Announcements and Important Events
VERY IMPORTANT: Please make sure to stay tuned to all of the latest updates from the MHSAA at their Reopening Page. With the ever-changing landscape of information from the state, it’s important to stay as informed as possible. Check that page out here.
Facial coverings are required for all SPRING student-athletes and coaches every day as they come to and from practice and events. More guidance for Mask Protocol for Spring Sports in competition is forthcoming from the MHSAA, but we anticipate that contact sports (Girls Soccer and Lacrosse) will be requited to wear them at all times, and that all other non-contact sports will be required to wear them at all times when not in active competition. Portage Pubic Schools is commited to providing at least one SafeMate Mask for all athletes to use during competition. Check out more information on these masks here: https://case-mate.com/pages/safe-mate
You will have to participate in the health screening (bring your phone with you) and get a temperature check upon arrival at all athletic facilities. Please take proper hand hygiene precautions before arriving at our facilities. IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID LIKE SYMPTOMS, PLEASE STAY HOME.
1. Pre-Participation Physical Examination - Must be on file with the Athletic Office, or turned into coaches/trainer on the first day of practice. The physical must be dated after April 15th of 2019. NEW: This means that pre-participation physical examinations that were good for the 2019-2020 school year are still good for the 2020-2021 school year. IF you do already have a physical form on file from the previous school year, you will still need to fill out a new Health Sports Questionnaire and turn that into the Athletic Dept. before the season starts. That form can be found here.
No student-athlete will be allowed to participate unless this is accounted for. Please contact PC Athletics Secretary, Julie Morrissey, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 323-5361 if you have any questions on the status of a student-athletes physical. You may also contact Portage Central Athletic Trainer, Rachel Leonard at email@example.com with Physical questions. You can find the MHSAA Official Physical form here.
Upon selection to a team:
2. Pay to Participate Payment - Student-Athletes are required to pay a participation fee to Portage Public Schools. The fee will be administered online in the Skyward Family Access Module under Fee Management upon a student-athlete being placed on a Roster. This usually happens within a week from the time the rosters are established. For information on how to find that fee online, see the PPS Pay to Participate Information Sheet and for a walk-through on how to pay online, go to PTP Online Payment through Skyward. Again, please make payment as soon as your student-athlete has been rostered! Once they start competitions, the Fee is past due!
3. Code of Conduct Meeting (if a first time PCHS Student-Athlete) – The Code of Conduct Meeting will not take place this year. Instead, we are expecting new student-athletes to watch the following video:
After watching the video, we ask that the student-athlete print off the Code of Conduct Form and turn it into the Athletic Office.
Specific Sports Information:
Baseball tryouts are next week Monday and Tuesday. Freshmen & Sophomores will be indoors 5:30-7:30 or outdoors 3:30-5:00 on both nights. Juniors and Seniors will be indoors 7:00-9:00 or outdoors 4:30-6:30 on both nights. *Weather will determine if we have an indoor or outdoor tryout.
Questions, contact Head Baseball Coach Cory DeGroote at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts are Monday, March 22nd and Tuesday, March 23rd.. *Location is weather dependent.* If outside 3:30-6:15 on the softball field, if inside 3:15-6:00 in the Stable.
Questions, contact Head Softball Coach Lisa Kiino at email@example.com.
Track and Field:
Practice begins for Boys and Girls Track and Field on Monday, March 22nd. 3:15 pm at McCamley Field. Visit Coach Wytko's Google Site for more details: https://sites.google.com/portageps.org/danwytko
Questions, contact Head Coach Dan Wytko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis - Girls:
Practices being for Girls Tennis on Monday, March 22nd at the PCHS Tennis Courts. Varsity will practice from 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday. JV will practice from 3:30-5:00 pm on Monday, and Wed-Friday. Tuesday's practice will be 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Please bring tennis gear, water, and a facial covering.
Questions, contact Head Coach Peter Militzer at email@example.com.
Golf - Boys:
Tryouts for Boys Golf are on March 22nd at 3:15pm. Indian Run Golf Course.
Questions, contact Head Coach Scott Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soccer - Girls:
Tryouts will be March 22nd - March 24th. 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Mustang Field. Bring cleats, shin guards, water, and facial coverings. No need to bring a ball. Regular season practices will be as follows: Varsity - 3:30 - 5:30 pm. JV - 4:15 - 6:00 pm at Mustang Field.
Questions, contact Head Coach Tim Halloran at email@example.com.
Lacrosse - Boys:
Practices begin on Monday, March 22nd at the Stable Field behind the PCHS Stable (Old Game Field) at 3:00 pm.
Questions, contact Head Coach Greg Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lacrosse - Girls:
Practices begin on Monday, March 22nd at Portage Northern's Huskie Stadium at 5:00 pm, but please arrive by 4:30 pm.
Questions, contact Head Coach Kate Twichell at email@example.com.
Water Polo - Boys:
Practices begin on Monday, March 22nd at the PCHS Natatorium. 5:00 pm.
Questions, contact Head Coach Rich Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Polo - Girls:
Questions, contact Head Coach Jim Schafer at email@example.com.