• How do I register for a sport?

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    Athletic registration is online.  Fall registration is typically open from mid-June until September.  Winter registration begins in October and spring registration begins in February.  All registration for BPS athletics is at www.bpsregister.com.

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  • How do I find contact information for coaches?

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    The athletic department directory is on this site.  You can look up any coach by sport or view the full list by selecting all.

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  • Where is the official schedule?

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    www.seaholmsports.com will always provide access to the official schedule.  You can also use the schedule page on this site to find direct links to the current teams.  Please note that many other sites across the web contain scheduling information - some of which is not accurate.  If you have any questions about a Seaholm athletic contest, please use the schedule page on this site (select Schedules on the left).

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  • How far in advance is the schedule known?

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    Typically, a final version of each teams schedule is not known until 30 to 60 days before the season begins.  As soon as a season ends, we begin working on the schedule for the following year.  There are many factors that cause changes to these plans, and most are completely outside of our control.  The Seaholm schedules are updated regularly, and you are encouraged to check the Schedules link on the left at any time to see the anticipated schedule.

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  • What is the sports schedule for next year? We are planning a vacation.

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    MHSAA start dates and tournament championship dates are known well in advance.  Most Seaholm programs will begin on the date listed as First Practice Date on the MHSAA calendar.  Here is the link: 2018-19 Calendar.   You can also see the 2019-20 Calendar.  For reference, there is a 7-Year corresponding date calendar, however official start and end dates have not yet been determined.

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  • If school is cancelled, are games and practices cancelled too?

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    Not automatically.  When school is cancelled for circumstances such as inclement weather, a building problem or some other unforeseen event, after school activities such as practices and games are not automatically cancelled.  The Superintendent or designee will evaluate the conditions and the circumstances to make this determination.  All changes or cancellations will be communicated as soon as they are known.  They will also be posted on the athletic calendar

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  • Where is the Code of Conduct and what are the consequences for violation?

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    The Seaholm Student Athlete Code of Conduct is an important document for all athletes and their parents.  This question is raised most often about alcohol, tobacco or drug use or possession.  The code regarding this is enforced 24/7 - 365.  Students who violate this rule are suspended from 25% of their athletic competitions.  Complete details are in the athletic code (use the link above) and the Seaholm Student Handbook.

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  • I am transferring to Seaholm. Can I play a sport?

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    The Michigan High School Athletic Association is the governing body of interscholastic athletics in Michigan.  The association rules dictate transfer eligibility.  Please review the information here and then contact Aaron Frank to determine your eligibility.

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  • Why are some programs missing from the booster club sites link?

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    Many booster volunteers organize and publish websites for their programs.  Because volunteers and priorities change from year to year, some groups do not currently publish a site. 

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  • When is my physical form valid?

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    The Michigan High School Athletic Association sets the requirement for the pre-participation physical exam.  This is not a BPS/Seaholm policy.  All physcials must be completed and signed by the provider on or after April 15 to be valid for the entire following school year.  Health insurance plans typically cover only one well visit per year.  If yours falls outside of this required date, many students get an athletic physical at a local walk-in clinic.  Download the form here

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  • Do I have to use a specific form for my physical?

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    No.  There are many formats of this form.  Your doctor may have a preferred form.  Some students use forms that were originally completed for another purpose.  As long as you have a valid pre-participation physical form which includes the provider's signature on or after April 15 of the previous school year, you will be permitted to participate.  You can download our form here.

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  • Where do I turn in my completed physical?

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    Physicals are recorded in the athletic office.  Please do not turn in your physical to a coach or booster.  For your convenience, please use any of the following methods to submit a physical.

    • Fax it to (248) 203-3713 (no cover page needed)
    • Scan and email it to AFrank@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    • Mail it to: Seaholm Athletic Office, 2436 W. Lincoln, Birmingham MI 48009
    • Drop it off in the main office.  Ask them to put it in the athletic director's mailbox.
    • Stop by the athletic office.
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  • What is the Athletic Advisory Board?

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    BPS has an Athletic Advisory Board (AAB) whose purpose is to review and consider athletic issues facing the district.  Requests for new sports, Pay to Participate fees, budgetary issues and facility issues are all considered.  The members of AAB include the Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendant for Business Services, Athletic Directors, and Principals as well as a representative from the Board of Education and coach and parent representatives. 

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  • Does the school provide bus transportation to away games?

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    Sometimes. BPS provides transportation for some contests.  If transportation is not provided, parents choose the method of transportation for their kids.  They might allow their kids to drive or ride with others, or they might prefer to drive their own students.

    • The runs are often one-way busses.   We do this because we almost always have enough parents at the games to bring their students home.  We used to have empty busses rolling back to Seaholm, and most parents appreciate the ability to bring their student straight home.
    • Round trip busses are typically scheduled when circumstances like distance, game time, game location (relative to the school site) and other factors make it prudent.
    • When we have double or triple headers, we often schedule a bus for the freshman or JV team when there is an early game time.  In many of those cases, we do not schedule a separate bus for the older teams.  Those players can ride to the game with the freshman.  Coaches can determine how to handle this their programs.
    • Example: We have a freshman, JV and varsity triple header at Troy Athens.  The freshman game is 4 PM.  You will see a bus listed for the freshman team.  For the JV and Varsity, the listing will indicate “Bus with Freshman.”  The JV and Varsity teams could ride that bus too.  If you prefer to have your JV or Varsity players meet at Athens at the appropriate time, simply communicate that to your parents and players.  The bus is then still an option for anyone who does not have a ride at the later time. 
    • Typically, we do not provide any busses for contests that are close to Seaholm.
    • Typically, we do not provide any busses on weekends.
    • There are several factors considered when determining transportation including the game time, location, other runs that day and more.

