FMS Athletics

FMS Athletics


Fairland Middle School Athletic Department
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 Michele Gorby, Middle School Athletic Director
Cell phone 304-634-7269 
 I will update this page with information on open gyms as soon as I am given information from the state of Ohio and OHSAA.
 Stay healthy and safe.
"This too will soon pass." (King Solomon)
                        You will need to get a physical for the new school year as of August 1 or you will not be able to tryout or participate after August 1.  If you are playing a winter or spring sport you can wait on physical as your season approaches but you cannot participate in anything until physical is on file with coach or athletic director. 
If you get your physical from your doctor or a local facility the forms are located on  go to: make sure to print 20-21 form
Print out the entire form for the doctor - but the coach or athletic director only needs pages 4,5, and 6 completed and returned. 
Physicals are good from August 1 to July 31 of each school year. 
 Register your student athlete on Final Forms ASAP
 All athletes must have physical beginning August 1 to participate in open gym, practice or tryouts.  
Physical must be dated for the 2020-2021 school year
 Forms available on,
and middle school office
 There will also be required athlete and parent meetings for each sport season.  I will post those dates as we get closer to the season.  Fall meeting will be in August, winter in November and spring in March.
All athletes (all sports) are required to take his or her temperature before reporting to any practice or open gym so it can be recorded each time. Each athlete must wear a  mask to practice/open gym.  Mask is not required during the activity time. Mask is required while on the bench or sideline.
 FMS Football 
Undefeated for the 2019 season
Coach Layne Wireman 
Date                                          Team                                         Place                                   Time
Sept. 3                            South Point                                     Away                         6:00
                               Sept. 10                           Portsmouth                                   Home                         6:00
                               Sept. 24                           Ironton                                          Away                          6:00
                               Oct. 1                               Gallia                                            Away                           6:00
                               Oct. 8                               Coal Grove                                  Away                           6:00
                               Oct. 15                              Rock Hill                                     Home                          6:00
                               Oct. 22                              Chesapeake                                Home                         6:00
                               Oct. 29                              Northwest                                    Home                         6:00

2020-21 Football Requirements, Rule Modifications and General Recommendations
 Below are the NFHS Rule modifications for the 2020 football season as well as some OHSAA procedural changes. These are followed by some Recommendations. The last item of the document is a link to some recommendations from the Coaches Association (OHSFCA). Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there might be additional steps in each school, city, and state to help prevent the spread of virus. Ohio schools are required to follow state COVID-19 general guidance for “Youth, Collegiate, Amateur and Professional Sports”
 Even when taking all precautions, there will still be risk of transmitting illnesses. Everyone should stay vigilant about the health of members of their teams. Lastly, the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing. These considerations may quickly become outdated. Please keep up with the latest from the CDC and other health officials in your area. Visit the COVID-19 General Guidance Document for further requirements and recommendations that apply to all sports, including football. Please know that some of the requirements and recommendations in this sport-specific document duplicate state guidance. A rule modification is a modification to a playing rule from the governing body of the sport and is a requirement to adhere to and follow. A requirement must be adhered to and followed. A recommendation is a consideration to the sport and allows for optional guidelines. Recommendations are not required but are permitted. 
REQUIREMENTS Requirements for Schools: • Limit marching bands/pep bands to performing at home contests only. • Bands, cheer squads and dance teams must follow state guidance for Youth and Collegiate Band, Choir, Cheer, Dance Teams and Other Similar Performance Activities. 
Requirements for Coaches: • Coaches must wear face masks at all times, including arriving and departing the facility and during active play. • Limit day-of roster to 60 dressed players.
 Requirements for Facility Hosts • Inform the local health district when events are scheduled and establish a plan to handle those persons who fail a symptom assessment or temperature check or exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19. • Predetermine areas for all participants, coaches, contest officials and game-day personnel to shelter in the event there is lightning and/or thunder. • Limit sideline personnel to participants, coaches, medical staff and game-day staff. 2 • If possible, provide designated space (locker room, classroom, etc.) for officials’ pregame, halftime and post-game activities. If the designated space cannot accommodate six-foot social distancing of all officials, then a separate space should be provided where officials can observe six-foot social distancing and be removed from spectator/team interaction. • Clearly review prior to the contest mandates, best practices and school/host facility policies with visiting team administrators and/or coaches and officials as they relate to, but are not limited to, parking; entrances and exits; medical care; spectators; ticketing; locker rooms/showers; athletic training rooms and restrooms; water; towels; equipment, and shelters in the event there is inclement weather. 
2020 NFHS RULE MODIFICATIONS Team Box Rule (NFHS Rule 1-2-3g) • The team box will be extended on both sides of the field to the 10-yard lines (for players only) in order for more social-distancing space for the teams. • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times while in the team box and on the sidelines. • Do not share uniforms, towels and other apparel and equipment.
 BALL (NFHS Rule 1-3-2) • The ball should be cleaned and disinfected throughout the contest as recommendedby the ball manufacturer with EPA approved sanitizer for emerging pathogens. • The ball holders should maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times during the contest. • The officials will have limited contact with the ball. The players of the offensive team will handle the ball and take it with them to the huddle. The Umpire will place a bean bag at the spot where the ball will be snapped.
 FACE MASKS [NFHS Rule 1-5-1a, 1-5-3c(4)] • Cloth face coverings are permissible while engaged in active play. • Plastic shields covering the entire face (unless integrated into the face mask and attached to the helmet and clear without the presence of any tint) shall not be allowed during the contest. • Two products we know that comply are: 1. Schutt Sports – Flexible 2-piece “Splash Shield” (Clear). 2. Actuated Medical, Inc. – Polycarbonate 2-piece face shield (clear). 
TOOTH AND MOUTH PROTECTORS [NFHS Rule 1-5-1d(5)] • The best evidence to date shows us that the coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets. Saliva from mouthguards is unlikely to be a significant source of infection transmission. However, we recognize that parents and others may find the prospect of athletes frequently placing and removing a mouthguard concerning. Given this realty, the NFHS SMAC suggests that state associations develop statements instructing athletes to refrain from the removal of mouthguards while on the playing field, court, rink or mat. If mouthguards are removed on the sidelines or bench area, the athlete should use hand sanitizer each time after touching the mouthguard. A properly fitted mouthguard is required by rule in the following NFHS Sports: Football, Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Ice Hockey and Wrestling (for wrestlers wearing braces).
 GLOVES (Rule 1-5-2b) • Gloves are permissible but still must comply with Rule 1-5-2b by meeting either the 3 NOCSAE Standard or the SFIA Specification.
 CHARGED TIME-OUTS AND AUTHORIZED CONFERENCES (NFHS Rule 2-6-2, 3-5-3, 3-5-8) • A single charged time-out may be extended to a maximum of two minutes in length. • The authorized conference for the charged time-out should take place at the bottom of the numbers. Players will social distance during timeouts. • Each game official and player should have their own beverage container brought out to them on the field. 
PREGAME CONFERENCE, COIN TOSS AND OVERTIME PROCEDURES • For the coin toss, limit attendees to the referee, umpire and one designated representative from each team. • Coin toss will take place in the center of the field with designated individuals maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. • No handshakes prior to and following the coin toss. • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet while performing the pregame meeting between officials and coaches. • For the overtime procedure, please use the same procedure as used at the start of the contest for the coin toss. 

