Horizon Middle School Athletics

Ferndale Middle School Athletics offers competitive league play for 7th and 8th grade students with the Whatcom County Middle School League.  Our league schools are members of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), which administers Association policies, rules and regulations. 

SEASON 1 SEASON DURATION FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE NUMBER OF PRACTICES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GAMES
Football Monday, August 26 -  Friday, October 25 Monday, August 26,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

12.  To be eligible for the first game of the season,  students must start practice no later than Wednesday August 28.

Cross Country

Wednesday, August 28 -  Friday, October 25 Wednesday, August 28,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

8.  To be eligible for the first meet of the season, students must start practice no later than September 3.

Girls Softball

Monday, August 26 -  Friday, October 25 Monday, August 26,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

8.  To be eligible for the first game of the season, students must start practice no later than September 3.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, August 28 -  Friday, October 25 Wednesday, August 28,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

8.  To be eligible for the first game of the season, students must start practice no later than September 3.

Registration Deadline:
Students must register prior to participating. The last day to register and join a team will be, Friday September 6

Registration Deadline:
Students must register prior to participating. The last day to register and join a team will be, Friday September 6.   

SEASON 1 SEASON DURATION FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE NUMBER OF PRACTICES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GAMES
Football

Monday, August 26 -  Friday, October 25

Monday, August 26,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

12.  To be eligible for the first game of the season,  students must start practice no later than Wednesday August 28.

Cross Country

Wednesday, August 28 -  Friday, October 25

Wednesday, August 28,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

8.  To be eligible for the first meet of the season, students must start practice no later than September 3.

Girls Softball

Monday, August 26 -  Friday, October 25

Monday, August 26,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

8.  To be eligible for the first game of the season,  students must start practice no later than September 3.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, August 28 -  Friday, October 25

Wednesday, August 28,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

8.  To be eligible for the first game of the season,  students must start practice no later than September 3.

SEASON 2 SEASON DURATION
Boys Basketball

Monday, October 28- Friday, December 20

Girls Basketball

Monday, October 28- Friday, December 20

   
SEASON 3 SEASON DURATION
Girls Volleyball

Tuesday, January 21 - Wednesday, March 18

Wrestling

Monday, January 27- Friday, March 20

   
SEASON 4 SEASON DURATION
Track and Field

Monday, March 23 - Wednesday, May 13

Girls Soccer

Monday, April 13 - Friday, June 5 

Sport Specific Season Sign-Ups

Two to three weeks before each new season, students are asked through school announcements to sign up in their advisory class and/or the main office for the sport the specific sport they want to participate in. This enables school staff to know which sport students plan to participate in and to ensure students have completed their annual registration by the athletic season deadline. 

Vista and Horizon will also be hosting a Middle School Sports night 1-2 weeks before a new season starts.


Annual Athletic Registration for Athletics

Students and parents must complete the following annual registration items prior to participating in practice and competition. Annual Athletic Registration only needs to be done one time a year. 

  • The school main office closes for the Summer on June 21, 2019  and reopens on August 21, 2019.  
  • Parents complete the parent portion of the Athletic/Activity Eligibility Packet online through Skyward Family Access. The Activity Eligibility Packet includes parent permission to participate, co-curricular code of conduct, risk statement, health insurance information, concussion and cardiac arrest information. 
  • Students complete the student portion of the Athletic/Activity Eligibility Packet online through Skyward Student Access. 
  • Have an up-to-date physical on file.* This can be turned into the main office or uploaded online into Skyward Family Access. 
  • Have current health insurance.
  • Purchase an Associated Student Body (ASB) Sticker, $20.00.***
  • Pay Participation Fee of $30***.  Participation fee for students who participate in the free and reduced lunch program:  reduced lunch-$20.00, free lunch-$10.
  • Pay any outstanding school fines***

*Physicals: Athlete physicals are good for 2 years with middle school athletics.  The following clinics in our area offer walk-in and same day physicals, 7 days a week: 

Peace Health Bellingham Walk-In Clinic   
3015 Squalicum Parkway, Ste 140
https://www.peacehealth.org/whatcom-skagit-sports-physicals
360-383-5323

Care Medical Group 
4280 Meridian Street #120
https://www.caremg.com
360-734-4300

***If there are any extenuating circumstances that prevent paying for an ASB sticker, participation fee, and/or outstanding fines prior to the first day of practice, please contact the main office of the school in which your student is registered.   

  1. Open the Skyward Family Access
  2. Log in to your Family Access Account. If you do not have or remember your login ID or password, contact the school main office.  The school main office closes for the Summer on June 21, 2019  and reopens on August 21, 2019. 
  3. Once logged in, click on Online Forms and choose which of your students you would like to complete the forms for at this time. You can always save your forms and return to complete them at a later time if necessary. 
  4. Make sure to complete each step in the online form. You will have the opportunity to return to any step you have missed before submitting.
  5. You will need to complete the following steps to be eligible:
    1. Athletic Eligibility Form
    2. Athletic Health & Medical Info Form
    3. Whatcom County Pre-Participation Sports Physical Exam Form
    4. Completed Sports Physical Exam Form, if you have not previously submitted one to the Horizon main office. You may scan a copy of your students completed physical and attach it or bring a copy of it to the  school main office.
    5. Co-Curricular Code
    6. Concussion Information for Youth Sports (Read more at this link CDC Heads Up: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/index.html)
    7. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (Read more information at WIAA: http://www.wiaa.com/ConDocs/Con1325/Flyer5.pdf)
    8. Athletic Acknowledgement Form
  6. Complete Athletic Participation Packet.
  7. The final step is to have your student to sign into their Skyward Student Access account to electronically sign the one-page form in their account. 
  8. By clicking on the links in the online eligibility forms, you have agreed that you have received, read and understand the information present in the concussion recognition and sudden cardiac arrest awareness pamphlets.
  9. Make sure you have hit the final submit button on the Online Forms page of Family Access.
  10. Once these steps are completed, student and/or parent will need to check into the Vista or Horizon Main Office to:
  • Pay for an ASB sticker and Participation Fee
  • Settle any outstanding fines

