Hamilton-Wenham Athletics FAQ
What date will athletics begin for the fall season?
The start date for practice is September 18th for Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf and Soccer (Boys and Girls).
What HWRHS sports are allowed by the state & MIAA this fall?
While local decisions within the Cape Ann League (CAL) still need to be ironed out, the HWRHS will offer the following sports this fall: cross country (boys and girls), field hockey, golf and soccer (boys and girls).
Fall cheering, football and volleyball have been moved to the “Floating Season” between February 22 and April 25.
How did the decision on Thursday, September 3rd to pivot to a Remote Start to the school year affect Athletics?
There is currently no change to the School Committee vote on 9/2 to approve Fall Athletics. Cross Country, Field Hockey Golf and Soccer are still on target for a 9/18 start date.
How will User Fees be affected by modified (shortened seasons)?
For this season - ONLY - the User Fee will be established AFTER tryouts / practices begin. We are planning to announce User Fees on September 25th. As always, User Fees will be established based on the best, known information and will account for season adjustments. They are also based on number of participants that are signed up for that particular sport. Families of student-athletes will have to finalize their fee prior to their child participating in a contest with another school.
Which students will be allowed to participate?
Any student who has signed up through FamilyID meets standard eligibility requirements, has a valid physical and has paid the user fee is eligible to try out.
Who will be able to practice on a daily basis?
All students enrolled at HWRHS may participate in fall sports. This includes those that have chosen the full remote option, those with a valid MIAA waiver and families with a district approved home school plan.
What will happen to those families who have signed up for cheer, football and volleyball
Families that have signed up for cheer, football or volleyball have had their Family ID registrations cancelled and are encouraged to sign up for another sport offered by HWRHS this fall.
What are the guidelines for student-athletes to “enter the day” (i.e. How do they arrive to participate)?
Students absent from school will not participate on that given day. Any student experiencing symptoms on a given day should stay completely away from team activities that day and immediately notify the school nurse. Checking symptoms is the responsibility of the student's family and the student. If the student feels unwell in any way, they should immediately seek out the school nurse.
During Periods of Remote Learning: Student-Athletes will wait in their cars until 10 minutes before practice. Coaches will direct players on which gate to enter the athletic fields and at what time. Masks will be worn while walking into the pre-designated location. Students should come dressed for practice as Locker Rooms will be unavailable. Student-Athletes should have an equipment bag that includes: Hydration for the day (Team water or drinking ice will not be provided), personal hand sanitizer and extra masks. Sport specific items would also be in this bag.
During Periods of Hybrid Learning: Student-Athletes whose Cohort is not in school that day will wait in their cars until 10 minutes before practice. Coaches will direct players on which gate to enter the athletic fields and at what time. Masks will be worn while walking into the pre-designated location. Students should come dressed for practice as Locker Rooms will be unavailable. Student-Athletes should have an equipment bag that includes: Hydration for the day (Team water or drinking ice will not be provided), personal hand sanitizer and extra masks. Sport specific items would also be in this bag.
Student-athletes whose cohort is in school that day will drop their equipment bag (see above for what the bag should include) in their locker room in the morning before school. The Team Room will be locked until the end of the day. Coaches will open the Team room at the end of the day and allow athletes to changed in a spaced out manner, using a maximum number in the room at a time. At the end of the day's activities, all individual equipment bags will be brought home and sanitized.
Have any changes been made with physicals? What if I can’t get an appointment with my child’s primary care doctor?
The MIAA confirmed that physicals are still only valid for 13 months and need to be on file in the nurse’s office. The Mass. Department of Public Health has chosen not to extend this length of time.
CVS Minute Clinic is providing sports/camp physicals if securing an appointment with primary care is difficult.
Please see MIAA Announcement re: new partnership with ConvenientMD. This could also help with securing a physical.
What if my child is absent from school?
Students who are absent from school are ineligible to participate in practice or a game on the day they are absent. If the absence occurs on a Friday, the student-athlete is ineligible to participate in practice or a game until Monday.
Can locker rooms be used?
While HWRHS is in Full Remote school mode, Locker Rooms and Team Rooms will not be available. Student-Athletes should come dressed for practice. This will be revisited when school returns to a Hybrid Model.
Student-athletes will take their individual equipment home each day. For those whose cohort is not in session, they will come dressed from home for practice.
Will showers be available?
While HWRHS is in Full Remote school mode, showers will not be available. This will be revisited when school returns to a Hybrid Model.
Sports and Safety
What are the guidelines to safely run each sport?
Individual MIAA sport committees have provided the sport specific guidelines here:
Will students take buses to away games?
Student-athletes will take buses to away games according to state approved guidelines and using the maximum capacity numbers and seating arrangements they provided.
Practices, Games and Out-of-Season Contact
Will practices be different?
Yes. Your team's coach will set the parameters, approved by the EEA, DESE and MIAA for your particular sport.
Will student-athletes have to wear a mask during practices and games?
Student-athletes in a particular sport will follow guidance from EEA, DESE and MIAA. Your team's coach will set the parameters, approved by the EEA, DESE and MIAA for your particular sport.
Will community water supplies (jugs, bottles, etc.) still be used?
No. Student-Athletes should bring their own water supply every day. Ice for the purposes of drinking will not be made available.
Will fans be allowed at games and events?
The Cape Ann League has recommended to all it schools that the first two weeks of athletic contests (through October 11th) be played without any fans. The Athletic Directors and their schools will re-evaluate this position at that time and take Governor Baker's gathering guidelines into further consideration. The CAL is working on ways to hold Senior Day events and HWRHS is working on ways to film some games that take place in the Stadium (Varsity Field Hockey will play in the Stadium this season).
We have been hearing a lot regarding out-of-season practice. What does this mean?
The MIAA approved a one-year hiatus from Rule 40, which prohibits coaches from working with players on their team out of season. HWRSD has not approved this for our school. At this time, we are operating under the existing rules in the MIAA Blue Book: Coaches and teams may continue to participate in non-mandatory, non-sport-specific strength, and conditioning workouts where attendance is not taken. This will be re-evaluated by the Cape Ann League in September.