MHS Football Procedures - Fall 2020
As we all know, there is a spectator limit for all football games this fall. Only those individuals who have a ticket and event staff will be allowed on the campus of Montague High School the night of a game. For those of you that do not have a ticket, you are encouraged to view the live stream that we have made available for you. The link is below.
All spectator parking will be at NBC Middle School. All entrances to MHS will be closed to spectators.
While it will be tempting to show up to the stadium and attempt to see the action live from outside the stadium, we ask that nobody from our school-community attempt to do this. While we wish our team was playing in front of thousands of fans, staying away gives them the best opportunity to finish their season. The MHSAA's stance on this issue is very clear.
The MAPS athletic event staff along with the Montague Police Department will ask you to leave if you show up for a game without a ticket. There will be no exceptions.
This is not the ideal situation for our team, but we all need to remember that in order for our student-athletes to be able to play we have to do our part as a community.
Thank you and GO WILDCATS!
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|‹ November 2020 ›|
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Montague Athletics supports and follows the Montague Area Public Schools goals to deliver on our mission while protecting health and safety by minimizing the potential spread of the disease, both within our community and in the broader society. Please see the highlights of the MAPS Summer Activity and Reopening Guidance below.
Regardless of where the conditioning or practice is held, each student-athlete and coach will have to answer questions on the MAPS Athletics Pre-Workout Screening as well as have a temperature check at every workout attended. A student-athlete who answers yes to any of the questions or has a temperature of 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home and will not be allowed to participate. We are asking that parents who drive their son or daughter to workouts stay until the screening has finished, just in case the student is unable to participate.
If a student-athlete is not allowed to workout due to not passing the pre-workout screening the following will occur:
A parent/guardian will be informed and a coach will recommend that you schedule an appointment with a health care provider immediately.
A student athlete may not be allowed back at practice until a written approval from a doctor is submitted to the athletic department.
The Montague Athletics Return to Activity Plan also includes details on social distancing, facility cleaning/hygiene, equipment disinfection protocol, physical activity guidelines/expectations, and a hydration plan.
Bathrooms will be provided with strict social distancing and safety protocol followed.
Strict social distancing of 6 feet will apply at all times during the activity. During the pre-workout screening, a coach will be within six feet for the temperature check. Anytime a coach is within six feet of an athlete, they will wear a mask.
All athletes must have their own water bottle. We will have a refilling protocol for water bottles to keep our 6 feet distance, however we recommend that the water they bring is in a large container so that they do not have to refill. IF AN ATHLETE DOES NOT HAVE PERSONAL HYDRATION, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE UNTIL THIS CRITERIA IS MET.
Students are always allowed to wear masks. If masks are required, it will be based on the activity the students are participating in, and the athletes will be made aware of this requirement in advance.
Athletes will not be allowed to use our locker rooms at this point in time, and must come to the workouts dressed in their athletic clothing. After the workout, all clothing should be washed to reduce the risk of contamination.
Visit the CDC's COVID-19 website at coronavirus.gov for information on how to protect yourself, what to do if you think you are sick, and more.
Athletic Admission Ticket
All Montague athletes will be required to complete the following steps in order to be allowed to practice or try out for their respective sport.
1. FINAL FORMS – All parents and athletes will be required to register online using FINAL FORMS.
To register your student-athlete, please go to https://montague-mi.finalforms.com
A couple of hints:
Bookmark this site or save it to your desktop on your mobile device or computer (do not Google search for it in the future as you will not go directly to the Montague site).
Have required information available, such as medical history/health information, insurance company policy numbers, doctor, dentist, and hospital information. This will make the registration time be more efficiently completed.
Parents will need to fill in their student’s email address. Final Forms requires that the student’s @students.mapsk12.org email address be used. Obtain this from your son/daughter — it is their graduation year, last name, and the first letter of their first name @students.mapsk12.org. (Example firstname.lastname@example.org) Your student will then need to check their email for information on how to complete their portion of the registration.
