TMS Athletics

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All,

Currently, we are moving forward with TMS athletics for the fall sports seasons. Football and Cheerleading have started practices; with Cross Country and Volleyball schedules to start after the start of school.


Please review the information below. I have tried to mark any section that is the same as our previous newsletter. Any heading with "Repeat" is information that has not changed. Although this link is shared through Twitter, Facebook, and email; please consider sharing with anyone that has a TMS student or anyone that might have an interest in our programs.


If you have any questions, please email Mr. Leach (cleach@tcsc.k12.in.us) or Mrs. Whitesell (lwhitesell@tcsc.k12.in.us).


We ask that you remain patient with us as things can change quickly. Our goal is to provide as many athletic opportunities as possible while also keeping athletes, coaches, and fans safe!


Thank you,

Mr. Leach

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COVID Guidelines - Repeat

At Tipton Middle School, we will use the IHSAA guidelines for Extra Curricular Activities. An outline of the Phases can be found here on pages 18-25. Phase II is scheduled to end on August 15th.


Masks

All student-athletes should have a mask with them at all times. Coaches will determine, and direct, athletes when they should wear a mask. This will primarily include times when athletes cannot observe social distancing, and are not doing strenuous exercise.


Water

Water fountains will not be available, but the bottle fillers will be, so we are asking that all athletes bring their own water bottle; labeled with their first and last name to each practice.


Locker Rooms

Fall athletes will not be assigned an athletic locker this year (excluding football). For any practice before the start of school, athletes should arrive to practice, dressed and ready. They should leave practice and go home immediately after practice. Once school begins, only football players will be given a locker to store their pads, helmet, and cleats. All other athletes will use the locker room in small groups to change into their practice gear for practice, but should go home directly after practice.


The IHSAA is urging athletes to clean all clothing after every practice or event; and to bathe immediately at home.


Pre-Screening

As part of the guidelines, student-athletes will be required to complete a pre-screening before each practice or athletic event. This includes completing a Google Form before being allowed to participate- everyday. Coaches will provide more guidance about that process at initial team meetings.


Please note: I understand the guidelines may seem like a lot, but anything we can do to limit the spread of COVID-19 will help ensure we can continue with athletics for the entire season. This will require a strong partnership between parents, athletes, and coaches. Bottom line: We want Blue Devils athletes on our fields, courts, etc.; but only if it can be done safely.

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Athletic Paperwork-Repeat

Athletes without a physical dated after April 1, 2019, will be required to have a new physical, as well as, other athletic paperwork on file in order to participate in Tipton Middle School athletics. Those forms can be found below:


Click Here for Athletes with a physical dated after April 1, 2019


Click here for Athletes without a physical


You may print and complete the packet prior to coming to the school, or packets will be available on white card night. All forms must be complete prior to an athlete participating in any athletic practice or event.


*These are the same forms shared in the previous newsletter. We combined them into one file for easy printing.


Please click the links below for more safety Information:

Sudden Cardiac Arrest for Parents

Sudden Cardiac Arrest for Athletes

Concussion Information for Parents

Concussion Information for Athletes


TMS Athletic Handbook

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Eventlink/Schedules- Repeat

With the uncertainty of COVID-19, there may be a lot of changes in scheduling. Tipton Middle School uses Eventlink to manage all scheduling.


We urge anyone interested in TMS athletics to sign up, and download the Eventlink app from the Apple or Android store.


Once you sign up to TMS, and select the teams you are interested in, you will receive notifications of any changes to scheduling including time/location changes and cancellations.

Sponsorship Opportunity

TMS Athletics is exploring the possibility of purchasing a few cameras that may be used to livestream athletic events. Those that would not be able to attend games due to COVID-19 would then be able to watch from home.


If you would be interested in helping fund this project, or know someone that may, please email Mr. Leach (cleach@tcsc.k12.in.us) or call (765-675-7521 ext. 202).

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Football

Tipton Middle School Football is open to 7th and 8th grade students attending Tipton Middle School.


Practice:

Due to COVID-19, we are limiting locker room use. Football players will only be allowed to store their helmet and pads in lockers. Therefore, practices will be scheduled for after 4:00 with the expectation that all students will leave the building at dismissal. This will allow disinfection/cleaning to take place immediately; as well as limit the amount of extra movement in the building.


Monday, August 10 and Tuesday August 11th: 5:00-6:30 (lockeroom access begins @4:30)


Wednesday, August 12th - Friday August 14th: 4:15-5:45 (lockeroom access begins at 4:00)


Coach Degler will have a formal practice schedule to every player on August 12th.


Communication:

To keep up with updates about TMS football, you may use the following channels:


Facebook Group: Tipton Middle School Football (Click Here)

Remind: Download the Remind app, join by clicking here.

Eventlink: Please see above section for more information.



Pre-Screen Link

All athletes will be required to complete a self-health pre-screen before every practice or event. The link to the form can be found here. Coaches may dismiss an athlete for failure to complete the pre screening.


If you have questions, you can email Coach Degler @ kdegler@tcsc.k12.in.us.


GO BLUE DEVILS!

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Cross Country

Cross-Country is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending Tipton Middle School.


Call-Out:

If you are interested in participating, athletes should click here to complete a Google Form.


Practice:

The first practice will be August 17th from 4:00-5:00. Students will be expected to leave the school upon dismissal, and return for practice dressed and ready-to-go. The team will meet on the deck at the Nature center behind the middle school. Athletes should bring a mask, water bottle, and running clothes.


Coach Parton will give athletes a formal practice schedule after the first practice. On most days, practice will be from 4:00-5:00. Practice may be cancelled if it rains.


Pre-Screen Link

All athletes will be required to complete a self-health pre-screen before every practice or event. The link to the form can be found here. Coaches may dismiss an athlete for failure to complete the pre screening.


Eventlink:

Please consider signing up for Eventlink. The app can be downloaded from your phone provider's app store. This is the scheduler for all TMS events, and will send notifications for any changes to the changes. During a pandemic, the schedules could change quickly.


Athletes must have their physical and athletic packet completed before they can participate.

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7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball

Girls Volleyball is open to all 7th and 8th grade girls attending Tipton Middle School.


Call-Out:

If you are interested in participating, athletes should click here to complete a Google Form. This is only used for the athletic department and coaches to estimate the numbers of students interested.


Update!

Try-outs have been moved to Monday, August 17th and Tuesday, August 18th from 4:00-5:15. All students should leave school at dismissal and return for practice. There will not be access to locker rooms, so athletes should come dressed and ready to play. Please enter through DOOR N (Athletic Entrance) on the east side of the school.


Self-health Screening

All volleyball players must complete a pre-practice health screening before going to practice. Athletes that do not complete one may be dismissed from practice. The link to complete the form can be found here. Athletes should complete a pre screening before every practice or athletic event.

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Sideline Cheer

Cheerleading is open to Tipton Middle School students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.


Self-health Screening

All volleyball players must complete a pre-practice health screening before going to practice. Athletes that do not complete one may be dismissed from practice. The link to complete the form can be found here. Athletes should complete a pre screening before every practice or athletic event.


Questions? Please contact Coach Clifford (nclifford@tcsc.k12.in.us)

Tipton Middle School Athletic Department

Athletic Director

Craig Leach


Athletic Secretary

Linda Whitesell