You could be the best athlete your school has ever seen but that won’t matter if you can’t hold your own in the classroom.
With school starting next week (Aug. 9) for most county high schools, fall sports programs — football, boys soccer, girls volleyball, water polo, cross country, girls golf, cheer — swings into high gear with tryouts/practices beginning as early as Monday, August 6.
Failure to meet the Sac-Joaquin Section eligibility requirements with respect to GPA sidelines the strongest football player, red-cards the most-skilled booter, stops the fastest runner, blocks the biggest spiker, sinks the best swimmer, levels the linkster and mutes those with spirit.
But before it even gets to that stage, those interested in participating this fall must turn in the proper paperwork.
Both Union Mine and El Dorado’s athletic departments ran press releases this summer through the Democrat, reminding prospective athletes of dates/times/places to pickup and turn in the necessary paperwork consisting of Parent Consent, Emergency Information, Insurance and Physical forms to name a few.
For Diamondbacks, the window of opportunity runs through Aug. 7 at the Athletic Office (530-621-4003, ext. 4125. For Cougars, Athletic Handbooks can be picked up now in the counseling office between 9 a.m. and noon and returned to the main office.
Registration for fall sports at Ponderosa is available the week before school (now) from 8-10 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Check in at the school’s office and/or view the registration checklist online at the school’s Website.
Due to summer vacations, efforts to reach the athletic department at Oak Ridge were unsuccessful. It’s requirements as part of the El Dorado Union Mine High School District, are the same as those for Ponderosa, Union Mine and El Dorado. The handbook can be downloaded at eduhsd.k12.ca.us.
Golden Sierra, part of the Black Oak Mine Union School District, doesn’t hold classes until Aug. 21 but fall practices begin Monday, starting with boys soccer at 8 a.m.. All necessary paperwork is available in a packet in the school’s office.
Hit the books and stay in the game.