2018-08-02 / Sports

Fall sports draw closer

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

Fall sports are coming.

As the calendar flips over to August, some of the athletes of Leelanau County are starting to focus on their fall sports. Each school has their meetings set up for the coming weeks, as the students return from their vacations.

Suttons Bay will have their all fall sports parent meeting on Thursday, August 9 at 6 p.m. in the Suttons Bay high school cafeteria.

The meeting will be for parents with students playing football, boys soccer, girls volleyball and cross country. Middle school, junior varsity and varsity level parents should all attend the meeting.

“The coaches will go over their schedules and expectations for the season,” Suttons Bay Athletic Director Doug Periard said. “I will address everyone, then each fall team will split and discuss their bus schedules and schedules for the season.”

This will be an opportunity for parents to get information about the season, schedules, pay to play, purchasing sport passes and concessions among other things.

“We are trying to invite people to join the sports boosters at the meeting as well,” Periard said.

Leland has their high school sports parent informational meeting on Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

“We discuss many different aspects of the fall sports schedules,” Leland Athletic Director Ryan Knudsen said. “This includes game schedules, practice schedules, transportation schedules as well as special events including tournaments, parents night, senior night and any other special events.”

The middle school sports parent informational meeting will be on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will also take place in the Performing Arts Center.

“The most common questions that come up during these meetings or afterwards are typically about the location of opponents' athletic fields,” Knudsen said. “What is helpful is these parent meetings are able to show how the game schedules on our school athletic website have a link directly to Google to show you where the schools are.”

With all of these schedules, one can’t help but think about what students are required to do both before and while they are playing the sport. There are forms that must be cleared.

“Besides the schedules, we discuss the requirements for participation in the upcoming high school athletics season,” Knudsen said. “This includes the completion of the MHSAA physical card, athletic code of conduct, pay to participate, and the completion of the concussion awareness information form.”

According to Mark Mattson, Glen Lake doesn’t have a fall sports parent information meeting. Any information needed can be found on the Glen Lake athletic website, or by contacting the school for more information.

Cross Country is one of the only fall sports at St. Mary without a co-op. Coach Nick Papes has a set schedule for each day, and follows it. He held the meeting for the team back at the end of the school year.

“I’m very punctual as a coach,” Papes said. “Practice never goes past 90 minutes, and we start and end at the indicated times.”

Periard wants parents of children who participate in Pop Warner football to save the date for the fall sport parent meeting.

“I received a call about Pop Warner, and the numbers aren’t great,” he said. “There will be an 8-man Pop Warner team, and we will also discuss this at the parent meeting.”

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