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Middle School Athletics

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) middle school interscholastic athletics program is a planned extension of the physical education instructional and intramural programs for students in grades 7 and 8. Although the athletics program offers a higher level of competition, its’ primary purpose is to provide the opportunity for advanced skill development for all students with interests and/or talents in athletics.

The middle school interscholastic athletics program operates under the jurisdiction of the Montgomery County Public Middle School Principals Association. Ms. Kathy Green, Athletics Specialist in the Office of Teaching, Learning and Schools, is responsible for the administration of the program and development of schedules and standards.

Middle School Schedules

Middle school schedules can be found here.

Middle School Athletics Registration

Beginning with the 2021-22 winter season, registraton for middle school athletics will be conducted through the ParentVUE Portal. Registration will open on November 12, 2021. The ParentVUE online registration portal, available in English and Spanish, incorporates all required paper forms and documents into an internet-based platform that can be accessed using a secure ParentVUE Portal login. Parents/guardians are also able to scan and upload their student's physical and proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as part of the registraton process. Futher information for parents/guardians can be found here in English or Spanish

Participation Requirements

Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8)  so that the medical eligibility form (last page of SR-8) is ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator , prior to tryouts/practices. This form is valid for two years from the date of the exam and covers participation for all sports within that time period. This form must be completed and/or on file before a student-athlete can participate. All physicals must include the COVID-19 supplemental information, attached to the pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8)

Students must complete their second shot (or first Johnson and Johnson) or submit approved exemption no later than November 23, 2021, before a student-athlete can participate. Proof of vaccination must be ready for online submission via the ParentVue Portal or for email submission to the local school athletic coordinator  prior to tryouts/practices.

As part of the online registration process for MCPS athletics, students and parent/guardians must review key COVID-19 resources recommended by the Maryland State Department of Education, and complete a pledge form that acknowledges agreement to stated conditions of participation.  The pledge form also includes acknowledgement of the symptom free requirements from the CDC for attendance at any in-person engagement. The resources that are required readings for MCPS middle athletics include:

 What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others 

 Share facts about COVID-19 

 Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children(MIS-C) 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions from the Maryland State Health Department

COVID-19 Awareness: Parent/Student-Athlete Participation Acknowledgement Statements

Waiver of Liability & Hold Harmless Release Related to COVID-19 for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics

Return to Play Clearance Form COVID-19 Infection Medical Clearance - This form must be signed by a licensed health care provider before the student-athlete resumes full participation in athletics after testing positive for COVID-19.

Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Middle School Coaching Resources

 General Information for Middle School Coaches   

 Middle School Coach - Certification and Compliance Checklist 

 Health and Safety Expectations for Middle School Coaches   

 Middle School Health and Safety PowerPoint Presentation - This presentation includes additional information about Concussions, Heat, Hydration, MRSA, Performance Enhancing Substances, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Hazing, and Emergency Plans. 

 Middle School Cross Country Coaches' Resources

 Middle School Softball Coaches' Resources