COVID-19 Recent News & Updates

Fall Athletics Information


Thanks to the efforts and cooperation of our DA Athletics staff, coaches, parents and student-athletes, we have had a successful summer of voluntary workouts and pre-season training. In early August, the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletics Association approved practices and competitions for fall sports in the low- and moderate-risk categories. While this is promising news for our teams, we will continue to move at a steady and safe pace before considering interscholastic competition. Please see the chart below for the progression of our teams over the next four weeks. Due to the evolving landscape of high school athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic, everything is subject to change.  

We will be taking the first week of school “off” from on-campus practices to allow our student-athletes and teacher-coaches to focus on their new academic routines. Fitness Director Jordan Babwah and Upper School Athletic Trainer Jackie Lauricella will provide at-home workouts, and coaches will meet with student-athletes virtually during the course of that week. While our summer workouts have given us confidence that we can run a successful athletic program during this pandemic, our next step is to have our teams practice after the school day. This will begin on the Upper School campus on Aug. 31 and on the Middle School campus the following week. We will be working with our coaches over the next two weeks to finalize our evaluation and placement process. This will vary by sport and by sign-up numbers.  

For planning and cohorting purposes, it is imperative that we have a final list of student-athletes trying out for each sport. Student-athletes who want to participate in a fall sport must complete this Google form no later than Friday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. We cannot guarantee an opportunity to participate if you do not sign up by this time. Even if you filled out a Google form this summer, since circumstances have changed, we want you to fill out this form so we can have exact numbers.   

As a reminder, all student-athletes must have an NCISAA Pre-Participation Physical Form and the COVID-19 athletics waiver found on Veracross completed and sent to the athletic trainers prior to participating.  

Team Placement Notes:

In order to maintain cohorting of teams by division, student-athletes in Middle School (grades 7–8) will not be allowed to “play up” on an Upper School team this fall. Each Upper School program will divide into teams (varsity and JV) based on sign-up numbers and coaches’ discretion. Girls golf has traditionally included students in grades 7–12; both Middle and Upper Schoolers will be included on that team.

Only after a successful stretch of after-school practices will we consider moving our low-risk sports into interscholastic competition and our moderate-risk sports into intrasquad scrimmaging. We will not release any of our teams into interscholastic competition until the DA Administrative Team feels comfortable that the right protocols are in place, and have been proven effective for our student-athletes and the student-athletes of our opposing schools. All scheduled competitions prior to Sept. 11 have been either cancelled or postponed.  

DA Athletics is grateful for your flexibility as we enter the school year. Our coaches and staff continue to recognize the importance of athletics in the lives of our students during this difficult time. We will be working hard to offer our students the social, physical and emotional benefits of athletics while protecting their health and safety. Coaches will continue to communicate sport-specific information with students on their summer email list. Those lists will transition to student-athletes who sign up for fall sports on the Google form on Aug. 21. 


 

 

UPPER SCHOOL

 

LOW RISK

(Golf, Tennis, Cross-Country)

MODERATE RISK

(Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball)

Aug. 17–21

Voluntary pre-season training three days per week, in the afternoon. 

Training sessions will follow the NCISAA Stage 2 guidelines including health screening, temperature checks, social distancing and cohorting.  All sign-ups for fall sports will conclude by Friday, August 21. 

Aug. 24–28

No on-campus practices or workouts. 

Students and teacher-coaches will be focused on getting acclimated to their new academic schedules and safety routines.*

Aug. 31–Sept. 4

Evaluation and team placement for Upper School teams.** 

Sept. 8–

Low-risk sports will continue socially-distanced team training. When appropriate***, DA Athletics will release each sport into interscholastic competition against local NCISAA schools.  

Moderate-risk sports continue socially-distanced team training. When appropriate***, DA Athletics will release each sport into modified, intrasquad scrimmages.   

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

LOW RISK

(Golf, Tennis, Cross-Country)

MODERATE RISK

(Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball)

Aug. 17–21

Voluntary pre-season training three days per week, in the afternoon. 

Training sessions will follow the NCISAA Stage 2 guidelines including health screening, temperature checks, social distancing and cohorting.  All sign-ups for fall sports will conclude by Friday, August 21. 

Aug. 24–28

No on-campus practices or workouts. 

Students and teacher-coaches will be focused on getting acclimated to their new academic schedules and safety routines.*

Aug. 31–Sept. 4

No on-campus practices or workouts. 

Coaches continue to meet virtually with their student-athletes.  

Sept. 8–

Cohorted, socially-distanced workouts begin Sept. 8 with protocols used during summer workouts.  

Number of practices per week to be determined after final sign-ups are collected.

 

*Coaches will set up virtual meetings with their student-athletes towards the end of the week of Aug. 24 to discuss the evaluation and team placement process. Coach Babwah and Jackie Lauricella will create at-home workouts for all student-athletes to continue conditioning during this week.

**Coaches will clearly communicate the evaluation process as students may still be cohorted in groups of 10 at this time. DA Athletics will determine the appropriate risk-mitigation strategies for teams during this week.

***DA’s decision-making process is guided by data from inside and beyond the school as well as information from peer schools and the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletics Association. Please visit the following website for more information: https://www.da.org/cavsconnected/health-and-safety-protocols