The Montague Parent Playbook (listed below) is to help you with the online registration process. Please note once you register, you will receive an email to confirm your account, create a password, and then complete the required forms.
2. According to the Covid-19 MHSAA athletic physical waiver athletic eligibility, your student’s 2019-2020 physical will be valid. A student-athlete will need to fill out and return the attached form below if they have a valid sports physical on file. 2020-2021 MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire (which is attached below)
3. If your student-athlete did not have a physical for the 2019-2020 school year they will need to have a valid physical after 4-15-2020 on file. The MHSAA physical form will be filled out by a physician. MHSAA Physical Form. (which is attached below)
4. Pay to participate fees will not be collected at this time. Due to the uncertainty of athletics happening this fall, we are not making this mandatory at this time. Pay to participate fees will be due before the first contest. Pay to participate fees for the 2020-2021 school year are $75 for MHS and $50 for NBC.
2020-2021 Participation Fees Policy
2020-2021 Participation Fees Policy
Participation fees for the 2020-21 school year will be a one-time annual fee of $75 per student. There is now also a rate for free and reduced lunch students at both schools.
We know these are difficult times for many and do not want to eliminate students from our sports because of financial need. Please feel free to contact Athletic Director Jay Mulder if you would like to discuss the possibilities of financial aid. These arrangements need to be made before the Admission Ticket will be issued.
Athletic Code of Conduct
Athletic Code of Conduct
Athletic participants need to follow the Athletic Code listed below:
Introduction: Montague Area Public Schools (MAPS) believes that students who participate in the privilege of interscholastic sports must act as a positive representative of the school for the entire calendar year (365 days), and not just the particular athletic season in which they participate. The following rules and guidelines apply to students and parents or guardians of students participating in interscholastic athletics. It is the obligation of all students to know about and abide by these guidelines and rules.
Academic Eligibility Standard: To be considered eligible for participation in athletics, MAPS student-athletes may not fail more than 1 class in which they are enrolled during a semester. If the student-athlete fails more than one class in any semester, he/she will be ineligible for 60 school days. Student-athletes will not become eligible again until such time they are not failing more than 1 class. Any student-athlete who received more than one incomplete as a grade at semester time shall be ineligible until a passing grade for that class is recorded. Summer school may be an option to meet this requirement.
A weekly eligibility check system shall be used to monitor academic standing and progress of all student-athletes. A master eligibility sheet listing all of the current sports season participants will be distributed each week to all faculty members. A designation of passing, borderline or failing will be used. Based on the information received from them, students who are failing more than one of their classes, using cumulative marking period averages, will be considered ineligible until the next weekly check is made. The check period runs from Friday to Thursday. Any student receiving two consecutive incomplete grades in the same class will be considered ineligible until the next weekly check is made.
Citizenship: Any student who receives two 3s, two 4s or two of any combination of 3s and 4s on any weekly eligibility citizenship check, will be ineligible for participation until fewer than two 3s or 4s are received. The scale used is 1-Execellent; 2-Good; 3-Needs Improvement; 4-Unsatisfactory.
Student Assistance Program: The Board of Education has passed a policy establishing a student assistance program. If a student comes forward and admits a problem (not after being caught), the student-athlete will have 14 days to enroll in a program approved by the athletic director, assistant principal or principal. If a student-athlete chooses not to enroll in a program within that time, the appropriate athletic suspension will be given. If a student-athlete chooses to enroll in an approved program during the 14 day time period, then the athletic suspension may be postponed, as long as the athletic director is assured that satisfactory progress is being made by the student-athlete.
Training Rules; Adherence to training rules is expected of all student-athletes. At no time, from the date of a student-athlete's first practice in a school sponsored sports activity including summer and off-seasons, shall an individual:
- Use, sell, transfer or possess tobacco products.
- Use, sell, transfer or possess alcoholic beverages.
- Use, sell, transfer or possess illegal drugs or other illegal controlled substances, including inhalants, steroids, or performance-enhancing substances.
