The 2020-2021 version of Final Forms is now available for all student athletes participating in athletics in grades 7-12 at either Brunswick High School or Brunswick Middle School at https://brunswick-oh.finalforms.com/.
To create a new account, please follow these directions; Final Forms Account Creation Instructions. Please be sure to select the sport/s your student athlete will be participating in/trying out for at the completion of your account set-up.
Please be sure to select the sport/s your student athlete will be participating in/trying out for; this must be completed even if your athlete participated in that sport last year.
Code of Conduct Update:
During the 2019-2020 school year, a review of the Brunswick City Schools Athletic/Extracurricular Code of Conduct was completed by a committee of administration, coaches, advisors, and parents, along with input from students. The committee’s proposed changes were approved by the Board of Education at the May BOE meeting. The updated code of conduct is now in Final Forms and can also be found on the Parents Corner section of the athletic department website. Parents and athletes are encouraged to review the updated Athletic/Extracurricular Code of Conduct.
Fall Sports Academic Eligibility Update:
On May 28th, the OHSAA announced that the scholarship bylaw would be waived for the first grading period of the 2020-2021 school year and all students grades 7-12 will be considered academically eligible for the start of fall sports. This exception is being made due to the COVID-19 pandemic that drastically altered the grading practices of school districts across the state during the fourth grading period of the 2019-2020 school year. Please note, scholarship bylaw will be in effect for the second grading period and all student athletes will be required to pass 5 one-credit hour courses in the first grading period to maintain their academic eligibility for the second grading period.
Pre Participation Physicals:
The OHSAA continues to explore possibilities regarding pre-participation physicals for the fall season but at this time has not waived or amended any bylaw regarding the requirement of physicals, therefore at this time, physicals are still required to be valid the first official day of practice (August 1st for fall sports). As a reminder, physicals are valid for 13 months from that date of completion, no matter when the physical was conducted.
We are aware that some family doctors are not scheduling sports physicals at this time. We are continuing to look for alternate ways to offer guidance and solutions during the months of June and July. We had looked at a “physical day” but have been advised that mass physical screenings are not recommended at this time. It is our understanding that many “Walk-In” and “Minute” clinics will conduct sports physicals. Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Health Center Walk In Clinic is conducting sports physicals at this time. We encourage families to begin exploring alternative means to update expiring sports physicals.
Our Cleveland Clinic Athletic Trainers review every physical that is turned in to our office. This can be a timely procedure and become an issue when physicals are not turned in until the first day of practice. We ask that if you have physical recently completed, please turn it into the athletic office at BHS as soon as possible (including middle school athletes). The athletic office is open 8:00am-3:00pm in the summer and we have a blue drop box outside the athletic office door in the east hall way where physicals can be submitted if the office were to be closed during normal business hours. Physicals must be submitted 2 business days in advance to when the athlete will be able to start practice. Submitting your physical on day one of practice does not guarantee that the athlete will be permitted to practice/tryout on that day. Fall sports physicals must be received by 3:00pm on Thursday July 30th to practice/tryout on August 1st.
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While not common, the following are the items we see missing most when physicals are turned in that can delay the athlete beginning participation. Please check that these are complete when visiting your doctor.
- Missing doctor’s signature and/or date by doctor’s signature.
- Missing office stamp from the provider
The OHSAA has a new physical form for 2020-2021. All physicals conducted after June 1, 2020 must be on the 2020-2021 form. The OHSAA physical form can be found in Final Forms at the conclusion of the parent and student sign-off forms. If all forms are complete, Final Forms will conveniently pre-populate many of the fields on the physical form which can then be printed and taken to your appointment.
Reopening of BHS Athletic Facilities:
We anticipate an announcement regarding the reopening of BHS athletic facilities early this coming week. We appreciate your patience as we ensure our procedures and protocols provide the safest return to athletics for our student athletes.
PLEASE NOTE: While physicals are required to be updated by the first official day of practice (Aug, 1 for fall sports), parents will be required to have updated and signed the 2020-2021 Final Forms to participate in any summer athletic activities to ensure we have the most recent emergency contact information.
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