Column: Summer's coming, but it's time to start thinking about fall sports
By Josh Dale, District 518 WORTHINGTON -- It's time for our Middle School athletes to start planning for next fall. Winter and spring sports are easy for us to communicate with our student/athletes since they are right here in the building. Fall ...
By Josh Dale, District 518
WORTHINGTON - It’s time for our Middle School athletes to start planning for next fall. Winter and spring sports are easy for us to communicate with our student/athletes since they are right here in the building. Fall sports are a different story since everyone is off for summer break. So, we wanted to get some information out now to be sure everyone is prepared for the start of practice. We don’t want any future stars missing out on a season or even a practice.
This information is for any student that will be in seventh or eighth grade next year. If you’re going into ninth grade you should already know the routine, but now you go to the high school office with your information and questions.
The first thing to take care of is getting a sports physical exam with your doctor. There is specific paperwork that your doctor will need to fill out for us and if your shots aren’t up to date, you can get those taken care of at the same time. This physical is good for three years. Make an appointment soon, because you can’t even practice until this is done.
Next, you’ll need to get the parent permission paperwork and your participation fee turned in to the office. The fee for all Middle School sports is $20. If your family qualifies for the free/reduced price lunch program, your fee is $10.
The first important date to mark on your calendar is Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 at WHS. This is the sports eligibility meeting, and all students interested in a fall sport must attend. A Shout Point message will go out this summer to remind you. Sanford will be at the high school on this day offering sports physicals to students who still need them. Starting at 4:45 p.m., your students can get a full sports physical at a cost of $25.
Sign-up sheets for fall sports will be in the office the last two weeks of school. If you aren’t interested in sports, we have lots of clubs you can join. We share information about them once school starts.
The rest of the important dates are for the first days of practice. Pay attention because they start before school starts:
Aug. 13: Cross country (boys and girls); soccer (boys and girls); tennis (girls).
Aug. 27: Football (boys); volleyball (girls).
Josh Dale is District 518’s activities director.