Dear Merrill Students and Parents,
On behalf of Denver Public Schools and Merrill Middle School, I’d like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 athletic year. I encourage you to participate on the many teams we have at Merrill.
In the fall, we will have teams for girls’ softball, volleyball, boys’ soccer, co-ed cross country, and flag football. In the winter, we will have boys’ and girls’ basketball, and in the spring, we will have boys’ baseball, girls’ soccer, and 6th grade boys’ and girls’ basketball.
It is imperative that you know and understand our policies for all athletic events, as well as the requirements for our students to be able to participate in sports at Merrill Middle School. Be sure to review the guidelines and expectations detailed in the student handbook with your student/parent.
Participation in any of these sports teams will require a sports physical from a licensed physician (please see the DPS Athletics website for detailed info re: physicals and forms) and paying a participation fee of $25 per sport. If/when a team reaches the playoffs; at least 80% of the athletes need to have paid the athletic fee in order for the school to be able to participate. The $25 athletic fee is due prior to you getting your uniform for your sport. If you do not turn in your $25 athletic fee, you will not be able to participate.
All of our athletes are students first and athletes second. Student athletes must maintain their eligibility on a weekly basis to practice and participate in team games. Student athletes are responsible for bringing their signed eligibility progress reports to their coaches regarding the three standards of “Characteristics of a Successful Learner.” If a student athlete has one or more “1” on the grading scale, they will not be able to participate in the following weeks’ game(s).
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Go Jaguars!