University High School announced this week that its three winter sports — boys basketball, girls basketball, and boys and girls swimming — will have competitive IHSAA seasons as planned. This means the Trailblazer teams will compete against other schools in home and away competitions.
Heading into the winter season, University High School has seen success in students’ commitment to following the safety protocols put into place. Additionally, there is greater clarity from competitor schools about the screening protocols safety measures they have implemented for their athletes and students. As such, the school feels comfortable with inter-school competitions for its winter sports.
In winter sports, as in all University High School activities, the Trailblazers will continue to comply with best practices from the Hamilton County Health Department, the Indiana State Department of Health, the IHSAA, and other agencies. Three of these practices are as follows:
Athletes must bring a face mask to practice and competitions (and wear masks while not engaging in vigorous activity).
Coaches will conduct additional health screenings prior to each practice — even if a student already completed the school’s health form for the day.
When University hosts basketball competitions, seating in the gym will be limited. Each athlete can expect to have two fan tickets to distribute for each game, and the school plans to live stream games for fans who are unable to attend in person. For away games, University will defer to the host school for a decision on fan attendance.
Additionally, University High School is excited to announce the hiring of a new head swimming coach, Caroline Boarini. Coach Boarini brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Trailblazers. In addition to her role as swim coach, she is also a 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher at The Orchard School.
University High School looks forward to the winter season ahead. Go Trailblazers!