CHS Athletics Information - Updated Information (October 1, 2021)
CHS Winter Athletic Orientation Program (Power Point Presentation)
Update-Athletics Participation – 10/1/2021
In an effort to ensure the safety and health of students while participating in school-sponsored winter athletics practices and competitions, HCPSS will require all student-athletes in grades 9–12 to provide proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing in order to participate. This requirement will begin with the start of winter athletics practices during the 2021–2022 school year.
Parents/guardians may provide proof of vaccination by one of the following ways:
Proof of vaccination documentation may consist of a scan or image of the vaccine card that was provided by the health organization that administered the vaccine, or documentation received from ImmuNet - the State’s immunization information system.
Fully vaccinated students who wish to participate in winter athletics (including Allied Sports, and student team managers) and do not wish to undergo weekly testing should provide vaccine verification no later than Thursday, November 11, 2021. Otherwise, testing for all participating student-athletes who have not confirmed vaccine verification will begin on Friday, November 12, 2021 prior to the start of practice on Monday, November 15, 2021. Student-athletes will require parent permission to undergo the testing through the Maryland Department of Health contractor who will conduct the weekly testing for HCPSS. A permission form will be sent by your school’s AAM.
Additionally, all paid and volunteer coaches for winter athletics must provide proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing. Vaccine verification and testing will not be required for spectators.
Winter 2021 Tryout Information-1st Day of Tryouts begins Monday November 15, 2021! The HCPSS 2021-2022 Winter Athletic Season will begin with Try-outs on Monday, November 15, 2021. Students are to attend each try-out session in order to be considered for the team. Online Athletic Registration is open NOW through HCPSS Connect in the Parent Portal in Synergy. The Winter Sports Try-out Schedule for November 15th is posted above.
Online Registration for Winter Sports is NOW OPEN via the Canvas Parent Portal in Synergy.
Parents/guardians can complete required forms, download physicals and proof of residency, and more as part of the online registration process.
Please note-Do not use Cell Phones, Use Parent Portal, Allow Pop Ups, and Limit File Size (4MB) for all uploads.
Instructions for Sports Registration
1. Go to https://www.hcpss.org/connect/
2. Do not use your Mobile Phone;
3. Login to your HCPSS Connect Portal (Parents & Guardian MUST use the parental login. Using your students log in info. will not allow you to register); Once logged in, go to the menu on the left and click the bottom option More Options (Family File, Reports Cards, etc.). If you have more than one student make sure you have selected the student from the drop down menu at the top of the page.)
4. Click on Athletic Registration on the right hand side Menu, select the correct season Fall/Winter/Spring;
5. Complete all of the forms: Parent Authorization Form, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form, Concussion, please complete all additional documents…Do not skip or leave any boxes blank.
6. Upload the following forms: Physical Examination Form must be dated on/after November 15, 2020 and is valid through November 15, 2021 for the Winter Sports Season. Upload ALL pages of the Physical Examination Form. Physical forms dated BEFORE November 15, 2020 will not be accepted!
7. Upload an October or November, 2021, BGE Utility bill. Older Utility bills will not be accepted. Utility (BGE, Potomac Edison, Solar,...Water, Cable/Satellite are allowed) **No Cell Phone Bills will be accepted**
**Reminder - Physicals for Athletics are different from those used to register to attend school. The Athletic Physical includes a Clearance without restrictions by Medical Staff.
Please, make sure Physicals have all signatures (Parent/Guardian, Athlete, and Physician) before scanning and uploading. FALL 2021 physicals can be used for Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 season, Winter physicals can be used for Spring. Athletes will need a new physical for next school year, dated no earlier than April 1st of the previous school year.
**Returning Athletes-If a Student Athlete is returning from Fall to play Winter and/or Spring season and wants to use the fall 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
Helpful How to Guide is available at http://www.hcpss.org/f/connect/hcpss-connect-guide-hs-athletic-registration.pdf
Athletic Registration Instructions powerpoint: https://ghs.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/Instructions%20for%20Sports%20Registration.pptx
Daily Tryout Schedule, Reminder that practices begin immediately after final rosters are set.
Please email the Winter Head Varsity Coach if you have any questions regarding Winter Sports try-outs. A list of all CHS Winter Varsity Coaches is listed below and a list of all CHS Coaches can be found under the tab, All CHS Coaches Contact Information.
Boys Basketball – Robert_Slopek@hcpss.org
Girls Basketball - William_Martin@hcpss.org
Cheer – Jessica Brent – (email@example.com)
Indoor Track – Kevin_McCoy@hcpss.org
Wrestling - firstname.lastname@example.org
Allied Bowling - Elizabeth_Engle@hcpss.org
2021-22 School Year - Start Dates for the Sports Season:
Winter Sports - November 15, 2021
Spring Sports - March 1, 2022
1. 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 11 for Fall, November 15 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 11th so we have enough days (including the 3 Heat Acclimation days) of practice before the 1st play date which happens to be Friday September 3, 2021.
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.