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Middle School Athletics

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 MHSAA Catastrophic Accident Insurance

The administrator of the MHSAA-purchased catastrophic accident medical insurance plan for 2016-17 has clarified some insurance issues relative to transportation.

Under the MHSAA-purchased plan . . .

“Eligible student-athletes are covered while traveling directly to and from a scheduled event as a representative of the school while traveling in transportation sponsored by the school, and while participating in-season in an allowed activity under the direct supervision of a full-time school employee or coach designated by the school acting within the scope of his/her coaching duties in those sports for which the MHSAA provides a tournament series.”

The administrator has confirmed in writing that the meaning is to include school-provided transportation (school bus, school van, school vehicle) as well as a coach who is authorized by the school to drive student-athletes, and it includes transportation to a practice, scrimmage or contest.

The coverage does not cover or include a parent who is driving only his/her own son or daughter in a personal vehicle, nor does it cover a student who is authorized by the school to drive him-self/herself.

No advance authorization form is required. The accident claim form will determine if it was school-authorized transportation. It is prudent for schools’ written policies to authorize specifically if students and/or parents and/or coaches may provide transportation, and the conditions under which they may do so.

Please refer to 2016-17 MHSAA Handbook page 104 for an overview of the Catastrophic Accident Medical Insurance plan. If you have questions regarding the MHSAA-purchased plan, please contact Mark Uyl in the MHSAA office. The administrator of this plan is Bryan Cronen, First Agency, Inc., 5071 West H Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009-8501. Phone: 269-381-6630. Fax: 269-381-3055. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Michigan High School Athletic Association
Phone: 517-332-5046
Fax: 517-332-4071
Website: www.mhsaa.com

 

6th Grade Student Athlete Involvement

Currently, middle school sports are limited to 7th and 8th grade students attending MHSAA member schools.  There have been recent changes to this policy after a vote conducted with all MHSAA member schools.  This announcement is to explain how the recent changes will impact MCC 6th grade students and middle school sports in general.

The changes to allow 6th grade involvement at the middle school will have the most impact on individual sports (cross country, wrestling, and track).  Mason County Central has elected to include any 6th grade students who wish to participate in the individual sponsored sports at MCC middle school.  These 6th grade students will become part of the existing 7th/8th grade teams and compete as one, MCC will not organize separate 6th grade teams.  The intent to include 6th graders is to provide more opportunities for students to be involved with interscholastic athletics at an early age. 

The recent changes will take on a different role with team sports.  Per the MHSAA 6th grade approval, all schools participating in a conference must determine the role 6th grade students will play in team sports.  Within the West Michigan Conference, it was decided that 6th grade students will have the opportunity to participate on 7th/8th grade teams “as needed.”  The needs of each team will be determined by the Coach and Athletic Director and brought to the West Michigan Conference for approval.  Sixth grade students will only be involved in team sports in circumstances when coaches demonstrate a true need for inclusion of 6th grade students.  A selection process for determining what 6th grade students will participate is decided by the Coach and Athletic Director.  The selection process will be established and provided to all interested MCC 6th grade students prior to the selection taking place. Generally, selection will be based on skill level and the ability to demonstrate readiness to compete at the middle school level.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to Tim Genson, MCC Athletic Director (231)757-4748 ext. 230

 Supplemental Insurance Info:
 
Mason County Central families wishing to purchase supplemental insurance should contact Kris Willick at the Central Business Office.  MASON COUNTY CENTRAL SCHOOLS INSURANCE POLICY SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDES COVERAGE FOR ATHLETICS.
Sports Physicals for 2016 / 2017
 
All students wishing to participate in Middle School or High School athletics during the 2016/2017 school must have a physical on file dated on or after April 15, 2016 per Michigan High School Athletic Association.  Any questions you can contact the Athletic Department @ 231.757.4748.
 
We will NOT have the traditional $10 physical offered to student athletes this spring for the 2016/17 school year.  Unfortunately it has become to big of a liability for the medical community to continue this practice in the the school.
 
We do have an agreement with Dr. Michelle Kuster of All Access Care in Ludington to offer a $30 physical for MCC student athletes.  Families simply have to do the following:
 
  • Go to www.all-access-care.com
  • Click on the BLUE appointment tab and make an appointment
  • When the family arrives for the appointment, simply announce that you are there for a MCC sports physical
Dr. Kuster will email the completed physical card to MCC.
 
  • All Access Care does NOT accept insurance
  • All physicals for the 2016/17 school year must be dated April 15, 2016 or later