Pioneers News · Gabriel Richard Catholic Return to Athletics


We have been monitoring the pandemic over the last months to prepare for the re-opening of athletics. Now that the stay at home order has been lifted by Governor Whitmer, we are hoping to open our school and the outdoor facilities on Monday, June 15th. Gabriel Richard Catholic High School Students Athletes will be able to participate in limited activity.

To help prevent potential exposure, athletes and coaches will practice social distancing of at least six feet apart while all participants must wear a face covering. All participants should wear a face covering or mask during activity. A lightweight, non-restrictive, face covering is recommended.

All Practices and Workouts can only be done outside at this time. All Indoor facilities are closed until further notice.

Athletes must bring their own water bottles. Any athlete that does not show up with their own water bottle will not be allowed to participate.

If a student or coach is ill they are not allowed to attend practice. Parents, we need your help on this.

Any coaches or athletes showing signs of illness should not participate.

Athletes and coaches will need to do a pre-workout/practice screening prior to participating. This will be done before every athletic practice or training session by the coach running the practice or training session. Each coach will keep a log of participants.

These are considered voluntary activities. These are not MANDATORY. Parents, If you are not comfortable with these activities, please keep your son/daughter home.

Low and Moderate-risk sports can begin full practices outdoors. High-risk sports can begin modified practices (no contact)

  • Low Risk – Cross Country, Golf, Sideline Cheer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field and Dance
  • Moderate Risk – Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Girls Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball
  • High Risk – Boys Lacrosse, Football, Competitive Cheer

Examples (including, but not limited to): A basketball player can shoot with a ball(s), but a team should not practice/pass a single ball among the team where multiple players touch the same ball.

A football player should not participate in team drills with a single ball that will be handed off or passed to other teammates. Contact with other players is not allowed, and there should be no sharing of tackling dummies/donuts/sleds.  

A volleyball player may use a single ball that others do not touch or hit in any manner.  

Softball and baseball players should not share gloves, bats, or throw a single ball that will be tossed among the team. A single player may hit in cages, throw batting practice (with netting as backstop, no catcher). Prior to another athlete using the same balls, they should be collected and cleaned individually.    

Cheerleaders may not practice/perform partner stunts or building. Chants and jumps without contact are permissible.  

Tennis players may do individual drills, wall volleys and serves and hit with each other. However, they must disinfect the tennis balls after play.

Runners should maintain the recommended 6 feet of distancing between individuals

Coaches will help train athletes on how practices will be safely run conditioning and workouts.

Athletes and coaches are expected to disinfect areas and equipment following practice.

All Equipment will not be shared during athletic practices and training without being disinfected first.

After every practice athletes should take their clothes home and wash them daily including equipment.

Locker rooms and bathrooms will be unavailable at this time.

Coaches cannot meet with students until the coaches have gone through protocol training. 

We will continue to evaluate these guidelines and adjust as needed to keep our athletes and coaches safe.