WILMINGTON, MA — Last month, Wilmington High School Athletic Director Mia Muzio provided an update to the School Committee on initiatives that she and her staff have been working on during her first six months on the job.
An Athletic Handbook has been created. The document serves as a resource to help answer a variety of questions about interscholastic athletics at Wilmington High School and outline expectations for student athletes and parents/guardians. It also includes the Athletic Department’s mission, philosophy, and objectives, and the policies, practices, and regulations that govern the program.
A Coaches’ Handbook has been created. The document serves as a resource for the WHS coaching staff and sets a standard of expectations for professional and personal conduct.
An Emergency Action Plan has been created. The document descries steps to follow during various emergency situations involving a student-athlete, coach, official, or spectator. The plan aims to eliminate mistakes or oversights when an emergency actually arises.
The district’s concussion policy is being updated. The Athletic Department and Nursing Staff are working to ensure the policy is up-to-date based on current data, incorporates inclusive language for students and parents/guardians, and clearly includes all extracurricular programs.
A Booster Council will be forming. Muzio currently has concerns surrounding how the existing booster clubs operate — a lack of alignment with one another, an inequity in funding, and a lack of coordination with the Athletic Department. “With the assumption that the School Committee and community will continue its desire to honor non-user fees for athletics, it is important to develop an overall plan for the unified operation of our booster programs to best support funding equity across our teams.” Muzio intends to form a committee to review the district’s current approach, examine best practices from other districts, and establish recommended changes by the summer of 2021 to the Superintendent and School Committee. This committee will consist of current booster representatives, parents, administrators, coaches and student athletes.
Muzio touted the success of the district’s new strength and conditioning program in which 33 students participated. The program, run by volunteer coaches, occurred on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from October 15 to November 19. She also noted the school’s online fan store was well-received by community and staff, and the district’s popular recognition of its student athletes on National Letter Of Intent Signing Day continued.
Muzio thanked everyone involved in making her first fall season in Wilmington a success.
In spite of COVID-19, 241 students participated in fall athletics:
- Girls Soccer: 64 (Varsity: 23, JV: 20, Freshman: 21)
- Boys Soccer: 56 (Varsity: 21, JV: 18, Freshman: 17)
- Field Hockey: 51 (Varsity: 18, JV: 20, Freshman: 13)
- Strength & Condition: 33
- Girls Cross Country: 14
- Golf: 13
- Boys Cross Country: 10
Muzio highlighted each team’s record along with team and individual accomplishments. The district had 17 Middlesex League All Stars this fall. Additionally, Aidan McGrath was an EMass All-Star in Boys Soccer, and Jenna Sweeney, Amber Flynn and Alyssa Granara were EMass All-Stars in Girls Soccer. Amber Flynn was also Middlesex League MVP and made the All State Team. The Girls Varsity Soccer Team (5-2-1) were Middlesex League Co-Champs, while the Girls Track (3-1) placed second in the Freedom Division.
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