FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERSQ: I heard you are accepting credit cards as a form of payment now, is that correct?A: NTPS is now set up with an online payment option called Touchbase. Credit cards are not accepted at the schools, but you can now log into the portal using your Skyward Family Access login information. To learn more and get all of the pertinent information to access this convenient option click here.Q: The weather is really bad and I have also received messages from the school district regarding inclement weather information. Will my child's game be cancelled?A: In certain circumstances where school is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions such as power outages, snow and icy road conditions, most after school activities will be cancelled. It is best to always stay tuned into your local news stations for important weather updates and be sure your child's school district has your current cell numbers and e-mail addresses, to ensure you are receiving important notifications. Follow us on Twitter and stay up-to-date on any unforeseen weather related game cancels and last minute schedule changes, go to https://twitter.com/RRHawksSports. Get to know our League! River Ridge HS is now the Sound Division of the South Puget Sound League. Get all of the up-to-date sports schedules, SPSLA League information, as well as, subscribe to have e-mails sent right to your inbox whenever there is a schedule change. Get immediate schedule changes so you know if your son or daughter’s game or match has been cancelled due to bad weather. Make sure you click on the orange subscribe button on the SPSLAthletics.com website today. Go to http://www.spslathletics.com/index.php?
Q: I already participated in a sport this school year, do I have to fill out more paperwork?
A: Yes, every sport season requires an eligibility packet. The eligibility registration packet is specific for that sport season and cannot transfer from season to season. It is pertinent for the school to receive the most current updated contact information from you, in order to ensure the safety of your child while participating in River Ridge Athletics.
Q: I already paid the sports participation fee for fall sports, do I have to pay the fee again for winter sports?
A: Yes, NTPS requires a sports participation fee to be paid every sports season. Fall Sports $100/$125 for football, Winter Sports $100, Spring Sports $100.
Q: What does the athletic participation fee pay for?
A: The North Thurston Public Schools provide high school athletic activities for eligible students. A fee is assessed to cover some of the costs which are not reimbursed by State of Washington funds. A $100/$125 for football participation fee, which is required for each sport, helps offset costs of school trainers, coaches, transportation to and from athletic contests, repair and reconditioning of safety equipment, and officials fees.
Q: I don't think I will be able to pay the sports participation fee when I turn in my paperwork to clear for sports. Is there a waiver or reduced fee option?
A: If you are unable to pay the fee at the time of clearing to be eligible for sports participation, please contact Mrs. Storvick for alternative options. She can be reached at 360-412-4820, or e-mail email@example.com.
Q: I already paid the $30 ASB Card fee in August when I turned in my school registration forms or after school started. Do I have to pay it again when I try out for a sport?
A: No, you do not need to pay the ASB Card fee twice. The ASB Card fee is only needed once per year.
Q: How long are sports physicals good for?
A: WIAA, SPSL, and North Thurston Public Schools strongly recommends a new sports physical be obtained every two years. However, sports physicals may be good for (1) one year, if the examining physician specifically notes expiration date on the physical examination form. Sports physicals are good for 24 months, unless otherwise noted by the examining physician.
Q: My child transferred to River Ridge HS the middle of this year, his physical should be in his records right?
A: Athletic files are completely separate from student school and health room files. Therefore, when requesting records to be transferred to a new school, it is YOUR responsibility to request physicals from your family physician's office or prior school's athletic office to be faxed, mailed, emailed, or hand delivered to your new/current school, to be placed in your child's athletic file. It will not be done automatically from the school you transferred your child from.
Q: How do I know if my child will be able to play in a game when I get them cleared for sports?
A: NTPS Athletic Code - 3.0.0 ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
3.1.0 Previous semester/trimester - In order for a student-athlete to be considered academically eligible for a new season, he/she:• Must have passed five of six classes (or the equivalent) in the semester immediately preceding the one in which the interscholastic competition is held.
• The student-athlete must have a minimum 2.0 GPA OR have passed all classes with no grades of "D" or "F" in the previous semester/trimester.
If a student has not passed the equivalent of five of six classes in the previous semester/trimester, he/she will be allowed to turn out but not be allowed to compete in any interscholastic competitions until the last Saturday in September for first semester or after the fifth week for second semester. Eligibility will begin on the Monday following the suspension period.
If a student passed five of six classes (or the equivalent), but did not achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA OR did not pass all classes with grades above a "D" the previous semester/trimester, he/she will be ineligible for interscholastic competition until a grade check on the second Friday of the semester or later indicates a minimum 2.0 GPA, OR passing all classes with grades above a "D".
3.2.0 Current semester/trimester - An in-season student-athlete must maintain a 2.0 GPA OR be passing all classes with grades above a "D", and be enrolled in five or more classes (or the equivalent) and passing five of six classes (or the equivalent). (WIAA 18.7.0)