Athletics & Activities
- Ferndale High School Summer Athletic/Activity Opportunities
- Transportation Guidelines
- During the School Year Athletics and Activities
- Ferndale High School Sports
- Athletic Contacts for Middle and High School Sports
- Athletic Eligibility Online Instructions
- Co-Curricular Code
- FHS ASB Reports
- Student Physical & Insurance
- Admission Information
At Ferndale High School we have many summer activities available to our students. We have school camps, spring and summer practices, open gyms, open weight room, 7 on 7 passing competitions, as well as team camps, and scrimmages with other schools.
It is important that all parties involved understand the procedures and responsibilities necessary to participate in school sponsored summer activities. Summer activities are those activities that take place the first day following the WIAA spring tournaments through July 31.
Athletics/Activities at Ferndale High School: Open Gym/Weight Room, Camps, Spring and Summer practices and competitions with other schools.
Athletes/Activity participants must have an up to date online eligibility form completed, and athletes must have an up to date physical.
Activities that are not held at Ferndale: team camps, competitions at other schools/towns
Athletes/Activity participants must have an up to date online eligibility form, and athletes must have an up to date physical. Additionally, students must follow the transportation guidelines listed below.
Transportation Guidelines to Events outside of Whatcom County:
•District vehicles will be the primary source of transportation.
•If District vehicles are not available; transportation will be arranged by the Coaches, utilizing private vehicles and car pooling. No 15-passenger vans allowed.
•Regardless, of whether District vehicles or private vehicles are utilized all drivers must be over 21 and must have filled out proper approval forms.
•Under no conditions may students drive themselves or others to away events outside of Whatcom County.
Transportation Guidelines to Events in Whatcom County:
•Transportation to summer events in Whatcom County are the sole responsibility of the participant and/or parent/guardian.
•Ferndale School District neither provides nor supervises transportation to any summer events in Whatcom County.
•The school district’s insurance policy does not cover injuries associated with private transportation, therefore, each student and parent are assuming the risks associated with the transportation to and from Summer events in Whatcom County.
In choosing to let your student participate in athletics or activities, you agree to hold harmless and indemnify, in case of accident or injury, the Ferndale School District, its employees, agents or volunteers.
Students in grades 6 through 12 enjoy an array of activities and athletics in the Ferndale School District.
We know that students who are involved in aftershool activities and sports are more successful in academics.
Visit the links below to learn more about each school's Athletics and Activities.
Middle School Athletic Coordinator
Horizon Athletic Secretary
Register on FinalForms To be eligible to participate in practice and competition, a parent/guardian must create an account and register their student annually online through FinalForms. Please see the attached FinalForms Parent Playbook to get started. It is highly recommended you start your registration as soon as possible so that we can send you follow up information over the Summer. Registration on FinalForms will be open throughout the Summer and close at the beginning of the school year. Ferndale FinalForms Registration Link:
Physicals All students must have a physical on file with their school’s main office to participate in practice and competition. It is important that you make an appointment with your primary medical provider far in advance, so it is complete before the seasons starts. Note, Ferndale School District will be offering a Sports Physical Night on August 15, 2023 from 5:30-7 pm at the Ferndale High School Gym. Another good option is to go to the PeaceHealth Same-Day Clinic at Cordata Main; they offer sports physicals on a walk-in basis for $75.00. Peace Health at 3015 Squalicam Parkway in Bellingham is also offering scheduled sports physicals on June 28, 2023; July 27, 2023; and on August 16, 2023 for $75; call 360-733-2092 to schedule an appointment.
Other Eligibility Requirements
- Purchase an Associated Student Body Card for $40 at your school’s main office. If your family financial situation makes it difficult to pay for an ASB card, please see a staff in the main office.
