STUDENT-ATHLETES GEAR UP FOR RETURN TO SPORTS IN THE FALL

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August 5, 2020

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As students return to campus, Notre Dame Athletic Director Betty Wroubel and her team are hard at work making sure they have a safe place to compete and practice, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the state. The department spent most of the summer grappling with unknowns, taking their lead from the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), and making necessary adjustments to protocols to protect the health of the school community.

As of Aug. 1, all fall sports seasons are scheduled to take place. Upper school football practices (without pads) will begin on Aug. 10, with all other fall sports falling suit on Aug. 12. Similarly, middle school football will begin practice Aug. 10, and soccer, volleyball and cross country slated for Aug. 12.

“There has been a feeling of excitement and optimism surrounding the high school and middle school sports,” said Aaron Crouse, NDPMA associate athletic director. “The MHSAA has remained committed to playing all three sports seasons in 2020-2021 with sports being played during their traditional time as the preferred option.”

The abrupt end to the spring sports season last year was particularly disappointing for both students and coaches, especially with Notre Dame riding high in the fall and winter (girls cross country, girls ski, boys ski, competitive cheer and volleyball all qualified for state finals), Crouse said.

With school expected to open for in-person learning on Aug. 19, Crouse said Notre Dame is taking every precaution necessary to mitigate the risk of a student-athlete contracting COVID-19.

Some of those measures include:

  • Student-athlete screenings for symptoms of COVID-19 both on and before arriving to campus
  • Daily temperature check recording of student-athletes on campus
  • Mandated use face coverings upon entering the campus
  • No current permitted use of indoor facilities (locker rooms, restrooms, etc.)
  • Hand sanitation a minimum of every 30 minutes
  • No school-provided water bottles or refilling stations
  • Daily sanitation of athletic equipment and facilities.

“Having seen how the summer camps and workouts have gone, we are confident in the protocols that are in place and our coaches have done an outstanding job of following them,” he said.

The MHSAA, in coordination with the state of Michigan and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has prepared guidelines for the phased in return of athletics. Some of the changes that student-athletes and coaches may notice this year include:

  • Limited spectators
  • Limited number of teams at tournaments or invitationals
  • Alternative arrangements on team benches to promote social distancing
  • The use of face coverings by coaches and officials
  • The absence of traditional pre- or post-game handshakes.

Additional changes will be implemented on a sport-by-sport basis.

“Each varsity head coach will have an individual meeting with the athletic department to go over specific guidelines for their sport,” Crouse said. “From an athletic department standpoint, (requirements) are ever-changing. Much of the scheduling, preparation and paperwork items have been taken care of and we are hoping that our coaches and student-athletes will have the opportunity to practice and compete.”

To view schedules by sport for the fall, visit https://www.ndpma.org/athletics.

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.