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June 6 Update Regarding Masks
Masks are still required indoors, with continued exceptions for eating, drinking, and mask breaks. When outdoors, individuals no longer need to be masked. More >>

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Athletics Office
1401 N Cayuga St
Samantha Little
Director of Athletics and Wellness

Emily Smith
Administrative Assistant

Updates and Announcements

Weekly Updates - June 7
This marks the final week of athletic competitions and, in accordance with CDC guidelines, no masks will be required while attending outdoor events.

We would like to thank our scholar-athletes, families and officials for their support and flexibility during this unprecedented year, and look forward to the 2021-2022 season.

Registration for Fall sports is July 23-August 18 through FamilyID. 

Go Little Red!

Masking Update
On June 6, the ICSD announced that individuals no longer need to be masked when outside. As such, masks will not be required for scholar-athletes or spectators for outdoor athletic contests.
Tennis Courts CLOSED
Due to an electrical issue, the tennis courts at Ithaca High School are closed to the public until further notice. For your own safety, please do not climb over the fencing to access the courts.
Little Red Readers
ICSD Athletics recently launched "Little Red Readers,” a program designed to foster a sense of community throughout the district and establish our varsity student-athletes as mentors for younger students.

Each week, one or more student-athlete "Mystery Readers" record themselves reading a favorite childhood book, and the recording is shared with students at all eight of our elementary schools. The Mystery Readers are encouraged to choose books that promote anti-racism, inclusion, and equity, and some will read in languages other than English.

Click here to learn more about Little Red Readers, and be sure to check back every Tuesday to find out who the week's Mystery Reader is!

Weekly Reader: Girls Tennis
Reading: Mango, Abuela, and Me
by Meg Medina  View recording>>
Little Red Mystery Reader - Girls Tennis
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NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Teams
Congratulations to our NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete teams for the fall 20/21 season! The following teams reached this pinnacle: 
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Soccer
  • Cheer
  • Girls Swim and Dive
  • Boys XC
  • Girls XC
  • Volleyball
"I Do My Part..."
ICSD Scholar-Athletes created a video to share the many ways they keep our community safe and why they are grateful to do their part to keep our athletic programming up and running!

View the video here:

Spectator Expectations for Home Events
As of June 6, masks are no longer required at outdoor athletic contests for scholar-athletes or spectators.

Beginning May 19, Scholar-Athletes will be allowed to have four spectators at each home event. All spectators are required to complete a COVID-19 screening and temperature check, maintain physical distancing, wear masks (indoor only), and adhere to all other safety protocols.

ICSD spectator attendance is governed by COVID-19 safety protocols as recommended by local and state officials, and the New York State Public High School Association ( and 2021 Spring Sports FAQ). We will continue to follow these safety protocols until new guidance is received from our governing agencies. If you have any questions about safety protocols and expectations, please contact Athletic Director Samantha Little at 274-2155. 

Click here to review our spectator expectations for home contests.

COVID-19 Symptom Screening Reminder
During these incredibly uncertain and stressful times, please be diligent in monitoring your scholar’s symptoms. Regardless of the symptoms (i.e., cough, stomach ache, loose stool, itchy eyes, runny nose, fever, etc.), please do not send your scholar to school or practice without first being tested. Additionally, we only accept Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing results for return to school or participation, not rapid testing results. If your scholar gets a rapid test for whatever reason, please do not send them to school or practice.

Scholars are expected to fill out the daily screener, regardless of whether they are in-person or virtual, and will have their temperature taken daily prior to practice. If a scholar has a temperature of 100° or higher, the coach will take the temperature a second time. If the temperature reads 100° or above a second time, the scholar cannot participate that day and needs to get a PCR test that reads negative before returning.

Spring Signing Ceremony
We will be having our Spring NLI Signing Celebration on Friday, June 11th in Bliss Gym. More details to come! This signing celebration is open to student-athletes continuing their academic and athletic careers at any level. Please send Stephanie Valletta an email ( if your student would like to be a part of the celebration!

*If a student participated in the fall signing celebration, they won't be able to join again.

Athletic Facilities Updates
We are excited about the work being done to enhance our outdoor learning spaces and athletic fields. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we enter the home stretch.

Sweet Field and Softball Field: Electricity is being worked on and is not currently functioning.

Tatascore Field: Construction begins on Tatascore Field in July; there will be no use of the field until further notice.

Pool: Construction is still underway.

Moresco Stadium: The track is being prepped for completion so the stadium is not available for use until further notice. 

Tennis Courts: The tennis courts are currently closed to the public until further notice due to an electrical issue. Please do not climb over the fence to access the courts, as this is a safety issue.

All ICSD fields will be closed starting June 14 for routine maintenance, and will not reopen for use until August.

Please call the Athletics Office at 274-2155 if you have any questions.

Practices Closed to Public
Please remember that all ICSD practices are closed to the public.

Thank you for your understanding!

Livestream ICSD Games on YouTube
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There are still many limitations in place regarding spectators at our events, but you can still watch live!

Please take a minute and subscribe to our  ICSD Athletics YouTube Channel! Having 1,000 subscribers will allow us to live stream more of our events, which is even more important now because of limitations on spectators.

To view the dates and times of our upcoming home contests, visit ScheduleGalaxy.

"Always Ithaca" Alumni Spotlights
Our alumni spotlight series called "Always Ithaca" helps to remind current student-athletes that, despite these difficult times, the red and gold run deep and the ICSD family remains strong. 

Click here to view the Always Ithaca alumni spotlights!

Coaches and Officials Appreciation Days 2020-2021
Coaches Appreciation Days
Officials Appreciation Days
Staff Wellness
June Wellness NewsletterCheck out the June 2021 wellness newsletter for outdoor exercise safety tips, a cucumber blueberry salad recipe, and more! To view previous issues of Live Well, Work Well, visit our Staff Wellness Updates webpage.

For more updates and resources, check out our staff wellness page.

Capital Project Construction
The Ithaca High School pool and Moresco Stadium are currently under construction, receiving significant upgrades and repairs through the district's 2019 Capital Project. Click on the images below to learn more!
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Moresco Stadium

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