Athletics Procedures


Michael Lerner Athletics and Activities Manager 410-313-7605

Athletic Sports Participation Guidelines & Paperwork

Emergency Action Plan for Athletics

Online Athletics Paperwork Submission

Athletic form submission is completed online.  This MUST be done through the Parent Portal on HCPSS Connect and NOT through the student Canvas login.
Students must upload a physical from within a calendar year of the start date of the current season.  The remainder of the paperwork is completed through electronic forms in the Parent Portal of HCPSS Connect.

The Parent Portal of HCPSS Connect usually opens 1 month prior to the start date of each season.  

The physical form to be completed by a qualified medical professional can be found HERE.

Online registration for spring athletics is now available via HCPSS Connect using the link below: 

Parents will be able to fill out required forms, upload physicals and proof of residency, and more.  Helpful "How To" Instructions can be found HERE.


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

Athletic Participation Form

Student athletic policy agreement form for new student athletes.

Sports Concussion Testing Program and Release of Information

Agreement for families that acknowledge HCPSS may administer pre-concussion baseline testing and post-concussion testing after a sports-related injury.

HCPSS Athletics Concussion Information Sheet

Overview of concussion signs and symptoms that can occur in student athletes.

Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form

Physician forms for future student athletes to fill out prior to sport seasons.

Medication Procedure Information

Protocols for administration of student medication during school hours along with a medication administration history form for physicians.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information

Acknowledgement statement and guidelines for identifying and responding to a cardiac arrest scenario.

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