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Spartan Athletics/Block I Sports

Middle School Block I Information Sheet


The 2019 Block I sports will begin BEFORE school starts and the information below will help you prepare for this season.


The focus of our middle school program is to teach participants fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork in a developmentally appropriate and enjoyable way.  All participants will have numerous opportunities to play in contests throughout the Block I season.  Game schedules for each team should be available approximately one week after practice begins.  Schedules will be posted on South’s web site: ; click on Our Schools – Middle Schools– South Middle School – Athletics– 7th and 8th Grade Block I-(either soccer, girls softball, football, or cross country). You can also view the schedules page listed on the South sidebar.


In preparation for participation in Block I sports, there are a number of reminders listed below. Participants must have nine practices before the first game, so it is important that you take care of each of these items before practices begin or your son/daughter may not be able to participate in the first game.


Physicals/Consent Forms

All athletes must have a physical card and a consent form submitted to the South Middle School office before they will be allowed to participate in practices or contests.  Every athlete must get a yearly physical.  Since practices start before the official start of school, parents must complete this task in the summer.  Physical forms are available in the South MS office and online at ; click on Departments– Information – Physical formsThe physical and consent forms must be turned in before your child is allowed to participate.  Check clinic web sites for walk-in times.  Grand Forks Altru Family Medicine (795-2000), Grand Forks Family Medicine Residency (780-6800), Grand Forks Main Clinic (780-6000), Aurora 701-732-2700, and East Grand Forks Riverview Clinic (218-773-1390).


Participation Fees ($45)

Your child must pay participation fees or have a waiver for participation fees form submitted to the South MS office before they will be allowed to practice. Fee waiver forms are available in the South MS office and are confidential. 


Football Equipment Checkout/Practice Start Dates

Football equipment will be provided by the school.  Participants will need to provide shorts, t-shirt, practice jersey (any color), athletic supporter, mouth guard (must have strap and not be clear), water bottle, and football/soccer shoes. Equipment will be checked out in the South Middle School boy’s locker room on the following schedule:


8th Grade Participants:                      Monday, August 19            4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

7th Grade Participants:                      Monday, August 19            5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

7th and 8th Grade Participants:         Tuesday, August 20            3:30-4:00 pm *First practice-Wed., Aug. 21 4-5:30 pm


Boys soccer, Girls Softball, and Cross country do not require equipment hand out and players should report to their first practice in the proper gear for practice. (Shorts/t-shirts/proper footwear/proper equipment: glove for softball/ and etc)


Important Dates (all sports meet in South gym for practice/all practices the first week are 4:00-5:30 pm)

  • Football Equipment Check out: Monday, August 19 (8th 4:00 pm and 7th at 5:15 pm in South gym)
  • Football practice: Wednesday, August 21/Thursday, August 22 (Monday-Thursday, August 26-29)
  • Boys Soccer practice: Monday-Thursday, August 26-30 (3:30-5:15 pm)
  • Girls Softball practice: Monday-Thursday, August 19-22 (3:30-5:15 pm)/August 26-29 (3:30-5:15 pm)
  • Boys/Girls Cross Country practice: See Red River High School athletics for start date, time, and location
  • Parent Presentation I: Thursday, September 5 (South Open House) 7:00-7:40 pm in the South cafetorium


Concussion Information

Each year parents and athletes must sign off and read the concussion information for the district.  All athletes in grades 7 and any new athletes to Grand Forks Public Schools will take the IMPACT concussion test.  This test is required only once during their middle school years.  This information is very important in helping to assist local physicians and parents in making a decision on when an athlete may return to practices or games in a particular sport. 


Reminder: Block I Girls Fastpitch Softball will start first practices on Monday, August 19 at 4 pm (meet in South gym).  Football will start practice on Wednesday, August 21 at 4:00 pm.    This is before the start of the school year.   Boys Soccer will start on Monday, August 26 (first day of school).  XC starts with RRHS varsity, Monday August 12.