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Fall Sports Begin July 31st

The fall sports season will kick off July 31st as fall programs begin preparation for the 2017 season. You can find the times and locations of the first week of tryouts for all fall sports on as well as below. Please note that times and locations are subject to change. A reminder to all student-participants that you must have the entire eligibility packet complete and turned in prior to practice on July 31st. The eligibility packet can be found on the website.

Football - (Stadium)

7/31- 5-9pm

8/1 - 5-9pm

8/2 - 5-9pm

8/3 - 5-9pm

8/4 - 5-9pm

8/5 7am-2pm

Softball (Softball Fields)

8/1 - D124 Classroom/Softball Field 2:30-4:30pm

8/2 - 2:45-5:30pm

8/3 - 2:45-5:30pm

8/4 - 2:45-5:30pm

8/5 - 8:30-11:30am

Boys Soccer (Stadium)

7/31 - 2:30-5:45

8/1 - 2:30-5:45

8/2 - 2:30-5:45

8/3 - 2:30-5:45

8/4 - 2:30-5:45

8/5 - 8am

Girls Golf

7/31- 9:15am (Pheasant Run)

8/1 - TBD

8/2 - TBD

8/3 - TBD

8/4 - TBD

8/5 - TBD

Girls Volleyball (Main Gym & Aux Gym)

7/31- 2:30-5:00pm

8/1 - 2:30-5:00pm

8/2 - 2:30-5:00pm

8/3 - 2:30-5:00pm

8/4- 1:30-4:00m (Varsity) 2:30-5:00pm (9th & JV)

Cross Country (Stadium)

7/31 - 7-9am

8/1 - 7-9am

8/2 - 2:30-4:30pm

8/3 - 2:30-4:30pm

8/4 - 2:30-4:30pm

8/5 - 7-8:30am

Boys Swim (Rec Plex)

7/31 - 5:30-7:30pm

8/1 - 5:30-7:30pm

8/2 - 5:30-7:30pm

8/3 - 5:30-7:30pm

8/4 - 5:30-7:30pm

Girls Tennis

7/31 - 4:00-6:00pm

8/1 - 4:00-6:00pm

8/2 - 4:00-6:00pm

8/3 - 4:00-6:00pm

8/4 - 4:00-6:00pm

Freshmen Cheer

8/14 - Required Parent Informational Meeting - 7pm

8/15 - Tryout Clinic - 6:00-8:00pm

8/16 - Tryout Clinic - 6:00-8:00pm

8/17 - Final Evaluation - 5:30 to 8pm

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Bahan Attends Boys State

Congratulations to Matt Bahan on being selected to attend Boys State this summer. The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning. Congratulations to Matt for this honor and in representing Howell.
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Howell Staff Works To Ensure Student-Participant Safety During Heat

At Howell the safety of our students is our number one priority. In order to ensure the safety of Howell student-participants during this warm time of year all FHHS fall coaches will be following both a “16 Day Acclimatization Period” as well as “Heat Index Procedures” for all students involved in activities during the fall. Information regarding the 16 Day Acclimatization Period and the Heat Index Procedures can be found below. Please have conversations with your student-participant regarding this information as well as proper hydration so that they are prepared for July 31st. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Francis Howell Activities Director Sean Erwin at

Heat Index Procedures

1.)When the heat index reaches 95-104 all Howell coaches who are conducting practice outside will alter their practices. The altering of practice will include more water breaks, shortening of drills, larger breaks between drills, and allowing athletes to get a drink at any time. It may also include the shortening of practice. (These measures outlined meet all guidelines set forth by MSHSAA)

2.)When the heat index reaches 105 or above practices will not take place outdoors until the heat index drops below the 105 mark. Practices may be moved indoor in the event that the heat index is above 105. (This is in compliance with MSHSAA guidelines)

3.)Howell Student-participants are encouraged to hydrate prior to coming to practice and bring water with them. Water will be available for student-athletes at all practices.


(Days 1-5)

1. Days 1 through 5 of the acclimatization period consist of the first 5 days of formal practice. During this time, athletes are not allowed to participate in more than 1 practice per day.

2. If a practice is interrupted by inclement weather or heat restrictions, the practice may recommence once conditions are deemed safe. Total practice time should not exceed 3 hours in any 1 day.

3. A 1-hour maximum walk-through is permitted during days 1–5 of the acclimatization period. A 1-hour recovery period is required between the practice and walk-through (or vice versa).

4. During days 1–2 of the acclimatization period, in sports requiring helmets or shoulder pads, a helmet is the only protective equipment permitted (goalies, as in the case of field hockey and related sports, may not wear full protective gear or perform activities that would require protective equipment).

A. Football only: On days 3–5, contact with blocking sleds and tackling dummies may be initiated.

B. Full-contact sports: 100% live contact drills may begin no earlier than day 6.

Beginning on day 6, all protective equipment may be worn and full contact may begin.

(Days 6-16)

1. Beginning no earlier than day 6 and continuing through day 14, double-practice days must be followed by a single-practice day. On single-practice days, 1 walk-through is permitted, separated from the practice by at least 1 hour of continuous rest. When a double practice day is followed by a rest day, another double practice day is permitted after the rest day.

2. On a double-practice day neither practice may exceed 3 hours in duration nor may student-athletes participate in more than 5 total hours of practice. Warm-up, stretching, cool-down, walk-through, conditioning, and weight-room activities must be included as part of the total practice time. The 2 practices must be separated by at least 3 continuous hours in a cool environment.

3. Because the risk of exertional heat illnesses during the preseason heat-acclimatization period is high, it is recommended that an athletic trainer be on site before, during, and after all practices, but it is not required.

Howell To Host "Dig Pink" Volleyball Event

This fall the Howell Girls Volleyball program will host the All Volleyball Dig Pink Challenge. The Dig Pink Challenge works to support the Sideout Foundation. The Sideout Foundation teams with the volleyball community to raise money for breast cancer research. Last year the Dig Pink Challenge raised over $35,000.

This year's matches will take place on September 9th at Howell. We hope all Viking fans will come out and support this great cause and see some of the top volleyball programs in the St. Louis area face off. You can find the schedule of games below. Stay tuned to the Viking Insider and @FHVikings for more information on this great event.

All Volleyball Dig Pink Challenge - September 9, 2017

2:00 pm - Cor Jesu vs. TBD

3:30 pm - Lafayette vs. Parkway West

5:00 pm - Howell vs. Troy

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Natalie Jackson Commits to SEMO

Congratulations to Natalie Jackson on her verbal commitment to further her education and play soccer at Southeast Missouri State University.
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Parent Ads Available In Fall Sports Program

Parents can now purchase adds in the Howell Fall Sports program. All parent ads and payments must be received by August 9th. Below you can find the link to recognize your favorite Viking in this fall's program!

2017 Fall Program Parent Ads

New Howell T-Shirts For Sale In Activities Office

You can now purchase your Howell Vikings t-shirts in the Activities Office. The shirts will also be on sale during schedule pickup this week at the Activities Department table. Dri-fit tee's are just $12 and cotton tees are $10. We hope to see all Viking fans in their blue and gold as we kick off the 2017-18 season.

Upcoming Howell Events & Activities

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151 District Championships

72 Final Four Appearances

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