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January 6, 2021: HCPSS 2020-2021 Winter Athletics Season Canceled

The HCPSS 2020-2021 winter athletic season, scheduled to start on January 11, 2021, has been canceled due to the continuing high rates of COVID-19 infection in Howard County. Read more

The fall athletics season is scheduled to begin in-person practices on February 13, 2021, with the hope that the distribution of a vaccine will significantly improve the community health metrics. Online registration for fall athletics will begin on January 12, 2021, via HCPSS Connect. Directions can be found online.

Athletics Frequently Asked Questions→

The objective of the HCPSS education-based interscholastic athletics program is to provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sports throughout the school year. The program strives to:

  • Improve academic performance.
  • Provide opportunities for students to extend physical education interests.
  • Foster better interpersonal relationships through sports participation.
  • Encourage student enthusiasm for interschool contests.
  • Channel student enthusiasm for interschool contests.
  • Channel student energies toward developing useful citizenship skills.
  • Enhance school spirit and the learning environment.

Sports Offered by All Schools

Boys

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling

Girls

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Allied Sports

  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Sports Participation In Numbers

  • 10,461 student participants during the 2016-17 school year.
  • 444 junior varsity and varsity teams.
  • Over 800 coaches.
  • 6,000 athletic events annually.

2012 NIAAA Quality Program Award

visit the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association site

The HCPSS and its 12 high school athletic programs have been identified as a 2012 recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Quality Program Award at the Exemplary Level. This award recognizes and commends HCPSS and its 12 high school athletic programs for its excellence in the implementation and administration of outstanding high school athletic programs.

To be recognized as a Quality Program Award Exemplary High School Athletic Program, athletic directors must present evidence of existing policies, practices, procedures and program achievements that meet suggested criteria within 10 Quality Program Assessment categories. The NIAAA embraces local school innovation and vision that makes use of suggested best practices in high school athletic programs.

Official Letter from NIAAA (PDF)

Allied Sports Program

Participation in the Allied Sports Program is open to all HCPSS high school students with disabilities. It is also open to high school students without disabilities who have never been a member of any junior varsity or varsity interscholastic athletic team, excluding any Allied Sports team.

Athletic Trainers

  • Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.
  • Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.
  • Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.
  • All 12 Howard County Public School System High Schools have 1 Athletic Trainer.
  • Athletic Trainers will be notified of all injuries involving the student-athletes at their school by the athletic staff. The ATs will communicate with the guardian regarding treatment and further evaluation.
  • ATs will continue in the continuum of care until the athlete is released to play by a licensed HealthCare Professional.