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Participating in Sports at Madison West

  1. Select the Sport in which you would like to participate
  2. Complete online Parent & Student permissions. This should be completed for every sport you plan to participate in for the full school year.
  3. Turn in WIAA Physical Cards to the Athletic Office. These can be emailed to sjanderson@madison.k12.wi.us or mailed to: Madison West High School, 30 Ash Street, Madison, WI 53726 Everyone who participates in interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, or pom pon must have a physical examination the first year out and then on alternating years thereafter. This examination must be attested to with the signature of a licensed physician or nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant on the green WIAA physical examination card.
  4. Athletic Fees:  Athletic participation fees are collected ONLINE for each sport after final rosters are set (fees will show up in Infinite Campus under the Fees tab - same as all other school fees), and are due before the first competition. Fees are $115 per sport [plus surcharge fees for golf ($118), hockey ($800), gymnastics ($100), and wrestling($100)]. All fees are non-refundable after the first date of competition. Athletic fees are separate from school fees and must be paid separately online.  A fee waiver request is available for families in need. [NOTE: If you filled out a Fee Waiver for school fees, you do NOT need to fill out another waiver for athletic fees.] Fee Waiver Request - for families in financial need

Tryouts Information

  • Tryouts at West generally take place the first week to two weeks of the official start of each season. 
  • Student athletes are given the opportunity to have a minimum of 3 days during a tryout, but some sports, at the coaches discretion, may lengthen the tryouts dependent on number of athletes, available facilities and other related factors. 
  • Student athletes must complete the registration process in order to be eligible to tryout for sports.
  • Participating in sports at Madison West is a privilege, not a right and must be earned.  The tryout process for sports at Madison West is competitive and may force coaches to make roster selections (aka, cuts) for varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams.  Some teams are no cut.
  • All sports teams that have tryouts provide each student athlete a fair and objective evaluation, minimum of three days and make the best decisions based on the tryout.  As much as we want everyone to participate in sports at Madison West, roster selections will be made and some student athletes may not make the sport they are trying out for.  Head Coaches will make every effort to explain to each student athlete why they did not make the team.  

 

MMSD Athletic Permissions

Complete online Parent & Student permissions. This should be completed for every sport you plan to participate in for the full school year.

WIAA Physical Cards

Turn in WIAA Physical Cards to the Athletic Office. These can be emailed to sjanderson@madison.k12.wi.us or mailed to: Madison West High School, 30 Ash Street, Madison, WI 53726 Everyone who participates in interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, or pom pon must have a physical examination the first year out and then on alternating years thereafter. This examination must be attested to with the signature of a licensed physician or nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant on the green WIAA physical examination card.

1st & 3rd Year "Green" Physical Cards

Free Sports Physicals - TBA

  • TBA


Fees

Athletic participation fees are collected (online or in-person) for each sport after final rosters are set, and are due before the first competition. Fees are $115 per sport (plus surcharge fees for golf ($118), hockey ($800), gymnastics ($100), and wrestling($100)). All fees are non-refundable after the first date of competition. Athletic fees are separate from school fees.


Eligibility Verification of Transfer Student



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is required to be eligible?

ELIGIBILITY An athlete is eligible for athletic competition only if he/she meets all of the following WIAA and MMSD criteria:

  1. Comply with all WIAA eligibility criteria.
  2. Have completed the parent(s) permission and student’s verification of willingness to adhere to the Athletic Code on file with the Athletic Director as specified on the WIAA cards.
  3. Have medical insurance or a signed statement by the parent/guardian refusing insurance.  (free athletic physicals are offered by UW Health in August)
  4. Have completed the parent(s) and athlete acknowledgements form on sport specific cautionary statements for each sport in which the athlete participates annually.
  5. Have completed the Parent and Athlete Agreement form regarding concussion awareness each school year in which an athlete participates in an activity.
  6. Have paid all applicable participation fees prior to competition. (fee waiver available) 
  7. Adhere to all requirements stated in the District Athletic Code.

Do I have to pay a participation fee for every sport?

