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Cedar Springs Public Schools

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Eligibility, Requirements, Handbooks and Forms

Athletic Forms

Cedar Springs athletic department uses a data management system called FinalForms for all athletic forms. FinalForms saves student data from sport-to-sport, club-to-club, year-to-year, eliminating paperwork. Parents/athletes will need to register for an account to get started.  After that, you will need to log in to update, verify and sign forms once per year, or as often as your information changes.
 
 

Physical Form and Athletic Handbook

 
For the 2021-22 school year, an MHSAA pre-participation sports physical is required for all students who participate in sports. A physical examination must be completed on or after April 15, 2021 to be considered a valid physical for 2021-22.
 
 
Note: All students fill out a concussion form when they enroll at Cedar Springs Public Schools.
Each participant must complete the pay-to-play payment
  • High School Athletes $100 per year (regardless of the number of sports the student plays)    
  • Middle School Athletes $50 per year (regardless of the number of sports the student plays).
     
NOTE:  Please make Middle School Participation payments to the Middle School office only.
Weekly:
  • Grade monitoring will be conducted by the athletic department on Friday of each week. 
  • Any student who receives one (1) F on their weekly check will be placed on probation for one week (Monday through the next week Saturday). 
  • An athlete who has been on probation for one week and continues to receives one (1) F on their weekly check will be placed ineligible for one week (Mon thru the next week Saturday).
  • Athletes are encouraged to arrange extra study sessions before school, at lunch, or after school as needed
 
All athletes will be notified and a summary of the weekly check will be forwarded to all in-season coaches and the athletes’ teachers. Teachers are required to have grades updated by 3 p.m. on Thursday and are encouraged to report athletes who are struggling or having behavior problems. 
 
Semester Requirements:
  • Athletes must have earned credit in five (5) out of six (6) classes from the previous semester to be eligible for the current semester
  • Athletes must attain a minimum C- (1.67) grade point average in the previous semester in order to be eligible for the current semester
  • Athletes who have sub 1.67 GPAs will be notified
  • If a student fails to meet these requirements they will become ineligible for the next semester Appeals Process:  For special circumstances, a student may submit an appeal. A committee (Athletic Director, High School Principal, and Counselor) will review all applicants.
  • Athletes/Parents have the right to appeal the 1.67 GPA rule their academic ineligibility if they have passed 5 out of the 6 classes. 
  • Letters of appeal from the parent or guardian must be turned into the high school principal or athletic director within two (2) weeks of the semester ends.
To participate in an athletic contest or practice an athlete must attend school for the entire day. 
  • Any planned absence must be approved by the principal or athletic director 
  • Students who miss one or more class periods without prior approval will not be allowed to practice or play in a contest scheduled that day. 
  • Extenuating circumstances will be addressed by the administration on a case-by-case basis.  
 
In-School & Out of School Suspension and Participation:
Students who have been assigned an in-school or out-of-school suspension for disciplinary reasons (example:  skipping school, fighting, smoking, etc.) are not to practice or participate in athletic competitions of any kind until their first full day back to classes.
  1. Training rules are in effect from the first day of practice that begins his/her athletic career until the end of his/her athletic career and are enforced 365 days a year.
  2. The penalties for violations of the training rules are as follows:
    • 1st OFFENSE—30% of the regularly scheduled games or contest dates of that sport(s). Self-reporting clause: In an attempt to encourage honesty, any student-athlete who self-reports an athletic code violation prior to an investigation and is helpful with any follow-up to that incident will have their first offense penalty reduced to 20% of the regularly scheduled games or contest dates of that sport(s).
    • 2nd OFFENSE—60% of the regularly scheduled games or contest dates of that sport.
    • 3rd OFFENSE—Dismissal from the athletic program for the remainder of that student's high school career.
  3. If less than the required percentage of games is left during the season in which the infraction occurs, the remainder of the penalty will carry over to the next season in which the student participates.
  4. During the period of suspension, unless an athlete has been suspended from school, the individual or individuals are required to practice every night and to be in attendance at all contest dates during this period on the bench as a spectator not dressed in uniform and/or given a task assigned by the coach.
  5. For any athlete who is found to have possessed or used alcohol or drugs, counseling is strongly recommended.
  6. The number of contest dates to be missed by an athlete in violation of the training rules is calculated by taking the number of contest dates or meets scheduled and multiplying by the percentage factor of the violation. Calculations that end in .4 or below are rounded down, .5 are rounded up.
  7. Any athlete that does not complete the season in good standing will forfeit all rights and privileges to be part of the team (including served suspension time) and rights to any previously earned awards. (Letter, Certificates, etc.)
Conduct in and out of school shall bring no discredit to the athletes, parents, school, or team. Any conduct considered unbecoming an athlete will fall under the same training rule violations as the 10 substance abuse policy. Examples of conduct unbecoming an athlete are as follows, the list not being inclusive: stealing, retail fraud, abusing/destroying/defacing school property, any felony convictions, disrespect for authority, and persistent classroom misconduct.