Sports & Activities Resume – July 2020
(COVID-19 Safety, Physicals, Required Forms, Stadium Clean-up Day, Sports Publication)
Scholarship Message from the Athletic Director
Academic vs. Athletic Scholarships
National numbers indicate, on average, less than 1% of student athletes earn athletic scholarships versus 19% of students with a 3.5-4.0 GPA who earn academic scholarships. Therefore, a student is 27 times more likely to get scholarship money for academics than athletics. In 2018, 105 seniors at York Catholic earned over $11 million in academic scholarships versus $75,000 in athletic scholarships among 22 student-athletes. It’s important for parents and students to understand academic scholarships continue to offer the greatest opportunities.
NCAA Eligibility Changes
Students going to a Division I or Division II college have to complete 16 core classes. Also, the minimum GPA is 2.3 and those who transfer from Junior Colleges need a 2.5 GPA. Click here for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
The Diocese of Harrisburg prohibits any form of hazing of or by employees, volunteers or students.
Hazing is defined as: “Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any organization. The term shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual, and shall include any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced
conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property. For purposes of this definition, any activity as described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be “forced” activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.” (From Act 2016-31)
Any student who experiences some form of hazing or staff member who becomes aware of hazing should report it to the school administration. Any staff member who permits or encourages hazing will face disciplinary action, including possible dismissal. Any student who engages in hazing is subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, depending on the seriousness of the offensive conduct.
The Diocese of Harrisburg has partnered with SportsLeader to implement a Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches. Harrisburg is the first diocese to incorporate the program as a whole across all of its high schools. “The Diocese uses sport as a context for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth,” said Director of Sports Ministry, Jim Gontis. “Our partnership with SportsLeader represents a continuation of the great Catholic athletics tradition we have in the diocese in a very intentional way.” For more information about SportsLeader, visit www.sportsleader.org or follow on social media at
Facebook: SportsLeader, or Twitter: @sportsleaderusa.
Athletic Lettering is now handling all of the York Catholic Varsity Jacket orders. They are located at 2860 Eastern Boulevard in York. Their phone number is 717-840-6373.
Practice Opening Days – 2020-21
Fall: August 17 (Senior High Football August 10)
(all paperwork due August 5)
Winter: November 16
(all paperwork due November 11)
Spring: March 8
(all paperwork due March 3)
Fall: August 21
Winter: December 4
Spring: March 15-16
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association requires all student-athletes to have a physical each year. Physicals must be dated after June 1 for the upcoming school year. For example, if wishing to participate during the 2020-2021 school year, the physical must be dated AFTER June 1, 2020. Physicals can be scheduled with your own physician or on the specified York Catholic date in June at OSS Health.
The Athletic Department at York Catholic High School hosts Athletic Forms online with PlanetHS. This digital platform allows parents and athletes to complete and access most athletic forms (physicals, agreements, etc.) via computer, tablet, or mobile phone. It is HIPPA, COPPA, and FERPA compliant.
Athletes cannot participate in sports until digital forms are complete. Forms will be valid for the entire school year.
If you have any questions regarding this new process, please contact Josh Cross, Assistant Athletic Director, at email@example.com or 717-846-8871 x330. If you need technical assistance with PlanetHS, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here for the steps to get started with the PlanetHS Online Physical Forms.
Click on the PlanetHS logo below to enter the online site.
Note to parents of athletes entering Grade 11: The Department of Health requires a physical for your child when entering grade 11. The form used by the DOH is different from the form used by the PIAA. Please be sure to take BOTH forms to your doctor. Please note – OSS Health does not offer the school physical required by the Department of Health. They only offer the sports physical required by the PIAA.
Department of Health School Physical Form
(Students entering Grade 11 ONLY)
There has been extensive media coverage about athletics and concussions. York Catholic has been at the forefront in this area and includes the ImPACT Test (Immediate Post-Concussive Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to monitor our athletes.
All interscholastic athletes and cheerleaders are required to take an ImPACT Test to establish a cognitive baseline for concussions. This is an established technology used in order to determine the return to play/activity guidelines for participants who have sustained a concussion.
The test is administered on a computer. The baseline is adequate for two years. Therefore, if a student participated on a YC team last season and had an ImPACT test, he or she is not required to repeat it this season.
Please email Mr. Brad Hayek at email@example.com or Mr. Josh Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if a valid ImPACT Test is on file. Athletes will NOT be permitted to practice until the test is completed. It is the athlete’s responsibility to be sure the updated baseline report is on file at YC. Students MUST check with Mr. Hayek or Mr. Cross to see if the updated ImPACT Test was transmitted properly and is on file.