Athletics Procedures


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Athletic Sports Participation Guidelines

Academic Eligibility

For high school, a full-time student earns academic eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities by maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA), calculated using credit or non-credit courses, with no more than one failing grade for the marking period which governs eligibility for that activity. For incoming 9th grade students, all students are eligible for fall athletics.

If a student withdraws from a course, the grades at the time of withdrawal will be used in determining academic eligibility. Weighted grades will be used for academic eligibility for extracurricular activities, including high school athletics.

For all returning students, eligibility is determined by the final marking period grades of the preceding June.


Before students can participate in either a fall or spring sport, the following paperwork is required by the Athletics office:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate – this is only needed 1 time and is kept on file for all 4 years.
  • Copy of BGE Bill, Lease, Cable Bill, or Bill that is tied to your home – this is your proof of residency in Hammond High School’s district. One copy of your proof of residency is required each season
  • Physical Form - this is required each year before the student-athlete participates in interscholastic athletics.
  • Concusssion Release Form - each student-athlete is required to take a base line concussion test every other year. The test is offered at HHS and there is no charge for the testing.
  • Concussion Information Sheet - the concussion release and the information sheet both must be signed and brought to the test by the student-athlete

The following forms are required for each sport season the student-athlete is participating in:

  • Parent Permission Form - Please make sure that it is signed by both the student-athlete and a guardian, insurance information is included, and the address of the student-athlete is written.
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information Sheet - Please make sure that it is signed by both the student-athlete and a guardian.

Families can refer to the HCPSS Athletics Student-Parent Handbook for other athletics protocols.

The HCPSS Ticket Pricing Policy:

The Howard County Public School System charges $4 for adults and $3 for students for admission to the following athletic contests:


  • All Football Games
  • Friday Night Soccer (Boys and Girls)


  • All Basketball Games (Boys and Girls)
  • Wrestling

*Indoor Track Meets, County Wrestling Tournaments, and Cheer Invitationals are $5


  • Friday Night Boys and Girls Lacrosse

**$5 Admission is charged for all MPSSAA Regional and State Playoff Contests. A valid MPSSAA coaches pass is needed for free admission.

The following people will be admitted to regular season games free of charge. However, free admission to MPSSAA playoff policy may vary.

  • Concession Workers
  • Side Line personnel
  • Scorekeepters
  • Ticket Takers
  • Managers
  • Medical personnel working the event
  • Band
  • Cheerleaders
  • Coaches/Immediate Families
  • Senior citizens over 60
  • Media
  • Others with administrative approval