ERMS Middle School Athletics

Rockford Public Schools offers a variety of educational athletic opportunities for 6th, 7th & 8th grade students. We take great pride on our commitment to excellence both in the classrooms and on the field!

Rockford Public Schools require all athletes to have a physical on file before a student may try out or participate in a sport. You may pick up a physical form in the main office. Parents will register their children for athletics using Register My Athlete. You must upload a current completed physical form, with the physician’s approval, on Register My Athlete prior to tryouts or participation. Please use the following link: https://registermyathlete.com/login/.

Physicals completed on or after April 15, 2019 are permitted for the 2020-2021 school year, including the completion of the required MHSAA Health Questionnaire prior to the first day of participation. Students who did not receive a sports physical in the 2019-2020 school year, completed on or after April 15, 2019, must obtain a physical and submit to the athletic office to have on file.

Jennifer Domagalski

Director

Individual Sport Information

Practices generally take place after school at 2:30 pm. The coach will provide you with a practice and game schedule. We will provide transportation to and from away athletic events. For contests at North Rockford Middle School, transportation will be provided to the contest only. Athletic events generally start at 4:00 pm.

Athletes are required to follow Rockford’s Athletic Training Code. Parents and students must read this information and contact the office with questions or concerns in regards to either the training code or the Athletic Discipline Policy.

Listed below is information regarding the sports offered at East Rockford Middle School:

78er Football

  • Season: Mid-August through 1st of November.
  • Sponsored through Rockford Community Services.
  • Program is available for 8th graders, with 7th graders participating through the Rocket Football Program.
  • Games are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

Basketball (Girls)

  • Season: January through March.
  • Try-outs required.
  • Two teams will be selected from each grade level.

Basketball (Boys)

  • Season: October through December.
  • Try-outs required.
  • Two teams will be selected from each grade level.

Cross Country (Co-Ed)

  • Season: August through October.
  • Boys and girls will compete separately.
  • Meets are on Wednesdays with Invitational meets on Saturday.

Competitive Cheerleading

  • Season: November through January.
  • Try-outs required.
  • Two teams: 7th and 8th.
  • Squads will cheer and compete in competitive tournaments.

Sideline Cheerleading

  • Season: Mid-August through October.
  • No try-outs required.
  • Available for all 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Squads will cheer only at home football games.

Swimming (Girls)

  • Season: October through December.
  • No try-out required.
  • Swimmers will practice at North Rockford Middle School.
  • Divers will practice at Rockford High School.

Swimming (Boys)

  • Season: January through March.
  • No try-out required.
  • Swimmers will practice at North Rockford Middle School.
  • Divers will practice at Rockford High School.

Tennis (Girls):

  • Season: Late August through October.
  • No try-out required.

Tennis (Boys)

  • Season: March through May.
  • No try-out required.

Track & Field (Co-Ed)

  • Season: March through May.
  • No try-out required.
  • Boys and girls will compete separately.

Wrestling

  • Season: January through March.
  • No try-out required.
  • Wrestlers will compete by weight classification.

Volleyball (Girls)

  • Season: August through October.
  • Try-outs required.
  • Two teams will be selected from each grade level.

Sports Physicals

Rockford Public Schools require all athletes to have a physical on file before a student may try out or participate in a sport. You may pick up a physical form in the main office. You must return the completed form, with physician’s approval, to the main office prior to try-outs. Physicals completed on or after April 15, 2019 are permitted for the 2020-2021 school year, including the completion of the required MHSAA Health Questionnaire prior to the first day of participation. Students who did not receive a sports physical in the 2019-2020 school year, completed on or after April 15, 2019, must obtain a physical and submit to the athletic office to have on file.

MHSAA Physical Form

Participation Fees

Physicals are mandatory and must be completed prior to the first day of participation.

Pay to participate is $90 per sport ($350 Family Max). This must be paid online via family access.

Each coach will be handing out the East Rockford Middle School Code of Conduct. Please take time to review this document with your child when you receive it. All athletes will be expected to follow these guidelines. If you have further questions, please contact the Athletic Director. Here is a link for the Code of Conduct.

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Academic Eligibility Policy

An athlete must pass at least five classes with a minimum of three C’s. Ineligible students will serve a two-week period of athletic ineligibility. If grades have met the standards, the athlete will then be allowed to compete. If the athlete has not attained minimum standards after the initial two-week period, grades will be checked on a weekly basis thereafter to determine eligibility/ineligibility.If ineligibility takes place during the in-season, the athlete must still attend all practices and team functions per the coaching staff.Semester grades (1st and 2nd) take precedent over nine-week grades (2nd and 4th) in determining eligibility.