Old Colony Athletics - Fall 2022
Walter J Markham Winning Athletic Dept. 2017-2018, 2019-2020
Message from Matt Trahan - Director of Athletics
You often hear that Old Colony is a special place, and it is! Its depth of character, traditions, diversity, commitment to academic & athletic excellence, as well as its beautiful natural surroundings contribute to making Old Colony such an exemplary learning environment. We want you to enjoy the campus and take full advantage of everything Old Colony has to offers and, in doing so, we encourage you to get involved in a sport, club, or activity!
I want to welcome each incoming freshman to the Cougar family! Additionally, I am thrilled to have our current student-athletes participating in fall sports. You are about to begin one of the most exciting times in your life, and everyone in the OC Athletic Department wants to help you make your "Cougar Experience" is a great one.
Vital to the excellence, creativity, and innovation at Old Colony is our commitment to inclusiveness. We are members of the Mayflower Athletic Conference, Massachusetts Vocational Organization & Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. We have had great success competing in the league, vocational, and state tournaments as we are committed to the principles of sportsmanship and fair play.
We ask all involved with sports: parents, student-athletes, and coaches to communicate effectively and respectfully at all times. It is vital for us to run a successful program, and a culture of respect, determination, and caring.
Together we work to promote a campus climate that is respectful, civil, supportive, and safe. These core values allow us to provide a superior learning environment where we can all pursue our dreams and reach our highest potential. Best wishes for a successful year.
Director of Athletics
Requirements for Athletics
We are very excited to announce that the Old Colony High Schools Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.
You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.
We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms.
Please register at: https://oldcolonyregional-ma.finalforms.com
and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms.
Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Old Colony High Schools.
Head Coach Contact Information
Old Colony Athletics
Head Coach Contact Information
Head Coach Lauren McGowan
Head Coach Alex Soares
Head Coach TomLee Martins
Head Coach Marcie Gamelin
Head Coach Kathy Peterson
Head Coach Riley Taveira
Head Coach Brandon Mendez
Athletic Department Hot Topics
Football Parent Letter
Head Coach: Brandon Mendez 508-763-8011 ex 198 email@example.com The mission of the Old Colony Football program is aligned with the school and athletic department ideals. Preparing students for future endeavors in life through lessons on and off the playing field; through a multitude of exp...
General Rules and Conduct
General Rules and Conduct Participation in the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School Football Program is a privilege. With this privilege comes great responsibility. Team members represent the Old Colony Football Program on the athletic fields, in the school building, and in the c...
Participation in athletics is a privilege and not to be taken lightly. Our program is not recreational, and we strive to provide your son/daughter with a quality experience through athletics.
Athletes are expected to attend every practice and contest unless excused by their coach. If an athlete is in school attendance, he or she is expected at practice. There are no unexcused absences from practices or games. Excused absences are permitted for extra help (lateness only), death in the family, family illness, family emergencies, medical reasons, and religious observances. Timely communication between the coach, parent, and/or athlete in this situation is essential.
As discussed in the philosophy portion of this handbook, membership on a junior varsity or varsity team requires a considerable time commitment. The school district is responsible for monitoring the wellness and safety of each of our student-athletes. Any anticipated conflicts with regard to school commitment and program expectations must be brought to the attention of the coaching staff prior to tryouts.
An athlete’s first commitment must be to the school program. Coaches are not expected to excuse athletes from school practices and/or contests/ other commitments.
When parents and student-athletes choose to take their family vacation during a sports season, it must be understood that the time missed by the student-athlete can affect team chemistry, personal conditioning, and performance level of the individual and the overall success of the team. Each and every individual on the team has a role, not just in the game, but in the practice climate as well, regardless of how much playing time the athlete is experiencing. Commitment during the vacation periods involves self-sacrifice, not only on the part of the coach and athlete but the family as well. Attendance is mandatory during vacation periods. The modified program will not schedule as many practices as the high school level. Contact the coach prior to the season in order to fulfill team commitments and expectations.
(Repeated unexcused absentees will be removed from athletic teams.)
Patrons and fans attending Old Colony lacrosse, baseball, and softball games, as well as other contests in the stadium, will not be permitted to stand inside the restraining ropes, behind or near the team areas. At no time should patrons or fans interact with team members or coaches. All patrons will be required to enter the stadium and be seated in the stands.
Fan & Parent Behavior
Booing, taunting or deriding an opposing player or fan or a game official is unacceptable on any field or in any gym. Cheers, chants, or signs or gestures that are obscene, mocking or derogatory are not reflective of the spirit for which we are famous and should never be heard nor seen from a Old Colony cheering section. Serious offenses can lead to dismissal from future attendance, disciplinary probation and expulsion.
No Dogs Allowed
Chemical Health Violations
A student shall not, regardless of the quantity, use, consume, possess, buy/sell, or give away any beverage containing alcohol; any tobacco product; marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance. This policy includes products such as "NA or near beer". It is not a violation for a student to have a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student's own use by his/her doctor. The Chemical Health Rule has been extended to be inclusive of the period from the first allowable day of fall practice, through the end of the academic year or final athletic competition of the year, whichever is later. (Broadening this window from "in season" to the entire academic year reflects that the chemical health of our students is not simply a seasonal concern.) This rule represents only a minimum standard upon which schools may develop more stringent requirements. This MIAA statewide minimum standard is not intended to render "guilty by association", e.g. many student-athletes might be present at a party where only a few violate this standard. If a student in violation of this rule is unable to participate in interscholastic sports due to injury, academics, or otherwise, the penalty will not take effect until that student can participate again. Minimum Penalties: First Violation: When the Principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contest totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. For the student, these penalties will be determined by the season the violation occurs. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program. It is recommended that the student be allowed to remain at practice for the purpose of rehabilitation. All decimal parts of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating the 25% of the season. Second and subsequent violations: When the Principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contest totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. For the student, these penalties will be determined by the season the violation occurs. All decimal parts of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating the 60% of the season. If the second or subsequent violation the student of his/her own volition becomes a participant in an approved chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in MIAA activities after a minimum of 40% of events. The director or a counselor of a chemical dependency treatment center must issue such certification. All decimal parts of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating the 40% of the season. Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year. If the penalty period is not completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall carry over to the student's next season of
OLD COLONY - ATHLETIC TRAINER
John Furtado, MS, PT, LAT, ATC, CSCS, PES
Old Colony has a part-time, licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC) to evaluate, treat and rehab injuries as they occur.
All injuries must be reported to a coach and/or athletic trainer as soon as possible.
Training room rules and regulations must be respected.
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org