     The bus schedule is visible online.  This provides a way for you and your teams to double check at any time.  Here are the steps:

    1. Go to seaholmsports.com
    2. Click on the calendar and then click on any away contest on the schedule.
    3. A window will pop up with basic contest information.
    4. Under the Transportation Details section, you will see the bus information.
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  • Can booster groups arrange charter busing for certain events?

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    Yes.  Booster groups can charter buses for special events, camps, overnight trips or other longer/special runs.  BPS has vetted a specific list of charter companies from which to choose.  The approved list is here.  If you have other questions about this, please contact Aaron Frank.

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  • How much are Pay to Participate Fees, and where does that money go?

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    BPS uses a tiered system for Pay to Participate fees.  Middle school athletic fees are $135.  High school fees vary based on the sport from $155 to $195.  A detailed explanation regarding the fees is here.

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  • Where is the athletic financial report?

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    The BPS finance department handles all production and publication of the financial information.  Using the following link, you can find all of the budget reporting.  On the right side, select Other Budget Documents to see the athletic reports.  Link: Birmingham Public Schools Financial Reporting

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  • Are Booster Dues Mandatory?

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    No.  Booster clubs support teams with many important activities.  Most booster groups charge dues, and virtually all families opt to pay those dues, however they cannot be mandatory.

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  • What is signing day, and when do you do it?

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    Several NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 schools participate in an official National Letter of Intent (NLI) program for college-bound students who are receiving an athletic scholarship.  Seaholm typically hosts two ceremonial signing events to include all student-athletes in the senior class who have committed to continuing their athletic career at the next level.  We typically host one date in December and one in the late spring.  If you have a senior who has committed to playing at the collegiate level, please contact Aaron Frank to discuss the next ceremony date.

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  • How do I resolve concerns with a coach?

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    If you have a concern about an in issue with your coach, please follow these steps to achieve the best possible outcome.  Please note that certain issues are not appropriate for discussion such as other students, game strategy or playing time.

    Step One – Athlete/Coach Meeting

    The first step is for the student to meet with the coach.  I recommend the student make an appointment to have this type of discussion.  The meeting should not be on a game day (before or after the contest).   One our most important objectives is to help our students learn to be good communicators and advocates for themselves. 

    Expected Outcome

    At this type of meeting, our coaches are expected to communicate clearly with students.  Coaches are expected to create an environment that allows honest dialog.  Coaches are also expected to give students honest feedback about their status.  They must also be able to help students chart a course to improvement – helping them attain their goals.  I can tell you that our coaches typically respond very positively to direct questions and communication with students.

    Common Fears and Concerns

    Most parents tell me that their son or daughter cannot talk to the coach because they are intimidated by him/her.  They also typically feel that their child is not ready or should not have to be their own advocate yet.  While I certainly understand both of those concerns, our coaches already interact and talk with their kids every single day of the season.   Students who spend time with their parents to prepare and then meet with the coach, almost universally report high levels of success and satisfaction with the outcome.

     

    Step Two – Parent/Athlete/Coach Meeting

    If the direct student/coach meeting does not have a successful outcome, the next step is to schedule a meeting for the parent and student to meet with the coach.  Regarding all student concerns, there are only two direct parties – the coach and the athlete.  If both are not in the room, resolution is almost impossible. 

    Common Fears and Concerns

    Most parents tell me that they cannot meet with the coach present because he/she will take it out on their child.   If they are willing to meet with the coach, many parents then do not want their child present.  Parents often say something like, “my daughter would be mortified if she knew I was calling.”

    Expected Outcome

    At this type of meeting, the same expectations are in place for honest feedback and clear goals and checkpoints for improvement.  If the parents had any issues that were not communicated to them about the previous meeting, those should be cleared up by the conclusion of this one.

     

    Step Three – Athletic Director/Parent/Athlete/Coach Meeting

    By the time a concern escalates to the administrative level in any area of the school, resolution is usually much more challenging.  By participating in the meeting, I hope to facilitate discussion between the family and the coach to determine the root issues and potential resolutions.

    Common Fears and Concerns

    Parents are often concerned that the Athletic Director will only support the coach in this type of meeting.  It is true that an important responsibility of our school administrators is to provide the protection and representation afforded to all school employees – but certainly not at the expense of a student.  I do not act as an attorney or judge at these meetings, but I will provide the perspective I have gained from working with thousands of students and hundreds of coaches during the past two decades.

    Expected Outcome

    At the conclusion of this meeting, all parties should have a clear understanding of both the issues and perspective of the coach, school and the student and family.  A resolution should be identified.  While the specified resolution is unlikely to be the exact solution desired by all, it will be an appropriate and actionable solution.

     

    Additional Steps.  After working through the steps above, nearly all athletic issues can be resolved.  Additional steps include the principal and then the BPS central administration.

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