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Athletics Information-Middle School

All Middle School Athletic events are held at the Dock EC-Grade 8 Campus.
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to 420 Godshall Road, Souderton, PA 18964.

EC-Grade 8 Campus Map RGB

Click on the sport below for game schedules:

Fall – Field HockeySoccer
Winter – Boys’ BasketballGirls’ Basketball
Spring –  BaseballSoftballTrack & Field

Interscholastic sports are offered for 7th and 8th graders in soccer, field hockey, basketball, baseball, softball, and track and field. The emphasis is on skill development, competition, performance and preparation for higher level athletics. These teams compete in the Upper Bux-Mont League, which includes middle and junior high schools from the Quakertown, Souderton, Pennridge and North Penn school districts.

BELOW YOU WILL FIND MORE INFORMATION ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS AT DOCK!

Sign-ups:

Sign-ups for any given sport are posted on the boys and girls locker room doors here at school. This happens 3-4 weeks before the season starts. Students are notified of this via our morning announcements. Signing up for a sport is not a final commitment, but it does help the coaches and I gauge how many students will be tryout for each sport.

Practice/Tryouts:

Practices are every day after school until 5:00pm. Students are expected to have sneakers and athletic clothes to change into for the first day of practice. The coaches may suggest more specific equipment after the season starts. Students are welcome to bring equipment that they already own to practice if applicable.

Provided that we have a lot of students sign-up to play a particular sport, the coaches will take the first few days to a week to determine who will play on a varsity team and who will be on a junior varsity team. In general, 7th graders play on JV and 8th graders play on Varsity, however there are cases where we ask 7th graders to play up and 8th graders to play down. If there is an overabundance of students interested, we may need to make cuts. The coaches and I do our best to be sensitive with all decisions/discussions regarding cutting students from the team.

Games:

After about two weeks of practices, games will start. You can find a schedule of the games here on the website (link at the top of this page). Students will be given uniforms to wear for these games and they will return them at the conclusion of the season. In alignment with the vision of Dock as one school system, we are trying to facilitate connections between our Middle School Athletics program and our High School Athletics program. One way we will be doing this is by having one of our home games at the High School Campus. This gives our athletes a chance to play on a bigger stage and shows them where they will be playing their sport if they continue at the High School. Details regarding these games will be given to each team within their season.

Pick-up:

At 5:00pm on practice days you are expected to have someone here to pick up your athlete. There will be an adult present until all students have been picked up. For away games we will provide transportation back to our campus after the games. In general, the team will return before 5:30pm. If it is more convenient, you may pick up your athlete at the sight of the away game. If you would like to do this, we ask that you have your athlete give a note to their coach that day or send the coach or myself an email so that all parties are aware.

Directions for Upper Bux-Mont League Schools

PIAA CIPPE Forms:

PIAA COMPREHENSIVE INITIAL PRE-PARTICIPATION PHYSICAL EVALUATION forms need to be filled out by the first day of practice in order for your athlete to participate. Sections 1-6 of the forms need to be completed. NOTE: this includes a physical examination with a doctor’s signature (section 6). For those students that have already gotten a physical exam and were cleared to play a sport in a previous season this year, only sections 7 and 8 are required for the new season. Section 8 is only required if the student is recovering from an injury. To print the forms click the link below.

PIAA Physical Exam Form

Communication:

As athletic director, I try to make clear and consistent communication between parents, coaches, and athletes a priority. The first line of communication is coach to athlete. The coaches and I will do our best to notify the athletes of any changes of schedule or special events during practice so that they can tell you at home. In addition to this, we will be using Schoology, our online platform, to communicate about athletics. If your child signed up to play on a team, we have added you to a group in Schoology for that team. We will then be able to create posts in that group that you will have access to. These posts will notify you of any changes in schedule or upcoming events. When these posts are created, you will be notified by email (provided you have not changed this feature in your settings). When changes to a game or practice are made on that same day, students will be given the opportunity to call you from the middle school office.

Spectating:

We love to have parents come to watch our home and away games. It’s great for the athletes to have that extra support. If you have other children (5th grade and younger) with you at our home contests, please have them stay at the game under your supervision. For the sake of safety on our campus, we do not want children playing on other unsupervised parts of our property.

 

COACHES

Fall 2017
Field Hockey: Cheryl Ryder and Melanie Baker
Soccer: Varsity – Nate Johnson; JV – Steve Gillespie

Winter 2017-18
Girls’ Basketball (Nov/Dec): Varsity – Jim Rittenhouse and Tom Moyer; JV – Amedeo Citro
Boys’ Basketball (Jan/Feb): Varsity – Brandon Longacre    JV – Amedeo Citro

Spring 2018
Baseball: TBA
Softball: TBA
Track & Field: Mandy Mowry, Nathaniel Freed