Marian Catholic High School Athletic Department Reopening of Athletics Guidelines
This guidance is preliminary; as more public health information is available, the administration may work with impacted entities to release further guidance which could impact fall, winter, or spring seasons.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented athletics across the world with a myriad of challenges. The COVID-19 virus is a highly contagious illness that primarily attacks the upper respiratory system. The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. Research from the Centers for Disease Control, among others, has found that while children do get infected by COVID-19, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized. However, some severe outcomes have been reported in children, and a child with a mild or even asymptomatic case of COVID-19 can spread the infection to others who may be far more vulnerable. While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, coaches, and their families.
Marian will take the necessary precautions and recommendations from the federal, state, and local governments, CDC, PA DOH, St. Luke’s as well as the NFHS and PIAA. We realize the knowledge regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing as new information and treatments become available. These guidelines will be adjusted as needed as new information becomes available in order to decrease the risk of exposure for our staff, students, and spectators.
REQUIRED FORMS TO REVIEW & COMPLETE
Attention Student Athletes and Parents/Guardians on the Cross Country, Golf, Volleyball, Cheer and Football teams:
All Marian Catholic fall sports participants and their parents/guardians must review the COVID-19 Reopening of Athletics Guidelines and Procedures. It is required that each player print out, review, sign and return the COVID-19 Participation Waiver form to the athletic trainer on the first day of your team’ pre-workout screening. PLEASE NOTE: a student athlete will be sent home if they do not have their completed waiver. In addition, impact testing will be done online at home. All freshmen, juniors and any player that didn’t take the impact test with the athletic trainer, are required to take the test prior to August 10 (for athletes participating in football, volleyball and cheer).
REQUIREMENTS FOR ATHLETES
• Bring a safety face mask (you will be sent home if you do not have one to wear while on school grounds)
• Bring plenty of your own water and labeled water bottle. Water stations are not permitted and you are not allowed to share water.
• Come dressed and ready to workout because locker rooms are closed and off limits.
• Park in designated team area (refer to reopening of athletics procedures)
• Bring completed waiver on Day 1
• Up-to-date PIAA physical form must be completed and submitted to the athletic trainer prior to August 10
• Complete on-line impact test prior to August 10
Student athletes must get a physical completed prior to August 10 to participate in fall sports. Physicals will NOT be given at Marian this summer. A PIAA Form must be provided to the doctor to complete at a physical. PIAA physical forms can be found at If you plan to use your family doctor, we highly encourage you to schedule that appointment ASAP. St. Luke’s is holding free Fall Sport Physicals via a drive-thru process. Athletes must register online for a specific time slot to avoid over-crowding.
- July 11 & 27, 9am to 3pm, Coca Cola Park
- July 16, 9am to 3pm, Tamaqua Area School District
- July 18, 9am to 3pm, Blue Mountain HS
- August 1, 9am – 3pm, North Schuylkill HS
In addition, St. Luke’s will be providing free physicals at their CareNow offices across the region. These will also be by appointment only on specific days. This schedule is not finalized, we will share once it is ready. All participants and staff are required to wear a mask.