Meridian has been using the information provided by the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to guide our decisions for Athletics. As of 11/19/20, WCCHD reported that the County is in the Red / Uncontrolled Community Spread phase, which is characterized by very high community transmission. Due to the fact that athletics are an extracurricular activity, Meridian has suspended indoor sports, with the potential for cancellation, until further notice. We are still hopeful that our outdoor Spring Sports will operate as planned, which means that our Fall and Winter Sports seasons will need to conclude by the scheduled end date. We will update the participants of our Fall Sports with the expected implications to the remainder of their season by Friday, November 27th.
For Basketball, Meridian is still hoping to offer a condensed season that would begin after Winter Break. Registration has been extended to January 6th for this reason. You can find more information about the updated, condensed season here.
20-21 Athletics Plan
September 28, 2020
Updated with WilCo Gating Criteria on November 12, 2020
Plans are subject to change.
This year’s athletic opportunities must be different than they have been in the past. We have given much thought to our goal of balancing the requirement for safety for all our students and staff with the physical and mental health of our student athletes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides very little guidance for non-UIL activities; Meridian is a non-UIL school. The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) is developing guidance, and we intend to follow it to the extent allowed by the TEA for school re-opening, athletics, and extracurriculars.
The WCCHD has developed a “Gating Criteria” chart as a guide to indicate what kinds of school, athletics, and extracurricular activities can take place safely under the changing levels of virus activity. These criteria can be viewed here.
There are four phases in the criteria - Red / Uncontrolled Community Spread, which is characterized by very high community transmission; Orange / High Community Spread, with high/substantial community transmission; Yellow / Moderate Community Spread; and Green / Minimal Community Spread. We will use the information provided by the WCCHD to guide our decisions for athletics and extracurricular activities and to the extent allowed by the State of Texas, re-opening our campus to students.
We would like to provide some degree of certainty, not only for our families, but for the coaches and staff we must hire to carry out these activities. This requires commitment on the part of our parents for fees, our coaches for time, and our staff for availability.
In order to maximize health, fun, and the potential for success, we have examined each activity separately and evaluated these aspects:
All guidance and decisions are subject to change as local and regional health situations evolve over the course of the year.
Start dates will be determined by the Transmission Levels described above. The start date could affect whether or not the sport will have intramural or interscholastic competitions. Once a sport starts, which is designated by the first practice, it will more than likely continue even upon re-entering Orange / High Spread or the Red / Uncontrolled Phase, unless the State mandates otherwise.
The following applies to all Meridian Athletics offerings:
Please select a sport below to see the 2020-2021 Athletics Plan as it pertains to that sport: