COUGAR ATHLETICS - CLASS OF 2027
Walter J Markham Winning Athletic Dept. 2017-2018, 2019-2020
Message from Matt Trahan - Director of Athletics
Dear Parents and Student-Athletes,
I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to you as the newest members of the Old Colony "Cougar" family. It brings me great pleasure to congratulate you on your acceptance into our excellent sports program at our school.
As the newest members, you have made an excellent choice by joining our community of student-athletes who are committed to achieving excellence both in the classroom and on the field. Our sports program is known throughout the region for its quality and rigor, and we are confident that you will find it to be one of the best in the area.
We understand that athletics is an excellent way for you to develop physically, emotionally, and mentally. As such, we are devoted to ensuring that you receive the necessary resources, support, and encouragement to reach your goals.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support you in every way possible as you embark on your journey as Old Colony "Cougar" student-athletes.
Once again, welcome to the Old Colony "Cougar" family! We can't wait to see the amazing things you will achieve.
Matt Trahan, C.M.A.A., A.I.C.
Director of Athletics
*** PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE UPCOMING FALL SEASON WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN EARLY JULY. ***
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.
***ALL PHYSICALS SHOULD BE UPLOADED HERE***
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.)
John Furtado - 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.