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Comstock Summer Athletic Activities (June 11, 2020)
As approved by Dr. Jeff Thoenes, Superintendent, Comstock athletics can begin summer workouts under the MHSAA Modified Step 2 Guidelines starting on Monday, June 15.

We are excited to invite our athletes back to activities this summer.  This is the first edition of our return to sports.  This is a very fluid situation and there will be more changes as we move forward into the summer.  The following procedures will be in place for Monday, June 15 and will continue until we receive new guidance from the State or MHSAA.  These guidelines, along with coach contact information, are posted at www.comstockcolts.org.  You can find information on up-to-date summer workout dates and times at www.comstockps.org/athleticcalendar.  .

Key Points of Emphasis
**Outdoor events only with less than 100 people (Indoor is not permitted yet).
**6-foot social distancing required (competition is not allowed yet).
**All coaches and athletes will be required to use hand sanitizer upon arrival.
**All coaches and athletes must wear a mask when within the 6-foot guideline.  **Anyone reporting to a practice/training session without a mask will be sent home - no questions asked.
**Coaches will complete the pre-workout screening for all coaches and athletes upon arrival that includes a temperature check.  Masks must be worn during the screening.
**Anyone showing symptoms or a fever over 100.3 will be sent home immediately.
**No students will be allowed in the building for any reason (no locker rooms or bathrooms).
**Only the stadium bathrooms will be available for use during the practice sessions.
**Practices/training sessions will be canceled if there is a chance of inclement weather (students must be able to be picked up quickly if a training session gets canceled due to weather after a practice/training session begins).
**Student athletes must bring their own water and cannot share (no water stations will be available).
**Equipment and balls must be cleaned periodically throughout the practice/training session.

We realize that there will be many questions as we get back into activities.  Please feel free to contact Justin Ansel at anselj@comstockps.org with any questions.

Current Training Schedules
HS Football - June 15,17,19 - 5-6pm at HS - Meet at the football shed
HS Boys Soccer - June 15,17 - 5-6:30pm at HS - Meet at the Stadium Entrance
HS Volleyball - June 15,17 - 6-7:15pm at HS - Meet at the Thunderdome
 
LOW RISK SPORTS
Cross Country and Track & Field: Runners should maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals, no grouping (i.e., starts and finishes). For track and field, no sharing of implements/equipment. Padded equipment should be cleaned between uses. Common equipment such as relay batons should be cleaned intermittently during practices and workouts.
Golf: Maintain appropriate physical distancing 6 feet apart.
Sideline Cheer: No physical contact - chants and jumps, only, with physical distancing.
Tennis: Must keep physical distance if playing singles and doubles. Wipe down rackets and clean balls after use.
 
MODERATE RISK SPORTS
Baseball: All players must be physically distant. Players should not share gloves, batting gloves, helmets and catcher’s equipment. Common equipment, such as the ball, must be cleaned as permitted during a practice or workout session.
Basketball: Drills are allowed that keep all players physically distant; there should be no physical contact or close proximity of players. Common equipment, such as the ball, must be cleaned as permitted during a practice or workout. Activity must take place outdoors.
Bowling: Indoor bowling centers remained closed.
Soccer: Drills are allowed that keep all players physically distant; there should be no physical contact or close proximity of players. Common equipment, such as the ball, must be cleaned as permitted during a practice or workout session.
Softball: All players must be physically distant. Players should not share gloves, batting gloves, helmets and catcher’s equipment. Common equipment, such as the ball, must be cleaned as permitted during a practice or workout session.
Volleyball: Drills are allowed that keep all players physically distant; there should be no physical contact or close proximity of players. Common equipment, such as the ball, must be cleaned as permitted during a practice or workout session. Activity must take place outdoors.

 
HIGHER RISK SPORTS
Competitive Cheer: Conditioning and individual technique/choreography work. No physical contact- chants and jumps, only, with physical distancing. Activity must take place outdoors.
Football: Drills are allowed that keep all players physically distant; there should be no physical contact or close proximity of players. Common equipment, such as the ball, must be cleaned as permitted during a practice or workout. Contact with other players is not allowed, and there should be no use of tackling dummies/shields/sleds. Protective equipment other than helmets is prohibited; helmets may not be shared.
Wrestling: Conditioning, mirror drills with spacing, no contact. Wrestlers may drill without touching a teammate (as long as physical distancing is adhered to). Activity must take place outdoors.

United Dairy Industry Zoom Meetings on Staying Healthy (May 12, 2020)
Designed for coaches, parents and food service professionals, this series will provide sports nutrition, health and wellness tips so you can help your student athletes fuel properly at home. 

Starting Wednesday May 13th at 12:00 p.m., they are taking their usual in-person Sports Summit event ONLINE in just three short segments. Join them on ZOOM for “Sports Summit: #StayHomeStayHealthy.” 

