Upper Perkiomen School District
2 Walt Road
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Tel: (215) 541-7133 Fax: (215) 679-6065
Director of Athletics
Robert Kurzweg III, CMAA
Head Athletic Trainer
Jayde Kauffman - Extension 7015
Admin. Assist. to the Athletic Director
Melanie Kulp - Extension 7133
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Maryrose DiScipio - Extension 7511
- Athlete Code
- Sports Medicine
- Wall of Fame
- Coaches Corner
- Parent/Coach Communication Plan
- PIAA Rules and Regulations
- New Panel
Parents and Student-Athletes,
Thank you for supporting your child’s participation in interscholastic athletics. As you already know, students who participate in athletics have higher attendance rates, receive better grades, attain higher standardized test scores, are better socialized and are better prepared for the work force than other students. We are hopeful that your son or daughter will gain all these benefits and more from their participation in the athletic program at Upper Perkiomen.
In order for a student to participate in athletics, PIAA states the student must receive one physical exam per school year as long as that exam is authorized after June 1st and is comprehensive in nature. If a student plays a second or third sport that year, the student will be issued a recertification form detailing any changes in his/her medical history from the time of the original exam. The athletic office also requires a medical emergency form to be on file for all participating students.
1. Even if a student-athlete has gotten his/her first physical of the year, students must sign up each season for the sports that they intend to play. If the student does not sign up for the next consecutive sport season, the athletic office will not be able to issue them the proper physical paperwork.
We hope this information helps clarify any confusion that may exist in regards to the sports physical process.
If you have further questions regarding the PIAA physical paperwork, please feel free to contact the athletic office.
Robert Kurzweg III, CMAA
Director of Athletics
To participate in an in-season PIAA sport, student-athletes must provide proof of insurance detailed on the PIAA Preparticipation Physical Form. Parent/Guardian or individual coverage is the primary coverage should a student-athlete experience an injury. The School District has secondary injury insurance coverage for all athletes when the injury is of a "catastrophic nature." That insurance is limited in scope and coverage due to the nature of athletics. CLICK HERE for more information about the secondary student-athlete accident insurance.
To assist UP families with medical coverage for their student, individual insurance plans may be purchased at a nominal cost. Two types of plans are available based on the coverage level. CLICK HERE for more information about purchasing student insurance.
UPPER PERKIOMEN ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
WALL OF FAME
The purpose of the Upper Perkiomen Athletic Wall of Fame is to recognize those people who have contributed to the school’s athletic program or those athletes who have achieved prominence in their respective sport.
The following guidelines will be used for consideration for induction into the Wall of Fame:
1. Persons to be considered for admission:
a. A coach or administrator who has serviced Upper Perkiomen Athletics or contributed to the athletic program. Nominees will not be considered until they have retired or resigned from the position a minimum of five years.
b. Any athlete who has succeeded and excelled in their respective sport at the high school and/or college level. Nominees will not be considered until a minimum of five years after graduation from
c. Any high school athletic team that has achieved considerable prominence, either locally and/or nationally. Nominees will not be considered until a minimum of five years after the achievement.
2. Selection to the Wall of Fame will be by ballot. Voting members are those selected on the Wall of Fame committee. Each year the committee will be reviewed by the High School principal and the Athletic Director. Members of the committee will always include the High School principal or designee, and the Athletic Director and three other people.
3. Nominees not inducted into the Wall of Fame remain on the nomination ballot for a total of five (5) years. If after 5 years, they are not inducted into the Wall of Fame, they will be removed from the ballot.
4. To nominate a person for consideration:
a. Accumulate vital information concerning the nominee’s accomplishments including awards, honors, statistics, etc. Nominations will not be considered unless the formal nomination form is completed in its entirety with all pertinent information included.
b. Submit your nomination form to Robert Kurzweg, III, CMAA, Athletic Director,
The PIAA has oversight of all athletic programs including following Pennsylvania state law and PIAA rules regarding coaches. The PIAA has dedicated a page to explain current Pennsylvania coaching requirements as well as detailing coaching education opportunities available. To access the PIAA coaching requirement page CLICK HERE.
