Athletics

Empowering Students for Success

The mission of our Athletic Department is to build self-confidence, self-esteem, pride and respect for self and others through participation in an athletic community which values each student as an individual. Our programs promote sportsmanship, hard work, fair play, fun, the development of team concepts, winning as well as losing with dignity, and other valuable lifelong lessons.

Fall Athletics Highlights

We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes and partners.  We would especially like to congratulate the Boys Cross Country team which competed in the Western Mass Championships and qualified for the State Meet for the 5th year in a row; the Cheerleading Team for placing 3rd in the State Championships; the Middle School Intramural Champions – Peck for Basketball and McMahon for Flag Football; and the Unified Basketball team which finished 4-1 in their inaugural season (and they won all of their games in the Final Jamboree with 8 other teams, finishing their season 7-1).  

HPS Middle School Intramural Program

Holyoke Public Schools offers an Intramural Athletic Program for our middle schools. Basketball and flag football are offered in the Fall. Volleyball and soccer are offered in the Spring. The Sports run for 7 weeks and finish with a single elimination tournament.  These programs help increase after-school opportunities for our middle school students and prepare them for high school interscholastic athletics.  Sign-ups occur at the schools.  Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Champions: Basketball – EN White School, and Flag Football – Donahue School.

Holyoke Public Schools Unified Sports

 

Holyoke Public Schools offers two Unified Sports designed to provide a competitive sports program for students with and without intellectual disabilities.  We have Unified Basketball in the Fall and Unified Track in the Spring. The primary focus of the program is to learn new skills, meet personal goals and participate with a team.  This program has shown proven results in providing students opportunities to play sports together, enhance school climate and give students increased physical, social and educational skills. Our Unified athletes and partners work hard as a team to be successful in their sports and in school. Unified sports have proven to be a wonderful addition to our Holyoke Athletic Program.

 

Our Unified Track Team won Division II Western Mass Track Championships last Spring and will have a Championship Banner in the gym!

H.H.S. Adaptive P.E. Ice Skating Program

The program is for students with and without disabilities.  Our student-athletes enjoy being paired with their peers in this adaptive physical education setting at Fitzpatrick Rink.

How would I know if an athlete may have a concussion?

Concussion Facts

For Athletes | En Español

For Parents | En Español

 

For more information for specific individuals visit HEADS UP

Sports Head Injury and Concussions

 

Who needs to participate in a Sports Head Injury and Concussions Awareness Course?

The law says that the following people must participate in this training program:

  • Coaches
  • Athletic trainers
  • Parent volunteers for any extracurricular athletic activity
  • Physicians employed by the school or who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
  • School nurses or nurses who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
  • Athletic Directors
  • School marching band directors
  • Parents or legal guardians of children who participate in any extracurricular athletic activity.

You can become certified at either of the two online locations:

The course takes only 30 minutes to complete

www.nfhslearn.com

Do parents and athletes have other responsibilities under this law?

Yes.  Students and their parents or legal guardians must provide information to the school regarding any previous sports head injury at the start of each sports season.  The Department of Public will be developing a sample form for this purpose.  In the interim, parents and athletes can be asked to provide this information in a format selected by the school. However, these forms must require the signature of both the student and the parent or legal guardian.  Coaches must receive this information prior to allowing any student to participate in an extracurricular athletic activity so they can identify students who are at greater risk for repeated head injuries.

Ms. Melanie Martin
Director of Athletics
memartin@hps.holyoke.ma.us
500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Athletics Office Phone: 413-493-1683

High School Sports:

FALL SPORTS:

Cheerleading – JV/ Varsity

Cross Country – Boys and Girls Varsity

Field Hockey – JV / Varsity

Football – Freshman / JV / Varsity

Golf – Varsity

Soccer – Boys and Girls JV / Varsity

Volleyball – Girls Freshman /JV / Varisty

WINTER SPORTS:

Basketball – Boys and Girls Freshmen / JV / Varisity

Cheerleading – JV/VARSITY

Ice Hockey – Co-op with South Hadley High School

Indoor Track – Boys and Girls Varsity

Skiing – Boys and Girls Varsity

Swimming – Boys and Girls Swimming

Wrestling – Varsity

SPRING SPORTS:

Baseball – Freshman / JV / Varsity

Softball – Freshman / JV / Varsity

Tennis – Boys and Girls

Track – Boys and Girls

Volleyball – Boys JV / Varsity

Athletics video

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