Athletic Participation Information

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These are copies of the forms coaches will supply student athletes once student athletes make a team.
Health Questionnaire MUST be completed for the 2020-21 School Year if the sports physical that is on file is dated after April 15, 2019 (from the 2019-2020 school year).

Requirements

  • Each participant must pass a physical examination and have it on file in the office before participation.  Physical can be on or after 4/15/19. Last year's physical is permitted but you MUST complete the above Health Questionnaire form in lieu of a new physical. If you get a new physical, you need not complete the above Health Questionnaire form.  If you don't have a physical, but completed one since 4/15/19, have a doctor complete the MHSAA physical form. 
  • For the 2020-21 school year the MHSAA pre-participation sports physical requirement will be waived for students in any grade who received a valid physical for sports during the 2019-20 school year (one completed on or after April 15, 2019). These students and their parents/guardians will be required to complete the two-page MHSAA SPORTS HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE.
  • Each participant must meet academic eligibility requirements.
  • Students must pay a participation fee of $50 per year (regardless of the number of sports the student plays). NOTE:  Please make Middle School Participation payments to the Middle School office only. It should not be paid to the athlete’s coach. The payment should be separate from any other payments for items such as team t-shirts, team snacks, etc.

Participation

To participate in an athletic contest or practice an athlete must be in school for the entire day. Any deviations to this rule must be cleared by the principal or athletic director prior to the absence. Students that miss one or more class periods in a day without prior clearance will not be allowed to practice or play in a contest scheduled that day. Extenuating circumstances will be addressed by administration on a case-by-case basis.
 
In School & Out of School Suspension and Participation:
Students who have been assigned an in-school or out of school suspension for disciplinary reasons (example:  skipping school, fighting, smoking, etc.) are not to practice or participate in athletic competition of any kind until their first full day back to classes.

Eligibility

Cedar Springs Middle School Academic Eligibility
Weekly - Grade monitoring will be conducted by the athletic department on Friday of each week. Any student who receives one (1) F on their weekly check will be placed on probation for one week (Monday through the next week Saturday). Any student who has been on probation for one week and continues to receives one (1) F on their weekly check will be placed ineligible for one week (Monday through the next week Saturday).
 
All athletes will be notified and a summary of the weekly check will be forwarded to all in-season coaches and the athletes teachers. Teachers will be required to have grades updated by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and will be encouraged to report on any athlete who is struggling or having behavior problems. All students will be encouraged to arrange with staff members extra study sessions before school, at lunch or after school.  
 
Semester RequirementsCedar Springs Middle School requires that all students must have earned credit in five (5) out of six (6) classes from the previous semester to be eligible for the current semester. In addition, Cedar Springs Middle School requires that all students attain a minimum C- (1.67) grade point average in the previous semester in order to be eligible for the current semester. If a student fails to meet these requirements they will become ineligible for the next semester.
 
Appeals Process - for extenuating circumstances . . . a student may submit an appeal. A committee (Athletic Director, Middle School Principal and Counselor) will review all applicants.
 
Students/Parents have the right to appeal the 1.67 GPA rule their academic ineligibility if they have passed 5 out of the 6 classes. Students who have sub 1.67 GPAs will be notified. Letters of appeal from the parent or guardian should be turned in to the middle school principal or the athletic director within two (2) weeks of the semester ending.