Vista Middle School Athletics
Vista Middle School Athletics offers competitive league play for 7th and 8th grade students with the Whatcom County Middle School League. Our Junior Varsity teams (grade 7) and Varsity teams (grade 8) compete with teams from Horizon MS, Lummi MS, Blaine MS, Lynden Christian MS, Lynden MS, Mt. Baker MS, Meridian MS, Nooksack MS, Assumption Catholic School and St. Paul’s Academy. Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Volleyball C Teams (grade 7/8) play intramural games and may play games against select Whatcom County League schools.
|Season 1||Season Duration||Registration Deadlines|
|Football||August 27-October 26||August 27, September 7*|
|Cross Country||September 4 - October 26||August 27, September 7*|
|Girls Softball||September 4-October 26||August 27, September 7*|
|Boys Soccer||September 4-October 26||August 27, September 7|
*Final deadline to register for Season 1 sports is September 7; However, we recommend that all students register by the first registration deadline in bold for three key reasons:
1. Students have the opportunity to complete enough practices to be eligible for the first game or meet, per league rules.
2. We have enough players to be eligible as a team for the first game.
3. We have the appropriate coaching staff in place in time for practice.
|Season 2||Season Duration||Registration Deadlines|
|Boys Basketball||October 29-December 19||October 19|
|Girls Basketball||October 29-December 19||October 19|
|Season 3||Season Duration||Registration Deadlines|
|Girls Volleyball||January 22-March 15||January 11|
|Wrestling||January 22-March 15||January 11|
|Season 4||Season Duration||Registration Deadlines|
|Track and Field||March 25-May 24||March 15|
|Girls Soccer||April 8-May 24||March 15|
Registration for Athletics
There are two parts to registering your Vista student for athletics: District Annual Athletic Registration and Vista Specific Sport Registration. Registration must be completed before a student can participate in practice.
District Annual Registration for Athletics
The following Annual Registration items must be completed prior to participating in a sport and only needs to be done one time a year:
- 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, code of conduct, risk statement, health insurance information, concussion and cardiac arrest information. Please see Athletic Eligibility Online Packet Instructions (next tab)
- Students complete the student portion of the Athletic/Activity Eligibility Packet online through Skyward Student Access. View here for instructions
- Have an up-to-date physical on file.*
- 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: Middle school physicals are good for 2 years for 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
Care Medical Group
4280 Meridian Street #120
**Insurance: If your family does not have health care, you may purchase a student insurance policy through the Vista Main Office or you may click on the link to the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) an organization that can help you with all aspects of obtaining health care for your family. If for some reason you are unable to complete the online eligibility form, please contact the Vista main office.
***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 Vista Main Office.
Sport Specific Registration
Sport Specific Registration is a one page registration form for Vista Athletics to know what sport and team your student plans to join during each athletic season. Please complete and turn in to the Vista Main Office by the registration deadlines listed. A copy can be downloaded here by clicking on the below icon.
Note, that all students and parents must also complete the Annual District Athletic Registration too; this only needs to be done one time a year.
Athletic Eligibility Online Packet Instructions
2. Log in to your Family Access Account. If you do not have or remember your login ID or password, contact the Vista Main Office, which opens on August 20, 2018. If you need it prior to the Vista Main Office opening, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Athletic Eligibility Form
- Athletic Health & Medical Info Form
- Whatcom County Pre-Participation Sports Physical Exam Form
- Completed Sports Physical Exam Form, if you have not previously submitted one to the Vista main office. You may scan a copy of your students completed physical and attach it or bring a copy of it to the Vista main office
- Ferndale School District Co-Curricular Handbook
- Concussion Information for Youth Sports (Read more at this link CDC Heads Up: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/index.html)
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (Read more information at WIAA: http://www.wiaa.com/ConDocs/Con1325/Flyer5.pdf)
- 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. If your student does not know or remember his/her login ID or password, contact the Vista Main Office, which opens on August 20, 2018. If you need it prior to the Vista Main Office opening, please e-mail email@example.com.
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 Main Office to:
- Pay for an ASB sticker and Participation Fee
- Settle any outstanding fines
- Complete a one-page Vista Specific Sport Registration Form
Deadlines for Registration by Season:
Season 1: Monday, August 27. Note, first day of Football
Practice starts on August 27 and September 4 for the other season 1 sports. We recommend you complete registration by August 22 for football and by August 29 for the other Season 1 sports. Students must complete 8 practices and 12 practices (football only) before they are eligible for competition. We will register students for Season 1 Sports up until September 7, final deadline. Note, students who complete registration and start practice after the first practice day may not be eligible for the first game/event or two of the season.
Season 2: Friday October 19, 2018 by 4 pm. First day of Season 2 practices are Monday October 29.
Season 3: Friday January 11, 2019 by 4 pm. First day of Season 3 practices are Tuesday January 22.
Season 4: Friday March 15, 2019 by 4 pm. First day of practice for Track is March 25. First day of Practice for Girls Soccer is April 8.
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 Vista Study Table sessions 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 more than 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 positive plan is put in place
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. Athletes are expected to be dressed and ready for coach attendance by 2:40 pm or at Study Table. 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 4:45 pm. Coaches 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
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. 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 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.
4.1 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.