ACPS Athletics Update
2021-22 ACPS Indoor Athletic Event Protocols
- Masks are required by EVERYONE during indoor events per current MSDE regulations. The exception being that athletes may take their masks off during competition.
- Spectators will not be granted admission without a mask.
- Once admitted, spectators or any event personnel without a mask, or with a mask not properly covering their nose and mouth, will be given 1 warning, and then will be asked to leave the event. Spectators who are asked to leave will be sent a no trespass letter, and will be prohibited from coming on school property. Student-athletes not actively participating are expected to follow these MSDE rules as well!
- Varsity teams waiting for the JV game to end, and JV teams waiting for the varsity game to end, should sit masked across from their team bench, and be properly supervised by coaches.
Food & Drink
- Any school that is offering concessions: All food/drink must be consumed in the cafeteria.
- Food and any drinks are NOT allowed in the gymnasium.
- All ACPS schools will follow a 50% capacity limitation in each gymnasium.
NFHS Network Video Coverage
- All ACPS home gymnasium and stadium events will be broadcast on the NFHS Network, for those who cannot attend.
- Fans can purchase a subscription at www.nfhsnetwork.com
SPRING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The MPSSAA Board of Control met on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, with Spring State Championships on the agenda. Sport tournament directors presented plans for the administration of spring state championships between June 5 - 19, 2021. The Board of Control overwhelmingly voted in favor of the proposal, returning spring state championships to Maryland for the first time since May 2019.The MPSSAA plans included culminating events on June 18th and 19th for high school baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field. The tennis and track and field tournaments include a sectional regional and regional round for qualifying to the state meet. All regular season records through June 3, 2021, will be counted towards the regional seeding of baseball and softball.Published 5/20/21
CAPACITY LIMITATIONS - ATHLETICS UPDATE: In accordance to the most recent Governor’s Order dated March 9, 2021, "Outdoor venues at which sporting events occur (including, without limitation, major league, professional, minor league, semi-professional, amateur, recreational, motor sports, and collegiate sporting events) may open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in an Outdoor Sporting Venue at any one time shall not exceed 50% of that Outdoor Sporting Venue’s Maximum Occupancy."
The total number of spectators permitted in an indoor sports facility shall not exceed at any one time 50% of that indoor sports facility’s Maximum Capacity.
This order goes into effect on Friday, March 12, 2021, beginning at 5 p.m. As a result of this order, each home school will be responsible of the sale/distribution of tickets for all athletic events.
Please note, all masking and social distancing guidelines are still in effect at all athletic events at both indoor and outdoor venues.
Student Participants will Receive Two Tickets for Events
In accordance with the most recent Order of the Governor of Maryland dated February 23, 2021, “Outdoor venues at which sporting events occur (including, without limitation, major league, professional, minor league, semi-professional, amateur, recreational, motor sports, and collegiate sporting events) may open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in an Outdoor Sporting Venue at any one time shall not exceed the lesser of (A) 50% of that Outdoor Sporting Venue’s Maximum Occupancy, or (B) 250 persons.”
Additionally, the order also states “The total number of spectators permitted in an indoor sports facility shall not exceed at any one time the lesser of (A) 50% of that indoor sports facility’s Maximum Capacity, or (B) 100 persons.”
As a result of this order for outdoor and indoor capacity at athletic events, ACPS will provide two tickets to each participating student for both home and away events. If extra tickets are available for athletic events, individual schools will determine if they will be offered for sale to the public.
ATHLETICS UPDATE: At the January 12, 2021, school board meeting, board members heard an update on athletics from Mrs. Tracey Leonard, Assistant Supervisor of Health, PE, Athletics, and Mental Health. After some discussion, school board members voted 4-1 to forego playing winter sports and proceed with fall sports, pending appropriate county health metrics, with the first available practice date being February 13, 2021. This decision was made as a result of the limited number of play dates available for winter sports after mandatory practices concluded as well as current county health metrics.
ACPS Winter Sports Update: The MPSSAA winter sports season for Allegany County Public Schools athletics will begin Monday, December 7, 2020, with student-athletes taking part in virtual workouts and virtual practices. When local health metrics allow, we will begin in-person workouts, try-outs and practices.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As a result of increased health metrics related to COVID-19 in Allegany County, ACPS is cancelling all in-person extra-curricular activities and athletics events and practices effective today, Thursday, November 5, 2020, beginning with afternoon activities.
This decision was made in collaboration with the Allegany County Health Department and school system staff after reviewing recent health data. Coaches and advisors will be in contact with students if they opt to conduct their activities in a virtual format.
Community health metrics will continue to be monitored to determine when ACPS can resume in-person extra curricular activities and athletic practices and events.
COVID-19 Updates & Guidance
ACPS First Semester Voluntary Conditioning and Skill-Based Engagement Sessions
ACPS to Follow MPSSAA Guidance for Return to Extracurricular Activities
MPSSAA Press Release
Governor Hogan's Guidance
Allegany County Public Schools are now part of WestMac - Western Maryland Athletic Conference. The schools in this conference include Fort Hill, Allegany, Mountain Ridge, Southern and Northern.Supervisor of Athletics: Tracey LeonardPhone: 301-759-2404
There are 12 varsity interscholastic sports offered in Allegany County.
FALL WINTER SPRING Cross Country Basketball Baseball Football Bowling Outdoor Track Golf Wrestling Softball Soccer Tennis VolleyballUnified Sports are now part of Allegany County. We offer Unified Tennis, Unified Track, and Bocce as part of the ACPS Corollary Athletics programming.