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Physicals 101

Sports Physicals Information

  • Every student must have a copy of a valid physical to hand to the coach on or before the first day of tryouts.
  • No Physical = Sit and Watch – NO PARTICIPATION. This is a MSHSAA requirement and there are no exceptions.
  • If a copy of a physical was turned in at registration or to a coach from a prior sport, it is the student’s responsibility to bring a copy to the current tryout. Students can pick up a copy of their physical in the Washington High School Activities Office. Please encourage your student to take care of this as early as possible.
  • It is recommended to keep several copies of your child’s physical at home so you can send one in if needed.
  • Coaches usually have a meeting with students interested in that sport a few weeks before tryouts being. The meeting information is included in the daily announcements. This meeting is not mandatory, but is a good time to turn in your physical to the coach and learn what will be expected during tryouts.
  • You are not required to complete the standard MSHSAA Physical Form, but the physical must state that the student has been cleared by the doctor to participate in sports. For example: Boy Scout physicals do not state that the student has been cleared to participate in sports and cannot be used. Click on the link below to download the MSHSAA Physical Form.
  • There are several other sections on the MSHSAA Physical Form that must be completed before a student is eligible to participate, including Student Agreement Regarding Conditions for Participation, Parent Permission, Authorization for Treatment and Emergency Contact Information.
  • MSHSAA By-Laws state that a student shall not be permitted to try out, practice or compete for a school until it has verification that he/she has basic health/accident insurance coverage, which includes athletes. There is a section on the MSHSAA physical that requires the name of your insurance company, policy number and parent/guardian signature.
  • A physical dated after February 1 is valid for current spring sports and all three sports seasons of following school year.