Preparing to Play
Sign Up to Play
Please review the Policy for Medical Clearance for Interscholastic Sports (Grades 6 – 12) for more detailed information.
A few weeks before each sport season, a sign-up meeting will be conducted. At this time, the coach of each sport will distribute important information that must be completed prior to the first practice session. The following documents should be distributed to all potential student athletes prior to each sports season:
Both the (Athletic Program Registration Triplicate Card + Health History Review Form) must be approved and signed by the school nurse or school doctor PRIOR to any sports participation. This is a process called certification and can only be done with the student physically present in front of the school nurse. Parents are not permitted to certify their child for sports without their child present. Signed tan-colored cards are returned to each athlete who, in turn, submits that tan-colored card to their respective coach in order to begin to play that sport. Students will not be permitted to participate without an approved (nurse signature + Health Office stamp) tan-colored card.
Students returning to sports after an injury or being out of school 5 days or more due to illness/injury need to be medically cleared by their physician in order to return to sports. Student must bring to the Health Office a Physician Clearance Form from the attending physician stating that the student is physically and medically ready to return to his/her sport. This letter should include the diagnosis, treatment, limitations and restrictions. It must have the physician’s signature and the date.
Sports physicals, whether completed by your family physician or the school physician, are valid for a period of 12 continuous months up to the last day of the month in which the physical was conducted – no exceptions! If the 12 month period for the physical expires during a sports season, the student athlete may complete the remainder of that specified sports season, but must obtain a new physical before starting another sports season. For example, a physical conducted on August 1st would be valid through August 31st. If a student plays beyond August (i.e. football) the student may complete that sports season as long as a health history was conducted by the school nurse before the start of the season. Immediately following the last sanctioned competition for that season, a new physical exam is required if the student is going to play another sport. Sports seasons include tryouts and practices!
It is recommended to have your physical exam performed during the summer months to avoid problems with expired physical dates during the school year and/or sports seasons.
TIPS: During the summer months, student athletes are advised to avoid submitting any sports certification paperwork to the school nurse or athletic trainer via mail or by dropping them off at either individual’s office. This may cause unnecessary delays in finding student’s paperwork, resulting in the athlete not being cleared for athletic participation. Student athletes should keep all forms in their possession and hand deliver them directly to their respective school nurse upon returning to school.
There have been problems in the past with doctor and parent signatures being forged on the sports certification and health history forms. Be advised that any student, parent or family member that is identified as having forged a doctor or parent signature, will result in the student in question being immediately suspended from participation in athletics. These forms are official documents and are vital to the health and safety of the student athletes – no exceptions!
Families with questions should call the High School Health Office at (914) 220 – 3111/2 or the Hommocks Health Office at (914) 220 – 3310 or the District Athletic Office at (914) 220 – 3160. Taking care of the required paperwork before the season starts will help to avoid any unnecessary delays once the season begins!