May 13, 12:00 p.m.: Sports Nutrition 101 with Allison Mankowski, RD
May 20, 12:00 p.m.: Fueling the Student Athlete: A Strong Team with School Foodservice with Richard Browder
May 27, 12:00 p.m.: Mind, Body and Sport with World Champion Swimmer Allison Schmitt

>> REGISTER here: 
https://bit.ly/sportsummit

Physical and Form Reminder (May 11, 2020)

The MHSAA is allowing your 2019-20 physical to work for 2020-21 as long as there aren't any new conditions.  Everyone will be required to fill out and sign the MHSAA Annual Sports Health Questionnaire and we will have that available on Rank One with the other necessary forms.  Anyone that didn't have a physical during the 2019-20 school year will have to get one prior to participating in a sport during the 2020-21 school year.  This will include all athletes 6th grade through 12th grade playing a school sponsored sport.

MHSAA Representative Council Meeting Changes (May 11, 2020)
2020-21 MHSAA Changes

Fall Sports First Practice Dates

August 10, 2020

HS Football

August 12, 2020
HS Volleyball
HS Boys Soccer
HS Boys and Girls Cross Country
HS Girls Golf
HS Sideline Cheer

August 31, 2020
MS Volleyball
MS Boys and Girls Cross Country
MS Boys Soccer

Please Contact the Head Coach with any questions.

Fall Head Coaches
Football - Jason Hayes - hayesj@comstockps.org
Volleyball - Sarah Vanwormer - sevanwormer@gmail.com
Boys Soccer - Justin Ansel - anselj@comstockps.org
Cross Country - Jordan Staley - jordanstaley78@yahoo.com
Girls Golf - Joe Kiss - josephkkiss@gmail.com
Sideline Cheer - OPEN
MS Boys Soccer - OPEN
MS Volleyball - Becky Simison - simisonr@comstockps.org
MS Volleyball - Katie Leaders - leadersk@comstockps.org
MS Cross Country - OPEN

Winter Head Coaches

V Girls Basketball - Ernie Ramirez - ernie2255@yahoo.com
JV Girls Basketball - OPEN
Competitive Cheer - OPEN
V Boys Basketball - Josh Beeke - jbeeke12@yahoo.com
JV Boys Basketball - Jimmy Cotter - cotterj@comstockps.org
Wrestling - Jason Hayes - hayesj@comstockps.org
8th Boys Basketball - Shawn Baker - baker.shawn18@yahoo.com
7th Boys Basketball - Justin Ansel - anselj@comstockps.org
6th Boys Basketball - Larry Allen - allenl@comstockps.org
8th Girls Basketball - Justin Ansel - anselj@comstockps.org
7th Girls Basketball - Ahkyla Blakely - blakelyah@comstockps.org
6th Girls Basketball - Arreona Blakely - blakelya@comstockps.org
MS Wrestling - Chris Ristau - ristauc@comstockps.org

Spring Head Coaches
Baseball - Jeremy Followell - jeremy.w.followell@gmail.com
Softball - Becky Simison - simisonr@comstockps.org
Girls Tennis - Matt Militzer - matthewmilitzer@gmail.com
Track & Field - Jordan Staley - jordanstaley78@yahoo.com
Boys Golf - Joe Kiss - josephkkiss@gmail.com
Girls Soccer - Dean Walker - aeonblue08@gmail.com
MS Track - Amy Hall - hallam@comstockps.org

Hall of Fame Nominations
The Comstock Hall of Fame committee is accepting nominations for the 2021 induction.  Nominations must be received by the athletic director by November 1 to be included in the process for the 2021 induction.  A nomination form  can be found online at www.comstockps.org/halloffame
. Please call Justin Ansel with any questions at 269- 250-8711.

Sportsmanlike Expectations

A good sport is a true leader within the school and the community. As an athlete, parent or fan of our school, the following points represent sportsmanship behavior you shall display:

  1. Accept and understand the seriousness of your responsibility and the privilege of representing your school and community. Conduct yourself in an exemplary manner before, during, and after contests and events.

  2. Players should learn the rules of their sport thoroughly and discuss them with parents, fans, fellow students, and elementary students to assist in achieving a better understanding and appreciation of the competition.

  3. Treat opponents the way you would like to be treated.

  4. Omit intimidating behavior, including taunting, or making any kind of derogatory remarks to your opponents during the game, especially comments of ethnic, racial, or sexual nature. This is not acceptable behavior.

  5. Wish opponents good luck before the game in a sincere manner.

  6. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. Treating them with respect, even if you disagree with their judgment, will make a positive impression of you, your team, and your school in the eyes of the officials and all people at the event.

  7. Win with humility; lose with grace. Do both with dignity.

  8. Athletic events are among the most popular school activities for participants and spectators. These games and competitions provide another learning experience in life. Integrity, fairness, respect, and the principles of good sportsmanship are lifetime values enhanced through athletics.

  9. Parents need to wait 24 hours before approaching a coach with issues from a contest. This gives ample time for both the parent and coach to reflect on the contest and be able to discuss the issue rationally.

  10. It is expected that all fans and athletes conduct themselves in an orderly and self-disciplined manner at all times, both on and off school property throughout the calendar year. Appearance and personal hygiene should be appropriate for travel and other team appearances and consistent with the expectations of the coach, school district, and other team members.

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Comstock Athletics
Justin Ansel, Director

2107 N. 26th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Phone: (269) 250-8711
Fax: (269) 250-8713 

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