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Athletics During Distance Learning

The first semester of athletics will be virtual and feature three sport seasons: Fall, Winter and Spring. During the first semester, athletes will have the opportunity to virtually participate in lessons for college and career readiness, academic achievement, recruitment preparation, physical activities, social, emotional and mental well-being and sport specific information.

Interscholastic athletics will start at the lowest risk level for participation. In December, a determination will be made on how PGCPS will continue delivering instruction for the second semester. Once that decision has been made, direction will be provided regarding face-to-face participation in sports.

Lowest Risk:

  • Performing low-impact skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members.
  • Re-engagement of student-athletes and the virtual reintroduction of athletics and activities for the betterment of the social, emotional, and physical well-being.  
  • Encourage senior athletes to engage in virtual classes, webinars, meetings and online services with outside resources to prepare for academic success and college opportunities.

First Semester

A committee consisting of the several stakeholders including the Coordinating Supervisor of Athletics, Supervisor of Athletics and Athletic Directors met twice a week from July 1 to August 14 to discuss and implement the virtual athletics plan for the first semester.

Three seasons will occur during the first semester with each season lasting five weeks. A complete virtual schedule will be posted on the athletics website and communicated to the athletes by their ADs and coaches for each season (Fall Sports - September 9th, Winter Sports

  • October 16th and Spring Sports - December 7th). The virtual athletic program will not include tryouts and will be open to all students. All athletes will be required to submit a parent/guardian permission form to participate in online

Fall: September 14, 2020 - October 16, 2020

  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Girls/Boys Soccer
  • Cheerleading,
  • Cross Country
  • Golf

Winter:  October 26, 2020 - December 14, 2020

  • Wrestling
  • Girls/Boys Basketball
  • Indoor Track
  • Swimming

Spring:  December 14, 2020 - January 22, 2021

  • outdoor track
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Girls/Boys Lacrosse

Second Semester

PGCPS’ Office of Interscholastic Athletics will follow the MPSSAA Roadmap Two-Semester Plan pending the reopening of schools beginning semester two. Additional guidance on the timeframe, scheduling, and second semester sport seasons will be available after continued assessment of Local School System educational plans, further consultation with the Maryland Department of Health, and review of all considerations and accommodations for the competition season.

MPSSAA Two-Semester Plan

Second Semester - Beginning February 1, 2021 - June 19, 2021

  • Fall, Winter and Spring Sport competition and championship seasons administered in modified formats,

SEASON 1 - Sport Season Winter

  • February 1 - February 21, 2021 - Sport Season Practice and Reconditioning
  • February 22 - March 27, 2021 - Sport Competition Season
  • Five weeks of interscholastic athletic competition available

SEASON 2 - Sport Season Fall

  • March 15 - April 4, 2021 - Sport Season Practice and Reconditioning
  • April 5 - May 8, 2021 - Sport Competition Season
  • Five weeks of interscholastic athletic competition available

SEASON 3 - Sport Season Spring

  • April 26 - May 16, 2021 - Sport Season Practice and Reconditioning
  • May 17 - June 19, 2021 - Sport Competition Season
  • Five weeks of interscholastic athletic competition

A committee consisting of the several stakeholders including the Coordinating Supervisor of Athletics, Supervisor of Athletics and Athletic Directors, Administrative Staff and Athletic Trainer will provide a more outlined and detailed Return-to-Play format for all schools in PGCPS by November 5, 2020, pending the decision of reopening school for second semester. The committee will meet September 21, 2020 through November 1, 2020 to plan and implement a safe return of athletic practices and competitions. The committee will develop specifics for the following topics:

  1. Workout/Practices format and safety
  2. Games/Competition (in county vs. out of county)
  3. Schedules for all teams
  4. Officials
  5. Trainers
  6. PPE and cleaning supplies/safety protocol for COVID
  7. Facility use and sites for all practices and competitions
  8. Safety specifics for each sport
  9. Certification and requirements for all coaches
  10. Participation requirements and forms for all athletes including a COVID questionnaire and statement.