- Have current health insurance for your student. Please contact your school’s office if you need to purchase school insurance. (FinalForms)
- Read concussion and cardiac arrest information. (FinalForms)
- Read and sign the co-curricular code. (Final Forms)
- Sign off on risk statement forms and sport-specific safety guidelines (FinalForms)
2023-2024 Required Vaccinations and Immunizations There is a new vaccination requirement for ALL students attending Washington State public schools. To have your student prepared to start school on time, as well as be eligible for Fall middle school athletics – you will want to read the info below.
School nurses are recommending parents make an appointment with your student’s Health Care Provider NOW to complete and address the following:
- Any required Vaccinations – Per WA State law, students are required to be up to date with all required immunizations on or before the first day of school attendance.
- Sign up for MyIR (My Immunization Record) to access your and your family’s immunization records through the Washington State immunization system.
Life-Threatening Conditions and Medication Orders
IMPORTANT REMINDER: if your student has a life-threatening or serious health condition which requires them to have emergency medication at school, your student WILL NOT BE CLEARED to participate in school activities or sports until their emergency medication orders and current unexpired medication has been delivered to your school’s main office.
- Medication/Inhaler/EpiPen forms required for medications to be taken or to have available at school (new orders required every school year).
- Any emergency treatment plans your student requires for Asthma, Diabetes, Life Threatening Allergies, Seizures and other life-threatening conditions.
- If your student is followed by Seattle Children’s Hospital for their health condition (ex: diabetes) and you do not have a scheduled appointment between now and the start of school to update school orders, they have instructed schools to encourage families to contact Children’s as soon as possible - don’t wait until August. By using MyChart parents can request the required school orders for 2023-2024 school year.
Middle or high school students wanting to be eligible to participate in athletics or activities in a Ferndale School District athletic/activity will need to complete the following:
- Purchase an Associated Student Body Card (ASB Card).
- Show regular school attendance for the previous semester.
- Maintain passing grades in all classes or attend three study table sessions per week until passing all classes.
- Have an up-to-date physical on file (Athletes Only).*
- Have current health insurance.**
- Pay all school fines.
- Athletes pay participation fee by the start of their season.
- Have parent and student complete the registration through FinalForms. https://ferndale-wa.finalforms.com/
Ferndale High School believes participation in athletics improves physical fitness, coordination, self-discipline, and gives students valuable opportunities to learn important social and life skills.
With this in mind it is important that we do as much as possible to create and maintain an enjoyable and safe environment. As a parent/guardian or student you play a vital role in protecting participants and helping them get the best from sport.
Player and parental education in this area is crucial which is the reason for the Concussion Management and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness pamphlet you received. Refer to it regularly.
This form must be signed annually by the parent/guardian and student prior to participation in “Name of School / School District” athletics. If you have questions regarding any of the information provided in the pamphlet, please contact the athletic director at your school.
BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS IN THE ONLINE ELIGIBILITY FORMS, YOU HAVE AGREED THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED, READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THE CONCUSSION RECOGNITION AND SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST AWARENESS PAMPHLETS
Remember these important steps:
- Make sure you have hit the final Submit button on the Online Forms page of Family Access.
- Have your student sign into their Student Access account to electronically sign the one-page form in their account.
- Have your student check in with the ASB office to make sure they do not have any fines.
- Pay ASB and Annual Participation Fes prior to participating in any Sport or Activity.
- Check in with Athletic/Activity office to make sure student is passing all classes and that all paperwork is completed. Student will receive a clearance slip to give to their coach
- Contact your school’s office for any questions.
The opportunity to participate in the co-curricular program at Ferndale High School is a privilege available to all students of the district. Participants in these voluntary programs are expected to conform to Board Policy 3200 and specific conduct standards established by principals and coaches/advisors. As participants, students are faced with choices. If the choices they make interfere, impede, or hinder their personal or group performance, or render them unfit to serve as representatives of Ferndale High School, they may forfeit the privilege to participate. A participant found to be in violation of any rule is subject to corrective action as specified in the code. Provision has been made for a participant to appeal a sanction and that process is explained in this document.