NECK GAITERS OR BUFF • Legal, but they will be interpreted as part of the jersey and subject to Rule 9-4-3k (Horse Collar Tackle).
 NFHS RULE RECOMMENDATIONS INTERMISSION BETWEEN PERIODS AND AFTER SCORING (NFHS Rule 3-5-7l) • The intermission may be extended to a maximum of two minutes between the first and second and the third and fourth periods and following a try, successful field goal or safety, and prior to the succeeding free kick. HALFTIME • It is recommended that the halftime be shortened to the NFHS minimum of 10 minutes and that teams social distance outside of the locker rooms.
 PRE AND POST GAME RECOMMENDATIONS • Suspend pregame protocol of shaking hands during introductions. • Suspend postgame protocol of shaking hands.
 GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FOOTBALL • Before, during and after the contest, players, coaches, game officials, team personnel and game administration officials should wash and sanitize their hands as often as possible. • Consideration should be considered to limiting contests against only teams in your local area or, if out-of-state, against teams located in counties that are contiguous to Ohio. • Contest officials should not share whistles or any other equipment used for officiating purposes. • When conducting temperature checks, take into account the potential for environmental factors causing an elevated temperature. Should the temperature be elevated, it is appropriate to isolate the individual and recheck the temperature after 5-to-10 minutes of sitting in a cool environment. 4 • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times while on the sidelines and on the field of play when possible. • Everyone should have their own beverage container that is not shared. • Cloth face coverings are  for all coaches, team staff and for all game administration officials. 
. • Gloves are permissible for all coaches and team staff and for all gameadministration officials. • Try and limit the number of non-essential personnel who are on the field level throughout the contest. • Participants and coaches from visiting teams and officials should arrive at the contest facility dressed in partial or full uniforms or coaching/officiating gear and should plan to leave the contest facility in partial or full uniforms or coaching/officiating gear (e.g. not dress or change in visiting locker rooms). • If available, dressing facilities for game officials and teams should be large enough for them to use social-distancing protocols and should be properly cleaned and sanitized prior to their arrival. 
OHSFCA Recommendations: uuyciJVm_Lyg?e=jEQIhH COVID-19 Resources: • Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus Website ( • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

