity Duals at Home Only
  • Travel to Events with No More than Four Same-Level Teams (i.e., Varsity Only, JV Only)
  • No Tournaments
  • No More than Two Student Managers

Spectators

  • A decision regarding spectators will be a joint decision by the Lawrence Public Schools and the Douglas County Unified Command.  Information regarding spectator restrictions will be released in the coming weeks.

Film Sessions

  • Permissible in the Commons (Not in Classrooms)

Team Events Outside Practice/Events are Not Permissible (See Below for Examples)

  • Team Bonding Activities
  • Team Meals
  • Banquets