Chargers News · UPDATE Fall/Winter/Spring Sports


Dear Charger Families,
As of this morning, an announcement was made regarding Spring Sports in our County.  While I was aware this was coming, I am full of mixed emotions.  While I am ecstatic about the chance to work with your children in the Spring, it is also very disheartening to know what we lost in the Fall and Winter.  Times are different, and I know we will need to work together now more than ever to ensure a safe return to play this Spring and eventually next Fall and Winter.
While this news is exciting for some, it ends the seasons and athletic careers of so many others.  The emotions of you, your children, and your families will be raw and that is understandable.  I am anticipating that many athletes and guardians will have several questions regarding this decision.  I encourage you to reach out to me.  The impact that this pandemic has had on our athletic programs extends beyond the playing field.  It is visible in the classroom, in the home, and in the social and emotional growth of so many people.  There are many areas to focus on moving forward and I want to make sure we work together to do what we can to make our return successful for all.  I am hopeful that I will be flooded with registrations of kids that may have never played a spring sport before that want to give it a try simply to be around their friends and create some sense of normalcy in their lives.  The pandemic has challenged this profession in the classroom and on the field.  I look forward to continuing to use our sports to grow our Charger culture of resilience and perseverance.  Most importantly, I am excited for the opportunity to work with you and your kids again. If you and your child feel safe enough to do so, please encourage them to join this spring.  We will have Baseball, Softball, Boys/Girls Lacrosse, Tennis, and Track.
With that being said, I am excited to report that voluntary, in-person workouts at Lackey High School will begin on Monday, March 1st for Spring Sports and will be followed by practices on Monday, March 15th.  Eligibility requirements have been suspended and the season is open to any Lackey High School student, whether attending school virtually or returning to school in person March 22 during Phase 2.  All games will be limited to in-county play, meaning teams will only travel to other CCPS high schools to compete.  Spectator access will be limited up to 250 spectators.  CCPS is looking at an online ticketing system to secure tickets for families of athletes.  Tentative schedules will be finalized next week.  Additionally, all participating athletes and coaches will follow strict procedures and protection protocols in order to be consistent with Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines, and school system health and safety standards, while allowing equitable, voluntary participation.

In the meantime, if your child is considering participation in a Spring sport, it is imperative that he/she complete our online athletic registration.  Only students who have completed registration and approved clearance from our Athletic Director, including a valid sports physical, COVID-19 waiver, and completed Impact Testing, will be permitted to participate in conditioning and practice when it begins.  If you had already completed your registration and had been cleared to participate for workouts earlier this year, you will be on the clearance list as long as your physical is still valid.

To access and complete our online athletic registration for spring sports please visit: https://henrylackeyhs-ar.rschooltoday.com/

As we move closer to March 1st, I will send out information regarding general interest meetings for the kids during our intervention periods on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 – 2:30.  Additionally, I will hold a Virtual Meeting for parents/guardians in the near future to review procedures and protocols for the upcoming season.
Most importantly, let’s continue to persevere.  When I began coaching in in 2006, my players had a saying that I forgot about until a few months ago.  Before entering the field, they would yell, “WHOSE GOT MY BACK?  I GOT YOUR BACK.”  A simple sentiment that many of us have said, but it is very difficult to model on a consistent basis.  In that first year, that group taught me a lesson that still resonates with me today.  A lesson that can be applied to our current situation.  We are in a fight.  A fight for all of us.  Most importantly, a fight for our KIDS.

I GOT YOUR BACK.

Coach Lush