RE:      2020 Weekly Word
How Was Week 1?
1.     The good news is we got through week 1. We all want to continue playing, so what do we need to address? There are a couple of things we need to address generally:
A.     If you are not one of the 22 players on the field or actively officiating the contest, YOU NEED TO BE WEARING A FACE COVERING! A helmet does not qualify as a face covering (other than helmets with splash shields).
B.     Coaches need to eliminate grouping/huddling on the sidelines. This includes watching video. The players need to be spaced.
C.    Cheerleaders should not huddle as a group for pictures or any reason. They should be masked except when they are actively cheering

RE:      2020 Weekly Word

An Ohio Department of Health states attendance will be limited to 15% of capacity for football and soccer.  We will have 120 seats available for away fans and a little over 200 for home fans.  Fans will need to enter the football stadium and sit on designated seats with Xs.  Fans will not be allowed to leave and re-enter (unless rain or smoking).  At the end of the contest fans, players and coaches are asked to leave quickly and not congregate by order of the ODH.  Fans will maintain social distancing during the game and are required to have a mask on covering nose and mouth.

FMS Soccer 
Coach Donald Wilson
 email coach at [email protected]
             Date                                  Team                                              Place                                 Time 
Aug. 24                          Ironton St. Joe                           Home                           5:30
                                Aug. 31                             Portsmouth                             Away                            5:30
                                Sept. 2                              Chesapeake                            Home                           5:30
                                Sept. 3                            Ironton St. Joe                          Away                            5:30   
                                Sept. 9                             Rock Hill                                  Home                            5:30   
                                Sept. 14                          Gallia                                        Home                            5:30
                                Sept. 16                          South Point                              Away                             5:30
                                Sept. 21                              CK                                         Away                             5:30             
                                Sept. 28                           Portsmouth                             Home                            5:30
                                Sept. 30                           Chesapeake                             Away                            5:30
                                Oct. 5                               Rock Hill                                 Away                            5:30
                                Oct 7                                Gallia                                       Away                             5:30      
                                Oct. 12                            South Point                              Home                            5:30
                                Oct. 14                                 CK                                        Home                            5:30       

FMS Volleyball
Date                          Team                             Place                    Time

Aug. 26                                      Coal Grove                                           Away                                  5:30
                  Aug.31                                        Portsmouth                                          Home                                 5:30
                  Sept. 2                                        Chesapeake                                          Away                                 5:30
                  Sept. 9                                        Rock Hill                                               Home                                 5:30
                  Sept. 14                                      Gallia                                                     Home                                 5:30
                  Sept. 16                                      South Point                                         Home                                  5:30
                   Sept. 28                                    Portsmouth                                          Away                                   5:30
                   Sept. 30                                    Chesapeake                                          Home                                  5:30
                    Oct. 5                                        Rock Hill                                               Away                                  5:30
                    Oct. 6                                        Ironton                                                 Away       
                    Oct. 7                                        Gallia                                                     Away                                 5:30 
                    Oct. 12                                      South Point                                           Away                                  5:30    
                     Oct. 13                                     Coal Grove                                           Home                                  5:30
                    Oct. 14                                       Ironton                                                 Home                                  5:30
2019 7th grade team was undefeated for the season 
                                                                        8th grade coach - Michele Gorby
7th grade coach - Dava Alt 
   Tryouts August 11th 8th grade 8-9:30 AM and 7th grade 9:30-11 AM
  All athletes must have physical for 20-21 school year prior to tryouts and have on file with the coach or athletic director.

 FMS Cross Country
Head coach Adam Alt 
If interested in Cross Country for the 2020 season contact Coach Mr. Alt email  
Fall sports meeting required for all parents and athletes participating in fall activities will be same day tentatively as Back to School Night time TBA 
FMS Girls 

7th coach Dave Carroll

8th Grade Coach John McClung

 7th grade won OVC
 8th grade won OVC and went undefeated

7th coach Dave Carroll

 8th Grade Coach John McClung

FMS Boys Basketball
 8th Grade Head Coach- Thayer Flynn

7th Grade Head Coach- Dick Sketel

7th grade won OVC


 FMS Wrestling

Head Coach Cole Webb


 FMS Track

Head Boys Coach Adam Alt

Head Girls Coach Dave Alt 



FMS Golf 

Head Coach Chris Franklin


Sport meetings prior to each season:    Player and Parent required to be present if you are playing any sport 
New this year from OHSAA parents are required to watch a video on CPR and AED use - we will keep you posted

Fall tryouts for Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer and Football will be scheduled on or close to August 1
Contact Miss Gorby or the coach for exact date of tryouts.  
Teams do not have to have make up tryouts because of vacation plans. 
Go  Dragons!
                                               Missy Gorby                                                  
Athletic Director
call school 740-886-3200 ext 44127
cell 304-634-7269




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