2020-21 Incoming 9th Grade Clearance Information
Quartz Hill High School Athletic Staff:
Vice Principal of Athletics - Judy Swaner
Athletics Secretary - Heather Cusick
Athletic Director - Aaron Kavanagh
Hello parents and welcome to Quartz Hill High School! My name is Aaron Kavanagh and I am the Athletic Director at Quartz Hill. I am excited to help you through your athletic career here at QHHS, but first you need to be cleared to start participating, once the official go ahead is given for athletics.
Right now, we are in a holding pattern, but hoping for a return to sports sooner rather than later, with so much is up in the air, as things change hourly. So instead of our usual incoming 9th grade athletic information night, here is a quick rundown of the important information you will need to begin to get your student-athlete cleared so when we can return to sports, your student-athlete is ready to begin competing!
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Cleared: All Quartz Hill student-athletes MUST be cleared to try-out &/or participate in athletics. Click on this link and follow the step-by-step procedure
All athletes at QHHS must begin to get cleared online, click the link above for the website and step-by-step procedure
Student-Athletes CAN NOT participate sport specific activities, in-person or online until after their last day of 8th grade
Westside Union - June 4th
Soar/Knight/Palmdale Preps - June 4th
Starting Tuesday May 26th, Athletic Injury Management (AIM) will be allowing physicals.
There are a few conditions that AIM asks of you:
Please have $20 cash for the physicals
Please call ahead and get an appointment, NO WALK-INS
Please limit the number of family that accompanies your child to 1, to maintain proper social distancing in the office
All people that enter the office need to wear masks, per the CDC
Any individual that is symptomatic, please schedule for an appropriate time, and do not enter the office
AIM is located at 1051 West Avenue M Suite #209
All physical forms MUST have a doctor's signature and stamp on it, otherwise they are not cleared
Click on the link for the physical form.
This form, the bus waiver, also needs to be signed and completed to be able to be cleared.
All physicals must be returned to Quartz Hill before a student can be cleared
Quartz Hill students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average to stay eligible for high school sports
This means a 2.0 GPA at the 1st Quarter, 1st Semester, 3rd Quarter and 2nd Semester (for the current year's sports)
A = 4 points, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1; a student would need 12 grade points, assuming typical 6 classes and no more than 2 F’s are allowed for any grading period.
Academic probation will be available for those who fall short of a 2.0 GPA at the grading periods. However, there are minimum requirements in order to meet eligibility for Athletic Probation.
Sports and Seasons:
Track and Field
Q and A’s:
Q - Why am I not cleared for baseball but I am for football?
A - The athlete won't be cleared until the sport comes into season. So this athlete would be cleared for football during football season, and then assuming grades and physical were still good, would be cleared for baseball during baseball season.
Q - I'm cleared for one season, so am I cleared for all seasons?
A - No. Grades change and physicals expire. Physicals only last one calendar year.
Q - I turned in my paperwork, but I am still not cleared.
A - Clearances do not happen instantly. In normal circumstances you should allow 24-48 hours to get cleared after turning in the paperwork.
Q - I turned in my paperwork, and I am not still cleared, can I still practice while waiting?
A - No. Student-athletes must wait until FULLY cleared (email to the parent when cleared) to participate in any sports at QHHS.
Q - My team is holding virtual workouts and I am not cleared. Since they are virtual can I participate?
A - No. Student-athletes must wait until FULLY cleared to participate in any sports at QHHS, online, virtual or physical.
Phases for Returning to Athletics/Activities
Quartz Hill High School is excited to announce Phase One of our Athletics and Activities participation plan. Although the beginning date is July 13, actual starting dates will be determined by the coach or advisor. Please contact your coach or advisor for actual start dates. I have included the full Phase One protocols that our coaches and advisors will be held to. We appreciate your patience and understanding through this process, especially your understanding that these plans are subject to change as guidance and restrictions are constantly changing.
Phase One of Athletics & Activities to Begin July 13
Summer athletics and activities will enter Phase One of a Three-Phase Return to Training plan beginning July 13 with voluntary returns to campus for a soft-opening focused on summer conditioning. The following protocols are in place for Phase One:
All students, coaches and advisors will complete a health screening.
No gathering of more than 10 people at a time on any one field.
