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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to USD 373 Athletics.  To make your athletic year a success, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Where is the Athletic Department for the district located?
Newton High's Athletic Department's office is located in the Newton High School administrative office. Brian Becker is the high school's athletic director. Chisholm's AD is Jenny King. Her office is in the CMS administrative office. Michelle Bergquist is the District's Athletic Administration Assistant. Her office is located at NHS.

Are there meetings where parents can learn about athletics and meet the coaches, learn about practice schedules, and coaches’ expectations?
Yes! There are seasonal parent meetings for both Newton High School and Chisholm Middle School. The schedule is as follows: 


  • FALL:
    • NHS and CMS:
      • Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 6:30 pm in the NHS Auditorium
    • NHS:
      • ***NEW DATE & TIME!*** Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 @ 6:15 pm, Newton High School
    • CMS :
      • 7th & 8th Basketball:  Tuesday, November 7th @ 6:30, Chisholm Middle School
      • 7th & 8th Wrestling:  Thursday, November 16th @ 6:00, Chisholm Middle School
    • NHS and CMS:
      • Thursday, February 22nd, 2017, 6:30pm, Newton High School

When do the practices begin for the different seasons?
The following are the schedules for the current  school year for Newton High School and Chisholm Middle School.

Full event schedules can be found on the following sites: 

NHS events:  Ark Valley Chisholm Trail site

CMS events:  Pioneer League site

  • In addition, you can add your athlete's events to your calendar (such as iCal) by selecting the team schedule you wish to view and then clicking "subscribe" in the top right corner of the pop up window.


  • FALL:
    • NHS & CMS
      • Monday, August 14th, 2017:
        • HS:  Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Soccer, Gymnastics
        • MS:  Football; Volleyball; Cross Country; Girls Tennis (5:00-6:30 pm)
    • CMS:
      • 7th & 8th Basketball:  Monday, November 6th, 2017
        • tryouts: Thursday, November 2nd and Friday, November 3rd, 2017
      • 7th & 8th Wrestling:
        • 1st year wrestlers and novices:  Monday, Dec. 18th - Thursday, Dec. 21st
        •  All middle school wrestlers:   Monday, January 8th, 2018
    • NHS:
      • Monday, November 13th, 2017:
        • Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys Swimming
      • NHS: Bowling:
        • tryouts:  Monday, November 27th - Friday, December 1st
        • 1st Practice:  TBA
    • NHS:  Monday, February 26th, 2018:
      • Track, Girls Swimming, Baseball, Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys Golf, Girls Soccer
    • CMS:  Monday, March 5th, 2018:
      • Boys Tennis, Track

What is the schedule for the Lifetouch sports pictures?
All sports pictures are taken after school. The dates are as follows:

  • FALL
    • CMS– August 25, 2016
    • NHS – August 25, 2016
    • CMS  – November 7th, 2016
    • NHS – November 17th, 2016
    • CMS Wrestling – January 9th, 2017
    • NHS Bowling – January 9th, 2017
    • CMS  – March 15th, 2017
    • NHS – March 15th, 2017

Can I find the athletic physical packet online?
No, the complete packet is not online. Only the KSHSAA ‘PPE’ form can be found online: http://usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/athletics/forms. This is provided for your convenience to take along with you to the doctor's appointment.

Critical Information!! Please note: 

  1. This is only TWO (2) pages of the district's physical packet. The complete physical packet may be picked up by either parent/guardian or athlete at NHS, CMS, or SF.
  2. The physical cannot be dated before MAY 1st for the upcoming year. (Example: to participate in the 2017-18 school year, the physical must be dated May 1, 2017 or later.)

Where can I pick up an athletic physical packet?
A physical packet may be picked up at Newton High School (athletic and main office), the Chisholm Middle School office, and Santa Fe.

How often does my athlete have to have a physical to be able to participate?
An athlete must have a yearly physical. The physical shall not be taken earlier than May 1st for the upcoming school year for which it is applicable.

Where do I turn the in my athlete's physical packet?
Bring the completed physical packet to the athletic office located at the high school.

  • If your athlete is in middle school sports and you cannot get the physical to NHS, you may drop his/her packet off at Chisholm.
    • Please note; if the physical packet is dropped off at Chisholm Middle School, you will need to allow 2 working days for your athlete's packet to arrive at the high school athletic office before your athlete is allowed to practice. If the packet is incomplete, there will be further delays.

Is there a deadline for the physical packet to be turned in before my athlete can practice?
The Athletic Department encourages you to turn in your athlete's physical packet before the first day of practice. (See: "When do sports seasons begin?" listed above to help you plan and prepare).

  • The department is aware that circumstances may keep you from getting the packet into NHS before practices start; in those cases, you may turn in the physical after practices begin but there may be a one (1) day delay before your athlete can participate.

Athletes may not practice until the athletic department has processed the physical and given the information to the coach. Packets will not be processed if incomplete. Please verify all signatures and information is provided.


How long after the first day of practice does my athlete have to decide whether he/she wants to go out for a sport?
The guideline for being able to join a team is to decide by the end of the first week of practice.


Is there a fee to be able to participate?
Yes, there is a "Pay for Participation" fee. The fees are assessed according to reduced/free lunch status at the time fees are paid, provided there is a signed waiver on file.

Fees are as follows PER sport:

  • Newton High School and Chisholm Middle School: $50.00
  • NHS and CMS Reduced Lunch: $40.00
  • NHS and CMS Free Lunch: $30.00

Please note; any athlete who chooses to participate in two (2) sports/activities in the same season will pay for each activity.

When does the Pay for Participation fee need to be paid?
The fee must be paid by the end of the first week of practice. If it is not paid by then, the athlete will not be allowed to practice with the team. The fee may be turned in during enrollment or to the Athletic Office, located at the high school. If your student is in middle school, you may turn in your fee to the secretaries at Chisholm.

Please Note: The exception being CMS Volleyball, CMS Boys and Girls Basketball, and NHS Bowling fees are due the day after the athletes are notified that they have made the team.

What is the purpose of the Pay for Participation?
Pay for Participation is a program designed to supplement the athletic budgets of the USD 373 High/Middle Schools. It will allow the athletic department to continue to offer the same programs offered in the past.


What is the policy for a refund?
The Kansas State High School Activities Association's (KSHSAA) bylaws, the discipline policies of USD 373 and it's schools, and  the coaches’/sponsors’ rules will be observed by all participants. Failure to meet these regulations or to complete the activity for any reason other than being cut during tryouts will result in the forfeiture of all fees.

I would like to take my athlete home with me after a game. Is this possible?
Yes, this is possible. It is preferred that the athlete ride home with the team unless there are special circumstances. The following are the guidelines for an athlete not returning on a school vehicle:

  • Parents/guardians (who have custodial rights) may sign their son/daughter out on a sign out sheet with the coach at the event
    • If athlete is NOT signed out and does NOT ride home on a bus/van, disciplinary action will be taken.  The athlete could be held out of the next competition date.
  • If the athlete needs to ride home with someone other than a parent/guardian, a request has to have been written and delivered, or an email sent to the A.D., by 8:30 am the morning of the contest. 
    • The coach will receive a copy of note signed off by the A.D. prior to leaving for the event

My athlete wasn’t able to come to school in the morning, but was able to go to school later that day. Can my athlete practice or compete that day?
No, the athlete must attend a full day of school on the day of practice/competition/performance in order to be eligible to participate that day. The exceptions:  Any athlete missing 45 minutes or more may not practice/compete/perform that day unless the absence involved a school activity or a note from a doctor. Other absences (court appearance, funeral, etc…) must have prior approval from the Athletic Director.