Friday, August 21, 2020

Hockomock League statement regarding the upcoming Fall 2020 season

Below is the official statement from the Hockomock League regarding the upcoming Fall 2020 season.

August 20, 2020

We have all patiently, yet eagerly, awaited the Massachusetts DESE guidelines pertaining to Interscholastic Athletics for the 2020-21 school year. Late Tuesday we received those guidelines and the MIAA Board of Directors have voted to approve those guidelines. Very importantly, there is still a lot of work to be accomplished before a Fall 2020 sports season is permitted. The earliest date to begin any practices is Friday, September 18.

Each school district was tasked over the last several weeks to develop a detailed DESE-approved plan for the return-to-learning this school year. Rightly so, each district’s School Committee and Superintendent’s office is now focused on implementing that approved learning plan. Some districts have opted for a full-remote start while others have approved a hybrid model. Both come with their own obstacles that each district is aiming to overcome. Both plans will impact how Fall sports may look for that district.

We do know under these DESE-approved guidelines that the high-risk sports, Football and Competitive Cheer, have moved to a “Fall II” season with a start date of February 22, 2021. The low-risk sports, Cross Country and Golf and the moderate-risk sports, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Girls’ volleyball must undergo modifications, some significantly changing the look of the game, to adhere to the EEA/DESE guidelines. Those MIAA-sport committees are working on that goal now. Girls’ volleyball, as an indoor sport, has some very significant hurdles for high school programs to overcome.

Please be patient as our twelve districts individually tackle the DESE parameters and logistics of implementing their return-to-learning models. We hope to know more in the coming week or two what a Fall Sports season will look like. Each district’s School Committee is charged with approving the specific sports programs that will be offered at each of our schools. Once those details are gathered by our League ADs and Principals, schedules can be drawn up and approved for publication.

Please know we all want to see as many student-athletes return to the competitive playing field this Fall. The health and safety of our students is paramount in any and all of these decisions which are forthcoming.

The Hockomock League ADs

  • Mark Houle, Attleboro
  • Danny Erickson, Canton
  • Joe Cusack, Foxboro
  • Tom Angelo, Franklin
  • Gary Brown, King Philip
  • Mike Redding, Mansfield
  • Peter Boucher, Milford
  • Kurt Kummer, North Attleboro
  • Bill Matthews, Oliver Ames
  • Nick Schlierf, Sharon
  • Ryan Donahue, Stoughton
  • Mark Ottavianelli, Taunton

HockomockSports (@HockomockSports) tweeted at 9:25 PM on Thu, Aug 20, 2020:
Hockomock League Makes Statement On Fall Sports - #hockomock

Hockomock League statement  regarding the upcoming Fall 2020 season
Hockomock League statement  regarding the upcoming Fall 2020 season

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