Fall 2020 Athletic Department Update
Effective September 9, 2020
Based on the recent guidelines established by the EEA, DESE, MIAA, Middlesex League, and Belmont Public Schools, and voted on by the School Committee, the following has been established for the Fall of 2020:
Boys & Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Golf, and Cross Country will take place this Fall Season. Tryouts/practices will begin the week of Monday, September 21st. More detailed tryout and practice schedules will be distributed the Week of 9/14.
Football, Football Cheering, Girls Volleyball, and Girls Swimming have been moved to the MIAA Fall 2 Season, with tentative season dates of 2/22/21-4/25/21.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED AS SPECIFIED BY MIAA SPORT SPECIFIC RULE MODIFICATIONS for all participants and coaches at practices and games. In accordance with Belmont Public School health and safety policies, GAITERS ARE NOT PERMITTED for athletic participation.
The Middlesex League Varsity Teams will participate in a 10 game interscholastic schedule this fall, with the exception of Cross-Country (5 Meets). All Sub-Varsity teams with the expectation of Cross-Country will participate in an 8 game interscholastic schedule this fall.
All sub-varsity games and most varsity games will be played on Saturdays in October and November (10/3 to 11/21). Additional varsity games will be played on Columbus Day (10/12) and Veteran’s Day (11/11). Middlesex League Golf matches will be played during the week based on golf course availability.
Belmont will compete against one school in all sports on the same weekend to limit contact and exposure and to also help with contract tracing should it be needed at any point during the season.
Varsity Teams will practice 3 times per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) and Sub-Varsity Teams will practice 2 times per week (Tuesday/Thursday) throughout the fall season. Practice times are still being determined, but student-athletes should plan for an hour and half time block on their respective practice days.
Attendance at all practices and games will be strictly monitored. Every participating student-athlete will be required to answer pre participation questions relative to COVID screening with their coach before the start of every practice and game during the 2020 Fall Season.
In an effort to remain in compliance with all Massachusetts State Laws relative to large person gatherings, the Middlesex league will only permit one fan per student-athlete at each HOME and AWAY athletic contest. Attendance protocols will be strictly enforced in all locations. Masks and social distancing will be expected for all spectators in attendance.
The standard BPS High School Athletic User Fee for a student’s first sport played of $450.00 along with all other required forms must be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 16th. *Please note that the Belmont School Committee will be discussing the current BHS Athletic User Fees and considering possible modification at their next meeting slated for Tuesday September, 15th.
The Fall 2020 online athletic registration process has been ongoing all summer in anticipation of Fall Sports taking place. They will close Wednesday, September 16th. All student-athletes interested in trying out for a fall sport must be registered by 9/16. Due to strict health and safety guidelines, NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 9/16. Please visit the BHS website to access the Sign up form for Fall Athletics Link
Fall 2020 Teams
Belmont High School will offer the following teams for the Fall 2020 season (actual registrations and interest will determine the final team offerings).
Per The approved Middlesex League agreement & to ensure health and safety, Belmont’s roster sizes will not exceed the numbers indicated in parentheses.
Varsity Boys Cross Country (22)
Varsity Girls Cross County (22)
Junior Varsity Boys Cross Country (22)
Junior Varsity Girls Cross Country (22)
Varsity Girls Soccer (22)
Junior Varsity Girls Soccer (22)
Freshman Girls Soccer (22)
Varsity Boys Soccer (22)
Junior Varsity Boys Soccer (22)
Freshman Boys Soccer (22)
Varsity Field Hockey (22)
Junior Varsity Field Hockey (22)
Freshman Grade Field Hockey (22)
Varsity Golf (15)
All information in here is subject to change.