Definition of Co-Curricular Activities
The cocurricular program includes athletics, clubs, student government, leadership, cheerleading, and other activities sponsored by Ferndale High School that are outside of the regular curriculum.
1. Any participant in the co-curricular program must have an Associated Student Body Card.
2. A participant must be in regular school attendance the previous semester. And have met W.I.A.A. eligibility requirements pursuant to rule (18.0). Additionally, participants must maintain a passing grade in all subjects. In the event an individual is no longer passing all classes he/she will be required to attend before school study table sessions. He/she will be allowed to continue taking part in competitions, performances, and club activities as long as he/she is attending study table sessions and adhering to all study table session rules. Individuals missing study table sessions are subject to competition/performance/activity suspensions
3. Additional Athletic/Cheerleading Requirements:
3.1 Insurance Coverage must be obtained through the school or if a family furnishes proof of sufficient medical coverage, a waiver indicating adequate coverage will suffice.
3.2 Results of a current physical exam must be on file in the main office.
1. No athlete may quit one sport and turn out for another after the season has begun without the consent of both affected coaches. A co-curricular activity season shall be that portion of a school and/or calendar year during which regularly scheduled practices, turnouts, rehearsals, meetings, games events, contests, or performances for the specific activity are conducted under the direct supervision of an approved Ferndale School District Employee.
2. Participants must travel to and from contests/activities away from Ferndale in transportation provided by the school. The only exceptions permitted are: (a) injury to a participant which would require alternate transportation; (b) prior arrangement (request must be in writing) between the participant’s parent/guardian and the coach/advisor for the participant to ride with the parent/guardian; and (c) any alternate travel arrangements must be cleared through the administration.
3. Completion of the activity season is required for the participant to be eligible for a letter or other team or individual awards (exception: injury which limits participation). No awards shall be given to any participant suspended for the remainder of the season for cocurricular code violations. Additional standards will be developed by each head coach/advisor and a copy filed with the Athletic/Activities Director prior to the season.
4. A participant who has been injured and has had medical treatment cannot participate until a signed release from the doctor is presented to the advisor/coach. The release form (to be provided by the school) will be kept on file by the Athletic Trainer.
5. Any violation of Board Policy 3200 by a participant that is deemed by the head coach, activity advisor, or school administration to be detrimental to the cocurricular program, school or school district, will result in counseling and/or corrective action. The sanction will be determined by the school administrator in consultation with the head coach/activity advisor and will depend on the type and severity of the violation.
6. Participants shall conduct themselves in a manner that renders them fit to serve as representatives of Ferndale High School (misconduct includes, but is not limited to, criminal activity, cheating, etc.). Failure to do so shall result in corrective action. The sanction will be determined by the school administrator in consultation with the head coach/activity advisor and will depend on the type and severity of the misconduct.
7. School-owned equipment used by a participant in any cocurricular activity is his/her responsibility. The loss of misuse of this equipment will be the financial obligation of the participant. Participants will not be allowed to participate in any activity until this obligation is fulfilled and all fines are cleared.
8. A participant is expected to attend all scheduled practices, turnouts, rehearsals, meetings, games, events, contents, and performance, whether or not school is in session. If it is found necessary to miss such, prior arrangements must be made with the advisor/coach. No practices will be held on Sundays. Any exception to the Sunday practice provision must be approved by the building principal and superintendent.
9. A participant shall not use, consume, possess, transmit, sell or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages, drugs (including anabolic steroids), narcotics, or tobacco (including smokeless tobacco). Neither shall a participant use or be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Receipt of a ‘Minor in Possession/SWI’ citation from a law enforcement agency will automatically constitute a violation of the cocurricular code. Sanctions for violations are listed in this code under Corrective Action.
10. The sport season begins and ends according to WIAA regulations.
11. A participant must be in school for all class periods in order to participate in a practice or a cocurricular activity that day. If a participant misses any portion of the school day, his/her absence must be cleared in advance by a school administrator. Unexcused absence is subject to sanction determined by the school administrator.
