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Football (Grades 7-8)


Middle School Athletics / Football -
Fall 2020

About 7th - 8th Grade Football

Middle school football is open to all 7th -8th grade boys and girls. Football will run approximately eight weeks and starts approximately one week before the 2020 school year. Practices will run 4-5 days a week after school at each middle school. Approximately six games/scrimmages will be held throughout the season. Transportation is not a guarantee to away games. 

UPDATE: Registration for 7-8 Football is now open with a targeted start date of Monday, September 14. All students interested in playing must sign up. If you have previously pre-registered for football or signed up for the fall football experience, those registrations will be refunded.


The competition season will consist of 4 to 5 regular season games beginning September 23rd or later. Schools will resume their schedules beginning with what would have normally been Week 3 of the season, filling schedule openings with other participating schools as best we can. 

Per EO 176 all athletes participating in an organized sport, while on the field of play, must maintain six feet of distance from one another to the extent compatible with that organized sport, and wear a facial covering except when swimming. This means that athletes must remain masked during practices and games.


Season Start & End Dates:

Monday, September 14th, 2020 - Wednesday, October 21st, 2020.


East Middle School Equipment Pick Up: Sunday 9/13 5:30-7:00 PM. Those unable to attend can pick up on the first day of practice. 

Practice Schedule: Begins Monday 9/14: 3:00-6:00 PM- East Middle School Fields. There will be a brief parent meeting on Monday after practice outside at the track/football barn. Parents must be masked and socially distant.

West Middle School Equipment Pick Up: Thursday 9/10 at 5 PM- West Middle School Gymnasium

West Middle School Practice Schedule: Begins Monday 9/14. 5:00-7:30 PM- West Middle School Fields. 

Game Schedules: 

Coaches:

2020 East Middle School

  • 7th Grade: Jesse Smith, Coachsmith773@gmail.com
  • 8th Grade: Pablo Bocardo, pablobocardo@ymail.com or call/text to 231.313.8386

2020 West Middle School

  • Director of Football- Dave Kenny, kennyda@tcaps.net
  • 7th Grade: Adam Totten: totsstrong4424@outlook.com
  • 8th Grade: Chris Oosse: chrissoosse@gmail.com

Equipment Needed:

  • Cleats
  • Mouth Guard
  • Personal girdle
  • Water Bottle
  • Due to COVID-19 it may be recommended, but not required, that additional football equipment be provided by the individual. Equipment may need to be stored & sanitized at home to reduce the potential spread of the virus.

DUE TO COVID-19:

  • Additional safety & sanitation measures will be in place.
  • Students will be working in pods of 6- 12 athletes each day & proper social distancing measures will be enforced.
  • Athletes must pass a daily screening & temperature check. This year we will be utilizing FinalForms to complete the daily screening process. Final Forms is an online forms and data management service that is currently utilized by our High School Athletic Departments.
  • ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR A FINAL FORMS ACCOUNT SO PROPER SCREENING/MONITORING CAN TAKE PLACE.
  • Please register at: https://traversecity-mi.finalforms.com and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign your forms.
  • If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support,” or feel free to contact our office. NOTE: During parent registration, you will need to input your students’ TCAPS email address. It will be helpful to have that info available ahead of time in case you do not know it!
  • ONCE YOUR STUDENT IS REGISTERED, PLEASE ADD HIM/HER TO THE SPORT 'FOOTBALL' FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.

Check-in Process:

Check-In will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of practice each day. Students should come dressed in work out clothes, tennis shoes and bring a water bottle. Once screened, cleared students will be permitted to practice. Any students who do not pass the initial screening will be sent home. The following questions will be asked:

Health Screening

Yes No Close contact or cared for someone with COVID-19?
Yes No Recent loss of smell or taste?
Yes No Has cough?
Yes No Has sore throat?
Yes No Shortness of breath / Difficulty breathing?
Yes No Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting?
Yes No Has fever or chills?

Sports Physicals: 

Middle School Athletes must have an updated physical on file each school year. Sports physicals must be dated April 15th, 2020 or newer, and can be used for the entire 20-21 school year. For 2020-2021, TCAPS is accepting a new Health Questionnaire that students who had a valid sports physical in 2019-20 (completed on or after April 15, 2019) can complete with required signatures to meet the pre-participation health status requirement in 2020-21. This NEW health questionnaire is a 14 question form that if all answers are 'no', then the 2019-20 physical on file is good for next year and can be found HERE.

  • Incoming 7th & 8th graders: Students who had a valid physical for the 2019-20 school year do not need a new physical if you answer NO to all 14 questions on the form & submit it prior to your sports season.
  • Incoming 6th graders: will need a new physical dated April 15th, 2020 or later.
  • 6th-8th graders that did not have an up to date physical will need a physical dated April 15th, 2020 or later.
  • If you answered YES to any of the 14 questions, you will need a new physical.
  • If you answered NO to all of the questions, you may still go get a new physical if you choose.
  • This is all in response that Dr. offices and clinics have said it will be difficult to see all athletes prior to the start of fall sports.
  • For more information on this process, you can access a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for this new Health Questionnaire form by clicking HERE.
  • If all answers are NO, email or mail the signed form to: TCAPS LEAP 1150 Milliken Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686 and we will mark your physical valid for next year.
  • Do you need a new physical? Download and print the TCAPS physical form here, and then please call your family physician to schedule a physical for your child. Mail completed physicals to: TCAPS LEAP 1150 Milliken Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686

Participation Fee:

  • Cost: $125.00
  • Reduced fees are available to those who qualify for the free and reduced meals program. Participation fees for those that qualify are as follows:
    • Reduced Meals Participation Fee: $70.00 if registered by the deadline.
    • Free Meals Participation Fee: $40.00 if registered by the deadline.

Registration Deadline & Details

  • Deadline: Friday, September 11th, 2020.
  • Registration deadlines are final. Late registrations may not be accepted after the posted registration close date.

FB- EMS 7th Closed

  Jesse Smith


TC East Middle School
Mon Sep 14 & Wed Oct 21
12:00 - 12:01 AM

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FB- EMS 8th Closed

  Pablo Bocardo Jr


TC East Middle School
Mon Sep 14 & Wed Oct 21
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FB- WMS 7th Closed

  Adam R Totten


TC West Middle School
Mon Sep 14 & Wed Oct 21
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FB- WMS 8th Closed

  David S Kenny


TC West Middle School
Mon Sep 14 & Wed Oct 21
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