Dear Parents and Athletes Interested in Middle School Basketball:
Our middle school basketball season is scheduled to begin the week Monday, February 1 (each school will determine specific dates and times). Due to COVID-19, this season will look very different from past seasons. The most glaring differences will be that athletes and coaches will be required to wear masks at all times, spectators will not be permitted at games or practices, and we will not play teams from other towns. Below is a description of the new format. Transportation to practices and games (which will all take place at Hillcrest or Madison) will be the responsibility of each family.
It is very important that everyone interested registers for the season by going to www.trumbullathletics.com and clicking on the orange Register Now button which can be found on the right side of the home page about halfway down. Once you are done registering, you will see a Confirmation Page with a link for the Emergency/Medical Google Form. This must be completed as well. If you are not sure whether the school has a current physical on file for your child, please upload a current physical to this google form. All athletes need to be registered by January 27th to give adequate time for the School Nurse to approve physicals, as well as time for parents to provide missing/expired physical forms.
Please contact me if you have questions.
2021 Middle School Basketball Format
Each school will host try-outs the week of February 1. Twenty boys and twenty girls from each school will be selected and then divided into 2 separate, hopefully equal, teams of 10. An in-house regular season schedule will be developed where each team will play each other team twice followed by a two round play-off. Therefore, each team will play a total of 8 games (6-2). Teams will play one game a week, with 2 practices, beginning the week of February 8. Both play-off games will take place the week of March 22.
Unified sports are scheduled to begin the week of February 8. It is my hope that we will have enough interest to have both a basketball and cheerleading program. Of course, with COVID-19, the season will look very different. All participants will be required to wear a mask, social distancing will be emphasized, and spectators will not be permitted at practices and/or competitions. Cheerleading will consist solely of cheering at home basketball games. There will not be any cheer competitions this season. Basketball may not have any games and be solely practice. There definitely won’t be any tournaments like we usually attend. The hope is to meet twice a week through the week of March 22. Practice schedules are not in place yet and hopefully will be determined shortly.
In the meantime, it is very important that everyone interested registers for the season by going to www.trumbullathletics.com and clicking on the orange Register Now button which can be found on the right side of the home page about halfway down. Once you are done registering, you will see a Confirmation Page with a link for the Emergency/Medical Google Form. This must be completed as well. If you are not sure whether the school has a current physical on file for your child, please upload a current physical to this google form. All athletes need to be registered by February 4th to give adequate time for the School Nurse to approve physicals, as well as time for parents to provide missing/expired physical forms.
I am thrilled that we are able to move forward with our winter athletic season. Here is the link to the CIAC Winter Season Plan https://www.casciac.org/pdfs/CIAC_Approved_Winter_Sports_Plan_v1-14-2020.pdf which can also be found on the home page of the CIAC website. I highly recommend that everyone look through it. There is a lot of valuable information which will help you better understand what to expect. I will continue to update and revise the Trumbull Public Schools Winter Athletic Plan to reflect this new information and publish it as soon as possible. In the meantime, I want to inform everybody of the upcoming practice/try-out schedule. At the bottom of this email is a list of sports with times and locations for the first week. Sport specific try-out details, including cohorts/groups, will be provided by the coaches.
It is important to understand that athletes cannot participate until they have registered and been approved by the school nurse. Registration and medical paperwork can be completed online at www.trumbullathletics.com. In addition, all parents and athletes need to review and sign the CIAC COVID-19 Information and Waiver Form, which can be accessed using this link https://forms.gle/QFLajuvEgKAgd7rT8 prior to the first day of participation. It is also important to note that any athlete who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need a note from a physician clearing that individual to participate in athletics and may be required to successfully complete the CIAC COVID-19 Return to Play Protocol.
Unfortunately, wrestling and cheerleading competitions will not take place this winter. However, the wrestlers will have the opportunity to condition and practice individual skills and the cheerleaders will be able to cheer at basketball games. Indoor track will begin practices as we await a decision from the Department of Public Health and CIAC regarding meets which may take place in March. Tentative start dates have been set for middle school basketball and unified sports.
This winter season will look very different from previous seasons. All athletes and coaches will be required to wear masks at all times. Sport specific COVID-19 modifications have been implemented for all winter sports to help protect everyone involved. The season will be shorter than prior seasons and end no later than March 28, with the spring season scheduled to begin on Monday, March 29. Game schedules have not been developed at this point and decisions regarding spectators should be announced shortly. Our coaches will go over in detail the specifics of the season with the athletes next week and with the parents shortly after.
Please feel free to contact me with questions. I look forward to seeing everyone and officially getting this season underway.
Winter Try-out/Practice Schedule
Team Dates Time Group Location
Tuesday 1/19/21, Wednesday 1/20/21, Juniors and Seniors 5:00 pm - 6:30. Main Gym
Sophomores 6:30- 8:00 Main Gym.
