2020 Athletic Update - Important

Athletic Updates

November 20, 2020

Earlier this week I shared with you that the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) postponed High Risk Winter Sports, i.e. Basketball, Ice Hockey & Wrestling, until January 4th, 2021. This afternoon, the Section I Executive Committee announced that Low-Moderate Risk Winter Sports (Bowling, Fencing, Skiing, Boys Swimming and Indoor Track and Field) will also move to a January 4th, 2021 start date and All Modified (Middle School) Sports are now scheduled to begin on January 19th.

Due to the altered start dates for our high school and middle school programs, the new registration window for all High School Winter Sports will now begin on December 7th through December 18th and Modified registration will remain open from December 19th though January 10th. Unfortunately those who already registered their children for Low-Risk High School Sports will need to re-register to comply with New York State's Health Examination regulation that requires all parents/guardians to provide an updated health history form within 30 days prior to the start of each season. I apologize for this inconvenience.

Please be advised that student-athletes who are not registered and cleared by our District Medical Director prior to the above deadlines, will not be eligible to participate until the school Medical Director has cleared all student-athletes who met the deadline. Failure to meet the December 18th (V & JV), or January 10th (Modified) deadline may result in your child(ren) not receiving clearance or being eligible to begin participation during the first day(s) of practice.

I will be sure to send a registration reminder on December 7th and 19th respectively. 

 

October  8, 2020

Last week witnessed the successful return of our Varsity and Junior Varsity Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer and Tennis teams. As our coaches and athletes rekindle their relationship to their respective sports and members of their teams, next week will mark the start of the much anticipated return to interscholastic competitions. As we prepare for the next stage of our athletic re-entry, I wanted to provide you with an update regarding spectatorship at practices and interscholastic competitions. 

As mentioned in a recent district communication, to provide for the health and safety of everyone, there will be strict limits on spectators at practices and competitions (games, matches, meets, etc.). Practices are currently closed to non-essential personnel, e.g. Players, Coaches, Athletic Trainers & Administrators. Yesterday, The Executive Committee of Section One accepted and approved the Athletic Council’s recommendation to adopt a set of spectator protocols for all member schools in Fall Season I. Beginning October 10th, only home spectators will be permitted to attend interscholastic athletic events in Section One throughout the regular season. 

In accordance with the NYSDOH Sport & Recreation guidance, the NYSPHSAA Return to Interscholastic Athletics document & the Executive Committees, the Irvington Athletics Department will implement the following protocols for home events:

  • Only two spectators per rostered Irvington athlete will be permitted to attend home events.
  • Irvington spectators are currently prohibited from attending all away sporting events. 
  • Spectators for each athlete will pre-register the night before an event. (Registration link will be provided by the Athletic Department and generated into a gate list for each competition.)
  • Designate specific spectator entry points. (See Map for Parking and Seating Location)  
  • Seating for home events will be limited to specific markings on the hillside bleachers (Letter I on corresponding railroad ties) and clearly marked surrounding areas.  
  • Wellness Checks will be performed by an event chaperone at point of entry. (This includes a district approved questionnaire and temperature check.)  
  • Spectators must maintain six feet of physical distance between individuals and/or family/household units and other spectators at all times.
  • Must wear face coverings when they are in common areas and situations where six feet of distancing is not able to be maintained, so long as they are over the age of two and medically able to tolerate such covering.

Additionally, Homecoming will not be celebrated as it has been in the past.  While there will be a Homecoming Week, it will not feature the special evening games and the large attendance of which we are accustomed.  Furthermore, we are disappointed that we will not be able to host the annual Homecoming Parade.  Rather, this year will feature a number of school spirit events and activities. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
John Buonamano

September 18, 2020

The start of the fall season for low and moderate risk sports is rapidly approaching. This is a reminder that low to moderate risk Varsity & JV Tryouts are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 29th. The registration deadline is this coming Monday, September 21st at 11pm for Varsity and JV Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer & Girls Tennis. 

As stated in my September 2nd memo, although Girls Swimming is classified as a low-moderate risk sport, a lack of pool availability throughout the section has further delayed the start of the fall swim season. Once a determination is made regarding the status of the girls swim season, we will adjust the registrations accordingly.  

Please be advised, Varsity and JV student-athletes who are not registered prior to the September 21st deadline will not be cleared or eligible to participate until the District’s Medical Director has cleared all student-athletes who met the deadline. Failure to meet this deadline may result in your child(ren) not receiving clearance or being eligible to participate during the first day(s) of practice.