- Violate criminal laws or criminal ordinances.
- Violate school policies or regulations, which result in a suspension of 3 days or more.
Disciplinary action regarding these training rules will be taken on the basis of reports from a responsible citizen to the coaching staff or administration. That person must be willing to testify in front of the athlete.
The athletic director via first-class mail will send notification of school?s disciplinary action to the parent or guardian. A statement regarding the appeals procedure, which may be initiated by the legal parent or guardian, will accompany notification. When an athlete, or his/her parent or guardian questions the outcome of a decision, regarding an athletic code violation, an appeal may be made by the parent or guardian to the next higher authority. Such an appeal must be made to the next level within 7 school days of notification of the decision. The chain of appeals is as follows:
- School Board Employee/Community Relations Committee
- Full School Board
The Board will make a decision within 7 days of the recommendation from the appropriate Board committee. If a parent or guardian does not respond to a decision at any level, the parent or guardian or athlete has no further right to appeal. While an appeal is pending, the student-athlete cannot participate in contests but can practice.
Violations of the training rules will result in the following penalties, which will be administered by the athletic director:
- First offense: Suspension from the team for the next number of dates equal to 25% of the maximum allowable playing dates, (or for the number of dates that have been scheduled) for that activity, rounded off to the nearest whole contest, by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (M.H.S.A.A). Tournament dates will be counted when serving a suspension.
- Second offense and all succeeding offenses: Suspension from athletics for 1 calendar year as designated in a certified letter. Succeeding suspensions must be served consecutively, not concurrently, (i.e., the first penalty must be completed before a second penalty may be started and so on.)
- If a suspension is not completed in the current season, it will be carried over into the next athletic season in which the athlete participates.
- Two calendar years without any infractions will result in a clean record.
- Before practice or contest participation, a student-athlete must have on file with school officials, proof of a physical examination signed by a physician (not a physician?s assistant) stating fitness for participation. This exam is valid for one school year if given after April 15th of the preceding school year.
- Prior to implementation, coaches who wish to have specific rules appropriate to their particular activities must have them approved and on file with the athletic director and distributed to the student-athlete.
- Students are required to use school transportation to and from all school athletic events. Special permission to ride with a parent or guardian must be requested in writing and presented to the athletic director prior to noon on the date of the athletic event. The athletic director or coach in permitting last minute requests, may consider emergency circumstances.
- To participate in a contest or practice, the student-athlete must be present in school for the whole day or have a pre-excused absence approved by the administration. Illness will not qualify as a pre-excused absence. A student-athlete present for less than a whole day (after 8:15 A.M.) will need special permission from the administration to participate in that day's event or practice.
- Students who practice with a team and are on the eligibility list for the first contest may not switch sports after the first contest has been played.
- Per school board policy (8300-R-2) "Students charged with or convicted of a felony cannot represent the district at public events as determined by school administration."
You can obtain a copy of the the Medical consent form in the high school office or click here for a copy. A physical form is needed before your son or daughter may begin practice.
Parent-Coach Communication and Guidelines
Interscholastic athletics are a compelling part of a high school's educational program. Due to the high profile nature of competitive athletics, coaches, student-athletes, and parents/guardians often have an emotional investment that can turn what should be a positive experience into a negative one when misunderstandings occur. These guidelines have been created to clarify the expectations for communication between coach, parent, and student- athletes at Montague High School. It also outlines a complaint process, if a problem develops.
The goal of our athletic program is to develop within the student-athlete qualities of leadership, initiative, and good judgment. Our programs promote the physical, moral, and social development of our student-athletes so that they may be able to effectively perform in competition and lead under stress. The competitive goal of our athletic program is to consistently perform as well as possible against a variety of opponents. Consequently, Montague High School will always attempt to field the most effective combination of team members to achieve this goal.
Team membership and playing time are not guaranteed, regardless of grade level or previous team membership. The decision of who makes a team, who plays at what position, and who is given the most playing time is within the sole and absolute discretion of the coaching staff. These decisions will not be reviewed by the administration or discussed with parents.