Participants are required to remit an athletic participation fee of $115.00 for EACH sport in which they participate. There will be an additional $100.00 surcharge for athletic participation in gymnastics and wrestling and $118.00 additional surcharge for boys and girls golf. There will also be an additional surcharge of $800.00 for athletic participation in hockey. Families will pay a maximum of $500.00 for athletic participation. Surcharge amounts are excluded in the family maximum however, the $115.00 portion of the participation fee will be included in the family maximum.

Athletic participation fees are collected after the team has been selected. Athletic participation fee refunds will be issued before the first date of competition for that specific sport. Athletes that are unable to practice or participate due to prior injuries, will not pay the participation fee until they are released by their physician for this activity. B. In accordance with Board of Education policy, athletes who meet certain criteria may apply for athletic fee waivers at the school office.

Can my player ride home with a parent after a game?

If transportation is provided, team members must use the transportation provided by the school to reach the site of the contest or practice. If transportation is provided back to the District school site, Team members must also return to school via the same mode of transportation unless parent(s) request permission to take the player home in their private vehicle. Said request must be in writing or in person. Only the legal parent(s) or guardian(s) will be given this prerogative.

The type of transportation used should be as clean at the end of a trip as it was at the beginning.

I received an in-season suspension, can I still be named all-conference?

Athletes who receive suspensions due to Code violations are NOT eligible for individual post-season honors at the City, Conference, Area, or State levels for the season during which the penalty was served. The season will include the time up to the awarding of post-season honors

My IC says I was absent from a class, does that affect my eligibility?

For athletes enrolled full-time in the District, unexcused absences during any day of the season will result in the athlete not competing in the next scheduled contest, regardless of the level of competition. Athletes are allowed 5 school days to clear any unexcused absences from their attendance record. This is a one for one cumulative situation (i.e., unexcused absences on three different days will result in 3 different meet/game suspensions). Athletes enrolled in a home-based private educational program shall attend their program in a manner that allows them to obtain at least 875 hours of instruction during the school year.

Is someone monitoring academic status of athletes?

Coaches are responsible for monitoring class attendance and eligibility through the use of weekly Academic Status "Tuesday Reports". If the weekly Academic Status Reports indicate an athlete is not receiving a passing grade in all classes, the athlete has 7 days to achieve a passing grade in all classes or is considered ineligible under the MMSD standards. In the case of an athlete who has an IEP, the case manager shall be consulted to determine the applicability of timing regarding progress reports and quarter grades.

What if an athlete quits mid-season?

Individuals who voluntarily sever their team affiliation and/or quit during the season and later have a change of heart may be reinstated to team status at the coach’s discretion.

Letter winners must meet sport requirements and MUST complete the sports season in good standing with the team/squad and coaching staff.

Does it cost parents and fans to get into games?

MMSD charges admission for certain sports, $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for Students. This includes: Football, soccer, basketball, hockey, wrestling, and certain invitational meets (e.g. Boy's swimming/diving and boys track & field). You may pay as you go or purchase a West High School Home Game Card (adults:  $30 or two for $50; K-8th grade child: $15). This card will admit you to all West High School home athletic events for the entire school year without additional cost. Students may purchase an Athletic Pass at registration for $20 that does the same thing for them.

The adult Regent Game Cards are sold by your Athletic Booster Club (MWABA) as well as Team Reps/Liaisons.

Mission

The Madison Metropolitan School District Athletics Program is considered an integral part of the secondary educational program. Our vision is that MMSD athletics provides equitable programming opportunities that support the District’s vision to prepare all students for college, career, and community.   Athletics play an integral role in community building and identity of Madison schools and support the development of commitment, reliability, honesty, integrity, accountability, and perseverance in each of our student athletes. Through participation in co-curricular athletics programs, students strive to become better students, athletes, leaders, and citizens.

Our purpose is to provide unique educational experiences that will contribute to the development of better citizens. Emphasis is upon the teaching "through" athletics in addition to teaching the "skills of" athletics.

The Madison athletic program provides a wide range of opportunities for all students who desire to participate in Interscholastic athletics at Madison high schools.  

MMSD Athletics

MMSD District Athletic Director - Jeremy Schlitz

Alicia Pelton - West High School

608-204-3060 x44103

TJ Rogness - East High School

608-204-1720

Mark Krall - LaFollette High School

608-204-3656

Jeremy Schlitz - Memorial High School

608-663-6079