September 17, 2020

We are happy to announce the opening of our Fall Modified (Middle School) Sports Registration for low—moderate risk sports, i.e. Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer and Tennis. Please register your child(ren) through our online registration platform, FamilyID, by September 25th. We understand this is a quick turnaround; however, as we await a final determination regarding the status of fall modified sports in Section I, we would like to open our registration to maximize our middle school students' opportunity to engage in practices beginning September 29th. For those new to the registration process, we have included registration instructions located on page two of this memo.  

Please be advised that Modified student-athletes who are not registered and cleared by our District Medical Director prior to the September 25th deadline, will not be eligible to participate until after the school Medical Director has cleared those who met the deadline. Failure to meet the September 25th deadline may result in your child(ren) not receiving clearance or being eligible to begin participation during the first day(s) of practice. 

As stated in my September 11th correspondence, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced last week the postponement of High Risk Fall Sports, i.e. Football & Volleyball. As disclosed in the state release, “ The revised season for football and volleyball will be known as Fall Sports Season II and may officially begin practices on March 1st, 2021.” Details specific to this change are still forthcoming and as we receive information from the State and Section, we will be sure to communicate them to you.

September 11, 2020

The start of the fall season for low and moderate risk sports is less than three weeks away, and we are excited to see you reconnecting with their coaches, teammates and the sport. In preparation for the upcoming season, I would like to assure you that we are looking to provide the safest and most enjoyable atmosphere possible. Although preparation for all sports is underway, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday evening the postponement of High Risk Fall Sports, i.e. Football & Volleyball. As disclosed in the state release, “ The revised season for football, volleyball and fall competitive cheer will be known as Fall Sports Season II and may officially begin practices on March 1st, 2021.” Details specific to this change are still forthcoming and as we receive information from the State and Section, we will be sure to communicate them to you.

Currently, low to moderate risk Varsity & JV Tryouts are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 29th. Registration is now open through September 21st at 11pm for Varsity and JV Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer & Girls Tennis. As stated in my September 2nd memo, although Girls Swimming is classified as a low-moderate risk sport, a lack of pool availability throughout the section has further delayed the start of the fall swim season. Section 1 is currently reviewing its status, as well as the start date for Middle School (Modified) Sports. Once a determination is made, we will adjust the registrations accordingly.

Please be advised that Varsity and JV student-athletes who are not registered and cleared by our District Medical Director prior to the September 21st deadline, will not be eligible to participate until the school Medical Director has cleared all student-athletes who met the deadline. Failure to meet the September 21st deadline may result in your child(ren) not receiving clearance or being eligible to begin participation during the first day(s) of practice.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

For up to the minute updates please follow us on Twitter @IrvBulldogs , on Instagram @irvingtonbulldogs & on Facebook Irvington Athletics.

September 8, 2020

As per the recent decision of the Section One Executive Committee, low–moderate risk Varsity & JV Tryouts are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 29th. Registration will remain open from September 8th through September 21st at 11pm, for low—moderate risk sports, i.e. Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer & Tennis. Although Girls Swimming is classified as a low-moderate risk sport, a lack of pool availability throughout the section has further delayed the start of the fall swim season. Section 1 is currently reviewing its status and once a determination is made, we will adjust the registration accordingly.

Please be advised that student-athletes who are not registered and cleared by our District Medical Director prior to the September 21st deadline, will not be eligible to participate until the school Medical Director has cleared all student-athletes who met the deadline. Failure to meet the September 21st deadline may result in your child(ren) not receiving clearance or being eligible to begin participation during the first day(s) of practice.

* Section 1 has not yet approved practices or competition for High-Risk Sports, i.e. Football and Volleyball. Once we receive confirmation regarding the start dates for Football and Volleyball we will open registration for these sports. The purpose for this delay is two-fold, one, to comply with New York State's Health Examination regulation that requires all parents/guardians to provide an updated health history form within 30 days prior to the start of each season, and two, to avoid the possible imposition of requiring a resubmission of your child’s health history update to comply with the aforementioned regulation. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For those of you that may not be aware, all registrations are now offered exclusively through our online registration platform FamilyID (www.familyid.com). Please read the directions below to begin your registration process.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

In order to register you must have the following documents available for upload:

Current Physical Exam Form*

* Fall 2020 Physical Exam Form Update

As per the NYSED May memo entitled School Health Examinations in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic, 

“...student athletes are permitted to participate in the fall 2020 sports season if they have previously had a health examination for school attendance in the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school years and provide a health history completed and signed by the parent/guardian within 30 days of the start of the season. Student athletes who have not previously had a health examination must still obtain a health examination prior to participation in the fall 2020 sports season. At this time, students should plan to obtain the required health examination prior to participation in the winter or spring 2020-21 seasons, although that may change depending on the status of COVID-19 in the fall.”

