CHS Sports - Updated Information (January 6, 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.
The fall athletics season is scheduled to begin in-person practices on February 13, 2021, with the hope that the distribution of a vaccine will significantly improve the community health metrics. Online registration for fall athletics will begin on January 12, 2021, via HCPSS Connect. Directions can be found online.
HCPSS takes the safety and well-being of its students, staff and families seriously, and hopes that all its stakeholders are staying safe during this difficult time. Please visit the Howard County Health Department website for more information about the COVID-19 virus and how to remain safe. Thank you for your understanding and continued collaboration as we stay safe, healthy and able to focus on instruction and learning.
Students interested in trying out for a Fall Sport must complete the Online Athletic Registration thru HCPSS Connect (https://www.hcpss.org/connect/) no later than February 5th, 2021. This allows us time to create tryout pods. ALL Electronic forms are to be completed 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 bill dated no later than January, 2021.
Any questions, please feel free to email the Head Coaches below of each Fall Sport Program being offered. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Allied Co-Ed Soccer - Coach John Spaide - John_Spaide @hcpss.org
Cheerleading - Coach Alexandra Ward - Alexandra_Ward @hcpss.org
Boys Cross Country - Coach Rob Slopek - Robert_Slopek@hcpss.org
Girl's Cross Country - Kevin McCoyGirls - Kevin_McCoy @hcpss.org
Varsity Field Hockey - Ying Schaik - firstname.lastname@example.org
JV Field Hockey - Taylor Wallace - email@example.com
Football (JV & Varsity) - William Martin - William_Martin@hcpss.org
Golf - Stephen Lee - Stephen_Lee@hcpss.org
JV Boys Soccer - Brandon Bascilio - firstname.lastname@example.org
Varsity Boys Soccer - Justin Thomas - Justin_Thomas@hcpss.org
Varsity Girls Soccer - Hank Hurren - email@example.com
JV Girls Soccer - Meagan Monfrida - Meagan_Monfrida@hcpss.org
Volleyball (9th, JV & Varsity) - Michael Bossom - Michael_Bossom@hcpss.org
Athletic Eligibility Update - Winter Season
Due to the extended COVID-19 closure and in order to promote student engagement and well-being, the Board of Education waived the grading requirements for the winter season. Due to the ongoing changes in the schedule for athletics, HCPSS will also waive the athletic eligibility requirement that students must be enrolled in at least one course at their high school in order to participate on an athletics team. Students who enrolled solely at Howard Community College for the Fall 2020 semester and did not take any high school-based courses will be eligible to participate in athletics, effective immediately. For seasons that follow, Athletic Eligibility will be determined by the most recent report card before the start of the season will continue to be used to determine a student’s eligibility for participation.
Season Start Dates - The HCPSS has approved February 13th, as the start of the Fall Sports Season.
Here are the new start dates:
Fall Sports Tryouts – Starting February 13, 2021
Spring Sports Tryouts – Starting April 17, 2021
Online Sports Registration for Athletes: The Portal for Fall Sports will open on January 12, in the Parent Portal at HCPSS Connect. Please see below for important information related to Fall Sports. 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 - Helpful “How to Guide” for completing On-Line Registration link: http://www.hcpss.org/f/connect/hcpss-connect-guide-hs-athletic-registration.pdf.
Athletic Registration Instructions Powerpoint:
**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. Winter 2020 physicals can be used for Fall 2021 and Fall Physicals can be used for the Spring 2021 season. Athletes will need a new physical for the next school year, dated no earlier than April 1st of the previous school year.
**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
Fall Sports, 2021, Tryout Information-1st Day of Tryouts begins 2/13/21
Make sure all paperwork online is completed. Reminder practices begin after tryouts are completed.
Specific Sport Information (coming soon)
Daily Tryout Schedule, Reminder that practices begin immediately after final rosters are set. Contact Coach for any additional information (emails below).
To be announced
1st Semester Virtual Engagement Continues thru March – Meeting Codes
Virtual Meetings will continue for Fall and Spring students should Winter Sports begin on January 11, 2021. Fall Sports Meet on Monday’s and Spring Sports will meet on Friday’s. Students may register for these at any time during the 1st Semester. Directions for Virtual Engagement Participation, all students must register thru their Parent Portal for VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT at https://www.hcpss.org/connect/; Students may choose to engage in any sports that interests them, but they may only choose one per season. *Only Centennial High School students are eligible to engage in the meetings and they must use their HCPSS email/Google account to log in. It is the same process as logging into a class.
1st Semester Virtual Engagement Registration Information and meeting codes - Click on the link below to obtain the dates, times and Google Meet Code of each Coach's weekly meeting: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zediAzFSBzxYD9mu3igPJ4obieG3GekLS1m8c-vONpM/edit?usp=sharing