MTAAP Guidance for Adolescent Athletes and COVID-19
The Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Committee on Child Health and COVID-19 consulted with Montana Cardiologists as well as referencing current National Guidance from AAP and ACC to develop the following guidance on Adolescent Athletes diagnosed with COVID-19 and return to play:
- Asymptomatic: The athlete should not return to sports until 14 days after receiving their test results and be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
- Mild illness (no fever and symptoms lasting <3 days): The athlete should not return to sports until 14 days after their COVID-19 symptoms have resolved AND have a normal EKG before return.
- Moderate illness(prolonged fevers lasting >3 days, bedrest, but no hospitalization or abnormal cardiac testing): The athlete should not return to sports until 14 days after their COVID-19 symptoms have resolved AND a referral to a pediatric cardiologist for further evaluation should be done before return.
- Severe illness(hospitalization, abnormal cardiac testing, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)): The athlete should not return to sports until they have complete cardiac testing done and be cleared by a pediatric cardiologist. Some of these patients may require a 3-6 month restriction from sports due to concern for heart inflammation (myocarditis).
The full Guidance can be found here.
CONTACT TRACING- Athletes who were contact traced, but never showed symptoms and were not told to be tested, do not need a note to return after 14 days as long as all Health Dept. policies were followed for quarantine and they continue to show zero symptoms at the end of the 14 days.
Dear Hawk families,
I am instating a new program policy that may seem a bit harsh, but I feel it is necessary as we are now in the seventh week of competition with volleyball and this really should not be an issue at this point. Any athlete who is disregarding the mask mandate (MHSA, School Dist. and State) during season and is seen by a coach will lose their playing privileges the next match. I believe it is time that the coaching staff get to coach and teach and spend less time reminding athletes what to do with their masks.
Masks must be up over the nose. I understand that sometimes they stretch out. If funds are an issue we have disposable masks in the cage to be used as needed. The safety of each athlete, program staff and all of the families involved is very important to us, as well as the longevity of the program during this pandemic. We are in this together and any of our individual actions could affect the whole program. We appreciate your support in this matter and hope it will provide another opportunity for the young leaders in the program to keep an eye on each other and help hold all athletes accountable.
DETAILS FOR THIS WEEK
Thursday Oct 8 Home vs Billings West
Fosh 4:15 North Gym- Freshman arrive at 3:15pm for setup
-6 JV athletes to ref North Gym please be in the gym by 3:50, you will be relieved by Varsity at 4:45
Soph 4:00 South Gym- Sophomores arrive at gym 3pm for setup
6 JV athletes to ref South Gym please be in the gym by 3:40, you will be relieved by Varsity at 4:45
* each gym needs 2 line judges, 1 book keeper, 1 Lib tracker, 1 ball cleaner, 1 scoreboard operator
JV 5:30 South Gym- Sophomores will work JV game immediately after your match in South gym.
Varsity 7pm South Gym- Varsity relieve JV of ref duties at 4:45 and tear down and clean balls after match.
Saturday October 10 AT Billings Skyview
Check in time at the Loop is 10:00, bus departs 10:15 sharp for Billings on Saturday.
Frosh play at 1 and 2:30
Soph plays at 2:30
JV plays at 2:30
Varsity plays at 4
REMEMBER TO PLAN AHEAD FOR FOOD FOR THE DAY!
Remember the fundraiser for the Help Center! Deadline for donations is Oct 31.
Fan Store closes tonight!!!
And finally, a HUGE thank you to all who made senior night so very special!!!
Fan store is open!!! I'll add a link to the website soon.
Gallatin Matches on Oct 1 will be rescheduled, we will have practice Thursday instead of games.
Saturday Oct 3 is SENIOR NIGHT! All athletes in the Hawk program are encouraged to stay through Varsity, Sophomores, attend as soon as you can after your match. Remember, Hawk gear, masks and distancing in the stands! Be ready to cheer and make this extra special for our seniors!
HOME VS GREAT FALLS SATURDAY OCT 3
Frosh (North Gym) and JV (South Gym) play at 4:30pm- Sophomores and non-senior varsity will work both gyms. Frosh, Soph, JV please be at the gym for setup at 3:30.
Soph (North Gym) and Varsity (South Gym) play at 6pm - Frosh will work Soph game, Varsity will be staffed. All non-seniors will tear down after.