1.1 Each violation of the code will be judged on its individual merits and the corrective action will be determined by the nature and circumstances of the violation and any extenuating or exceptional circumstances.
1.2 Violations of this code will result in counseling, Eagle Service, or other discipline as outlined in Board Policy 3200 and/or specific sanctions as outlined below.
2. Specific Sanctions
2.1 Violation of Drug/Alcohol Rule
2.1.1 First Violation – Suspension from co-curricular activity for fifteen (15) school days. If the suspension period does not include a major activity, the participant will be denied the right to participate in the next major performance, game, contest, competition or event. In addition, a drug/alcohol evaluation by an approved community agency or individual must be completed within five(5) school days from the date of the incident (at the student’s expense).
2.1.2 Second Violation Suspension from co-curricular activities for one(1) calendar year and completion of a new evaluation by an approved community agency or individual within ten (10) days from the date of the incident and compliance with the evaluation recommendations prior to returning to the sport/activity. Written verification of the completion of the drug/alcohol evaluation and compliance with evaluator’s recommendations must be provided to the principal/designee. The participant must be in compliance with all treatment recommendations before he/she will be reinstated.
2.1.3 Additional Violations – Any additional violations of the cocurricular code during the participant’s high school career will be treated as second violations.
2.2 Violation of Tobacco Rule
2.2.1 First Violation – Five (5) day suspension from the activity (and next major performance, game, contest, competition or event).
2.2.2 Second Violation – Ten (10) day suspension from the activity and the next two (2) performances, games, contests, competitions, or events.
2.2.3 Additional Violations – Any additional violations during the participant’s high school career will be treated as second violations.
Participants will attend practices during suspensions.
3. Implementation Procedures
3.1 Whenever the corrective action includes suspension, the advisor/coach will adhere to the following procedures.
3.1.1 Report the incident immediately to the building athletic director and assistant principal.
3.1.2 The assistant principal/athletic director will then notify the parent/guardian.
4.1 Procedures for grievances/hearings/appeals will be followed according to School Board Policy 3200, I – Corrective Action – General, F. A copy of the procedures will be given to the student and parent/guardian upon request.
4.2 A participant who is appealing discipline under this code will be allowed to practice, rehearse, and attend meetings, but not compete perform or represent Ferndale High School in the co-curricular program until due process is completed.
*Physicals: Athletes need to have a current physical on file. Physicals are good for 2 years. Incoming 9th graders need to have a current physical. A physical completed within a 9th graders middle school participation in the 2-year window would have to say “For High School Participation” or it would NOT be acceptable by the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association)
**Insurance: If your family does not have health care, you may purchase a student insurance policy through the FHS athletic office or you may click on the link K&K Insurance Group at www.StudentInsurance-kk.com for student accident insurance enrollment. If for some reason you are unable to complete the online eligibility form, please contact your school’s office.
Admission is charged for Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Wrestling Events
District High School Students with ASB Card may attend games free of charge.
Note: Elementary-age students without an accompanying adult will not be allowed admission.
- Adults and High School Students (including visiting students) without ASB Card - $7.00
- Punch Cards: $40
- Punch Cards allow admission to 10 FHS home events excluding NWL Jamborees, post-season tournaments and away events.
- Visiting High School Students with ASB Card - $5.00
- Elementary and Middle School Students WITH Proper Supervision - $5.00
- Middle School WITHOUT proper supervision - $7.00
- Senior Citizens (Age 62 and older): $5.00
- Senior Gold Cards: $5 for a yearly pass
- Senior Gold Cards give you admission to all Ferndale School District home events including athletics, plays, concerts and any other event with charged admission.
Admission to District Playoff Games:
Adults and Students without ASB Cards - $7.00
High School Students with ASB Cards - $5.00
Children and Senior Citizens (age 62 and older) - $4.00