CHS Sports - Updated Information (March 5, 2021)
The HCPSS 2020-2021 winter athletic season, scheduled to start on January 11, 2021, has been canceled due to the continuing high rates of COVID-19 infection in Howard County. The start of the winter athletic season had been postponed multiple times with the hope that community health metrics would improve in time for a modified season. Unfortunately, at this point, any additional postponement would result in a competition season of a maximum of one week due to the required number of practice days required by the state.
Howard County continues to regularly remain above 6% COVID-19 test positivity rate and a case rate of more than 30 per 100,000. The decision not to move forward with winter athletics aligns with the majority of Maryland counties and the health metrics adopted by the Board of Education. Understandably, this decision will be very disappointing for student-athletes and their families who had last year’s winter season cut short and this year’s season canceled due to the pandemic. Winter athletic coaches will continue to engage and support student-athletes virtually through the scheduled conclusion of the season on February 13.
Spring Sports Try-outs will begin on Saturday, April 17th. Students interested in trying out for a Spring Sport must complete the Online Athletic Registration thru HCPSS Connect (https://www.hcpss.org/connect/) no later than April 9, 2021. ALL Participation forms are to be completed electronically online, including the HCPSS COVID-19 form. Two documents must be uploaded to the parent portal, the preparticipation physical, dated on or after April 1, 2020, and a recent BGE Utility bill dated no later than March, 2021.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING TRYOUT PAPERWORK ONLINE (Do not use Cell Phones, Use Parent Portal, Allow Pop Ups, and Limit File Size (4MB) for all uploads).
Click on Athletic Registration on the right-hand side Menu,
Click on the Athletic Participation Form and begin filling out form (All sports will be indicated as varsity)
Once you hit Save- all the other forms will open on the left tab
Complete all the forms: Athletic Participation Form, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form, Concussion Information, Concussion testing program, and recent COVID-19 Awareness form. Please complete all additional document. Do not skip or leave any boxes blank.
Upload the following forms: Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form dated on/after April 1, 2020. Upload ALL pages of the Physical Examination Form (including COVID last page). Older physicals will not be accepted.
Upload a RECENT BGE Utility bill (BGE bill must be dated no more than 2 months prior to the beginning of the sports season). **No Cell Phone Bills will be accepted**
**Reminder: Physicals for Athletics are different from those used to register to attend school and wellness visits are not considered a physical.
** Reminder: Just because you have submitted all paper work, the AAM must verify the documents are complete, accurate and meet HCPSS guidelines.
Any questions? Email the Head Spring Sport Coach below. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Allied Co-Ed Softball - Coach Colin Moe - Colin_Moe @hcpss.org
JV Baseball - Coach Matthew Baldwin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Varsity Baseball - Coach Denis Ahearn - Denis_Ahearn@hcpss.org
JV Boys Lacrosse - Jim Trexler - email@example.com
Varsity Boys Lacrosse - Ken Senisi - Kenneth_Senisi@hcpss.org
JV Girls Lacrosse - Gina Ianazzi - Gina_Ianazzi@hcpss.org
Varsity Girls Lacrosse - Ellen Johnson - Ellen_Johnson@hcpss.org
JV Softball - Sophia Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Varsity Softball - TBA
Tennis (Boys & Girls) - Erin Parisi - Erin_Parisi@hcpss.org
Boys Outdoor Track & Field - Corey Eudell - Corey_Eudell@hcpss.org
Girls Outdoor Track & Field - Kevin McCoy - Kevin_McCoy@hcpss.org
Specific Spring Sport Information will be coming soon.
Daily Tryout Schedule, Reminder that practices begin immediately after final rosters are set.
**Returning Athletes-If a Student Athlete is returning from Winter to play a Fall and/or Spring Sport season and wants to use their Winter physical, Parent/Guardians will need to click the checkbox (option to use physical on file dated...) and save. Otherwise, it’ll wait for a new one to be uploaded. Reminder, returning athletes will still need to complete permission information and upload a new utility bill.
Updated Physical Form link: https://www.hcpss.org/f/athletics/preparticipation-physical-evaluation-form.pdf
Updated Covid Information Form Link: https://www.hcpss.org/f/athletics/covid-info-signoff-form.pdf
2021-22 School Year - Start Dates for the Sports Season:
Fall Sports - August 11, 2021
Winter Sports - November 15, 2021
Spring Sports - March 1, 2022
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 12 for Fall, November 14 for Winter, and March 1 for Spring)?
The MPSSAA establishes start dates for all sports in Maryland
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 12th so we have enough days (including the 3 Heat Acclimation days) of practice before the 1st play date which happens to be Friday September 4, 2020
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/
Guidelines for Parent/Coach Communication
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.
Communication you should expect from your child’s coach:
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.
Communication coaches expect from parents:
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.
Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:
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.
Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches:
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.
Procedures to follow to discuss a concern with a coach:
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.
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!
Student athletic policy agreement form for new student athletes.
Agreement for families that acknowledge HCPSS may administer pre-concussion baseline testing and post-concussion testing after a sports-related injury.
Overview of concussion signs and symptoms that can occur in student athletes.
Physician forms for future student athletes to fill out prior to sport seasons.
Protocols for administration of student medication during school hours along with a medication administration history form for physicians.
Acknowledgement statement and guidelines for identifying and responding to a cardiac arrest scenario.