Detroit CC Athletics Return To Activity Plan

Good afternoon Shamrock Nation,

“God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.”

We have been very blessed here at Detroit Catholic Central and well equipped with a fantastic team of people and mentors. The purpose of this email is to build trust through communication and detailed preparation, mixed with a high level of faith and love.
We will look to return to training on campus beginning Monday, June 8th.

We have included information that we have been working on throughout the course of the pandemic to make sure your children’s safety is our top priority.  State, school, and multiple governing body guidelines are being implemented to ensure a safe return to on-campus activity:
  • Students will train outside in groups of 100 or less
  • Students will be screened prior to every training session
  • A minimum distance of 6 ft between students will be maintained at all times
  • Masks are not mandatory; however, all coaches present will be wearing them
  • There will be minimal equipment involved; any equipment that is used will be properly sanitized between use by students

We will be following our "ON-RAMP" model allowing us to ease back into training numbers-wise.  This allows us to work out any issues with our process and address any questions. 

The Safe Return to Athletic Development document details the "on-ramp" and sample workout.

We also want to make sure that our students are coming back mentally and spiritually healthy first and foremost. 

We will talk to them.  We will ask them how they are doing...  How their families are...  What they struggled with over the shutdown... 

We will challenge them to become STRONGER TOGETHER as one. 

We will incorporate an 8-week spiritual component as well as implementing a cultural education program department-wide.  This week's verse and motivation from Rod Olson's "Winning God's Way":
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism."  Colossians 3:23-25.
The follow-up questions to this will be "what is the #1 central motivating factor in your life" and "what do you want to be remembered for?"
We have also attached some forms for your review.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Each student will have a Google-based link he can download to the home screen of his phone.  This is where he will enter the answers to his screening questions. **We suggest that your community members save the form link to their cell phone home screen.  This will allow access to the form anytime.  Please see the links below on how to add the icon as well as the link to the screening form:

The main stadium parking lot will be used as the screening area/outdoor locker room area with each student being assigned a numbered spot (unit) for the day.  We will assign every other number to assure distancing.  This will also give them a place to keep belongings in a safe place as there are multiple cameras on the lot as well as coverage. 

Please see the two diagrams that will be used for training in the stadium for all Shamrocks:

We are allotting 30 minutes between sessions for proper and thorough sanitization of equipment and areas using the NSCA checklist and schedule sheet attached below:

To Join us for our Sunday night Town Hall via Zoom, register here.

I think we all know that our focus on the HOW and not the WHEN will be what keeps our scholar-athletes, students, and families safe and healthy!!  Thank you in advance for your trust and love.  We will continue to heal and get stronger together.  
A special thank you to Head Strength & Wellness Coach Garrett Chapel, of Mercy Elite Sports Performance, for the time and love put into this program.  We are also very lucky to have the support of numerous athletic trainers, including our own Kevonte Wilder, as well as medical professionals from St. Joe,s Health System, Providence Park Hospital, and many others.  When we say WE STAND AS ONE we mean it.  Some great things coming for our community and young men.  Please continue to love each other and remember to choose faith over fear.

Aaron Babicz '93
Athletic Director
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.