Philosophy: It is the philosophy and purpose of our middle school athletic department to maximize participation of our students in our athletic programs while maintaining a high standard of excellence in academics.
Sports/Offerings: Wrestling, Cross Country, Boys & Girls Tennis, Boys & Girls Golf and Track & Field are offered to students grades 6-8. Volleyball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Softball, Football, Baseball and Cheerleading are offered to students grades 7-8.
Physicals and Emergency Forms:
All athletes must have an IHSAA approved physical form on file in our office before he or she may participate in any practice or contest. ALL PHYSICALS MUST BE DATED AFTER APRIL 1 OF THE PRECEDING SCHOOL YEAR. The athlete must also have an emergency form completed and on file prior to participation in any contest. These may be obtained in our office or on line at our school website. The high school and middle school athletic departments together offer a one-time opportunity to get an athletic physical in the spring which is good for the following school year. These are offered at a very reduced rate around $20-$25. You are welcome to use your own family doctor instead if you prefer (at your own expense).
We have a "no pass, no play" academic policy at ZWMS. Athletes must be passing all classes in order to be eligible to participate on our interscholastic teams. Should an athlete receive a failing grade at midterm or 9 weeks, he/she becomes ineligible, but may choose to participate in the "Athletic Grade Contract" in order to regain eligibility before the next grade report. Contact the athletic director for more information on this program.
The school does not provide, sponsor, nor administrate health insurance plans for athletes. Health insurance is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
ZWMS provides an athletic trainer at most home events. Athletes from any ZWMS team may see the trainer after school and/or at an athletic event. The athletic trainer may determine the fitness of the athlete to return to competition after sustaining an injury.
Athletic Locks and Procedure:
Athletes who use an athletic locker will purchase a lock at slightly below cost ($7) from the athletic dept. The athlete will keep and use this lock for all sports, tryouts, camps, etc. throughout his/her years at ZMS. This helps the athletes so they no longer have to learn a new combination every sport season and they don't have to wait until after tryouts for a lock. We require the locks to be from our athletic department so that in case of emergency, we have the key and combo for quick entry. Locks are sold to teams at the beginning of their sport season, or purchased from the AD anytime on an individual basis.
Attendance & Participation:
A full day of attendance to class is required for an athlete to participate in a practice or contest. This does not include pre-arranged absences for medical or dental appointments, etc. For athletes who miss practice playing time may be affected at the coaches’ discretion. The team commitment is that athletes are expected to be at all practices unless excused for appointments, illness or emergencies.
Student-Athlete Code of Conduct:
The student-athletes should conduct themselves in a way that does not discredit themselves, the team, the school, and community. All athletes and parents/guardians should read and familiarize themselves with the information in the student handbook with regards to student conduct.
In the case of bad weather, some events may get canceled at the last minute. We try to make these decisions by 2:00pm when possible. Check the website first, but feel free to call the school if unsure.
The athletes may choose to purchase individual shots at their own expense. These are prepaid on the day of the picture, usually early in the season.
Ticket prices for regular season ZWMS athletic contests are $3.00 for adults and students k-12, or $8 for immediate family (mom, dad, son, daughter) arriving at the same time. Preschool ages are free. Admission prices to tournaments are $5.00 each adult/student, or $15 for immediate family as described above. A family pass for just middle school events or a family combo pass good at both middle school and high school events is available for purchase in the athletic office. See Athletic Director Kelly Antcliff or the athletic secretary to purchase these.