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Ludlow Athletics FAQs 

  1. Will there be sports?

YES. On September 2nd the Ludlow School Committee voted to approve participation in all fall sports for the 2020 season. This decision included allowing football to participate in level 1 practice. 

The MIAA structure of the 2020-2021 athletic year can be be found HERE Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines that have been laid out. The goal of Ludlow Athletics is to keep as many of our teams safely back on the field as possible, however, the games may look a little different.

 

  1. If my student-athlete elects to participate in remote learning only will they be able to still participate in interscholastic athletics at Ludlow High?

YES. On September 2nd the Ludlow School Committee voted to allow full remote students the opportunity to participate in LHS athletic programs.

 

  1. What sports does LHS plan to offer in the fall? 

Low Risk 

Boys and Girls Cross Country: MIAA modifications 

Golf: MIAA modifications 

 

Moderate Risk 

Boys and Girls Soccer: MIAA modifications 

Girls Volleyball: MIAA modifications 

 

High Risk 

Football: The season (gameplay) will be moved to the “float season”  Starting Sept 18th Football will be allowed to participate in conditioning and level 1 practice as outlined in the EEA guidelines.

 

  1. Does my athlete need to have a mask? 

  YES. Masks will be required for all athletes. Masks are to be supplied by the athlete and their family. LHS is selling customized Ludlow Masks all proceeds from the sales will go to support LHS Athletes. To purchase click here 

 

  1. When we do play, what will the season look like?

This will not be the typical season. The PVIAC Executive Board is currently working on a regionalized schedule for games. There will be no state tournament, however, there is an option to run a local tournament. What I do know for sure is that the PVIAC and our local school districts are working to make the best and safest season possible for all our PVIAC athletes. We just ask that you have a little patience for us, we will update our players and families once we finalize things.

 

  1. Should I register my athlete for fall sports? 

YES. Fall registration opened on July 1st on FamilyID   Late fee will now go into effect on September 10th  

 

  1. Can an athlete play four sports this year?

Yes. If the sport you play is moved to the floating season athletes are allowed to try out for the sports that are being offered. For example, the football season has been moved to the floating season so a football player could tryout for golf in the fall, play basketball in the winter, football during the float season, and volleyball in the spring. They are now a QUAD ATHLETE. Athletes will be held to the MIAA Bona Fide Team rule Rule 88 if practicing and playing in the same season. 

 

 

  1. If the season is canceled will my user fee be refunded?  

YES.  If the fall season is canceled before we begin gameplay all user fees will be refunded. 

 

  1. Offseason workouts/Captains practices.

Ludlow High School, Ludlow Athletics, and the MIAA do NOT sanction, condone, or have any involvement in out-of-season workouts or “Captains Practices.”  The Governor has released the state’s Phase 3 step 1 guidelines and they only pertain to summer youth and adult amateur sports activities.  High-risk sports such as football, basketball, ice hockey, etc are still limited to individual and small group workouts. 

 

  1. Will student-athletes be screened before practices and games?

Yes. All student-athletes and Coaches will be required to complete an online form to certify that they are in good health. Student-athletes who do not feel well should stay home from practice. 

 

  1. What is the protocol when student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19?

The coach or student-athlete needs to notify the athletic department of a positive diagnosis as soon as diagnosed. Once notified, the school nurse, principal, and health department will be notified. This student-athlete will now begin their isolation period of about 10 days. All participants that have practiced or competed with this individual up to 48 hours prior to symptom onset should be excluded from practice for 14 days. A medical evaluation is required for student-athletes with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 to return to sport. This may include additional cardiac screenings, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), pulmonary, and kidney function testing, as determined by their physician. Once cleared by their physician, the student-athlete will begin a return to play progression, which must be completed prior to returning back to their sport.

 

  1. Will fans be allowed to attend games this year?

 Currently, Ludlow Athletics will not be allowing fans at our events. Athletics will continually assess the situation as the year progresses and loosen that restriction if we are able.  

 

  1. If fans are not allowed in our venues how can families and friends watch their student-athletes play?

Ludlow High School has partnered with the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS) to live stream our games through their network. All contests played in the LHS gym and stadium will be streamed.  Families can purchase a monthly subscription of $10 or an annual subscription for $69.99 to watch the contests. Ludlow High School Athletics will receive 10% back from each subscription purchased. Details coming soon. 

 

  1. What can we do to help?

The success of the fall season and future seasons depends on us. As athletes and parents of athletes, we must continue to follow the state and local guidelines, which means social distancing and wearing a mask. We all want sports to happen but the only way we can make this happen is by working together to stop the spread. WE > ME