LAWRENCEBURG STILL PLANNING SPRING SPORTS

LAWRENCEBURG - Lawrenceburg High School Activities/Athletic Director Mark Pierson said that the Tigers still are planning to compete in abbreviated spring sports seasons, in a statement posted on the LHS Athletic Department website Friday, March 20.

“With decisions of the State of Indiana and the Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation there are a lot of questions among coaches, athletes, and parents regarding our athletic programs and in particular the future of the 2020 spring sports season,” he stated. “I wanted to take a moment to discuss the direction of our athletic programs during these turbulent times.”

Pierson continued: “At this moment, every LHS athletic program is now considered in-school-out-of-season per the IHSAA by-laws. This means there cannot be any school-sponsored athletic practices or workouts. This includes limited contact workouts that were supposed to start in April. Student-athletes can work out on their own, which is highly encouraged.”

Looking ahead to a potential late start for spring athletics, the LHS Athletic Director added:

“If the state of Indiana and LCSC allow us to be back to a normal schedule on May 4, then spring sports will be able to start that day. Spring sports student-athletes then will only need 5 practices with their LHS team before they can compete for the Tigers.

“This means that, theoretically, we could have spring sporting events as early as May 9. What the athletic schedule would look like, I do not know at this moment. It is the plan to meet with other conference athletic directors in the coming weeks to discuss schedules and rescheduling games.”

Addressing questions posed by spring sports coaches, Pierson advised all parties to keep the lines of communication open.

“We are asking coaches, during this layoff, to please stay in contact with their student-athletes. It is the Athletic Department’s hope that coaches will communicate with student-athletes through e-mail or have team meetings through Google Hangout or Zoom.”

Virtual meetings are a tool to talk leadership or just check on everyone. Tiger spring athletes also are encouraged to run, lift, throw, or hit baseballs, softballs, golf balls or tennis balls - on their own - while still practicing social distancing.

“The only caveat is that our campus will be closed,” Pierson added. “The campus is only open only to essential personnel. This means student-athletes cannot use our track, baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, the turf field, or gyms.”

Student-athletes were encouraged, on their own, to go to parks, work out in their homes, run trails, all while maintaining social distancing.

While keeping contact electronically, the school community was asked to post pictures of our athletes in action from previous seasons to the LHS Athletics twitter feed @LburgTigers, using the hashtag #LburgHOPE.

Lawrenceburg student-athletes also can post current pictures or videos of the creative workouts that they are doing to stay in shape to the athletic twitter account @LburgTigers.

“Once spring break is over, the athletic department will be contacting spring sport senior athletes, in an effort to highlight them on the athletic website,” Pierson added. “This gives them an opportunity to be recognized, in a year where recognition may be limited or may not happen on the field.”

Check the LHS Athletic Department website for updated information at: http://www.lburg.k12.in.us/o/high-school-athletics.

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