SFSD Athletics Message Board (Updated 12.3.20)

SFSD Return to Play for Athletics Update

The Sioux Falls School District Activities Department’s top priority is and will be the health and safety of our student participants, staff, and spectators as we work to provide activities for the 2020-2021 school year. District Administrators have worked with city, state, and national officials to develop the following safety guidelines and protocols for each activity. These guidelines and protocols will continually be evaluated to ensure the health and safety of all. If a decision is made to alter, delay, or cancel any of our activities we will issue appropriate communication to all stakeholders and local media. We appreciate your understanding as we diligently work to provide meaningful activity opportunities for our students in the Sioux Falls School District.

SFSD Athletics Mode Of Operation: TIER 3

SFSD Athletics Mode Of Operation: TIER 3

Practices/Events/Limited Travel/Specified Event Attendance

Limited Travel: Overnight trips prior to the postseason are prohibited.

High School Specified Event Guidelines:

  • No gathering, loitering, socializing will be allowed before, during or after the event.

  • All fans, event staff, coaches, directors, and student participants will vacate the facility immediately upon completion of the event.

    • Example for a scheduled 7:00 PM Basketball Event:

      • Freshman A Team Parents can attend Freshman A game only. Once the event is completed they must leave the facility. They are not allowed to attend Freshman B, Sophomore or Varsity game.

      • Freshman B Team Parents please do not arrive until 5:15 pm. Scheduled tip-off is 5:30 pm for these games. Once the event is completed they must leave the facility. They are not allowed to attend Varsity game.

      • Junior Varsity Team Parents can attend Junior Varsity game only. Once the event is completed they must leave the facility. They are not allowed to attend Sophomore or Varsity game.

      • Sophomore Team Parents please do not arrive until 5:15 pm. Scheduled tip-off is 5:30 pm for these games. Once the event is completed they must leave the facility. They are not allowed to attend Varsity game.

      • Varsity Team Parents please do not arrive until 6:45 pm. Scheduled tip-off is 7:00 pm for these games. Once the event is completed they must leave the facility.

  • Events will be made available in digital format when possible. Spectators will be highly encouraged to watch the live stream for these events when offered.

  • Spectators are coming at their own risk. We ask and encourage all spectators to adhere to and follow the COVID Guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all.

  • Spectators are expected to wear masks at all events.

  • Spectators are asked to follow the markings on the bleachers and sit in designated areas.

The area directly behind the team bench areas will be marked off and will not be accessible.

High School Specified Event Attendance:

Events will be made available in digital format when possible. All Spectators will be highly encouraged to watch the live stream for these events when offered.

Activities: Basketball (Girls and Boys), Gymnastics and Wrestling (Applies to Ticketed Events Only)

Adult Spectators

  • Home Team Spectators (Boys and Girls Basketball ONLY)

      • Limited to 2 passes per rostered participant. Each rostered participant will receive the option to purchase two spectator passes for their household at $20 per pass, $40 for both passes. This spectator pass will allow admittance into all home regular season contests for that specific sport (example pass will only allow bearer admittance into a boys basketball contest and will not allow admittance into girls basketball, wrestling, etc.) in the SFSD. 0 to Kindergarten aged Children, Elementary and Middle School aged students may attend if they are included in the two spectator passes. If these children or students attend, they will need to sit with their parents. No replacement passes will be issued. Pictures of Spectator Pass will not be accepted. Must present the physical pass to gain admittance.

  • Home Team Spectators (Gymnastics and Wrestling ONLY)

      • Limited to 2 entry permits per rostered participant. Each rostered participant will receive 2 home team spectator permits for their household. This home team spectator permit will allow bearer to purchase admission at the ticket gate of a date specific sporting event. (example permit will only allow bearer admittance into a gymnastics contest on December 10, 2020). It will not allow bearer to purchase admittance into any other SFSD events. 0 to Kindergarten aged Children and Elementary or Middle School aged students may attend if they are included in the two entry permits. If these children or students attend, they will need to sit with their parents. No replacement permits will be issued. Home Team spectator permit must be worn at contest. Please note that a true Individual Wrestling Tournament (Non-Dual) may change the amount of spectators permitted.

  • Visiting Team Spectators

      • Limited to 2 entry permits per rostered participant. Each rostered participant will receive 2 visiting team spectator permits for their household. This visiting team spectator permit will allow bearer to purchase admission at the ticket gate of a date specific sporting event. (example certificate will only allow bearer admittance into a gymnastics contest on December 10, 2020). It will not allow bearer to purchase admittance into any other SFSD events. 0 to Kindergarten aged Children and Elementary or Middle School aged students may attend if they are included in the two entry permits. If these children or students attend, they will need to sit with their parents. No replacement permits will be issued. Replacement permit must be worn at contest.

