When and how does the sport season start?
There are three sports seasons. The fall season usually starts in mid-September, the winter season starts around mid-November, and the spring season starts in mid-March. Students should listen to the morning announcements for organizational meetings and first practices. Questions about starting times can be directed to the main office. To be eligible to attend practice, students must have all paperwork completed in the athletic/main office and they need to have taken an ImPACT baseline test.
Paperwork and Physicals:
All student-athletes in Pennsylvania must complete the PIAA forms to be eligible to participate and/or try out for any sport. Those forms can be found at piaa.org or at our school website under Athletics – Participation Paperwork. Sections 1-5 are to be completed by a parent/guardian. Section 6 must be completed by a physician after June 1 of that school year. Paperwork can be turned in at the TEMS athletic office. If a student-athlete is participating in a second or third sport during a school year, only Section 7, completed by a parent/guardian, is needed. Paperwork due dates: Fall – September 8; Winter – November ; Spring – February .
We encourage all students to participate in any of the sports offered. However, certain teams select players through a try-out process. Currently, those teams are boys and girls basketball and boys baseball. The try-out schedule will be posted on the athletic bulletin board, outside the main office, and on the athletic page on the school website. They will also be announced on the morning announcements.
The season schedule of games is available online. Click here for the current schedule. Sign up through Digital Sports to receive email updates to the schedule. Daily practice and game updates are available through the TEMS website and the athletic hotline. Weekly schedule updates are also posted to our weekly bulletin.
The coach will give the players information on what they need to bring to practice (attire, equipment, etc.) at the team meeting before the first practice. Practices typically conclude between 4:30-5:00. Parents are responsible for picking up their student-athletes promptly. Teams that practice at the VFMS fields (Boys/Girls Soccer, Unlimited Football, Boys/Girls Lax) are transported back to TEMS by bus at the end of practice.
All parent pick-up from should be at TEMS. Please pull into a parking space while you wait for your son or daughter. Otherwise, the buses transporting our student-athletes can be blocked from entering our parking lot…a rather counter-productive situation for all.
All student-athletes playing an “impact” sport (all except track and field) must have an ImPACT baseline test completed before participating. A baseline test is good for two years, therefore student-athletes typically take one baseline test during their athletic career at TEMS. Testing dates and times are offered at the beginning of every season. Those dates are posted on our school calendar and stated on the morning announcements. More information about the ImPACT test can be found at:
Link to ImPACT test
To be eligible for interscholastic athletic sports in grades 7 and 8, a student must be passing at least four major (CORE) subjects. (See PIAA academic eligibility).
In a typical student schedule, that means the student may not be failing more than one (1) major subject or more than three (3) special areas. Eligibility is determined on a weekly basis. In the case where a student's work in any preceding marking period does not meet the standards provided for in this article, the student shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for the first four (4) weeks of the next grading period.
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