Female high school soccer player kicking the ball.

9-2-20 Athletics Update

The MIAA has released the Sport Modifications and Guidelines for sports allowed in the Fall 1 season. Fall 1 sports are Golf, Field Hockey, Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country. We are hoping to be able to participate in all of these and are waiting for updates on other School Districts’ decisions. Fall 1 will be September 18th-November 20th. Athletes from Football, Cheerleading and Unified Basketball are able to play another sport during the Fall 1 season and still compete in their sport in Fall 2, scheduled for February 22-April 25. These teams may also hold conditioning workouts and non contact practices during Fall 1.  We will post the tryout schedules as soon as possible.  Read more about sign-up,registration, and baseline concussion information, 

About our Athletics Department

The mission of our Athletics Department is to build self-confidence, self-esteem, pride and respect for self and others through participation in an athletics 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.

The HPS Athletics Department is committed to ensuring the health of our athletes. Please visit our Sports Head Injury and Concussions web page for more information.

Athletics Department Offerings

HPS High School Sports

Holyoke High School has a robust offering of team sports for fall, winter and spring.

Fall Sports:

  • Cheerleading – Varsity
  • Cross Country – Boys and Girls Varsity
  • Field Hockey – Varsity
  • Football – JV/ Varsity
  • Golf – Varsity
  • Soccer – Boys and Girls JV /Varsity
  • Volleyball – Girls Freshman /JV/Varsity
  • Unified Basketball – Boys and Girls

Winter Sports:

  • Basketball – Boys and Girls  JV/Varsity (Freshman Boys)
  • Cheerleading – JV/Varsity
  • Indoor Track – Boys and Girls Varsity
  • Swimming – Boys and Girls Swimming
  • Wrestling – Varsity

Spring sports:

  • Baseball – JV/Varsity
  • Softball – JV/Varsity
  • Tennis – Boys and Girls
  • Track – Boys and Girls
  • Volleyball – Boys JV/Varsity
  • Unified Track – Boys and Girls

HPS Middle School Intramural Program

The already successful HPS intramural athletics program is expanding this year.   In addition to our offerings through partnerships such as the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, we are working with the PLAYBALL FOUNDATION! to provide more sports opportunities for our middle school students. We are excited to provide our students with these meaningful activities.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.  Offerings include:
  • Fall: Flag football, Boys basketball, Dance
  • Winter: Girls basketball and Chess
  • Spring: Wrestling, Volleyball, Soccer

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.

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.


Ms. Melanie Martin
Director of Athletics
Athletics Office Phone: 413-493-1683

500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Session One: Understanding the Risks and Benefits of Sports Participation During the Pandemic

Session Two: Safety Precautions for You and Your Team

Session Three: Navigating Sports During COVID-19 for Elite Athletes

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