REMINDER Fall Athletic Registration

WATERTOWN HIGH & SCHOOL STUDENTS REGISTER SOON!

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UPDATES AS OF 08/01/22

Please note: the following changes have been made to this document:


1) MANDATORY MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 16TH: If you and your athlete cannot make this meeting due to summer vacation, please make sure you contact your coach and let them know you will be away.


2) FREE OR REDUCED MEALS FOR REDUCED ATHLETIC FEE: As the government has EXTENDED the free meals for ALL students for the upcoming school year, you will need to be either DCR certified or you must submit an application (see link below) to be approved for a reduced athletic fee. If you are NOT presently or not SURE if you are presently under a Free or Reduced Meals Application Plan and feel you are eligible, you should follow the link to the application and submit it IMMEDIATELY. (SEE ATHLETIC FEES SECTION for Application).

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FALL ATHLETE & PARENT MEETING

MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL 2022-2023 STUDENT ATHLETES

AND THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN.


There will be a mandatory meeting for all students that plan to participate in a sport during the 2022 - 2023 school year. A parent and/or guardian should also attend as there will be important information regarding rules, code of conduct, regulations, practices and games. You will also have the opportunity to meet your student's coaches.


Watertown High School Auditorium, August 16, 2022 6:00 pm

SPORTS OFFERINGS

HIGH SCHOOL – SEASON 08/22/22 – 11/24/22


Cheerleading - Coed (6th, 7th, & 8th grade option for the high school team)

Cross Country - Boys (7th & 8th grade option for the high school JV team)
Cross Country - Girls (7th & 8th grade option for the high school JV team)
Field Hockey
Football - (Season Starts 08/19/22 - 11/24/22)
Golf - Coed
Soccer - Boys
Soccer - Girls (7th & 8th grade option for the high school JV team)
Swim - Girls
Volleyball - Girls


MIDDLE SCHOOL – SEASON 09/12/22 – 10/31/22


Cross Country - Boys (7th & 8th grade option for the high school JV team)
Cross Country - Girls (7th & 8th grade option for the high school JV team)
Field Hockey
Soccer - Boys
Soccer – Girls (7th & 8th grade option for the high school JV team)


NOTE: many of the Middle School sports have a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade option. Students at the middle school for these sports may opt to participate on a JV team. Families that make that choice, are responsible for the transportation of your student to the location of the high school JV teams practices at either the high school (Cheerleading) Filippello Park (Girls Soccer) or Victory Field (Cross Country). Middle School students that choose this option pay the Middle School fee of $50. for the year.

PRACTICE & GAMES

PRACTICES/GAMES – Practice times, locations, and game information will be available after August 15th on our Athletic Webpage


LINK: WATERTOWN ATHLETICS.


Games can also be found on Arbiter Live with this


LINK: WATERTOWN GAMES

TRANSPORTATION

Families/students are responsible to get themselves to all practices. However, all students will receive transportation to all away games.


Middle School Cross Country will be transported to Arsenal Park for all home games as well as all away games.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

All High School and Middle School Students are encouraged to participate in athletics. Studies show students involved in athletics generally have improved academic performance, social relationships, self-esteem, and time management skills. Students also learn leadership skills, teamwork/cooperative skills, positive mentoring skills, and adopt a successful mindset and better lifelong fitness goals.


All students enrolling in a sport must:


1) Have a valid physical

2) Pay their athletic fees

3) Be a student in good standing


(DEFINITION: A student in "Good Academic Standing" is a student that is NOT on HOLD due to owing resources, uniforms, fees and meets grade/academic requirements.)

ATHLETIC FEES

ALL ATHLETIC FEES ARE DUE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.


If you are unsure of your family contribution based on the fee structure, please contact the athletic office for clarification. There will be a link to the online payment system at the end of the registration.


H.S. Athletes $200 for 1st sport / $175 for 2nd sport / $0 for 3rd sport

M.S. Athletes $50 per year

FAMILY CAP $750


There are considerations for athletic fee reductions for High School students only. Middle School athletic fees are already reduced to the lowest family contribution and there are no further reductions.


NOTE: UPDATED 08/01/22


As the government has EXTENDED the free meals for ALL students for the upcoming school year, you will need to be either DCR certified or you must submit an application (see link below) to be approved for a reduced athletic fee. If you are NOT presently or not SURE if you are presently under a Free or Reduced Meals Application Plan and feel you are eligible, you should follow the link to the application and submit it IMMEDIATELY,


MEALS APPLICATION

STUDENT PHYSICALS

All student-athletes must have a current physical on file. The MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association that governs school sports) requires that the student have seen a doctor in-person visit within the last 13 months and must contain a section that says the student may participate in school sports with no restrictions (or with the following restrictions). NO STUDENT CAN PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICES OR CONTESTS WITHOUT THIS.


Due to the registration taking place over summer break, we STRONGLY SUGGEST that ALL registrants attach their current physical even if you thought you have already submitted it. It will allow the school nurses to approve registrations remotely, therefore clearing students to start on the first day of their sport.


If your student's physical has expired and you cannot get an appointment with your pediatrician, CVS MinuteClinic at 189 Watertown St, Watertown, MA 02472 does a low cost student sports physical.

HOW TO REGISTER

Follow the link below to be directed to the Athletics Registration Form NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2022 for High School students and WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2022 for Middle School students to be cleared to participate in the first day of their sports. Students cannot tryout or participate in any practices until they have been registered and cleared.


LINK: FALL REGISTRATION


REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Registration deadlines are so that students can be cleared to participate in the first day of practice/tryouts. Registrations submitted after the deadline will take 3 school days to clear to participate in any practice/tryouts.


H.S. – Wednesday, August 17th for first day. Friday, August 19 (Football). Monday, August 22nd for all other sports. Middle School students opting for a high school JV team, please follow the high school schedule for registration.


M.S. – Wednesday, September 7th for first day. Monday, September 12th (M.S. students participating on a H.S. team will need to follow the H.S. deadlines).



NOTE TO PARENTS – Please review your students profile for the following:


1) Please make sure your students name and address are in upper / lower case (i.e., John Doe, 1 Main Street, Watertown). How you enter your students name and address is how it will appear on all awards and mailings.


2) Please make sure the phone number and email address under the participant's information is your STUDENT'S information for their team captains and coaches. There is a place for your contact information. You will receive all communications as the FamilyID registration account holder.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For any questions during registration, please contact Jae Smith. She will be able to assist you in online registration and online payments and can be reached at 617-926-7748 or via email at jsmith@watertown.k12.ma.us.


Ryan Murphy

Athletic Director

ryan.murphy@watertown.k12.ma.us


Jae Smith

Athletic Administrative Assistant

jsmith@watertown.k12.ma.us


MIDDLESEX LEAGUE

Watertown High School is part of the Middlesex League Freedom Division, which is made up of the following twelve towns: Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn. All of these towns and the Middlesex Leagues fall under the state organization for athletics known as the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, (MIAA).



MIDDLESEX LEAGUE MISSION STATEMENT

The Middlesex League’s athletic programs are established to provide students with opportunities to achieve the highest degree of sportsmanship, fair play and excellence in an atmosphere of mutual respect. The league’s athletic programs enrich the educational development of all participants and help prepare students for leadership roles in society