During the 2020–2021 school year, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) athletics program will be administered virtually and in-person, if state and county health metrics allow. Program operations will align with the two semesters of instruction for MCPS and with Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) guidelines and operating procedures. The first semester of MCPS Athletics operations will be virtual, while the second semester will hopefully allow for in-person engagement. Both semesters will feature sport seasons that maximize the opportunities for students to participate in the program, across all interscholastic sports. The second semester will be administered in alignment with CDC, state and county health guidelines.
The first semester of program operations for MCPS Athletics will be virtual and will feature three sport seasons, which will be conducted within the confines of the first semester. Outside of the confines of the formal seasons, coaches will be able to engage with students, per the current phase of the Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan (current phase is always listed on the MCPS COVID-19 website. Detailed information regarding the virtual delivery of the MCPS athletics program follows:
Fall Season September 14 – October 16, 2020
Winter Season October 26 – December 4, 2020
Spring Season December 14 – January 22, 2020
The high school virtual athletic season consists of a minimum of three student-athlete and coach engagement sessions per week (corollary sports will meet two times per week), over the course of five weeks. Blair Athletics will also have a Strong Mind program and a Leadership program for our student-athletes throughout the first semester. Both will be open to all Blazer student-athletes and more information to come through the coaches. We look to provide an engaging, motivating, productive and healthy virtual athletics program this semester!