Message from Laurie Larson:
Here are the details for the upcoming Booster Buttons and Player Action Photos:
Booster Buttons (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Varsity, Varsity)
To support our Hawk Booster Club, Karsen and I have made 2 buttons for each player who had their player photo taken by Matt Long. The buttons are $5 each OR 2 for $10 (This is a fundraiser for the Boosters). A table will be set up in front of the South Gym at 4:00 - 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 3, for you or your player to purchase your player buttons if you would like to have them. Please --cash only. If you are interested in volunteering to work the table, please let me know.
Varsity Player Action Photos
On October 3, Shellenberg Professional Photography is scheduled to take player action photos during the Varsity game. The cost is $85 per player. A minimum of 3 players must sign up prior to Saturday's game for photos to be taken. Attached is the Order Photo Form which includes Shellenberg contact, payment, and order instruction info. If you are interested in having photos of your player taken, please contact them right away. Shellenbergs do a wonderful job of capturing the players in action and the photos are a nice addition to a player's VB album collection.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
THANK YOU FAMILIES! We are grateful for you! Please continue to encourage the highest COVID safety precautions as we enter mid-season!
9/24/20Bozeman High School
2020 CAUSE FUNDRAISER
Mental Health Awareness & Support of The Help Center
Did you know the Help Center has experienced a 52% increase in the need for their services since COVID began? Their services are free to everyone.
SUPPORT THE HELP CENTER:
The Help Center is the local 24-hour crisis and suicide line. They serve Gallatin and the surrounding 12 counties. Their line is open 24/7/365 for those in crisis, suicidal, needing resource referrals, concerned about a loved one or someone to talk to. They are also one of two crisis centers in the state of Montana that answers the National Suicide Lifeline (1/800-273-TALK).
At our match at Gallatin on Oct 29, we will wear green ribbons to support Mental Health Awareness.
We will run the race (weather and distance pending;) as a program on October 30. It will also be a COSTUME CONTEST!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY!
Our sincerest gratitude,
BHS VOLLEYBALL COACHING STAFF
All you have to do is share this message below via email, social media, etc! The program will engage in the mental health challenge activities weekly and costume contest on 10/30.
The Bozeman Hawk Volleyball Program Supports The Help Center!
The Bozeman Hawk Volleyball Program has set a goal of raising $2500 for local suicide prevention and the Help Center's 24/7 crisis and suicide lines. We are running AND participating in the mental health challenge to support the Help Center!
The Help Center is the local 24-hour crisis and suicide line. They serve Gallatin and the surrounding 12 counties. Their line is open 24/7/365 for those in crisis, suicidal, needing resource referrals, concerned about a loved one or someone to talk to. They are also one of two crisis centers in the state of Montana that answers the National Suicide Lifeline (1/800-273-TALK). Did you know they have experienced a 52% increase in the need for their services since COVID began? Their services are free to everyone.
You can easily help us reach our goal by donating just $20, on our fundraising page. Here is the link: https://runsignup.com/BHSvolleyball
Thank you for helping us reach our goal in supporting this important cause!
Bozeman Hawk Volleyball
OTHER INFO and UPDATES
The SWX is broadcasting 2 football games from Van Winkle Stadium this fall as well as Volleyball match at Bozeman and a Volleyball Match at Gallatin high.
CMR @ Bozeman FB Oct 2
Bozeman @ Gallatin FB Oct 15
Belgrade @ Bozeman VB Oct 20
Bozeman @ Gallatin VB Oct 29
Bozeman @ Gallatin FB Oct 15
Bozeman @ Gallatin VB Oct 29
9/3/20 Hello Hawk Volleyball Parents and Guardians!
The coaching staff would like to thank you for your patience, adherence to protocols and guidelines and for your continued support!
Below is as much information as I can gather regarding the upcoming season happenings so far! Please feel free to email me at email@example.com with additional questions!
It is important to us that you be aware of the safety measures taken during picture day as there will be traditional team pictures dispersed. ALL athletes and coaches were screened for symptoms and temperature checks prior to pictures. They were also required to sanitize. Masks were required to stay on until the pictures were completely staged and only came off for 10-15 seconds. They also stayed in their team pods (which is a little more fluid at the JV/V level). This strategy was approved by the Athletic Admin and was the guidance given to the Photographer. Also, if you didn’t send the form to picture day, please mail payment (do not add late fee) and completed form to Matt Long Photography 1313 W Park St. Livingston, MT 59047
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 LIVE STREAM
Mr. Ator has requested that we live stream practice on Friday! This will be to check for issues with the system and camera's, but if all goes well, you will be able to watch the JV/V practice. I will plan some entertaining scrimmage rotations for the afternoon and we will practice with the new warm up parameters www.bozemanhawkvolleyball.com/Live-Stream.php
Someone will be reaching out in the coming days regarding our Annual Poster Fundraiser with information. Please keep an eye out for that email.