Per Ferndale School District and Whatcom League policy, student-athletes must maintain a passing grade in all subjects to participate in competition. Grade checks are done every 3 weeks (15 school days).  In the event a student-athlete, failed one or more courses the previous Spring semester or is no longer passing all classes during a 3 week grade check, the student will be required to attend Study Table at school for a minimum of 2 hours each week until he/she is no longer failing. The student will be allowed to continue taking part in practice and competitions as long as the student is regularly attending study table.  Students with two or more failing grades may not compete in games or meets; however, they may continue practicing as long as he/she attends study table. Individuals with unexcused study table sessions may be suspended from practicing and competing until a plan is put in place with coach and an administrator. 

Practices are Monday through Thursday, 2:40 pm-4:30 pm, unless games are scheduled.  Friday practices are determined and communicated by the head coach in advance. Typically, coaches run Friday practices the first few weeks of each season to ensure athletes have enough practices to be eligible by the first competition.  Athletes are expected to be dressed and ready for they sport they are playing by 2:40 pm.  An Afterschool Activity bus is available for students after practice Monday through Thursday. Students being picked up by parents after school need to be picked up no later than 4:40 pm.  Coaches by the first week of practice will provide students and parents a sport specific packet of information to guide your student toward successful athletic performance. 

Game and meet schedules for each sport are posted approximately two weeks into each season at www.nwcathletics.com

Introduction 

The opportunity to participate in the co-curricular program of the Ferndale School District 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 School District, 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. Provisions have been made for a participant to appeal a sanction and that process is explained in this document. 

Definition of Co-Curricular Activities 

The co-curricular program includes athletics, clubs, student government, leadership, cheerleading, and other activities sponsored by Ferndale School District that are outside of the regular curriculum. 

Eligibility for Participation 

  1. Any participant in the co-curricular program must have an Associated Student Body Card.
  2. Must pay the annual participation fee to play sports. 
  3. 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 school study table sessions until they are no longer failing. 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 and W.I.A.A. requirements. Individuals missing study table sessions are subject to competition/performance/activity suspensions. 
  4.  Additional Athletic Requirements:

          4.1 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. 
          4.2 Results of a current physical exam must be on file in the main office. 

Specific Rules and Regulations 

  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 co-curricular 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 doctor’s signed release will be kept on file in the school main office. 
  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 co-curricular 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 School District (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 co-curricular 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 and products that are used with vaping). 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 co-curricular code. Sanctions for violations are listed in this code under Corrective Action. 
  10. Each sport season begins and ends according to the Whatcom County Middle School League. Whatcom County Middle School League Handbook and specific sport rules are in accordance with WIAA and NFHS guidelines. 
  11. A participant must be in school for all class periods in order to participate in a practice or a co-curricular 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. 

Corrective Actions

       1. General 

          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 student support and accountability actions outlined in our middle school  in alignment with 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). 

              If the violation occurs at a school activity, the participant may not attend practice during suspensions. If the violation occurs away from school activities, the participant may attend practice.            
              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 co-curricular code during the participant’s middle 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). 
            If the violation occurs at a school activity, the participant may not attend practice during suspensions. If the violation occurs away from school activities, the participant may attend practice. 
     
            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 middle 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 or the athletic director will then notify the parent/guardian. 

       4. Grievances/Hearings/Appeals 

          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 School District in the co-curricular program until due process  is completed. 

Authorization for Emergency Medical Care by Parent/Guardian: 

This is to certify that I/we do authorize and direct any medical or surgical care including anesthesia, laboratory x-rays, and other procedures necessary in the emergency medical care of the my student during the school year and ensuing summer. 

Risk Statement authorization by Parent/Guardian and student: 

Every effort is made by the Ferndale School District to provide safe facilities and proper coaching/advising. But no withstanding these precautions, students may be injured. Playing or practicing to play or participate in any sport/activity can be dangerous activity involving many risks of injury. These risks may include, but are not limited to death, serious neck and spinal injury, paralysis, brain damage, etc. The result of these injuries could seriously impair one’s future activities to earn a living, participate in social and recreational activities, and generally to enjoy life. Playing or practicing to play/participate in any sport/activity can also involve injuries to the back, bones, ligaments, joints, eyes, teeth, etc. The result of these injuries could limit participation. Because of the potential for injury, all athletes/activity participants must follow the coach’s/advisor’s instructions regarding playing techniques, training, and activities. As an assumption of risk, by submitting the electronic eligibility form in family access, I understand the potential risk of injury in interscholastic sports and/or ASB clubs, activities, and performance groups directed by the Ferndale School District during the school year and ensuing summer.