Athletics Philosophy

Athletics is recognized as an integral part of the educational program at Linden Hall. At Linden Hall, our first priority is to provide the best education for our student-athletes. Athletics is also an extension of the academic curriculum. It contributes to the physical, social, emotional, and moral development of the students involved. We expect our student-athletes to strive to reach their full potential both on and off the athletic field. Varied and diverse activities allow students to explore their interests, abilities and creativity. Participation on more than one team by individuals of all experience and skill levels is encouraged.

Our athletic programs provide students with experiences that help them learn and grow in ways that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Athletic activities promote essential life skills and strategies such as respect, teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, self-discipline, work ethic, commitment and overcoming adversity. Athletics promotes a sense of pride and belonging among the students and staff and advances the development of leadership, character, and lifelong fitness among student/athletes. The friendships and memories one receives from participating in athletics often last a lifetime.

Eligibility

Basic Requirements for Athletic Participation

Enrollment

Students must be officially enrolled at Linden Hall in grades 7-12.

Physical

Students must have a pre-participation athletic physical (dated June 1 or later but prior to their first practice) and/or recertification if students are participating in subsequent sports during the same school year. The medical exam may be performed by a family doctor/physician or by the doctors of Well Span, Manheim, PA, which, as a courtesy, partners with Linden Hall athletics to provide physical exam opportunities during preseason and the start of school at a discounted price. The PIAA required CIPPE form is available here or at the Linden Hall reception desk, Athletic Office, Athletic Training Room, Linden Hall website and/or the PIAA website (www.piaa.org).

PRE-PARTICIPATION PAPERWORK AND SPORTS PHYSICALS: All student-athletes are required to complete the PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE), which is comprised of 6 sections. If you complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION, you will be completing sections 1-5 of the CIPPE forms. You DO NOT have to complete the hard copies to turn in to the athletic department.
Exception: If a student is playing a sport at Warwick, she is required to complete ALL sections 1-6 of the PIAA CIPPE forms and turn in the hard copies.


ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are required to have sports physicals in Pennsylvania. Linden Hall will offer on campus physicals for International students. There is a $20.00 fee for on campus sports physicals. On campus sports physicals are reserved for International students. We expect that all domestic students will complete their physicals by the registration deadlines, however, if there is space available, they may get their physical on campus.

Age Requirements

To be eligible to participate in grades 10 through 12, a student must not have reached her 19th birthday by June 30, immediately preceding the school year. A student wishing to participate on a 7th and 8th grade team, may not have reached her 15th birthday by June 30, immediately preceding the school year. A student wishing to participate on a 7th, 8th and 9th grade team, may not have reached her 16th birthday by June 30, immediately preceding the school year.

Transfers

A student is treated as having transferred whenever she seeks eligibility to participate in interscholastic athletics at a school other than the one where she was either previously enrolled or otherwise eligible. If her transfer from one school to another is materially motivated in some way by an athletic purpose, she will lose her athletic eligibility in each sport in which she participates within a period of one year, immediately following the date on which she transferred. Transfers made in grades 10, 11 and 12 require Transfer Waiver forms from both the previous and Linden Hall to be reviewed and approved by the District III Committee prior to participation in sports. You can find the Transfer Waiver Form here.

Academic Eligibility

Students are required to pursue a full-time curriculum defined and approved by your principal.

Students must be passing at least four (4) full-credit subjects, or the equivalent, as of each Friday during the grading period. If a student fails to meet this requirement, she will lose her eligibility from the Sunday immediately following through the Saturday immediately following the next Friday until she meets this requirement.

A student must pass at least four(4) full-credit subjects or the equivalent during the previous grading period; however, eligibility for the first grading period is based on final grades for the preceding school year. If a student fails to meet this requirement, she will lose her eligibility for at least 10 to 15 school days during the next grading period, beginning on the first day that report cards are issued.

Participation

Students have eight (8) semesters to participate in a sport once they begin 9th grade. The “Red Shirt” concept is null and void in interscholastic athletics.

Code of Conduct

A student must exhibit good behavior in the classroom and on the athletic team. Athletic participation is a privilege, not a right. Consequently, a coach has the authority to deny a student-athlete from trying-out or participating on a LH athletic team if the student has consistently demonstrated behavior that is deemed detrimental to management and/or cohesion of the team.

Linden Hall Eligibility Code

Students and parents must read the Linden Hall Athletic Eligibility Code and sign the Linden Hall Athletic Code of Responsibilities Contract. This document verifies that the student-athlete and his/her parent/guardian have read the Linden Hall Eligibility Code and have received a copy of the Head Coach’s rules and regulations for the specified activity. The signatures on this document represent the student-athlete agrees to fulfill the provisions outlined.


This group photo from the early 1900s shows the variety of sports that Linden Hall students pursued, including bowling, baseball, basketball, and archery.

Contact

Dina Henry

Athletics and Health
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