The MPSSAA has not changed the start date for the Fall 2017 season. There have been many questions about this with regards to the potential school start date being changed.
Fall 2017-August 9, 2017
Winter 2017-November 15, 2017
Spring 2018-March 1, 2018
In response to cutting back on the collection of paperwork, HCPSS has decided to allow families to submit the necessary documents to participate in HS Athletics via HCPSS Connect. Paperwork can still be submitted as we have done for years but we are hoping that many families will take advantage of this online submission process.
Online registration for fall athletics will be available beginning July 1 via HCPSS Connect using this link. http://www.hcpss.org/connect/
When attempting to submit online, we have been told to make sure Pop Ups are Allowed
Please, make sure Physicals have all signatures (Parent/Guardian, Athlete, and Physician) before scanning and uploading.
Parents will be able to fill out required forms, upload physicals and proof of residency, and more. For more information, please contact your school’s Athletics and Activities manager.
Helpful How to Guide is available at http://www.hcpss.org/f/connect/hcpss-connect-guide-hs-athletic-registration.pdf
1. Do we need to turn in all paperwork or complete online registration before an athlete is allowed to tryout? Yes
2. How long are tryouts? Student athletes are given 3 days from the scheduled start date for tryouts
3. When do practices begin after tryouts? Regular Practices begin immediately after rosters are finalized at the end of tryout period.
4. How long is the Impact Test (Concussion Baseline) good for? The Impact test baseline is good for 2 years.
5. What is the roster size for _______ ? Each team roster is determined by the coaching staff.
6. Why do we have to begin on a particular date (i.e. August 9 for Fall, November 15 for Winter, and March 1 for Spring)?
The MPSSAA establishes start dates for all sports in MD
A member MPSSAA school (includes athletes) may not participate in a regularly scheduled game until at least 20 calendar days have elapsed after and including the first day of practice. Golf is the only exception.
This is why we are required to begin on August 9th so we have enough days (including the 3 Heat Acclimation days) of practice before the 1st play date which happens to be Friday Sept. 1st this year.
Issues could arise if we don't allow enough time for proper Heat Acclimation and/or preparation of athletes.
7. What is the link for the NCAA Eligibility Center? contact information? (For student athletes interested or planning to play in college)
For students and parents with eligibility questions:
877/262-1492 (toll free)
Additional NCAA information can be found at http://www.hcpss.org/athletics/ncaa-participation/
Cross Country August 9th-12th 7am-10am, Athletes will meet on the Track
Field Hockey August 9th-12th 8am-11am, Athletes will need to be ready for track (running shoes), the turf, and Bermuda
Football tryouts-August 9, 10, 11 Practice 7:00-10:00am Stadium Field or Practice Field
UPDATED: Volleyball Tryouts-August 9, 10, 11 Varsity 8-11am and Saturday 8-11am, Freshman 1:30-4:30pm NO Saturday, JV 4:30-6:30pm and Saturday 11:30-1:30pm Location: Main Gym
Optional Pre-tryout Conditioning Program August 9th-12th, 9-11am
Mandatory Tryouts August 14th-18th, 9am-12pm
Boys' Soccer Tryouts-August 9, 10 5-8pm Stadium Field & August 11 8-11am Stadium Field
Impact (Concussion) Testing will be held in the Media Center Computer Labs, Baseline test is good for 2 years
Concussion Baseline or Impact Testing is required for all athletes playing a collision sport. Sports exempt at this time are Golf, Tennis, Cross Country, and Track athletes. Although, we recommend all athletes be tested. Below are the testing dates for Summer 2017 (Fall Athletes). We will offer additional test dates prior to Winter and Spring Seasons.
Thursday, 6/8/17: 2:30-4:00 pm
Monday, 6/12/17: 2:30-4:00 pm
Thursday, 6/15/17: 9:00-11:00 am
Wednesday, 8/2/17: 2:00-4:00 pm
Monday, 8/7/17: 9:00-11:00 am
Tuesday, 8/8/17: 2:00-4:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, 8/9/17 1st DAY OF FALL SPORTS!
* Please be on time for the session you choose. The test usually takes 20-30 minutes to complete.
Applications will be available in April, see your coach or Mr. Sageman to pick one up. Applications will be due each year in early May.
Criteria for award:Applicant's need to earn 12 points total and coaches approval. 1 point for every JV year and sport, 2 points for every Varsity year and sport, 1 point each championship (county, region, state), 1 point for Captain, All County, All State, All Metro, and 2 points for School Records. additional points can be added for additional awards, please contact Mr. Sageman.
For more information or to purchase a "coupon" for a date/time Contact Coach Schaffer, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Sageman (AAM), email@example.com
At all Howard County athletic events, we strive to provide a pleasant and safe environment for all spectators and participants. We ask fans to refrain from:
Admission is a privilege to observe a contest, not a license to display insensitive or offensive behavior. Enjoy the event! Be a fan, not a fanatic!
By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to our children. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s program.
1. Philosophy of the coach.
2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players of the squad.
3. Locations and times of all practices and contests.
4. Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning.
5. Procedure should your child be injured during participation.
6. Discipline that result in the denial of your child’s participation.
1. Concerns expressed directly to coach.
2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
3. Specific concern in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
As your children become involved in programs at Glenelg, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.
1. The treatment of your child, mentally or physically.
2. Ways to help your child improve.
3. Concerns about your child’s behavior.
It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you may want. However, playing time is earned in the estimation of the coaches and is not an entitlement. Coaches are professionals and they make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you have read from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with the coach.
1. Playing time
2. Team strategy
3. Play calling
4. Other student-athletes
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the others’ position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
1. Wait 24 hours before you make initial contact with the coach.
2. After you have waited 24 hours call or email the coach to set-up an appointment.
3. If the coach cannot be reached, email/call Dan Sageman, the Athletics and Activities Manager, and a meeting will be arranged for you.
Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution. This is why waiting 24 hours before the initial contact with the coach is such a crucial step in the resolution process.
Parents are encouraged to discuss issues and problems with the Athletics and Activities Manager. However, if a parent has specific complaint regarding a coach, then the coach must have the opportunity to be present to meet with the parent.
A full-time high school student earns academic eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities by maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA), calculated using credit or non-credit courses, with no more than one failing grade for the marking period which governs eligibility for that activity. If a student withdraws from a course, the grades at the time of withdrawal will be used in determining academic eligibility.
**Only need a COPY of Birth Certificate or Passport**
Student athletic policy agreement form for new student athletes.Sports Concussion Testing Program and Release of Information
Agreement for families that acknowledge HCPSS may administer pre-concussion baseline testing and post-concussion testing after a sports-related injury.HCPSS Athletics Concussion Information Sheet
Overview of concussion signs and symptoms that can occur in student athletes.Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form
Physician forms for future student athletes to fill out prior to sport seasons.Medication Procedure Information
Protocols for administration of student medication during school hours along with a medication administration history form for physicians.Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information
Acknowledgement statement and guidelines for identifying and responding to a cardiac arrest scenario.