I have heard that Pack the Place in Pink is not happening this year. The Varsity athletes and staff have landed on supporting The Help Center in 2020. This will be a program wide fundraiser. Details on that will be sent in a separate email soon. The Help Center is the local 24-hour crisis and suicide line. They serve Gallatin and the surrounding 12 counties. Their line is open 24/7/365 for those in crisis, suicidal, needing resource referrals, concerned about a loved one or someone to talk to. They are also one of two crisis centers in the state of Montana that answers the National Suicide Lifeline (1K).
I am working with Universal to create a Fan Store for this season. If you can think of any desired items (beyond short and long sleeve shirts, hats, masks and possibly flags!?) please email me and we can see what might be possible.
Athletes will receive 2 practice shirts and 2 masks. Schedule is as follows (also on the Policies page of our program website). The schedule allows for cleaning of masks and shirts on Wednesdays.
BLACK PRACTICE SHIRTS AND BLACK MASKS ON MONDAY AND THURSDAY WITH BLACK SPANDEX.
RED PRACTICE SHIRTS AND WHITE MASKS ON TUESDAY AND FRIDAY WITH BLACK SPANDEX.
APPROPRIATE T-SHIRT AND YOUR FAVORITE MASK ON WEDNESDAYS WITH WHATEVER COLOR SPANDEX YOU WANT!
Varsity and JV plan to use white knee pads and white socks this season due to the new jerseys at that level. Frosh and Soph may wear black. Individual Team levels must match. If you use ankle braces, color does not matter. If you are struggling to afford any of the needed equipment, please reach out to me!
I will be working with Universal in the coming days to figure out a warm up uniform plan for JV/Varsity.
OUR USE OF COVID PROTOCOLS
Athletes are required to wear their masks on campus all the way up to active play and immediately after active play is complete. They check in at each practice, are screened for Covid symptoms, have their temperatures checked, are required to sanitize their hands and then they may prepare for practice. Volleyballs are disinfected after each practice in both gyms. Rags are thoroughly washed each weekend. The coaching staff provides prompts for use of sanitizer several times throughout practices and reminders not to touch faces or hands. Coaches/staff keep masks on throughout practices except when giving quick instruction from 6+ feet away.
Hypervigilance- Athletes need to assume that others do not understand the sport of volleyball. Though an athlete may be in the same cohort on the court with another athlete and so believe it is ok to chat together without masks on, that is not the case where the general public is concerned. Please encourage vigilance in following Covid guidelines!
Our program calendar is up to date on www.bozemanhawkvolleyball.com/schedule.php There is a program google calendar link on the page. Updates and adjustments will be made there as they happen.
You can find the link to NFHS Live Streaming for Matches by clicking the "Live Stream" tab on our program site www.bozemanhawkvolleyball.com
TEAM COACHING PHILOSOPHY
This coaching staff was selected largely due to the range of expertise as well as passion for the game. In the coming weeks, coaches will be doing breakout sessions by position. The highest COVID precautions will be taken here as well.
COMMUNICATION WITH COACHING STAFF
All coach email addresses are on the “Coaches” page of our website. You can also find us on Remind app.
ALL PROGRAM REMIND
Please sign up for the All Program Remind group. This will only be used in case of emergency or last minute schedule changes that effect the program as a whole. Otherwise, individual teams will be notified via their team remind groups athletes are already signed up for.
To sign up:
Team Dinners: As of now we are NOT cleared to do team dinners. I will discuss this subject again in the coming days with the Athletic Administration.
Red/Black Scrimmage: There will be NO Red/Black scrimmage this year, unfortunately.
See Documents attached for your information.
LETTERS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Bozeman School District 7 would love to hear from you! The athlete's feedback to the coaching staff is that they feel safe in the gym and trust we are taking every precaution available to us for COVID safety. If you want to send positive feedback about the volleyball season so far, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know how excited we are to be in the gym and have a season!!!
Your BHS Volleyball coaching staff is thrilled to work with your athletes this season! Thank you for trusting us with them!