Cardinal Connection

News from the Activities Office

June 3, 2020


To Register: Student-Athletes will sign up for a training time through Community Education. You can register online at

(Click on “Youth”, then “Sports”, then “Summer Strength and Speed”) or call 320-762-3310 Ext 2.

Cost: $100


  • Each 1-hour training session will fall between 7:00 am - 11:45am (last sign-up time: 10:50am).

  • Athletes are signing up for a three days/week training program that will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning on June 10 through August 7.

  • There will be no class on July 3.

Summer Speed and Strength Program Goals:

  • Mitigate risk associated with training during this time.

  • Reacclimate our athletes to training and prepare them to safely return to competition.

  • Teach our athletes how to train safely and efficiently.

  • Teach and train techniques to reduce the likelihood of our athletes becoming injured in competition.

  • Increase our athletes speed, agility, strength and power.

Training Format:

  • Athletes will sign up for a 1-hour training session that will include three stations:

    • Check-in/Screening/Warm-up

    • Speed/Agility Training

    • Strength/Power Development

  • Athletes will train in “pods” of up to 9 athletes to 1 coach and will maintain 6’ of social distancing.

  • Training pods must remain consistent throughout the summer.

  • Training will occur at AAHS.

  • Student-Athletes will check in at the entrance to the stadium.

  • If an athlete cannot make a training session, there will be no make-up or switching sessions.

  • Due to training being outdoors, sessions are subject to cancellation in the case of inclement weather (heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening). This will be communicated through Community Education and Twitter (@GainsAcademy).

*There will be no treadmill or evening sessions offered this summer due to COVID-19.


Summer Speed and Strength Program Protocols:

These protocols shall remain in place until such time that we are advised by MDH, CDC and/or NFHS they are no longer needed.

  • Each athlete will be screened daily for any flu-like symptoms. Parents will be required to keep athletes home if they display any of the following symptoms, not limited to: fever, unexplained or new cough, sore throat, shortness of breath.

  • Parents will be required to keep athletes home if they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID 19.

  • Athletes will be in groups of not more than 9 athletes with one coach (Training Pod).

  • Training pods will remain the same each day.

  • Physical distancing of 6’ will be practiced at all times.

  • Daily attendance will be taken with each group.

  • Each athlete will provide their own water bottle and no sharing of any personal items will be allowed.

  • No equipment will be directly shared.

  • All equipment will be cleaned/disinfected after each use and between each training pod with recommended disinfectant from the AAHS custodial staff.

  • Athletes will arrive no sooner than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled training time and will leave promptly following the conclusion of their training.

  • Athletes arriving later than their scheduled time will not be allowed to train that day.

Assumption of Risk:

The Cardinal Summer Speed and Strength Program will be following all guidelines for opening up high school athletics and activities that have been established by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS.) Anytime an individual engages in any sort of physical activity it should be understood that the possibility of physical injury could occur even in situations when the best safety measures are practiced. Not every potential hazard can be mitigated.

To Register: Student-Athletes will sign up for a training time through Community Education. You can register online at (Click on “Youth”, then “Sports”, then “Summer Strength and Speed”) or call 320-762-3310 Ext 2.

Did you miss the CLASS OF 2020 Graduation Procession?

Here is a link for the procession photos if you did

Congratulations Class of 2020!!


Here is the link to a Volleyball apparel items if you are looking for options

The window for the order is June 2 through June 15.


Are you interested in being on the Alexandria Cardinal Dance Team?

Any current 8-11th graders interested in being part of ACDT for the winter season please fill out this google form: This will put you on the email list for all of the updates regarding summer training, fall dance team, and the winter high school season. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Kassie at


By now you should have received notice that your child's spring activity registration was canceled. Those who paid with credit/debit cards should have received a credit on your card. Registration fees that were paid by check or cash may take a bit longer, you will receive your refund by mail.

If you have any questions please contact the AAHS Activities Office at 320-762-2142 ext 4530.


Local businesses are being notified of a possible scam.

Alexandria Public Schools recently learned of area businesses receiving an invoice titled “Alexandria Area High School Winter Sports Poster”. At first glance, the bill appeared to have come from Alexandria Area High School. The invoice had instructions to make checks payable to “Sports Media 1490 Union Ave #401 Memphis TN 38104. They are asking for payment in exchange for an advertisement on the AAHS Sports Poster. Fortunately, the local business owner contacted the school before issuing payment.

AAHS attempted to contact Sports Media at the contact number given (888-441-9584) but was not able to speak to anyone and Sports Media did not return calls as promised on their voice message.

An Internet search of this company showed multiple warnings issued by police agencies from across the US in the past.

The Better Business Bureau has issued this alert

Better Business Bureau has received a pattern of complaints against Sports Media concerning sales issues. The complainants are primarily business owners who say that a salesperson for the company contacted them by phone and asked if they would like to renew their advertising and place an ad in a calendar or on a poster for a local high school. More than one complainant decided to purchase an ad, but later learned that the high school in question had no affiliation with Sports Media. All complainants, whether they placed an ad or not, received invoices for as much as $189. According to the complaints, calls to Sports Media to rectify the situation were unsuccessful.
Better Business Bureau has verified through its investigation that the address this company is using is a UPS Store and has no reason to believe that the company is actually located in the Memphis area.

Business owners are advised to be aware of this scam.

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