General Athletic Information
Statement of Philosophy
The interscholastic sports program in the Holly Area School District is an integral part of the extracurricular activities and a vital part of the total educational program. All students have an equal opportunity to compete for positions on athletic teams, and it is the aim of the school district to encourage all who are interested and eligible to try out for interscholastic sports. The safety and welfare of our student-athletes will be the primary concern as these sports activities are planned and carried out.
Our interscholastic sports program will provide student-athletes an arena for achievement and success. Hopefully, this will develop a continuing interest and desire for life long physical activity. The sports program will provide the student body with a bond of common interest, emphasizing the importance of working together and will also furnish the community an opportunity for involvement and pride in the Holly Area School District.
Positive sportsmanship attitudes are encouraged and demonstrated at all times. The sports programs will be designed with educational purposes in mind. Interscholastic athletic events will not place undue interference on the learning and teaching atmosphere of the school district.
All interscholastic athletic events will operate under the auspices of the Holly Area School District. These events are promoted and authorized by the Board of Education, whose responsibility is to set policies that meet the district’s athletic philosophy. The administration and athletic staff will be responsible for the implementation of Board policies. The administration will also establish necessary rules and procedures to insure acceptable standards of safety, sportsmanship, and competencies.
Student Athletes’ Code of Conduct
The rules and procedures listed in the Code of Conduct apply to all of our student athletes. Student athletes are expected to adhere to the rules and procedures year round, including off‐ season and vacation periods. Violations of the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary consequences, including suspension or expulsion from participation in educational athletics. The rules and procedures listed in the Code of Conduct do not supersede or modify the Holly Area Schools’ Code of Conduct, by which all students are expected to comply. Violations of the Holly Area Schools’ Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary consequences, including suspension or expulsion from participation in educational athletics.
Student athletes are expected to work diligently in class, on homework and study for quizzes and tests. For high school athletes the MHSAA mandates that you pass 66% of a full class load. To satisfy this requirement it equates to 4 of 5 classes. Additionally, Holly raised the bar even more. We expect our athletes to maintain a 2.0 GPA. Academics should be your primary focus and if you fall behind, you will not earn the opportunity to participate in sports. Grades are checked mid-trimester and at the end of each trimester. For middle school athletes the MHSAA mandates that you are passing 50% of a full load of classes. Academically, it is a bit easier to compete at the middle school level. Middle school athletes should be prepared for higher standards at the high school.
Physicals are required to participate in school athletic programs. Completed forms for high school students should be turned in to the athletic office. Completed forms for middle school students can be turned in at the middle school at the front desk. Physical forms must be turned in before attending a tryout or practice session and must be dated after April 15th of the previous school year.
All high school athletes must register for the sport of their choice in the athletic office beginning one week prior the starting date of their chosen sport and prior to tryouts or attendance at a practice session. Upon registration you will be given a tryout card that will be given to the coach the first day of practice/tryouts.
The high school registration fee is $125 per school year and the middle school fee is $50 for school funded sports. Holly also offers a number of self-funded sports for which there would be an additional charge. These fee should be paid prior to the first contest.
The Parent-Coach Communication Guide
One key element to a successful season, is good communication. This includes both communication between athlete and coach and also between parent and coach. Please review the Parent-Coach Communication Guide for expectations and tips.
Message from the Athletic Director
This is my 33rd year in education. For all of these years I've been involved with sports either as a coach or an administrator. Working with the athletes, parents and coaches of the Holly Area School District is extremely rewarding and satisfying and I am both fortunate and blessed to be the Director of Athletics for this quality program.