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Update for Fox Lane Wrestling Families
February 19, 2021
Dear Wrestling Parents/Guardians and Student-Athletes,
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. Let me start by saying that nothing I can write will take away the disappointment we all feel regarding this year and, more specifically, the winter season for our wrestlers. When you wrestle for Fox Lane, the goal every year is to win a section title and to make it to the state tournament with the dream of becoming a state champion. That was taken away back in November with the delay of the winter season followed by the cancellation of sectional and state tournaments more recently.
We would like to take this time to clarify some information regarding the wrestling program/team for this season. First, the Board of Education did in fact approve the official beginning of wrestling along with the other high risk sports (boys/girls basketball and ice hockey) in the resolution they passed at a recent Board of Education meeting. The resolution gave authority to the Superintendent and the Athletic Director to monitor the circumstances, reach out to our district physician, and confer with other districts in the region and in the section moving forward. After speaking with Coach Rodrigues, he and I decided to delay any type of competition (scrimmages or meets) until we felt it was best to do so. As we shared with the Board and the many members of the public who watched the Board meeting virtually, approximately half of the districts in the section are not offering wrestling, a few are doing the same as Bedford, and about half said they would offer wrestling at this time without restrictions. Most schools that said they would offer it without restrictions have yet to hold any type of competitions, putting them in the same place as we are, since the Board resolution officially started our season.
Coach Rodrigues and I continue to monitor the situation and are in constant communication with one another, as well as with Superintendent Adelberg who, along with the Board of Education, has been nothing but supportive throughout this entire process. It is our hope that after receiving additional guidance from our district medical director, Section One wrestling representatives and other Section One wrestling coaches, we will be able to offer some type of competitions for our team — and most importantly our seniors — as soon as possible. Dr. Adelberg and I, with Coach Rodrigues’ support, will institute the following conditions, all recommended by our district physician:
- Wearing masks during all practices and competitions
- Wrestlers and parents of wrestlers would sign additional permission slips acknowledging the potential risk
- Wrestlers would attend school in our remote learning model for the duration of the season
- Wrestlers would be required to participate in Covid-19 testing
While we fully understand that there is no substitute for a traditional season where our team would be battling for a sectional title and possible honor of wrestling in the state tournament, we hope to be able to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of our deserving seniors while continuing to build for the future and maintain wrestling excellence within Section One. Having the flexibility to find scrimmages and matches puts us in the best situation to do that.
We would like to thank all of our families and student athletes for their continued patience and understanding during these challenging times. Being able to provide a meaningful experience while adhering to the safety and health of all will always be the number one priority.
Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics
CC. Dr. Joel Adelberg