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Sign-up for winter athletics under way

It may seem early to start talking about winter sports, but the reality is that the winter sports season opens soon with the first day of dance practice Oct. 22. There are several changes for the upcoming winter season that I would like to make you aware of.

New office location

The Activities Office is now located in the new high school office, which is located near door No. 1. This is also known as the main entrance or the one by the flag pole. Simply enter the building, and the Activities Office is located to the left.

Winter Sign-up

We will no longer have a one-night large group meeting for winter Sign-up. Sign-up started Oct. 8 and continues through Nov. 19. First date of practices and coaching contact information will be a posted on the Activities website. Athletes/parents can simply complete the required paperwork, pay fees and turn in forms to the Activities Office. All the forms are available on the school website. Go to, “activities” and then “athletic eligibility.”

You can print the forms, complete them and turn into the Activities Office. Forms are also available in the Activities Office.

What do you need to complete prior to practice starting?

• MSHSL Eligibility Brochure. This form must be completed once a year. It consists of three pages at the end of the packet and requires both parent and athlete signatures.

• Physical. Each athlete must have a physical on file. Physicals are good for three years.

• Pay fee. Fees are as follows: $200 for hockey, $100 for all other sports for grades 9-12 and $75 for middle level sports. You may pay in the business office or online.

• Once all of the above are turned into the Activities Office, the student/athlete will be issued a “white slip.” The white slip is to be given to the coach indicating that the student is eligible to start practice.

Impact testing

We are also making plans to implement a concussion testing strategy called IMPACT. Student athletes will complete a computer based questionnaire that will establish a baseline. If an athlete suffers a concussion in the future, they will then go back to the computer program and take another test where comparisons can be drawn between the original test and the second test. This tool will help aid those in the medical profession in determining if and when an athlete may return to participation after a concussion. We plan to implement this program with several varsity teams this year and hopefully for all of athletes in grades 9-12 in the future. See you at the games!

(Marc Helmrichs is activities director for Pequot Lakes Schools.)