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Middle School Athletics Memo

As plans for the return of high school athletics solidify, there have been questions regarding middle school sports.  Due to several factors, middle school athletics for all middle schools and K-8 schools in SMUSD have been suspended for the 2020-21 school year.

Several factors led to this difficult decision.  First, our district middle school facilities will be needed to host practices and games for the multiple sports participating during the same season for our high schools.  

The shortage of officials for high school competitions is also a concern.  Middle schools use the same officials for our contests as high school competitions; with high schools paying more than middle school contests, there is little possibility of getting officials for our middle school sports from the already limited pool of officials. 

Additionally, ensuring social distancing and other safety measures for our players and coaches would have been more difficult for two main reasons.  First, middle schools operate with an expectation of families and fans having access.  Our schools do not have the amount of staffing necessary to coordinate the extra safety precautions that would be needed to limit spectators while at the same time ensuring the safety of the players and coaches.  Second, our staff will now need to work with the high schools to include those same safety precautions for our visiting high school athletes and coaches.

Principals and District administration did not come to this decision easily.  We have advocated for the return of middle school athletics since the budget cuts of 2008-09 discontinued them.  The schools have a verbal agreement from District administration that this postponement of middle school athletics is a one year plan that is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will meet during the summer of 2021 to reevaluate our readiness for our sports to return with the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Double Peak School Athletics (DPSA) is an athletic program that is dedicated to developing: Leaders on and off the field, Teamwork and WHOLE GROUP Successes! We are committed to creating a positive environment for athletes to reach and achieve their goals to succeed at the highest level. All students will be provided with skill development opportunities and coaches that will instill and support everyone as a Leader and a contributing member to the Whole Group, Team and DPS Family.

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