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Will AcDec have to be online in 2020-21?
« on: May 18, 2020, 12:27:45 PM »
Do some coaches or students here feel that if there is any kind of fall/winter outbreak of COVID-19 that AcDec may have to move to online-only competitions for invitational, district, regional and/or state meets? Obviously, we already saw it affect the end of this past year's season and I just hope that moving forward there will be some contingency plans in place to compete even if it can't be face-to-face.

I also coach an Octathlon team and that season also got very disrupted and just competed two days ago (this past Saturday, May 16th) in an online-only contest via Google Docs.  Texas had about 20 schools or so compete online, most, like my school, were very short of full teams.  I had seven students committed to compete early in the week but the lure of spending six hours on a Saturday in front of their own computer taking tests via Google Docs whittled that down to just two brave sophomores who ended up representing our school.

I also have no idea how the integrity of the tests was managed online. There was really nothing in place other than coaches probably warning their students to use the honor system and not look up anything online. Scores didn't seem that different from past year Octathlon scores and in fact might have been a little lower than past years although I would probably equate that to not being able to really work with the students in advance this year as in past years.

But anyway, if anyone has thoughts about online-only competitions being a part of the near-future reality for AcDec, I'd love to hear your comments.
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Re: Will AcDec have to be online in 2020-21?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2020, 02:03:56 PM »
I really hope we don't move to an online competition. I struggle enough trying to keep the kiddos motivated during the summer months.

I think your octhalon students are very representative of what we will see if we move to online meets (practices, round 1, regional, etc.) You had 7 octathletes and two competed. (Let those two know that I am pround of them). I think many of us will struggle to make a team if we can't entice the kiddos with some face-to-face interaction with other teams.

I'm planning on hosting a round 1 again next December and am trying to figure out the logistics of offering an essay online two-weeks early. I already know that my own students aren't looking forward to the idea, I can only imagine how the interest would drop if all of the tests were to be online. There is something to be said for the benefits of human interaction.

Since I really dont want a contingency plan, I will be hoping and praying for things to get back to normal.  :)
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Re: Will AcDec have to be online in 2020-21?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 01:07:39 PM »
Jeez, how do you recruit with no contact with the students?
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Re: Will AcDec have to be online in 2020-21?
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2020, 06:39:31 PM »
Recruiting for next year has been a challenge. I had a decent amount of students from this year's class returning (we just had two seniors in our class), but since I just teach seniors and some juniors it wasn't easy. Our co-coach also mostly has juniors and seniors. Somehow I think we did get to 25-28 in the class for next year, including a few who I have only had contact at this point via emails. Even with the GPA changes for next year, it's still incredibly hard to find scholastic and varsity students at my school, particularly with grades the spring semester pretty much not being included after we left for COVID-19 school closings.
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Re: Will AcDec have to be online in 2020-21?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2020, 10:33:59 AM »
That's another wrinkle - I know a lot of districts switched to Pass/Fail for the last semester and aren't counting the courses in GPA. According to AcDec rules, P/F passing counts as an A, last I checked.
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Re: Will AcDec have to be online in 2020-21?
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2020, 12:49:46 PM »
USAD came out with a statement that the spring 2020 grades will not count toward the student's GPA, so next year we wil likely be figuring out the team by three semesters rather than by four.
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Re: Will AcDec have to be online in 2020-21?
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2020, 01:37:17 PM »
USAD came out with a statement that the spring 2020 grades will not count toward the student's GPA, so next year we wil likely be figuring out the team by three semesters rather than by four.

Well that's good.

Now, the trick is to get them to all study enough at home...
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