Frosh Aux Gym Tuesday 1/19 and Wednesday 1/20 3:30-4:45
G. Basketball 1/19 – 1/22 3:00 – 5:00 Lady Eagle All-Stars Main Gym
1/19 – 1/22 7:00 – 8:30 Trumbull All-Stars Main Gym
Middle School TBA – Hopefully the week of 1/25
Cheerleading 1/21 4:30 – 6:00 Everyone Aux. Gym
1/22 4:30 – 6:00 Everyone Aux. Gym
Cohort A 6:15-7:30
Cohort B 7:15-8:30
Cohort A 9:30-11:30
Cohort B 9:45-11:45
G. Ice hockey 1/19 8:00 - 8:50 Everyone Shelton Rinks
1/20 5:30 - 6:20 Everyone Shelton Rinks
1/22 5:00 - 5:50 Everyone Shelton Rinks
B. Ice Hockey 1/19 4:00 – 5:20 Everyone Shelton Rinks
I am glad to share with you that the State Department of Public Health has given the CIAC permission to begin the winter sports season as early as Tuesday, January 19. The CIAC Board of Control will vote this Thursday whether or not to begin on Tuesday, January 19. If approved, we expect more details about the season to be released then. At that point, we will determine the appropriate safety measures that will be in place to minimize COVID transmission.
The unfortunate news is that the Department of Public Health did not approve sports categorized as high risk (wrestling, competitive cheer and competitive dance). These three sports may be reviewed at a later date but will not be played this winter. Further details can be found at www.ciacsports.com.
In the meantime, I ask that the parents of any athlete planning on playing a winter sport to register their son/daughter at www.trumbullathletics.com immediately, if you have not already done so. It is extremely important that all medical paperwork get submitted via the online registration process ASAP so that the school nurses have ample time to approve physicals. Your registration is all set if you received an approval email from the school nurse after you registered/completed the online Emergency/Medical google form. If you received an email from the school nurse stating that a physical was not approved, please contact the school nurse directly.
If you registered for a winter sport prior to today, you were unable to pay the $165 pay to participate fee ($365 for boys/girls ice hockey). The payment portal is now open and payment must be made prior to the start of the season.
Hopefully, we get additional good news on Thursday!
Enjoy the evening.
Winter Sports Update 01/07/21
Below is the communication sent by the CIAC this afternoon. We will continue to share any further information and updates.
The CIAC Board of Control met this morning to discuss recent communications with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, appraise the current level of in-person learning around the state, and review the COVID mitigating strategies contained in the CIAC Winter Sports Plan.
With approval by the board this morning, the initial COVID mitigating strategies for winter will be shared with our member schools in the coming days.
Another CIAC Board of Control meeting is scheduled for next week at which time the board anticipates reviewing updated guidance from the Department of Public Health and the Governor's Office.
Winter Sports Update - 01/04/21
Dear Winter Athletes and Parents:
I hope everyone had a good holiday and enjoyed some time off. I want to take a minute to update you on winter sports. The CIAC still has a tentative winter start date scheduled for Tuesday, January 19. This Thursday, the CIAC Board of Control is scheduled to meet. After the meeting, we will learn if the season will be pushed back further or if we will start on 1/19 and if so with which sports. As soon as I have this information, I will communicate it to the THS athletic community.
I am glad to say that the virtual conditioning has been a success with lots of participation and much positive feedback. It is important that every winter athlete prepare well for try-outs. I am concerned that with this crazy COVID world that we are all living in, some athletes will come to try-outs out of shape which may lead to them not making the team and/or getting injured. My hope is that the athletes not participating in the virtual workouts are preparing on their own. Any athlete wishing to join the virtual conditioning program can do so at any time – there is no cost for participating in the program. However, you must register for the program prior to participation.
It is also a good idea to register for try-outs and to submit all of the medical paperwork to get approved by the school nurse. A link to submit this medical paperwork can be found when registering. At this time, we are not accepting payment of the pay to participate fee. We will request this fee ($165 per sport with the exception of hockey which is $365) get paid prior to try-outs once dates are determined.
I apologize for the delay, we were experiencing technical difficulties (translation...I couldn't figure out the issue!), but below are the links to access the 2020 Varsity Athletic Awards video, the Spring Senior Night parade video, and the photographs provided by Robert Taylor for the varsity awards video, which are available for free to download.
2020 Varsity Athletic Awards video:
https://youtu.be/Kly8EK6tAGo Part 1 of the video (Introductions, Fall/Winter sports)
https://youtu.be/Si3ty0vu6Ao Part 2 of the video (Spring sports,athlete/team of the year awards)