INFORMATION NEEDED TO REGISTER:

It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of your online registration. Doctor information, Health Insurance Information, Emergency Contact Info 

REGISTRATION PROCESS:

A parent / guardian should register by clicking on this link: 

https://www.familyid.com/irvington-union-free-school-district/2020-irvington-high-school-fall-sports-registration

Follow these steps:

  • To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.
  • Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account / Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In if you already have a FamilyID account.
  • Create your secure Family ID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent / guardian), E-mail address and password. 
  • Select I Agree to the Family ID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
  • You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you do not see the email, check your Email filters (spam, junk, etc.).
  • Click on the link in your activation Email, which will log you in to FamilyID.com
  • Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a network * are required to have an answer.
  • Click the Continue button when your form is complete.
  • Review your registration summary.
  • Click the green Submit button. After selecting 'Submit', the registration will be complete. You will receive a completion email from FamilyID confirming your registration.
  • At any time, you may login at www.familyid.com to update your information and to check your registration(s). To view a completed registration, select the 'Registration' tab on the blue bar.

SUPPORT:

If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at: support@familyid.com or 888-800-5583 x1.

Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.

For up to the minute updates please follow us on Twitter @IrvBulldogs, on Instagram at irvingtonbulldogs & on Facebook Irvington Athletics.

August 28, 2020

I hope this message finds you and your families doing well. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo provided an update regarding Interscholastic (School-based) Athletics. This update acknowledged a start date of September 21st for certain sports. However, Athletic Directors across the state are awaiting further clarification regarding the information presented  from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and the Section One Covid-19 Task Forces. 

While we understand the excitement and anticipation of returning to play for our athletes and our families, we appreciate your patience as we await further guidance to ensure that we are  providing a safe return to sports this year.    

For up to the minute updates please follow us on Twitter @IrvBulldogs, on Instagram at irvingtonbulldogs & on Facebook Irvington Athletics. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

July 24, 2020
Late last week, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced the postponement of the Fall Season until September 21st and the cancellation of Fall Regional and State Championships. This memo illustrates that school-based athletic programs and open workouts, typically conducted during this time of year, remain on pause until authorized by state officials. It also provides a plan to condense seasons to afford athletic offerings for all sports during the 2020-21 school year, in the event there are further delays to the fall season. The NYSPHSAA also released a Zoom recorded conference call with state-wide media addressing the decision and topics. Click here to view.

Although the dates on this memo are tentative, implications of the current plan include restricting multi-sport participation, adversely affecting program rosters, and limiting availability of coaches. I have expressed these concerns to both the Section I Athletic Office & Task Force over the potential impact the overlapping seasons would have on our student-athletes, coaches and programs. As information becomes readily available, I will continue to provide you with updates.

For up to the minute updates please follow us on Twitter @IrvBulldogs, on Instagram at irvingtonbulldogs & on Facebook Irvington Athletics. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

July 15, 2020
Recently, there has been an abundance of information and speculation regarding the upcoming fall sports season. Both the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and Section 1 Athletics have developed task forces to discuss the impact on COVID-19 on school-based athletics. They have also adopted the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) “Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics & Activities.” This plan includes recommendations and return to play procedures based on CDC and DOH guidance, and is imperative in providing a safe and enjoyable return to our athletic programs this year. 

Although school-based athletic programs remain on pause, and  uncertainty remains as to when we will receive the proper authorization to continue our athletic opportunities, the NFHS’s guidance provides us with the framework necessary to return to athletic participation upon the Governor’s approval. This three-phased approach considers risk factors associated with COVID-19 transmission as it pertains to participants' physical proximity, the use of shared equipment, and the ability to disinfect said equipment. Sports are also categorized by risk factors and incorporate pre-workout screenings, limitations on gatherings, facility access and cleaning, framework for physical activity and use of athletics equipment, and social distancing measures during contests, events and activities.

The NYSPHSAA Task Force is also exploring “Potential Scenarios” that defines each sports risk level, and seasonal offerings that enhance opportunities for athletic participation throughout the year. We, as a District and Department, have provided feedback to the Section I Task Force and the NYSPHSAA Task Force that any consideration of moving sports season must provide equal access of opportunities for all student-athletes and programs regardless of season.   

The NYSPHSAA will meet again this Thursday to further discuss these topics and provide districts and athletic departments with updates pertaining to school-based athletics. As information becomes available, I will be sure to provide you with updates. 

The following links provide the current guidance from the CDC,  NFHS & and the NYSPHSAA.

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports

NFHS Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics & Activities

NYSPHSAA FAQs & Resources