Upper Perkiomen Parent/Coach Communication Plan
Upper Perkiomen Athletic Department is committed to bringing together both the parents and coaches to build better programs for the students of Upper Perkiomen.
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult roles. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to the students. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s program.
Communication You Should Expect From Your Child’s Coach
1. Philosophy of the coach
2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the team
3. Locations and times of all practices and contests
4. Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning
5. Procedures should your child be injured during participation
6. Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents
1. Concerns expressed directly to the coach
2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
3. Specific concern in regard to the coach’s philosophy and/or expectations
As your children become involved in the programs at Upper Perkiomen, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments in their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged by both the athlete and the parents.
Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches
1. Treatment of your child, mentally and physically
2. Ways to help your child improve
3. Concerns about your child’s behavior
It is difficult to accept that your child may not be playing as much as you may hope. COACHES ARE PROFESSIONALS. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things (to follow on the back of this page) should be left to the discretion of the coach.
Issues NOT Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
1. Playing time
2. Team strategy
3. Play calling
4. Other student-athletes
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position. When these conferences become necessary, the procedure below should be followed to help promote a resolution for the issue of concern.
If You Have A Concern To Discuss With A Coach, The Procedure You Should Follow Is:
1. Call the coach to set up an appointment
2. If the coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director, Mr. Robert Kurzweg III
at 215.679.5935 to set up the meeting for you
3. Please do not attempt to confront the coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.
What A Parent Can Do If The Meeting With The Coach Did Not Provide A Satisfactory Resolution
1. Call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation
2. At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined
Since research indicates a student involved in co-curricular activities has a greater chance for success during adulthood, such programs have been established by the Upper Perkiomen School District. Many of the character traits required to be successful participants are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school. We hope the information provided within this memo makes both your child’s and your experience with the Upper Perkiomen Athletic program less stressful and more enjoyable.
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. Sponsored Athletic Competition Eligibility Rules
(revised July 1, 2011)
Know Your Eligibility Rules
A student who participates in interscholastic athletics at a school which is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. ("PIAA") must adhere to PIAA eligibility rules for student-athletes. If a student fails to comply with PIAA rules, he will lose eligibility to represent the school in interscholastic athletics. If he participates while ineligible, the school and/or Team will be penalized. It is, therefore, important for students to be aware of the applicable eligibility provisions.
The Principal and Athletic Director of the school are responsible for certifying the eligibility of all students representing your school in interscholastic athletics. If you have any questions concerning your athletic eligibility, either present or future, you should discuss the matter with your school Principal or Athletic Director. Your Principal or Athletic Director may also obtain from the appropriate PIAA District Committee a formal ruling as to your athletic eligibility. A complete copy of the PIAA eligibility rules may be viewed on the PIAA Web site at www.piaa.org, or may be obtained from your Principal or Athletic Director.
To be eligible to participate in grades 10 – 12, a student must not have reached his 19th birthday by June 30 of the immediately preceding school year. For junior high sports, a student may not have reached his/her 16th birthday by June 30 of the immediately preceding school year.
Students may receive awards only from the school, the sponsor of an athletic event, the news media, or a non-profit service organization approved by your school Principal. Permissible awards include items of apparel, a blanket, watch, ring, scroll, carry-on, or warm-up bag, photograph, medal, plaque, or similar award, which must bear appropriate organizational insignia or comparable identification. The fair market value of items provided to you may not exceed $500.
- A student must be enrolled in and in full-time attendance at a PIAA member school, or be home-schooled.
- Generally, a student is eligible only at the school at which he is enrolled or, if a home-schooled student, at a public school in the public school district in which the student resides. Charter School and Cyber Charter School students should consult with the Principal to determine the school of eligibility.
