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Athletics in Arlington School District | GUEST OPINION

BY TOM ROYS

With the turn of the calendar to the month of August it means it’s time to start thinking about the beginning of school and, here in the athletic department, preparing for another year of Eagle sports.

Why Athletics?

Our purpose in the athletic department is to assist our student athletes to reach their full potential as students, athletes and citizens. The field or court is an extension of the classroom where we can teach the core values of hard work, discipline and integrity through competition. We are in the business of helping to change boys and girls into young men and women who will contribute in a positive way to our community as responsible and respectable citizens.

Last year Arlington High School had over 700 students participate in the 16 varsity sports and sub varsity categories. Our athletes work hard to be competitive, yet strive to set high standards in sportsmanship. The fans at AHS are also expected to exhibit the highest levels of sportsmanship. The Wesco Conference has adopted our motto, “Be Loud, Be Proud, and Be Positive,” and a banner with these words now hangs in every gym in our league.

Our Facilities

The facilities at Arlington High School are fantastic. Indoor we have a main gym, auxiliary gym, and a wrestling room. Having two gyms allows the entire boys or girls program to practice at the same time. Varsity and junior varsity teams practice together in the main gym, while the freshman hold practice in the auxiliary gym. Boys and girls alternate early and late practice times throughout the season. Wrestling has their own practice space and both the boys and girls teams share the facility. We have a great weight room that is utilized daily by PE classes, athletics and our student body to help build sound minds and bodies. Our outdoor facilities are equally as nice with eight beautiful tennis courts, two softball fields, two baseball fields and a wonderful stadium that hosts football, soccer and track. There is nothing better on a warm spring day, than being able to walk down Alumni Drive and watch over 300 athletes compete on our own campus facilities.

What We Offer

In the fall, AHS offers Football, Boys Tennis, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Girls Soccer and Volleyball. During the winter, options include Boys and Girls Basketball and Wrestling. The spring is the busiest time with offerings of Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis and Track and Field.

Academic Requirements

Academically our student athletes are required to be passing all of their classes in order to participate in extra-curricular activities. We believe our student athletes should be just that: Students first and athletes next.

Clearance Procedures

Before a student can participate in one of our programs, they must first clear for that sport by filling out a clearance packet. Our clearance packet consists of the following:

• Eligibility Form

• Athletic code

• Physical Form

• Lystadt Concussion Form

• Athletic Activities Fee Form

• Emergency Treatment Form

Clearance forms are available online at the Arlington High School Athletic webpage.

These forms need to be downloaded, filled out, and returned to the athletic office. All forms must be turned in before the first turnout of that season.

Important dates for the 2012-2013 Season

Fall

Aug. 6 — Clearance packets available for fall

Aug. 13 — Clearance packets accepted in the athletic office

Aug. 15 — First Football  Practice

Aug. 20 — First Practice for Girls Soccer, XC, Boys Tennis, and Volleyball

Winter

Oct. 29 — Clearance packets available for winter

Nov. 5 — Clearance packets accepted in the athletic office

Nov. 12 — First Practice for Boys and Girls Basketball, and Wrestling

Spring

Feb. 11 — Clearance packets available for spring

Feb. 18  — Clearance packets accepted in the athletic office

Feb. 25 — First practice for Spring Sports.

Schedules

The best place to go to get the most up-to-date schedule for any athletic activity at AHS is on the site wescoathletics.com. This website will not only have our schedules available, but any other Wesco school as well. You can also sign up to get an email or a text message sent to your computer or phone in case of a schedule change due to weather.

Events at AHS

We have tremendous attendance and support from our community at our athletic contests. The fees charged to watch our contests go towards helping to pay for officials, workers, uniforms and equipment. We are required to charge admission by league rule to all sub-varsity contests immediately preceding varsity contests. For example, you would be charged for a JV or C team basketball game but not for football. The fee structure below is set by the Wesco Conference. Entry to games is divided up into the following categories:

Adults — $5

Students w/o ASB — 5

K-8 students w/o adult — $5

High School student with ASB — $3

Senior Citizens/ K-8 students with an adult — $2

Additionally, seniors who are age 60+ can contact the district office to get their Golden Eagle Pass allowing free admission to our home games

So, come see us at Arlington High School. There is nothing better than coming to a home event.  We will have good food provided by our concession people, a lively student section and the best entertainment value for your dollar.  We expect to have a fantastic year.  Go Eagles.

Tom Roys is the Athletic Director at Arlington High School and can be reached by calling 360-618-6301 or by emailing troys@asd.wednet.edu.

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