Athletics

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Athletics Update – Winter Sports

Tryouts for our Winter Sports have been moved to January 4th, 2021. We plan to have Boys and Girls Basketball, and Boys and Girls Swimming. Please continue to sign up, complete your online registration forms, baseline concussion test and be sure you have a current in-person physical.

Indoor Track has moved to the Fall II Season in February and will depend on access to Smith College. Wrestling and Winter Cheerleading have been moved to the Spring Season in April. Athletes from these sports are encouraged to try Basketball or Swimming for the Winter.

Check out the MIAA’s COVID 19 Task force’s page where the individual sport modifications are listed. I encourage athletes and parents to read through their sport’s modifications. I will be holding zoom meetings with our sport coaching staff to go over these modifications in the coming weeks so that we are prepared.

Please continue to be safe, healthy and follow the State Guidelines to help reduce the spread. Holyoke needs to return to Yellow status for three weeks in order to have sports in January.Please email Melanie Martin if you have any questions at memartin@hps.holyoke.ma.us

After submitting the sign-up form above, please remember to complete the registration process by:

  1. completing the 3 forms at: https://holyokeschools.rankonesport.com/New/NewInstructionsPage.aspx
  2. completing a baseline concussion test at http://www.concussionvitalsigns.com/, and 
  3. handing in a valid physical to the Athletic Office. 

Instructions for forms and baseline testing can be found on the HHS Athletics website, https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/families/athletics/.  

Any questions can be forwarded Mel Martin, memartin@hps.holyoke.ma.us, or Kevin Auffrey, kmauffrey@hps.holyoke.ma.us.

Download the Athletics Update Letter as a PDF, in both English and Spanish.

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.

Contact

Ms. Melanie Martin
Director of Athletics
memartin@hps.holyoke.ma.us
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

Athletics Videos Playlist

District Resources

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