Parent - Athlete Sports Information Letter
Junior High Sports and COVID - 19
As of October 27, 2020, Elmore County is in the red category and the state of Idaho has moved back to stage 3. Given these situations, we need to restrict all spectators from junior high athletics. No fans will be allowed to attend wrestling or girls basketball until the county moves back to yellow and the state of Idaho improves to stage 4.
Wrestling matches and girls basketball games will be live streamed through their Facebook Pages for girls basketball and wrestling.
Mountain Home Junior High Sports:
Protocol for Spectators and Transportation
At the InterValley League Meeting that took place on August 13, 2020, it was decided that given the conditions of COVID-19 and in the spirit of maintaining a sports program for junior high athletes, there will be no spectators allowed for visiting teams. It was also agreed upon that each hosting school would decide whether to allow spectators when their prospective teams are playing at home.
The following categories determine what guidelines will be in place for athletics and spectators:
RED - Athletics may proceed / Restrictions on spectators - masks required
YELLOW - Athletics may proceed / Restrictions for spectators - masks required
GREEN - Athletics may proceed / Normal game attendance - masks required
RED - Athletics may proceed / No Spectators
YELLOW - Athletics may proceed / No spectators for volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Some restrictions for outdoor sports.
GREEN - Athletics may proceed / Possible spectator restriction as established by hosting school- masks required
Mountain Home Junior High is following the same protocol as the high school in terms of allowing spectators when we are hosting.
Listed below are the guidelines for our current status: Yellow
- Each athlete will be allowed to invite 4 individuals only ( One must be a parent/guardian) for outdoor or events scheduled at the Junior High Gymnasium. Wrestling matched scheduled at Bennett Mountain, athletes will only be allowed to invite 2 guests. (One must be a parent/guardian). Each athlete will notify the coach who will be attending the home game and the coach will write the names on a roster. It is important that the names of family members are documented so they can be admitted to the game.
- On days where B games and A games are played, spectators can only watch the game that they have been invited to. Once the game is completed, spectators will need to exit the building. If spectators have been invited to an A game, they will not be allowed to enter the complex until the previous game is completed and the stands are cleared.
- Please refrain from attending if you or members of your family are displaying any symptoms.
- Spectators will be required to wear masks at the contests and maintain 6ft social distancing.
- No students will be allowed to attend the games.
Essential game personnel will be allowed at all home and away games. Essential game personnel is defined as:
- Coaches, players, managers
- Score keeper
- Gate person
- Game officials
- Cheerleaders - 6 feet apart on sidelines (limited squad, home football only)
- Chain crew
- Ambulance crew
Transportation to and from Competitions:
When athletes are traveling on an away game, they will follow the protocols as outlined by the bus company. It has always been a policy for athletes to ride the bus to the competition and parents had the option to sign them off the bus to take them home when the games had concluded. This year we are allowing the option for parents to drive their athletes to away games. Parents must contact Nick Schamber, the Vice Principal and Athletic Director of Mountain Home Junior High, to fill out the paperwork. Students will not be allowed to participate if parents arrive with their athlete and paperwork hasn’t been completed.
Please understand, that when you drop off your athlete at the destination where the away game is being played, you will not be allowed into the contest to watch the competition.
If you have any questions, please contact Nick Schamber at Mountain Home Junior High. 208-587-2590.
Updated October 5, 2020
Dear Hacker and Junior High Parents,
I would like to take a moment and touch base with you as we start to approach fall sports. Below is information about the athletic packet and how the school will be handling them, along with some reminders about the athletic department. You will be able to find calendars of scheduled events, updates, handbooks, and print outs on our Jr. High sports webpage.
