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Waconia Wildcats Athletics Update – Spring 2021

Online Activities Registration:

Our Waconia Wildcat registration system is NOW OPEN for the following spring athletics at https://1913a.cf.wordwareinc.com/

** If you have any trouble creating your account, connecting to your student(s) and/or

completing the registration process, please contact our athletic department at 952-442-0683 or Lori Schwirtz at lschwirtz@isd110.org

Athletics:

Baseball  – 9th-12th grade only

  • Student athletes in 9th-12th grade are eligible to register. The Varsity, JV and C squad rosters will be determined based on a try-out process.
  • First Day of Practice: March 22 at WHS
  • Head Coach – Mark Grundhofer – mgrundhofer@isd110.org   

Boys’ and Girls’ Golf – 9th-12th grade only

  • Student athletes in 9th-12th grade are eligible to register. The Varsity and JV rosters will be determined based on a try-out process.
  • First Day of Practice for Boys & Girls: Monday, March 29 at WHS
  • Head Boys Coach – Don Skerik – dskerik@isd110.org
  • Head Girls Coach – Dan Benham – dbenham@isd110.org

Softball– 8th-12th grade only

  • Student athletes in 8th-12th grade are eligible to register. The Varsity, JV and C squad rosters will be determined based on a try-out process.
  • First Day of Practice: Monday, March 29 at WHS
  • Head Coach – Audra Lehrke – alehrke@isd110.org  

Boys’ Tennis – 9th-12th grade only

  • Student athletes in 9th-12th grade are eligible to register. The Varsity and JV rosters will be determined based on a try-out process.
  • First Day of Practice: Monday, March 29 at WHS
  • Head Coach – Jeff Bessire – jbessire@isd110.org  

Boys’ and Girls’ Track & Field  – 9th-12th grade only

  • Student athletes in 9th-12th grade are eligible to register. The Varsity and JV rosters will be determined based on a try-out process.
  • First Day of Practice for Boys & Girls: Monday, March 29 at WHS
  • Head Coach – Christian Gilbert – cgilbert@isd110.org

Boys’ Lacrosse – 9th-12th grade only

  • Student athletes in 9th-12th grade are eligible to register. The Varsity and JV rosters will be determined based on a try-out process.
  • First Day of Practice: Monday, April 5 at WHS
  • Head Coach – Jared DeWolf – jdewolf@isd110.org   

Girls’ Lacrosse – 7th-12th grade only

  • Student athletes in 7th-12th grade are eligible to register. The Varsity and JV rosters will be determined based on a try-out process.
  • First Day of Practice: Monday, April 5 at WHS
  • Head Coach – Elisabeth Doran – edoran@isd110.org   

Boys’ and Girls’ Track & Field  – 7th – 8th grade only

  • Student athletes in 7th and 8th grade are eligible to register.
  • First Day of Practice for Boys & Girls: Monday, April 12 at WMS
  • Head Middle School Coach – Megan Genz – mgenz@isd110.org

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) sponsored spring athletic competitions and travel will be limited to conference/section and “local” schedules only and participation in scrimmages, tournaments and invitationals is prohibited. Culminating Section and State events are still TBD, with more information to come. Other general modifications included: safety recommendations for practice and play, guidelines for crowd limitations and transportation. The MSHSL is asking all schools to follow the Covid-19 Sports guidelines for Youth Sports created by MDH (included at the end of this message.)

Sports Qualifying Physicals:

Student-athletes participating in a school-sponsored athletic program must have an updated sports qualifying physical every three years. Due to the demand on clinics during the COVID19 pandemic, the MSHSL Board of Directors approved an extension of the expiration date, thus all current physicals on file with the Waconia athletics department will extend for one additional year, essentially a four-year clearance for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition:

* Each student must still complete the annual health history questionnaire (this will be completed in the online registration system).

* Any student who had not previously participated and therefore does not have a physician approved sports qualifying physical on file, will be required to complete and submit this documentation prior to clearance for participation.

* Updated sports physicals can be scanned and emailed to Lori Schwirtz at lschwirtz@isd110.org

* If you have questions on the date status of your current sports physical on file with Waconia athletics, please reach out to Lori Schwirtz at lschwirtz@isd110.org

Transportation

Waconia High School plans to provide team transportation to away events. We will follow MDH guidelines in terms of how many athletes will be allowed on a bus at a time. Masks will be required when traveling to events on a district school bus.

Member of Team/Program Tests Positive for Covid-19

If a case of COVID-19 is reported we will contact the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH will interview the case or parent/guardian, determine the dates when the case was infectious, identify anyone that may have been exposed, and collect contact information for those individuals. People identified as exposed (close contacts) are those who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of the case while the case was infectious. Exposed persons (close contacts) will also need to quarantine from the last contact with the COVID-19 case. Coaches will keep accurate rosters including who was at practices and games each day so we can do contact tracing quickly and provide necessary communication that could include individual, pod, and/or program quarantine.

The MSHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the MN Department of Health, has established a Post COVID – 19 Graduated Return to Sport Protocol. When a student athlete has been diagnosed with or has tested positive for COVID-19, a medical evaluation by a Qualified Medical Provider (MD/DO/PAC/ARNP) is required prior to returning to physical activity and team training. The Post COVID – 19 Graduated Return to Sport Protocol form can be found on the Waconia activities registration site and also available from our school nurse and/or athletic trainer.

Our department will be working collaboratively with coaches, directors and district administration over the next couple weeks to create plans and protocols that safely support our student learners and coaching staff through their engagement in spring athletic participation. We appreciate and thank you for your support, patience and flexibility during these unique times.

Please see the following messages from the MSHSL:

Message from the Minnesota State High School League:  COVID-19 NOTICE

In accordance with governmental directives, the MSHSL will offer certain activities subject to compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines. The MSHSL has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Even with these measures, the MSHSL cannot guarantee that students or other individuals, participating in organized athletic activities (“Participants”) will not be exposed to COVID-19. Participants and their parents/legal guardians should consider the risks before participating in any MSHSL activities. It is a shared responsibility to protect everyone from COVID-19 and Participants should follow MDH/CDC guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure:

* Stay home as much as possible;

* Stay at least 6 feet from other people if you are in public places;

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick;

* Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds

* Always wash your hands after being in a public place;

* Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;

* If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol;

* Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into

your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash;

* Wear face coverings/masks that cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against

the sides of your face.

In recognizing the serious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and positive impact that participation in MSHSL fine arts activities and athletics have on student participants, it is imperative that students and families know and understand the following:

* Participating in MSHSL activities is voluntary;

* While participating in MSHSL activities, all laws as well as MSHSL and school rules,

guidelines, and protocols related to COVID-19 must be followed;

* Participant acknowledges the contagious nature of COVID-19, and the Participant

understands that there is risk of injury and/or illness from participating in MSHSL

activities, including the risk to have direct or indirect contact with individuals who have been exposed to and/or diagnosed with COVID-19.

* Participant agrees that if he/she is exposed to, or infected by, COVID-19 during the

period of participation, they will immediately cease participation and follow Minnesota Department of Health protocols for schools and activities and MSHSL guidelines for notification and return to participation.

* Participant has signed a separate Eligibility Statement connected to general participation in MSHSL athletics/activities and agrees that the terms of that statement are wholly incorporated into this document and that the terms of this document are incorporated into the Eligibility Statement.