Workouts/ meetings conducted in “pods” of students with the same 5-10 students always working out/ meeting together
All activities to take place outdoors. Locker rooms will not be utilized.
There must be a minimum distance of six feet between each individual at all times
Students must bring their own water bottle(s)
Phase Two of Athletics & Activities to Begin Once Successful Completion of Phase One, TBD
● Pre-Workout Screening
● No gathering of more than 10 students at a time inside. Up to 50 students may gather outside for workouts
● Locker rooms may be used if there is a minimum distance of six feet between each individual at all times
● Workouts conducted in “pods” of students with the same 5-10 students always working out together
● Students must bring their own water bottle(s)
Phase Three of Athletics & Activities to Begin Once Successful Completion of Phase Two, TBD
● Gatherings of up to 50 students are allowed indoors and outdoors
● Students and coaches should maintain a minimum distance of three feet when not directly participating in practice or games
Student athletes will need to complete their athletic clearances, including athletic physicals, before they will be allowed to participate in the Phase One summer conditioning programs. Students will receive information specific to their sport/activity from the school Athletic/Activity Department.
Visit https://www.quartzhillhs.org/programs/athletics for all athletic information or contact our Athletic Director Aaron Kavanagh at email@example.com with questions not answered on our page.
Please understand that these plans are subject to change as guidance and restrictions are constantly changing.
Academic Eligibility Requirements
In order to encourage and promote academic excellence, students in grades 9-12 who participate in extra/co-curricular activities/interscholastic competition shall demonstrate satisfactory minimum progress in meeting the requirements for graduation by undertaking the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the District.
(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)
Any student elected or appointed to a student office, or who represents his/her school in extra/cocurricular activities/interscholastic competition, shall meet all the academic eligibility requirements as follows:
Keep at least a 2.0 average on a 4.0 grading scale for the preceding grading period. Each course in which the student is enrolled will be used in the calculations of the grade point average during the period of attendance. All incoming freshmen shall have first quarter as a probationary period to become eligible or ineligible.
Instruction AR 6145(b)
EXTRA/CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION
Enroll and maintain passing grades in at least four subjects in each grading period of which only one subject may be physical education.
Maintain minimum progress toward meeting the graduation requirements of the District, which is defined as passing a minimum of 20 credits, with a 2.0 average on a 4.0 grading scale, the previous grading period.
The grade point average used to determine eligibility shall be based on grades of the previous grading period.
The District schools will consider the following as report periods:
First Semester/2nd Quarter
Second Semester/4th Quarter
Citizenship Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for participation in extra/co-curricular activities/interscholastic competition, each student shall maintain a positive record of citizenship. Students shall be ineligible for participation if they receive three or more unsatisfactory marks in citizenship during the previous grading period.
The principal will have the authority to remove a student who is representing his/her school from extra/co-curricular activities/interscholastic competition if, in the principal’s judgment, the student’s behavior (prior or present) is of a nature considered not conducive to representing his/her school. A student selected to represent the school/District must meet the school’s and the District’s expectations as a role model for others. In order to be eligible to represent one’s school, a student must:
Maintain a high regard for personal standards of courtesy, decency, clean language, appropriate dress, honesty, and wholesome relations with others.
Display respect for the rights of others, conduct him or herself in a manner which reflects a consideration for the rights and privileges of others, and cooperate with all members of the school community.
*Maintain regular and punctual school attendance.
Instruction AR 6145(c)
EXTRA/CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION
Attendance Eligibility Requirements
Students are eligible to represent the school in an afternoon or evening activity/competition only if they attend a minimum school day on the day of the activity/competition (240 minutes).
Suspended students are not eligible to represent the school while on suspension. Eligibility returns at the start of the school day on the first day following the suspension.
Athletic – Academic – Activities Letters
Letters are only worn on the QH Letterman jacket with “Columbia” blue shell and white leather sleeves. Jackets are purchased at student’s expense at various sporting goods and trophy shops in the Antelope Valley. No variations to this jacket are allowed.
- Academic Letter – students must be enrolled in 6 classes; 4 of the 6 classes must meet the entrance requirements for the University of California system; and a grade point average of 3.66 or above must be maintained for two consecutive semesters.
- Athletic Letters – each sport has different requirements, see coaches for details.
- Leadership – See Mr. Manthey
- Band – see Band Director
- Drama – see Drama teacher