The primary goal of sub-varsity programs is to identify, develop, and prepare qualified athletes for possible future varsity play. At times, younger players develop at a faster rate than their more experienced counterparts. Consequently, it is within the sole and absolute discretion of the coaching staff to determine whether a younger player starts on a varsity team and a more experienced player has either less playing time or is cut from the team.
While being cut from a team, especially if an athlete had played on the team in the past, is always difficult and traumatic, it is part of the learning process. Being able to accept limitations and disappointments is an important part of maturing. Furthermore, MHS offers many options for interscholastic competition. A student who does not make the team in one sport may very well make the team in another sport and thrive in that alternate arena.
We encourage communication among all as often as possible to ensure a proactive approach so that conflict does not occur.
A. Communication a Parent/Guardian Should Expect from a Coach if requested
1. The coach's background and vision for all levels of the program
2. Expectations and requirements for student-athletes on team (attendance, grades, dress, conduct, etc.)
3. Procedures to be followed in case of injury during practice or contest in conjunction with our athletic trainer
4. Team rules and disciplinary consequences for violations
B. Communication a Coach Expects from a Parent/Guardian if needed
1. Notification that the student-athlete is ill or injured
2. Advance notice if the student-athlete will miss practice or a contest
3. Clarifying questions about team procedures and time commitments
4. Any concerns are first addressed directly to the head coach only, not other parties
It is NOT appropriate to engage in a discussion about roster selection, starting lineup, playing time, captains, other student-athletes and team strategy/play calling. The administration, including the Athletic Director and Principal will NEVER discuss or comment on the selection of the team. Team selections are solely left up to the coaching staff. Also, the coach will NEVER discuss student athletes with anyone other than the parent/guardian of the student-athlete involved. It is extremely difficult to accept that your son or daughter is not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professionals; they make decisions based on what they believe to be in the best interest of MHS, the team and your son or daughter.
Even when the above communication expectations are met by all parties, concerns may become complaints. Should that happen, please address your complaint according to the process below:
MHS ATHLETICS COMPLAINT PROTOCOL
1. The student-athlete discusses his concern directly with the coach(es) - If Not Resolved
2. The parent contacts the coach to discuss the concern - lf Not Resolved
3. The parent, coach(es) AND student-athlete are required to meet personally - If Not Resolved
4. The parent AND student-athlete puts the concern in writing, both sign it, and contacts the Athletic Director - If Not Resolved
5. The Athletic Director will present the concern to the coach and recommend possible solutions - If Not Resolved
6. The Athletic Director will meet with the parent, student, AND coach - If Not Resolved
7. The Athletic Director will refer the matter to the Montague High School Principal - If Not Resolved
8. The High School Principal will refer the matter to the Superintendent.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COACH WITH COMPLAINTS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER A GAME and ALLOW FOR THE 24 HOUR RULE.
Working together in a constructive and reasoned manner, the most significant adults in a student-athlete's life - his parent/guardian(s) and coach(es) - can make high school sports a great experience!
Parents can be the most influential and positive support group for young athletes as they grow and develop. These RESOURCES provided by the Michigan High School Athletic Association will help students get the most out of their interscholastic athletic experiences.
MHS Ticket Prices
Blue Crew Shirt Owners: FREE (Must be worn @ contest)
Family Cap: $20.00
Montague N.B.C. Ticket Prices
Blue Crew Shirt Owners: FREE (Must be worn @ contest)
Family Cap: $10.00
Senior Citizens and Young Children
Seniors over the age of 60 can use their Senior Center Pass to attend all Montague Wildcats HOME sporting events. If you need a Senior Center pass you can contact White Lake Area Senior Center. Children who are preschool or younger will get into all MAPS games FREE.
Student Blue Crew Pass (Blue Crew T-Shirt included): $25
(When wearing the Blue Crew T-Shirt any MAPS student will get into any game for FREE with the exception of Michigan High School Athletic Association tournaments.)
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