Dighton-Rehoboth Okays Fall Sports
Fall sports programs for Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School will go ahead, but with precautions in place to keep athletes and coaches safe from coronavirus. The school committee voted Tuesday to reinstate sports for the high school only as the district begins the school year with remote learning.
“Our school trainer, on site nurses, and our consistent contact with our local Boards of Health of both Dighton and Rehoboth will be overseeing our student athletes, coaches and any concerning medical updates,” explained Doug Kelley, the high school’s Athletic Director. “We are comfortable that the positive Covid -19 numbers have stayed extremely low in our two towns,” Kelley said, noting the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) guidelines will be followed.
“We have every confidence in our athletic department, led by Doug, and working with our nurses, and our local board of health personnel, to create a safe environment for our athletes,” said Superintendent Anthony Azar. Kelley said his staff has to wait for all the schools in the Southcoast conference to be on board before any season can start. Those schools include Bourne, Fairhaven, Seekonk, Somerset-Berkley, and Wareham.
The seasons will be condensed, with a limited amount of spectators allowed. Kelley notes there will also be no MIAA tournaments, or Southcoast conference championships.
The schedule is as follows:
September 18 through November 20 – Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Field Hockey, and Golf.
November 30 through February 21 – Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Hockey, Wrestling, Boys and Girls Track and Field, and Winter Cheer.
The “floating” season, designated for football, Fall Cheer, Marching Band, and Unified Basketball, will run from February 22 through April 25.
Baseball/softball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Boys and Girls Tennis, Boys volleyball, and Boys and Girls Outdoor Track and Field will run from April 26 through July 3, 2021.