CMS Activities & Athletics

August 2020 Update

Northwest Colorado League Athletic Director Message

August 6th, 2020

Middle School Parent/Guardians and Student-Athletes,

We know that athletic programs are vital to the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of our middle school students. In these circumstances, we are balancing the need for these vital programs against the safety concerns related to the Coronavirus. Over the past several months, we as Athletic Directors have worked closely with public health officials along with our school districts here in Northwest Colorado to ensure a safe return to play for our student-athletes. We also acknowledge that our league serves a vast geographic location, making any return to interscholastic play uniquely challenging. Some of our school districts are opening in a hybrid model while others are opting for a full return to in-person learning in the fall. It is important that any decision we make balances the needs of individual communities with the needs of the league as a whole. After reviewing the new guidance from CHSAA and the Colorado Department of Public Health, along with analyzing the best practices for the continuation of youth athletic programs, we have made the determination to postpone all contact athletic programs including volleyball, football, and basketball to January at the earliest. Some schools may elect to run an intramural cross country program this fall. However, our league meets will be canceled.

Our intention is to resume interscholastic play in January. At this time, we do not have the exact dates for each of these new seasons, including for volleyball, football, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, and track. However, similar to CHSAA, we will likely reduce the length of the season to five or six weeks and reduce the number of contests that student-athletes play. The Athletic Directors in our league will meet in early November to review the public health guidance from the CDC, the Colorado Department of Health, and CHSAA. Resuming play in our schools may include a phased approach to returning athletes to competition from team-based practice and intramurals that work on skill development and ensure six feet of social distancing to full competition between teams from different geographic areas.

As always, the safety of our student-athletes is our top priority. We hope that in the near future we will be able to resume full interscholastic athletics. Please see the below links for additional information.

CHSAA Coronavirus Information Page

CDC considerations for Youth Sports


Northwest Colorado Athletic Directors

Soroco, Steamboat, Meeker, Hayden, North Park, East Grand, West Grand, Rangely, Craig

Message from Sara Linsacum, CMS Athletic Director

Dear CMS Families,

I have created a video message to hopefully clarify some of the leagues decisions around athletics and activities. I know there are mixed perspectives and feels about these decisions. These decisions were not made lightly as it tore at each of our hearts.

I know there will be a lot of questions on why the high school is moving forward with a cross country season while we won't be. I encourage you to read the guidelines from CHSAA specifically surrounding the limited number of participants at each meet, social distancing, mask requirements, staggering and social distancing. The limiting conditions such as CMS being in cohort model (A/B day) where we are trying to prevent 6th, 7th and 8th graders from mixing, transportation conditions, mask mandates, changing space, 6 foot social distancing along with many other variables made the conditions for fall athletics unattainable.

My contact information is below and I would be glad to address any questions and or concerns.

Directors will meet again in early November to review the current guidelines, mandates and conditions of our schools in order to create the best possible conditions and schedules for our sports through the winter and spring.

Thank you for your time and patience during these times.

Sara Linsacum

CMS Athletic Director and Assistant Principal

CHSAA Cross Country Bulletin

CMS Athletic Mission Statement

Craig Middle School aspires to be an outstanding educational-athletic organization that provides a high-quality experience to every athlete. A high-quality experience is one in which every athlete:

  • Is coached using the principles of Positive Coaching

  • Has fun at practices and games

  • Feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance

  • Learns “life lessons” that have value beyond the playing field

  • Learns the skills, tactics and strategies of the game and improves as a player

We recognize that coaches are the people who most directly make this all possible. It is our goal to provide every coach with the tools to succeed as a Positive Coach. We are committed to creating a positive culture in which coaches parents, fans, officials and athletes work together to achieve our mission.

CMS Athletic Handbook