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Sports Offered

Fall - Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Boys' Tennis (club format), Volleyball
Winter - Basketball, Cheerleading, Skiing
Spring - Baseball, Softball, Girls' Tennis, Track & Field 

Athletics Timeline & Registration Deadlines (Click Here for Schedule Information) 

Football - Equipment Checkout Sunday August 7, First Practice Monday August 8
Cross Country, Volleyball - First Practice Wednesday August 10
Boys' Tennis - practice will start after returning to school and gauging interest in team 
Girls' Basketball - First Practice Monday November 7
Boys' Basketball, Skiing - First Practice Monday November 14                                                                                                      Baseball, Softball, Girls Tennis, Track & Field - First Practice Monday March 13

How To Register for High School Sports
  1. Have an athletic physical completed by a physician after April 15 of the following school year.  Click here for a copy of the MHSAA athletic physical form.  The Youth Health & Wellness Center offers physicals by appointment at a discounted rate.  
  2. Complete the athletic pledge and turn into the athletic office before the first competition.  Athletes are still eligible to participate in practice without having the pledge completed.  Click here for a copy of the athletic pledge. 
  3. Turn in the $100 athletic fee to the Athletic, Elementary, or Secondary office before first competition.  Football athletes must also submit a $75 equipment fee.  Athletes are still eligible to participate in practice without submitting the fee. 
  4. Read through the athletic handbook and understand the procedures and policies that will be followed throughout the athletic season.  Click here for a copy of the handbook. 
Vision for High School Athletics 

Varsity Level Competition is the highest level of competition. Our goal is to be as competitive as possible. The Varsity teams are a culmination of the Junior Varsity and Skills programs, moving up through the course of grade levels.  Normally, seniors and juniors make up the majority of rosters.  Occasionally, sophomore student athletes and at times freshman student athletes may be selected on the team providing that evidence of advanced levels of physical development, athletic skill and appropriate social and emotional development is demonstrated.  Squad size at the varsity level is limited.  The number of participants on any given team is a function of those needed to conduct an effective and meaningful practice and to play competitively in the contest.  While contest participation over the course of a season is desirable, a specified amount of playing time at the varsity level is never guaranteed.  Tryouts are an audition, a platform to demonstrate the required athletic skills for a position on the team.  Tryouts are seasonal, and student athletes should come to tryouts prepared for competition.  There is no entitlement for returning players belonging on a team.  The varsity coach is the leader of that sport's program and determines the system of instruction and strategy for that program.  The communication among the modified, junior varsity and varsity programs is the responsibility of the varsity coach.  Preparing to win, striving for victory in each contest and working to reach the group's and individuals' maximum potential are worthy goals of a varsity level team.

Junior Varsity Level Competition is intended for those who display the potential of continued development into productive varsity level performers.  Although team membership varies according to the structure of each program, freshmen and sophomores occupy the majority of roster positions.  In certain situations, juniors who are expected to make contributions at the varsity level will be considered for junior varsity participation.  At this level, athletes are expected to have visibly committed themselves to the program, team and continued self-development. To this end, increased emphasis is placed on physical
conditioning, refinement of fundamental skills, elements and strategies of team play in addition to socio-emotional development. Junior varsity programs work toward achieving a balance between continued team and player development, and striving for victory.  The outcome of the contest is equally as important as at the varsity level.  The realization that practice sessions are important is a premise that is vital to a successful junior varsity team and player.  For all team members, meaningful contest participation will exist over the course of a season; however, a specified amount of playing time is never guaranteed.  Participants at this level are preparing themselves for the six-day-a-week
commitment that is expected at the varsity level.  While contests and practices are rarely held on holidays and Sundays, practice sessions are sometimes scheduled during school vacation periods.  With the goal of becoming a varsity athlete clearly in sight, a high level of dedication and commitment is expected at the junior varsity level.

Skills Level Competition is available to all students at the high school level whose skills are not ready for the JV or Varsity level. Skills level teams are offered by sport/season and determined by the existence of leagues, student interest, and the resources available at that time.  At this level, the focus is on continued learning of various skills and game rules, an expansion of the fundamentals of team play, continued social and emotional growth, and an emphasis on healthy competition.  At this level, development of skills and participation in an organized sport is the goal.  Practices and competitions will be held less frequently, with emphasis being placed on equal playing time.