MYSA PRACTICE POLICIES/RECOMMENDATIONS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19
UPDATE: MYSA is recommending that all coaches cancel practices until at least April 1, 2020. This cancellation policy is based on the recommendations to limit gatherings to less than 10 people which was made March 16, 2020, by both the federal & state government.
We will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves and communicate any new information as needed.
Per the message sent by Superintendent Ryan Terwilliger, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the use of Malcolm campus facilities by outside groups, teams and patrons will be prohibited. This includes community groups and community use of the weight-room, playground, track and practice fields. This means that all MYSA practices scheduled in the school gym, playground, or any other area of the campus are canceled until further notice.
MYSA is recommending that coaches that continue to practice at the field should take some very basic precautions starting immediately. Any players who have a fever need to stay home. All players should be required to wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer prior to starting practices or games. Since hand sanitizer is nearly impossible to find right now, we recommend that you devise a hand washing station to use if needed. The water at the field is still turned off for the winter so you will need to bring water from home. If we can find sanitizer we will make it available at the field. We are also requesting that you wipe shared equipment (helmets, catching gear, bats, etc.) with a Clorox Wipe or something similar prior to each practice/game and any time equipment is switched from one player to another. You should also talk to your players and strictly enforce a keep your hands to yourself policy. Avoid contact as much as possible, this includes high fives and post-practice huddles.
Much like every other organization, our plan is continually changing based on the information we have each day. As our plan evolves we will be in communication with our coaches and ask that you pass this information on to your players' parents.