Winter Sports Update

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Greetings TJ Parents and Athletes  

Based on the current health metrics for COVID-19 cases in our community FCPS delayed the expansion of in-person instruction for Group 5 to include allowing sports access to indoor facilities. This delay will no doubt have impact on the return of VHSL Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities.

The Activities Office and our Winter Coaches continue to work diligently to prepare for the hopeful start of the Winter season in December.

In preparation for the anticipated opening of Sports in December the following information will be useful in preparing families for tryouts and the start of the Winter season.                                   

Implementation Guidelines and Information

Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts start Monday, December 7 

Gymnastics, Indoor/Outdoor Track, Swim/Dive & Wrestling tryouts start Monday, December 14th 

  •  All coaches will receive training on screening athletes, social distancing protocols before the start of the winter season.
  • Building Access- Selected facility use procedures for coaches and athletes will be implemented in accordance with FCPS guidelines to include Gyms, Training rooms, Weight room, and Wrestling room. Designated restrooms will be clearly marked for use during practices and games. There will be no access to Team Rooms or Locker Rooms.  Athletes will need to be dressed in practice gear for all practices and in full uniform for games. 
  • Personal Water Bottle- All participating athletes will need to bring a personal water bottle, (a minimum of 32 ounces is recommended) each day. Labeled with the individuals name. Sharing of water bottles is prohibited.   
  • Screening Protocols- All athletes, coaches, and game officials and game management personnel will be screened to include temperature checks upon arrival for practice or games. Any student or staff member who has a fever >100.4° or other illness will not be allowed to practice. Students who are ill will wait in an area away from other students and staff and be monitored until their parent arrives. A Care Room will be provided.
  • COVID (Reporting Symptoms)- Coaches, Certified Athletic Trainers, and Athletic Administrators will report all instances of students or staff being denied access to practice because of COVID-19 symptoms to school administration and request the parent provide a doctor’s note to the coach, Certified Athletic trainer or sponsor before the student returns to practice.
  •  Disinfection Guidelines- The Activities Office in cooperation the TJ Custodial staff will develop general and activity-specific guidelines as specified by FCPS for cleaning, use of PPE, the disinfection of shared materials, equipment before during and after practices and games.  
  • Transportation- Due to the limitations and challenges of the Pandemic with FCPS Bus Transportation. We ask that families transport athletes to all games and practices.         
  • Health Commitment Form - All Students must have submitted a Health Commitment form on file before they are allowed to engage in indoor activities/sports. The Link to the commitment form is provided below.  Receipt of Commitment form is logged in SIS. Form can be completed in ParentVue health-and-safety-guidance-document)

  • Online Athletic Registration- To access the rSchool Athletic Registration portal we have added a "Athletic Registration" tab at the top of the TJ Athletic Website. We have also provided the direct link to the new rSchool Registration Website and a link to an instructional YouTube video that provides specific directions for registering athletes.


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our Activities Staff.   

Rusty Hodges, Director of Student Activities-             

David Gardziel, Assistant Director of Student Activities  

Heather Murphy Head Athletic Trainer-                 


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