- If a student is absent from school during a semester for a total of 20 or more school days, the student will lose eligibility until he has been in attendance for a total of 45 school days following the 20th day of absence.
A student is eligible only if he has completed a comprehensive initial pre-participation physical evaluation ("CIPPE"), performed by an Authorized Medical Examiner (as that term is defined in the GLOSSARY of the PIAA By-Laws) before your first sport season's first Practice of that school year. The PIAA Preparticipation Physical Form must be signed by the parent/guardian and student in all applicable places. If a student seeks to participate in subsequent sport(s) in the same school year, he may be required to be re-evaluated or re-certified that his/her physical condition is satisfactory. Check with the Principal or Athletic Director to determine what re-evaluation or re-certification is needed.
Wrestlers must also obtain from an Authorized Medical Examiner, no earlier than six weeks prior to the first Regular Season Contest day and no later than the Monday preceding the first Regular Season Contest day of the wrestling season, a certification of the minimum weight classification at which they may wrestle during that season.
In all cases, an Authorized Medical Examiner must certify, on the PIAA Preparticipation form, as to the student’s physical fitness to participate. A CIPPE may be performed no earlier than June 1st; and, regardless of when performed during the school year, remains effective only until the next May 31st.
A student is treated as having transferred whenever he changes schools, even if he is promoted to a higher level school or is out of school for a period of time before entering the new school. If a transfer from one school to another is materially motivated in some way by an athletic purpose, the student will lose athletic eligibility in each sport in which the student participated for a period of one year immediately preceding the date of the transfer. This requirement applies even if the student would otherwise be eligible at the school to which he transferred.
- A student’s athletic eligibility extends only until he has reached the end of his fourth consecutive year beyond the eighth grade. Therefore, if a student repeats a grade after eighth, he will be ineligible as a senior.
- Additionally, a student may participate in (a) a maximum of six seasons in each sport during grades seven through twelve, (b) a maximum of four seasons in each sport during grades nine through twelve, and (c) a maximum of three seasons in each sport during grades seven through nine.
- A student may participate in only one season in each sport during each school year.
If you participate in a non-school athletic program while enrolled at a school which has a Team in that sport, you will be eligible for District and Inter-District Championship Contests in that sport only if you are in uniform and available to participate as a member of your school team for at least 75 percent of its Regular Season Contests.
- A student must pursue a curriculum defined and approved by the Principal as a full-time curriculum.
- A student may not fail two or more subjects according to Upper Perkiomen academic eligibility policy
- A student may not fail two or more subjects during the previous grading period, except that eligibility for the first grading period is based on your fourth quarter of the preceding school year. If a student fails to meet this requirement, he will lose eligibility for the first 20 school days of the next grading period, beginning on the first day that report cards are issued. If a student fails two or more subjects for the year, that student is ineligible for the first quarter of the next school year unless he makes up the failed classes during summer school. If this occurs, the student will only be ineligible for the first 20 school days.
A student will lose eligibility in a sport for one year if he participates in an all-star Contest in that sport. Eligibility will not be affected if a student participates in a Contest that is (1) not advertised or promoted as an all-star Contest; (2) open to all participants on the basis of a tryout or a uniform standard of qualification; and (3) you do not represent your school and do not wear any school-affiliated uniform or apparel in the Contest.
All PIAA sports have a defined season. If a Team conducts mandatory Practice and/or participates in Inter-School Practices, Scrimmages, and/or Contests outside that PIAA defined season, the school will be penalized. Club teams or individuals may not use the school district’s name or uniforms outside the PIAA-defined season. Additionally football players may not participate in contact football camps or clinics outside the defined football season and may not wear or use football equipment outside of the PIAA defined season.
A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. Athletes at your age are particularly vulnerable to the effects of concussions. Once considered little more than a minor “ding” on the head, it is now understood that a concussion has the potential to result in death or shot- and/or long-term changes in brain function.