Ben Lippen Athletics Update

July 22, 2020 Athletics, Ben Lippen News

Ben Lippen Athletic Families,

We pray your summer has been relaxing. The Athletic Department would like to keep you informed of the most up to date information regarding Fall Sports.  Due to social distancing guidelines, we have canceled the July 28th Fall Sports Parent Meeting.

COVID Update

The safety of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance to Ben Lippen School.  The Athletic Department will adhere to all SCISA guidelines. As a reminder, we are encouraging the continuation of the best practices listed below.

These health and safety guidelines are designed to shape the behavior of our school communities with the concept of “layering” preventative measures to create an environment of responsible on-campus instruction and activities.

1.  The initial line of defense starts at home.  If a student, teacher, staff member or volunteer feels bad and/or exhibits symptoms he or she must stay at home.  Everyone must practice self-assessments.

2.  Early self–referral to a doctor when exhibiting signs and symptoms.

3.  Identify “at risk” teachers, staff members, volunteers, and students.  Once identified, follow protocols to minimize exposure. Consideration must be given for these “at risk” individuals not to participate or attend events.

4.  Daily screening before practice.   Note: a student should be “screened” at home to determine if he or she can go to school. The school will do  some level of screening upon the student’s arrival to school. A coach, staff member or athletic trainer will do a  screening before practice. That means a student-athlete should be medically “screened” at least three times daily. If parents check on their son or daughter each night after practice that would make four times!

5.  Frequent hand washing.

6.  Enhanced cleaning of common areas, equipment, and athletic facilities.

7.  No sharing of towels or water bottles.

8.  Physical distancing as possible.

9.  Face coverings.

10. Follow good hygiene practices.

Fall Sports Calendar Update

SCISA has approved the following calendar in our “road map” for the return of fall sports.  The schedule calls for an opening 10-day “dead or closed” period to allow our student-athletes to pause, practice good behaviors, and start practice clean or healthy.  The official first day of practice has moved back to August 3rd for all sports to allow for this closed-period.

July 24 – August 2: Dead Period: (no weight room or conditioning, All facilities are closed during these times)

August 3:      1st Day of Practice for all Fall Sports; Football Phase 1: Helmets only

August 10:    Football Phase 2:  Helmets & Shoulders Pads

August 17:    Football Phase 3: Full Pads Football Guidelines: No scrimmages or jamborees.  XC, Swim, Golf, Tennis & Volleyball may starting playing this week    

August 28:    Football Game Day: Week #1 Games

Cheer Tryouts: 08/03 and 08/04: 1:00-3:30 PM

Volleyball Tryouts: 08/03 and 08/04: 9:00-12:00 PM

Cross Country: 08/03 through 08/06: 3:30 Middle School and 4:00 PM High School

Tennis: 08/03 and 08/04: 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Rainout day 08/05

Swimming: 08/03, Time: TBD


  1. All student-athletes must be registered on Family ID and have a current physical uploaded in Family ID (do not turn in hard copies of physical) in order to participate.  All current physicals expire July 30.  New physicals must have been completed after April 01, 2020.
  2. All New student-athletes that will be playing a varsity sport will need to complete and submit the New Student Transfer forms to the Athletic Director at


Athletics Operations Manager –Please help me welcome Leigh Owens to her new position as Athletic Operations Manager. Leigh has served as the CIU Athletics Financial Aid Counselor for the past two years. Kelly Werner has officially retired from Ben Lippen and although we are sad to see her go, she will still be around supporting her son and Ben Lippen Athletics.

Assistant Athletic Director and Head Varsity Baseball Coach– We are excited to welcome Brian Larsen to the Athletic Department.  Coach Larsen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as both a former Athletic Director and Baseball Coach.

To God be the Glory,

Shannon Glenn
Athletic Director