Staff Spectators

  • Staff ID will admit one, the bearer, to all SFSD regular season athletic contests. The Staff ID is non-transferable and valid for the employee only through May of 2021 Sports Season. The Staff ID may only be used once per athletic contest and will not allow admission to O’Gorman home games, and all post season tournaments. This is not a plus one pass, no guest or any other family members will be able to gain or purchase admission at the ticket gate. Pictures of Staff ID’s will not be accepted. Staff must present the physical ID to gain admittance.

Elementary or Middle School Student Spectators

  • Elementary or middle school aged students may only attend if they are included in the two spectator passes and/or permits issued. If these students attend, they will need to sit with their parents.

0 to Kindergarten Aged Children Spectators

  • 0 to Kindergarten aged children may only attend if they are included in the two spectator passes and/or permits issued. If these children attend, they will need to sit with their parents.

High School Student Spectators

  • Home Team Student Spectators

      • All High School Students are welcome to attend. If a High School Student wishes to attend events, they will be required to purchase an activity symbol to be printed on their student ID. The student ID with the printed activity symbol, admits one, the bearer, to all SFSD regular season athletic contests. Student ID’s are non-transferable and valid for the student only through May of 2021 Sports Season. The student ID may only be used once per athletic contest and will not allow admission to O’Gorman home games, and all post season tournaments. This type of pass is secured at the respective high school’s activities office. Pictures of Student ID’s will not be accepted. Student must present the physical ID to gain admittance.

  • Visiting Team Student Spectators

      • All Visiting Team High School Students are welcome to attend. Visiting High School Students with a valid and current year school identification card will be able to purchase admission at the ticket gate to all regular season contests in the SFSD. Pictures of Student ID’s will not be accepted. Student must present the physical ID to gain admittance.

Middle School Specified Event Attendance (Boys and Girls Basketball):

Adult Spectators

  • Home and Visiting Team Spectators

      • Limited to 2 passes per rostered participant. Each rostered participant will receive 2 spectator passes prior to each event for their household. This spectator pass will allow bearer to attend that specific sport event (example pass will only allow bearer admittance into a girls’ basketball contest and will not allow admittance into boys’ basketball game) in the SFSD. No replacement passes will be issued.

Staff Spectators:

  • Staff ID will not work at the Middle School level to gain admittance. Staff member must be included in the two spectator passes.

Elementary, Middle and High School Student Spectators

  • Elementary, Middle and High School aged students may only attend if they are included in the two spectator passes. If these students attend, they will need to sit with their parent.

0 to Kindergarten Aged Children Spectators

  • 0 to Kindergarten aged children may only attend if they are included in the two spectator passes. If these children attend, they will need to sit with their parents.

vision statement

It is the vision of the Sioux Falls School District Athletics program to reach 100% of our student body to be involved in a meaningful interscholastic athletic activity.

MISSION

The Athletics Department in the Sioux Falls School District is committed to preparing our students for purposeful engagement in the world through participation in athletics.

Our athletics program is integral to the education process and strives to provide challenging, meaningful, and competitive experiences for student-athletes. We seek to enhance life skills and develop values that foster teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership, as well as, develop their talents to the highest degree possible.

We commit to providing appropriate support to students, teachers, instructors and coaches to ensure individual and collective success.

Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles can be summarized as:

Coaching Quality

By setting expectations for what is "effective instruction and coaching" and providing frequent feedback to coaches through practice observations, coaches’ instructional practice will improve and student achievement will rise.

Standards-Based and Data-Driven

By setting clear standards, measuring progress through the use of common formative assessments, and frequently reviewing student achievement data, instructional practice will be improved and student achievement will rise.

Multiple Opportunities

By providing diverse and equitable programming opportunities for student involvement, students will be more engaged in school, confidence will build and student achievement will rise.

Safe and Secure Environment

By providing an environment that is socially, emotionally, and physically safe/secure, students will be more engaged in school, confidence will build and student achievement will rise.

Parent Engagement

If parents have full visibility of their child’s performance, and if they have the skill and will to do so, they will reinforce strengths and help address weaknesses and student achievement will rise.

Community Engagement

If the community is actively engaged with our Schools, through volunteerism and community partnerships, the students will benefit from the additional resources and student achievement will rise.

Fiscal Accountability

By exhibiting efficient and effective use of federal, state, and local resources, the program will maintain community support while delivering upon its mission and student achievement will rise.

CORE VALUES

Integrity

Athletic programs will exhibit integrity everywhere we go and in everything we do.

Excellence

Athletic programs will demonstrate excellence in everything we do.

Loyalty

Athletic programs will demonstrate loyalty to our High School, teams, fans, and City.

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