As your children become involved in the athletic programs they will experience some of the most rewarding moments in their lives. It is important to understand there may also be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. Please follow the procedure that follows when this occurs.

1. Athlete should meet one on one with coach.

2. Parent should email or call the coach and set up an appointment.

3. Parent should call and set up an appointment with athletic director and coach.

4. Parent should call and set up an appointment with administration.


It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you may hope. Remember this is not a recreational league where every participant is guaranteed a certain amount of playing time. Coaches make judgment decisions based on what they believe is best for all students involved. Listed below are things that should and should not be discussed with the coach after your child has already talked with the coach with his/her concerns.


Appropriate Concerns to Discuss With Coaches:

1.The treatment of your child mentally and physically.

2.Ways to help your child improve.

3.Concerns about your child’s behavior.


Issues Not Appropriate to Discuss With Coaches:

1.Playing time.

2.Team strategy

3.Play calling.

4.Other student-athletes.


The Issue of Playing Time (click link)


Participation in Sports

Athletic Physical Exams - EL2

The School Board of Polk County policy relating to the FHSAA Pre Participation Physical Exam (EL2) is that physical exams for the upcoming school year can be obtained no earlier than June 1. All physical exams obtained on June 1 or at any time during the school year will expire on May 31 regardless of the date of the physical exam.

Pre-participation Physical Evaluation – EL2
Consent & Release from Liability Certificate, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Concussion Release – EL3
Sports Citizenship/Sportsmanship and Parent Communication Form

These forms (EL2 and EL3) required by the FHSAA before a student-athlete can participate in any type of conditioning, workout, practices or contests are ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE. These forms should be uploaded at Instructions are on the school's homepage and in the front office.

These forms contain additional statements which are specific to the School District of Polk County which require the signatures of the parent/guardian and student-athlete.

For that reason,  please do not download the EL2 or EL3 forms from the FHSAA website.


Home School, Full Time Virtual, or Charter Students

If home school, full time virtual school, or charter school (charters with no athletic teams) students wish to participate in sports at the public high school they are zoned for the parents must notify the Principal and/or the Athletic Director BEFORE the first day of practice for that sport in order to be eligible to participate in that sport. All FHSAA paperwork and eligibility requirements must also be completed before the students can begin any activities associated with that team. 



South McKeel Participation

McKeel Academy won an appeal with the FHSAA to allow the current South McKeel Academy (SMA) 7th graders to participate in athletics for McKeel Academy of Technology (MAT). Due to the fact that MAT is a 7th-12th combination school, 6th grade and below are unable to participate in MAT athletics.

MAT’s school day ends at 2:20pm, because of this, most of our teams practice at 2:30pm. With SMA dismissing their students at 3:15pm, SMA students will be limited to the sports listed below. These teams will be able to accommodate for the late arrival of SMA students, therefore SMA students will not be allowed to check out of school to attend practices.


Cross Country (boys and girls)-August tryouts

Swim-August tryouts

Cheerleading-April/May tryouts

Basketball (boys and girls)-October/November tryouts

Wrestling-November tryouts

Soccer (boys and girls)-October tryouts

Baseball-January tryouts

Softball-January tryouts

Tennis (boys and girls)-January tryouts



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