TPS is excited to have your child signed up to participate on the middle school soccer team! PRACTICE & GAMES Practice is three days a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 3:30-5pm, at Markward Field. Athletes should wear athletic clothing, shin guards, tall soccer socks, soccer cleats, and bring a water bottle. Athletes will meet in the Lombard yard each day for practice. The team will have several games over the course of the season. Athletes will be given a TPS-issued uniform to wear for games. For away games, athletes will be dismissed from class at 2:25 to change and travel via bus to their game. TEAMS The TPS soccer team will be split for games into an A and a B team. The split of the two teams will be decided prior to the first game, and be communicated to parents via email. DISMISSAL As all Middle School students are independent walkers; they are free to leave Markward field and TPS on their own after practice and games. Alternatively, they can wait in the Lombard yard to be picked up by their families. For away games, students are bussed to the away game school, and can leave with their families from the away game as long as a coach is checked in with, or they can take the bus back to TPS. Coaches have students call their families when enroute back to TPS to let families know anticipated arrival time back to school. ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS Students are expected to attend all practices and games, including staying for both A and B team games, to demonstrate support and create a sense of community within our teams. If a player cannot consistently commit to practice and has more than 3 unexcused absences, they will no longer be able to participate on the team. PAPERWORK Students will need to return the signed Student-Athlete Contract, found on the last page of the TPS Athletic Handbook, and upload their PIAA Physical Medical Form (dated June 1, 2022 or later) to their Magnus Health account, prior to the first day of practice on September 12.