Cougars News · MCPS Athletics Update with Fall Schedules!

Dear MCPS Community:

Thank you student-athletes, parents/guardians, coaches, athletics specialists, athletic
department personnel and all who have supported MCPS Athletics for a successful start
to the fall season! We appreciate your collective efforts to promote health and safety and
comply with procedures and operations outlined in the Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan!

Updates for the Week Ahead:
● Pod Sizes: Per current Montgomery County guidelines, pod sizes will continue to
be limited to 25 outdoors and 10 indoors. Updates will be provided if guidance and
limits change.
● No full intrasquad scrimmages are allowed at this time.
● Progression: Beginning Monday, March 8, small group skills training may begin.
This includes small-sided games and drills (i.e., 2 v 2, 6 v 6). See additional
information below regarding field hockey, football, cheerleading and pompons.
● Field Hockey: Goalies may wear full equipment beginning Monday, March 8.
● Football: No full protective equipment and no contact.
○ Monday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 10—helmets only and
○ Beginning Thursday, March 11—shoulder pads may be worn and contact with
blocking sleds and tackling dummies may be initiated.
● Cheerleading and Pompons: Pompons may be issued to student-athletes on an
individual basis. Poms should be labeled and cleaned per the Return to R.A.I.S.E.
cleaning guidelines. Poms may not be shared or exchanged. No stunting for
cheerleading or kicklines for pompons are allowed.



Schedules have been released to schools and will be posted on
As a reminder, progression to games will only occur with the approval of the COVID-19
Task Force for MCPS Athletics. Games and contests will be played with the approved
recommendations of MCPS, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human
Services and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The first play
date is March 19 for all sports except football, which is scheduled for March 26.


ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing

MCPS uses a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and
Cognitive Testing) to administer systemwide baseline concussion testing. All
student-athletes are required to complete a one-time baseline test, prior to their initial
participation in MCPS athletics.For the 2021 fall season, all student-athletes needing to
complete ImPACT testing will do so using the online ImPACT test. Student-athletes should
consult their coach for access information.

R.A.I.S.E. Awareness

To ensure the health and safety of student-athletes and staff, everyone must do their part.
We ask that parents/guardians continue to assist with implementing entrance and exit
procedures and ensuring compliance with COVID-19 protocol and procedures.
Student-athletes should also continue to demonstrate a commitment to health and safety
protocol and procedures while on campus, at home and in the community. This public
service announcement for students discusses the required commitment to safety to
participate in athletics.As a reminder, masks must be worn at all times—indoors and outdoors. Student-athletes may remove themselves from activities, if needed, to remove masks and rest. Coaches
should schedule breaks during practice to allow student-athletes to rest, hydrate and
remove masks while social distancing. (Exceptions per AAP guidelines: For cheerleading,
when actively engaged in stunting/tumbling. For golf, when on the course; however,
masks must be worn in tee boxes, on putting greens and whenever a six-foot distance
cannot be maintained).

Communication and Resources

Updates and guidance from the COVID-19 Task Force will be provided on a weekly basis
through each school’s athletic department and available on the COVID-19 Athletics
Information webpage. The Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan provides operating
procedures and safety protocol that are being utilized; the latest updates will always be
shaded in gray.
We look forward to another successful week of program operations and appreciate the
collective commitment to health and safety by the MCPS community. Specific questions
should be directed to your school’s athletics specialist (AD) or coach.