Welcome to Athletics

Polk County Public Schools is excited to offer competitive athletics to our high schools. We are members of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Athletics are of historical and social significance in our national culture and provide a primary means through which we develop and maintain the physical vigor and stamina required to develop our full potential. Athletics provide healthful and wholesome leisure-time activities for our youth, and are a building block of lifelong health and well being. By understanding that athletics play an important role in not only developing students physically, but also mentally and socially, Polk County Public Schools embraces the important role that athletics and our coaches play in that process.

To maximize the educational potential of athletics, interscholastic programs should be organized and conducted in accordance with these six basic principles:

  • Interscholastic athletic programs should be regarded as integral parts of the total educational program and should be conducted so that they are worthy of such regard.
  • Interscholastic athletic programs should supplement, rather than serve as substitutes for, basic physical education programs, physical recreation programs, and intramural athletic programs.
  • Interscholastic athletic programs should be subject to the same administrative control as the total educational programs.
  • Interscholastic athletic programs should be conducted by personnel with adequate training in the principles of coaching.
  • The welfare of the participant should be placed above any other consideration. What happens to the student-athlete who participates in the sports program is of primary importance. His or her welfare should transcend any other consideration.
  • Interscholastic athletic programs should be conducted in accordance with the letter and spirit of the rules and regulations of appropriate conference, state, and national athletic associations.

While it is wonderful that we have achieved success in the competitive field, the true focus of our athletics program is to foster character, integrity, and discipline.

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Upcoming Events

All of our schools’ sports games are registered on MAXPREPS. Visit www.maxpreps.com to search for your school’s sports games, or visit your school’s individual website.

Need to find your school’s website? Check out our Schools Listing page.

Participation in Sports


Home-Schooled, Full-Time Virtual, or Charter Students:

If home-schooled, full-time virtual school, or charter school (charters with no athletic teams) students wish to participate in sports at the public high school they are zoned for, the parents must notify the principal and/or the athletic director. All FHSAA paperwork and eligibility requirements must also be completed before the students can begin any activities associated with that team. View the practice start dates below.

If home-schooled, full-time virtual school, or charter school (charters with no athletic teams) students wish to participate in sports at another public school other than their zoned school, parents must complete the district controlled open enrollment form for participation only. This form will only be available during the district-approved time period; no other applications after the deadline will be considered or approved.

Private School Students:
If private school students, who attend a private school that is not a member of the FHSAA and has 125 or fewer students in grades 6-12, wish to participate in sports at the public high school they are zoned for, the parents must notify the principal and/or athletic director BEFORE the first day of practice for that sport in order to be eligible to participate in that sport. All FHSAA paperwork and eligibility requirements must also be completed before the students can begin any activities associated with that team. View the practice start dates below.

If private school students, who attend a private school that is not a member of the FHSAA and has 125 or fewer students in grades 6-12, wish to participate in sports at another public school other than their zoned school, parents must complete the district controlled open enrollment form for participation only.  This form will only be available during the district-approved time period; no other applications after the deadline will be considered or approved.

Athletic Physical Exams - EL2

The School Board of Polk County policy relating to the FHSAA Pre Participation Physical Exam (EL2) is that physical exams for the upcoming school year can be obtained no earlier than June 1. All physical exams obtained on June 1 or at any time during the school year will expire on May 31, regardless of the date of the physical exam.

Parents should contact the school athletic director to determine if special arrangements have been made for athletic physical exams by local physicians or medical facilities before making an appointment with their family physician.

EL2, EL3

Pre-participation Physical Evaluation – EL2
Consent & Release from Liability Certificate – EL3

These forms are required by the FHSAA before a student-athlete can participate in any type of conditioning, workout, practices or contests and are ONLY AVAILABLE AT EACH HIGH SCHOOL IN THE OFFICE OF THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. These forms must be turned in directly to the athletic director.

These forms contain additional statements that are specific to Polk County Public Schools and require the signatures of the parent/guardian and student-athlete.

For that reason, please do not download the EL2, EL3 forms from the FHSAA website.

Attention Middle School Student Athletes

Protect your future High School athletic eligibility. This message is intended for middle school athletes who plan to play sports for a high school team.

Athletic Resources

Online Coaching Education Courses

American Sport Education ProgramPCPS, in partnership with the American Sport Education Program (ASEP), offers high school coaches the opportunity to take the ASEP online courses Coaching Principles, Sport First Aid, and Coaching [Sport] Technical and Tactical Skills to meet the Florida Department of Education Athletic Coaching Certification and Endorsement. Certification is earned by successfully completing the three required online courses and passing each course exam with a score of 80 percent or better.

View flier for more information and directions

Visit the ASEP Website

Visit the CPR Course Website

View flier on Renewing Teacher Certificate

Online

Free Recruiting Webinar

The Free Recruiting Webinar provides answers to common questions concerning the collegiate athletic recruiting process for high school student-athletes, parents, counselors and coaches. All too often parents and high school student-athletes enter the recruiting process not properly prepared for the obstacles that await them.

www.freerecruitingwebinar.org

Athletic Directors

School: Athletic Director: Phone: Email:
Auburndale HS Pam Lancaster 863-965-6200 pamela.lancaster@polk-fl.net
Bartow HS Brandon Kneer 863-534-7400 brandon.kneer@polk-fl.net
Discovery Academy Carissa Harris 863-295-5955 carissa.harris@discoveryfl.org
Fort Meade HS Jonathan Spradlin 863-285-1180 jonathan.spradlin@polk-fl.net
Frostproof HS Chuck Loveless 863-635-7809 charles.loveless@polk-fl.net
George Jenkins HS Jestin Bailey 863-648-3566 jestin.bailey@polk-fl.net
Haines City HS Mel Gables 863-421-3281 mel.gables@polk-fl.net
Kathleen HS Tom Sasser 863-499-2655 thomas.sasser@polk-fl.net
Lake Gibson HS Gabe Gibbs 863-853-6140 gabriel.bibbs@polk-fl.net
Lake Region HS Bill Bullock 863-297-3099 william.bullock@polk-fl.net
Lake Wales HS Marvin Pavy 863-678-4222 marvin.pavy@lwcharterschools.com
Lakeland HS Deron Collins 863-499-2918 deron.collins@polk-fl.net
McKeel Academy Chuck Smith 863-499-2818 chucksmith@mckeelschools.com
Mulberry HS Heath Hunt 863-701-1104 heath.hunt@polk-fl.net
Ridge Community HS Nick Nixon 863-419-3315 nicholas.nixon@polk-fl.net
Tenoroc HS Bart Sheldrake 863-614-9148 john.sheldrake@polk-fl.net
Winter Haven HS Randy Pritchard 863-298-7970 marcus.pritchard@polk-fl.net
Polk County Dan Talbot 863-647-4203 dan.talbot@polk-fl.net