Panther athletes return to training on June 1

Posted on: May 29, 2020
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The Little Miami Athletic Department has released guidelines enabling athletes to return to training beginning Monday, June 1.

Panther coaches received an email Friday, May 29 from Athletic Director Keith Pantling spelling out the guidelines for athletes to return. Families should check FinalForms for details. Students must register their accounts for the 2020-2021 school year in order to see the waiver.

“We’re excited to get back to some sort of normalcy and welcome our teams back to campus,” said Pantling. “We’re asking everyone to stay positive and let’s work through this together.”

Along with rules from the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the National Federation of High School Associations, Little Miami has ten guidelines for Panther athletes as they return to campus:

  1. It is required that all students returning to train have a COVID-19 Safe Return waiver signed. The waiver can be signed electronically in FinalForms.
  2. All students should self-assess at home and not attend if displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Participants will be asked to report and endorse “no symptoms” upon arrival.
  3. It is required that students and coaches bring their own water bottles and face coverings.
  4. It is recommended that students bring their own hand sanitizer and workout towels.
  5. There is no access to locker rooms. There will be access to restrooms.
  6. Proper clothing (including shirts) must be worn during all training sessions both indoors and outdoors.
  7. Students should follow the strict arrival, check-in, and departure logistics put in place by coaches at their specific training site.
  8. Facilities are not open to the public or for facility rentals. Only appropriately scheduled school-sanctioned activities are permitted.
  9. Only one athlete will be permitted in the training room at one time. Training room access will be limited to athletes with injuries, medical emergencies and wound care. Trainers will NOT be able to provide treatments, taping or rehabilitation at this time.
  10. Refer to the recent NFHS and OHSAA releases for sport-specific safety guidelines that our coaches will adhere to including social distancing, sharing of equipment, sanitizing, etc. while students are on site.

Work on the high school’s HVAC system and construction at the high school site and the stadium is limiting the number of sites where training can occur. At this time, the following facilities are available for training.

  • High school grounds (minus stadium)
  • Junior high gym
  • High school weight room (beginning Wednesday, June 3)
  • Salem Twp. Elementary gym
  • Harlan-Butlerville Primary School

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