Eligibility & Policies

Age Limits
There is an age limit on interscholastic competition. You may not have reached your 19th birthday by June 30 immediately preceding the school year, or your 15th birthday where competition occurs in grades 7 and 8.

No Physical - No Practice
Every student athlete must have a physician's certificate and parent's or guardian's certificate signed by a licensed physician and the parent or guardian before that student is eligible for practice or competition. NO STUDENT MAY PRACTICE OR COMPETE UNTIL THEY HAVE FULFILLED THIS REQUIREMENT.

The Quaker Valley School District Athletic Department offers free sports physicals for high school athletes only one day each June (see letter below for next date). If your son/daughter does not get their physical on that date, it is the parent's responsibility to have them examined by their family doctor prior to the first day of practice, but not before June 1st each year.

Free sports physicals for the 2019-2020 school year

Monday, June 3, 2019

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Quaker Valley High School Athletic Department will offer free sports physicals for the 2019-2020 school year for high school athletes only on Monday, June 3, 2019, starting at 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Beginning May 9, please call 412-741-5121 to make an appointment. (Please call during business hours. Do not leave a message.)

The physicals will be conducted at the GPOA offices in the Critmore Building at 1099 Ohio River Boulevard (map/directions). GPOA doctors will perform the physicals, which are offered free of charge to Quaker Valley athletes. These physicals will cover anyone interested in interscholastic sports at Quaker Valley High School during the 2019-2020 school year. They physicals are open to incoming freshman through seniors. Middle School students entering seventh or eighth grade are asked to see their family doctor.

Any student who has an interest in playing a sport that is offered by Quaker Valley High School is encouraged to get a physical, even if the student decides not to play at a later date. A physical exam is required prior to the first day of practice by the PIAA for anyone participating in interscholastic sports.

The above date will be the only date offered through the school for the 2019-2020 school year. If your son/daughter does not get their physical on this date, it is the parent's responsibility to have their son/daughter examined by their family doctor prior to the first day of practice, but not before June 1, 2019.

A blank physical exam form can be obtained from the link above.

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Forms to Complete

 

Zero Tolerance Policy
Every student-athlete and their parent or guardian must have signed a Zero Tolerance statement. These signatures are required by school board policy to verify that students and parents are aware of the district's drug and alcohol policy.
Zero Tolerance Form

Attendance
Any student participating in a co-curricular activity must attend school for a minimum half-day session in order to participate in the co-curricular activity for that day. State attendance policy recognizes 9:30 a.m. as the half-day cut off for attendance purposes.

Other Eligibility Requirements

  • The student athlete must pursue a curriculum defined and approved by the principal as a full-time curriculum.

  • The student athlete must be passing at least four (4) full credit subjects or the equivalent thereof as of each Friday during a grading period. Academic eligibility is defined as maintaining an acceptable grade as certified by the principal in a minimum of four full credit subjects. Eligibility shall be cumulative from the beginning of a grading period and reported on a weekly basis. Back work may be made up provided it is done in accordance with the regular rules of the school.

  • The student athlete must have passed at least four (4) full credit subjects or the equivalent thereof during the previous grading period. Eligibility for the first grading period is based on final grades for the preceding school year. Failure to meet this requirement will result in loss of a student's eligibility for the first ten (10) school days of the next grading period beginning on the first day report cards are issued.

  • A student shall be ineligible if he or she has been in attendance more than eight (8) semesters beyond the eighth grade, or played four seasons beyond the eighth grade in any one form of interscholastic athletics. Hardship cases may result in an exception to this rule.

ImPACT Testing / Concussion Information

Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing

ImPACT testing for concussion is a mandatory requirement for the following sports:

  • Baseball

  • Boys Basketball

  • Boys Lacrosse

  • Boys Soccer

  • Diving

  • Football

  • Girls Basketball

  • Girls Lacrosse

  • Girls Soccer

  • High Jump / Pole Vault

  • Hockey

  • Softball

  • Volleyball

  • Wrestling

 

Student athletes are not permitted to participate in the above-mentioned sports until they have completed the ImPACT test. The baseline ImPACT testing is ONLY available for athletes in grades 9 through 12.

See below for ImPACT testing dates and times for the upcoming sports season, then email head athletic trainer Derek Clark at clarkd@qvsd.org to request an ImPACT testing time slot. He will send you back a confirmation email with the date, time and location of the test. The test takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled test time to assure that the testing session begins on time.

Concussion Management Directions

ImPACT Parent Letter & Consent Form

Concussion Protocol

Learn more about the ImPACT Test

ImPACT Testing for High School Sports

ImPACT testing dates for winter sports will be posted here when available.

ImPACT testing for high school athletes entering or in 9th through 12th grade is offered by appointment.


Please email head athletic trainer Derek Clark at clarkd@qvsd.org to request an ImPACT testing time slot. He will send you back a confirmation email with the date, time and location of the test. The test takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled test time to assure that the testing session begins on time.

 

Testing is conducted in the high school library computer lab. Please enter the school through the doors next to the main office, make a left, and enter the library through the double doors at the end of the hallway. The computer lab is on the left as you enter the library.

ImPACT Testing for Middle School Sports

ImPACT testing for middle school boys and girls entering or in 7th and 8th grade is offered by appointment. ImPACT testing is offered for the following middle school sports: soccer, football and hockey.

Please email head athletic trainer Derek Clark at clarkd@qvsd.org to request an ImPACT testing time slot. He will send you back a confirmation email with the date, time and location of the test. The test takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled test time to assure that the testing session begins on time.

Testing is conducted in the high school library computer lab. Please enter the school through the doors next to the main office, make a left, and enter the library through the double doors at the end of the hallway. The computer lab is on the left as you enter the library.

Baseline Test for 9th Graders, Transfer & Returning Athletes

Baseline tests are required every 2 years. If you are entering 9th grade or are a transfer student and took an ImPACT test last year, you are still required to take a new baseline here at Quaker Valley High School. If you are a returning athlete and are unsure if you need an updated baseline test, please check the list posted on the bulletin board outside the athletic office, or stop by and see Derek in the training room.

Testing sessions are limited to 15 people at a time and are assigned on a first come first serve basis. Please email Derek at clarkd@qvsd.org to request a time slot. Please make sure to include the athletes name, date and time you would like, grade for 16-17 school year, and sport(s) they will be participating in. Derek will then send you a confirmation email with your testing time. Please arrive 10 minutes before your testing session.

For questions or more information about the ImPACT test, please contact:

Derek Clark, ATC, PES, CES, CSCS
Director of Athletic Performance
Head Athletic Trainer
Quaker Valley High School
clarkd@qvsd.org
412-749-6048 (work)
402-540-4857 (cell)