The athletic packet is available to fill out on the Parent Portal section of Power School. When filling out the packet, Power School will have entered most of your demographic information for you, all you need to do is verify that it is correct. You will be able to update the athletic packet starting August 3rd. The directions on how to get to the packet are as follows:
- Log into the Parent Portal of Power School
- Click on “District Forms”
- Click on “Athletic Packet”
- Fill out all the necessary information
- Insert digital signature and submit
Physicals will still need to be filled out separately by a physician. You can get the form through Power School or the Jr. High web page. Please remember that 6th- 8th graders only need one physical on file while participating in Jr. High athletics and activities. Physicals need to be turned into the Jr. High Office. Athletes are ineligible to practice and/or participate until a physical is on file.
Students who are in 6th grade may participate in Cross Country, Wrestling, and Track and Field. Students in 7th and 8th grade may participate in Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys Basketball, and Track and Field. A copy of the physical form can be downloaded from the link above this page.
All student athletes will be required to have weekly progress reports. If at any time a student has a report with one (1) or more F’s, they will be ineligible until they have passing grades on a progress report. If a student fails to turn in the progress report to his/her coach, they will be considered ineligible until the following week. Any student that has been suspended will not be eligible to participate in the next event, this includes in school and out of school suspensions.
A student must be in attendance half (four class periods) of the school day of a contest to participate, truant or suspended students are not allowed to participate or practice. This counts as an unexcused absence. Any student that is not in school the day of the contest is not allowed to be in attendance during the contest.
A student must purchase an Activity card in order to be eligible to participate. Hacker students may visit the Jr. High Office to have one made. The cost is $10.
All spirit packs will be purchased through the Jr. High office.
A student must have ten days of practice prior to the first interscholastic athletic competition in sports season. All participants involved in athletics or activities must attend practices on a regular basis in order to participate in competition. One unexcused practice absence, the athlete may not participate in the next event. Two unexcused practices absences, the student will be dismissed from the team.
The Intervalley League will follow the Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) rules, regulations, and guidelines unless otherwise determined by the Intervalley League.
NON SCHOOL PARTICIPATION
A student who participates in organized non-school sports (i.e. club teams), “Outside competition” after the starting date of the season for that sport, except as provided in Rule 12, is ineligible for the school team for the
remainder of that sport season. Students can practice with outside groups.
Outside Competition is organized non-school contests.
You can find a copy of the athletic packet and the InterValley League Guidelines on the Jr. High web page.
The first days of practice for the 2020-21 Jr. High sports are as follows:
- Football will practice at East Side Park from 3:30-5:30 Monday-Friday. The first day of practice is August 17th. Gear will be handed out on August 13th at 5:30 pm at East Side Park.
- Volleyball tryouts are August 17th, 18th and 19th from 3:30-5:30. The 8th graders will tryout at Hacker Middle School, 7th graders will tryout at the Jr. High. Once teams are established, 7th & 8th A teams will practice at Hacker Middle School; 7th & 8th B teams will practice at Mountain Home Junior High. Practices will be 3:30 to 5:30 Monday - Friday.
- Cross Country will start practice on August 17th. Practice is Monday-Friday at Eastside Park from 3:15-4:15. Grades 6th -8th may participate.
- Wrestling will be practicing at Bennett Mountain High School gym. The first day of practice is October 12th. Practice is Monday- Friday from 3:30-5:30. Grades 6th -8th may participate.
- Girls Basketball tryouts are Oct. 5-7th from 3:30-5:30pm. Tryouts will take place for the 7th graders at Hacker Middle School; 8th grade at Mountain Home Junior High. Once teams are established, 8th grade teams will practice at Hacker Middle School; 7th grade teams will practice at Mountain Home Junior High. Practices will take place at 3:30 to 5:30, Monday - Friday.
- Boys Basketball tryouts are January 7th-9th from 3:30-5:30. Once teams are established, 7th & 8th A teams will practice at Hacker Middle School; 7th & 8th B teams will practice at Mountain Home Junior High.
- Track and Field will start on March 15th. Students will practice at East Side Park. Grades 6th -8th may participate. Daily practice time will be from 3:30-5:30, Monday-Friday.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you all. Thank you for your time and Go Tigers!
Mountain Home Junior High