Commonly Asked Questions
Q: Where can I turn in my athletic physical during the school year?
A: During the school year, you can submit the physical to the school office. Please ask that it get sent to the athletic office at Harbor Lights MS.
Q: Will A/B teams be formed for Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, & Volleyball?
A: During the 2020-2021, WO Black will participate with other MKO Conference schools on the A schedule for Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, & Volleyball.
Q: Do you need a physical on file the first day?
A: Yes, every student athlete needs to have an athletic physical on file prior to the first day of the sports season. The student can bring a copy of the physical to the coach on the first day, however, you are still responsible to get a copy of the physical to the athletic office too.
Q: Do you need to pay for athletic insurance even if you have primary coverage thru your employer?
A: Yes. The 2020-2021 rate is $35 per season/per athlete. If an athlete plays a Fall sport, Winter sport and Spring sport, they are required to pay each season in the amount of $35.00.
Q: What time is practice? Is it every day?
A: Practice starts after school beginning at 3 p.m. Plan on practice or a game every day during the season. From time to time, individual coaches will need to make adjustments to schedules. Your coach will provide a practice & game schedule before the season starts.
Q: Will cuts be made?
A: Historically, the following sports have been cut sports: Volleyball, Soccer, and Basketball. Other teams may be limited in size due to available resources & the safety of the athletes.
Q: Will there be WO Black & WO White team formation?
Q: Are eligibility checks made in season for current season athletes?
A: Yes. Each Monday, eligibility checks are made. If a student is not passing 5/6 classes, they are considered not eligible for the week’s games (Monday-Sunday). A student will be considered not eligible until the student is passing 5/6 classes. In other words, you need to be passing 5/6 classes to remain eligible.
Q: Can MS athletes see the Athletic Trainers?
A: Yes, through Holland Hospital’s FREE Injury and Concussion Screening Clinic. Please call the Injury Clinic today to schedule an appointment! (616)-355-3908.
Q: Does WO have a RETURN TO PLAY program in place for athletes who sustain a concussion?
A: Yes. Contact the Athletic Trainers at 616.786.1100 ext. 8180 for more information.
Questions? Contact Mr. Bill Kennedy, Athletic Director, West Ottawa Public Schools 616-786-1118