Middle School Sports

  • The SPPS middle school athletics program is designed to provide interscholastic athletic opportunities for middle school student-athletes.  There are four (4) seasons with the following sports being offered:

    • Fall: Girls' Volleyball, Co-Ed Flag Football, and Boys/Girls/Co-Ed Soccer
    • Winter: Girls Basketball (Winter I) and Boys Basketball (Winter II)
    • Spring: Baseball, Softball, Co-Ed Track and Field, Girls Badminton

    Middle School Athletic Participation Fee

    As a result of the pandemic, the middle school activity fee was significantly reduced.  The current fee is $10 and $5 for students with qualifying household income (formerly known as free/reduced).  Students will need a current sports physical prior to participation:  please make an appointment with your physician or visit one of our SPPS Health Start Clinics.

    Schedule and Contests

    Practices are scheduled for Monday - Thursday.

    Contests are scheduled during the week AND a minimum of two Saturdays during the eight (8) week season.  Parents will need to provide transportation to the competition site(s) on weekend game dates.

    Multiple contests may be scheduled at one site to allow for maximum opportunities for participation by the student-athletes.

    The middle school sports season begins on the following dates:

    • Fall - September 11, 2023
    • Winter - Girls Basketball I November 20, 2023 / Boys Basketball | January 22, 2024
    • Spring - Track | March 25, 2024  / Baseball, Softball, and Girls Badminton | April 8, 2024

    High School Athletics Option

    7th and 8th grade students who meet certain criteria may be selected to try out for a team at their area high school. The initial conversation for such participation begins with the middle school athletic director (see link to flow-chart). Athletic directors, parents, and coaches will determine together if a student has the skill set and maturity level required to participate at the high school level.  Families will need to arrange transportation to/from the high school for practices, competitions, and other events. Regular high school activity fees will apply.  

    The middle school athletic director will assist in connecting parents and/or student-athletes with the appropriate high school athletic director for this process. 

    7th and 8th grade participation at the high school level requires the middle school principal and/or middle school athletic director's approval to ensure the student is meeting academic and behavioral expectations on a day-to-day basis in the middle school classroom and events. 

    Additional Information

    All SPPS athletics and activities follow the COVID-19 recommendations from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The recommendations include vaccination for everyone who is eligible, frequent COVID-19 testing, wearing masks when not actively participating, keeping physical distance when possible, and practicing in small groups. Coaches and student-athletes will be informed as these guidelines are updated before or during the spring season.

    We are looking forward to a 2023-24 athletic year that is filled with sportsmanship and competitive fun.

Athletic Directors/Contact

  • American Indian Magnet

    Battle Creek Middle School

    • John Butler

    Capitol Hill Gifted & Talented Magnet

    • DeAubrey Johnson

    E-STEM Middle School

    • Ben Harmon

    Farnsworth Aerospace Upper

    • Sam Pokornowski

    Global Arts Plus - Upper

    • Michelle O'Connor

    Hazel Park Preparatory Academy

    • Megan Engfer

    Hidden River Middle School

    • Daniel Ocama-Wathum

    Highland Park Middle School

    • TBA (Principal: John Andrastek)

    Humboldt High School

    • Barbara Lawrence

    Murray Middle School

    • Marshall Little

    Open World Learning Community

    • Damon Liberatore

    Txuj Ci HMong Language and Culture - Upper Campus

    • Tue Xiong

    Washington Technology Magnet

    • Kelly Sandquist