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Athletics

Welcome

Welcome to Knights Athletics!

The goal of Knights Athletics is to train student athletes to become better individuals and players by helping them develop spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. At Highlands, we strive to build strong athletic programs which enable students to compete at the highest levels possible. Our excellent coaching staff encourages an attitude of teamwork, sportsmanship, and glorifying God on and off the courts and playing fields. We encourage you to register your student for their sport of choice today!

 


Register Your Athlete

Highlands Athletic Clearance Instructions/Guidelines

Welcome to the new athletic paperwork process for your student-athlete. All student-athletes must complete this new process and be cleared prior to participation for in-season conditioning, tryouts, practices and athletic contests as well as out of season conditioning.

REGISTER YOUR STUDENT-ATHLETE

  1. Go to AthleticClearance.com and choose Florida.
  2. PARENTS register with valid email username and password.
  3. Login using your email address that you registered with.
  4. Select Start Clearance” to start the process.
  5. Choose the School Year: 2020-2021.
  6. Choose our School: Highlands Christian.
  7. Choose Sport (pick the sport your child wants to participate in for the fall, winter, or spring season. You can add additional sports later).
  8. Complete all required fields for Student Information, Educational History, Medical History and Signature Forms. Note: During this process, you will confirm that your student-athlete has watched the 3 NFHS Learn Courses (Concussion in Sports, Heat Illness Prevention, & Sudden Cardiac Arrest). These courses are available here.
  9. The following forms need to be printed, filled out, and uploaded during this process. *Recommendations on how to upload documents are below.
    1. “Physical Form” aka FHSAA EL2 physical will need to be uploaded. Athletic Clearance website will say “Physical Form” and that is when you will upload the FHSAA EL2 (all three pages as one document *instructions on how to do this at the bottom of this document).
    2. “Proof of Insurance” will need to be uploaded. That is where you will upload a picture of your health insurance card. Health insurance is mandatory by the FHSAA in order to play sports in Florida.
    3. “Upload Concussion Certification” and “FHSAA Required Video Certificate” will be used to upload an NFHS course certificate from completing the required video courses in #8 above (or an additional form option if needed).
    4. “Additional Form” may be used to upload the GA4 form, any of the homeschool forms, or page 2 of the EL2 form if uploading later.
  10. Once you have completed the required fields and uploaded the required forms you will be returned to the ‘clearances’ page where you will be able to view the status of your submission. You will begin with an ‘uncleared’ indicator. Once your submission has been reviewed and approved by the athletic office your status will change to a ‘cleared’ indicator. It is at this point that your student is ready to participate in athletics.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR #9: Forms to be printed and uploaded:

  1. Physical Form” – print the FHSAA EL2 pages 1-3. Fill out completely, have the physician sign and date. Upload to your computer. Additional Form” – print the GA4 page (and EL7 & 9 if you’re a homeschool student), fill out, and upload to your computer as ONE document (instructions below).
  2. Please do NOT use the documents library feature rather use the choose file” button.
  3. We recommend that you download the Genius Scan app (below) to your phone for scanning your EL2 and uploading it to your computer.

*If you do not know how to upload a document to your computer or merge multiple pages into a single document, we would recommend the following:

  1. Print the forms you need and have them completely filled out. Download the ‘Genius Scan’ app to your phone.
  2. Using the ‘Genius Scan’, take photos of the completed form combining into one pdf file (for the FHSAA EL2 do not forget doctor’s signature!).
  3. Follow prompts on ‘Genius Scan’ to email pdf file to your personal email account.
  4. Log in to your email account on your desktop / laptop computer.
  5. Open email from ‘Genius Scan’ and save pdf file attachment to your desktop.
  6. Upload it to Athletic Clearance when prompted on the ‘Step 1-Student Information Uploads’ page by clicking on the ‘choose file’ and selecting the pdf file from your desktop.
Meet the Knights Staff

Meet the Knights Staff

Paul Pridemore
Athletic Director
954-421-1747 x1301
[email protected]

The Knights are pleased to welcome Coach Pridemore as the new Athletic Director this year. Coach Pridemore is a Highlands alumnus. He began attending the school as a 6th grader. In high school, he quickly became known at Highlands and around South Florida as a top athlete in both basketball and football and earned a full football scholarship to the University of Florida.

Over the years as a coach, Paul’s teams have won 438 games, 13 district titles, 10 Regional Championships, and been to 6 state tournaments. Paul is married to Terri who also works at Highlands and Grace as our Human Resources liaison. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

Reg Cook
Assistant Athletic Director
954-421-1747 x1503
[email protected]

Coach Cook began his 46th year at Highlands this fall. This will be his 9th year as the Assistant Athletic Director. Coach Cook graduated from Bryan College in 1974 where he received his B.A. in Psychology. Reg and his wife, Melanie, have 3 grown children: Nathan, Austin, and Tabitha. They also have 8 grandchildren.

Coach Cook taught a number of subjects for many years at Highlands. Some of these subjects included Boys Physical Education and Psychology. He was also the former Junior High Principal and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach.

Danielle Smith
Athletic Assistant
954-421-1747 x1302
[email protected]

Highlands is excited for Coach Smith to join the Knights as the Athletic Assistant. Coach Smith graduated from Highlands in 2008. She attended from kindergarten through graduation. She then went on to graduate from Liberty University with a B.S. in Sport Management. Along with serving as the Highlands Athletic Assistant, Danielle is also Director of Cheerleading and coaches Varsity Cheerleading.

Sports Offered

Current Sports Offered At Highlands

Fall
Elementary Soccer (Boys & Girls)
Elementary Volleyball (Girls)
JH Volleyball (Girls)
JV Volleyball (Girls)
Varsity Volleyball (Girls)
Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
JH Flag Football (Boys)
Varsity Flag Football (Boys)
Varsity Golf (Boys & Girls)

Winter
Elementary Basketball (Girls)
Elementary Basketball (Boys)
JH Basketball (Girls)
JH Basketball (Boys)
JV Basketball (Boys)
Varsity Basketball (Girls)
Varsity Basketball (Boys)
JV Cheerleading (Girls)
Varsity Cheerleading (Girls)
JH Soccer (Boys)
Varsity Soccer (Girls)
Varsity Soccer (Boys)

Spring
Varsity Softball
JH Baseball
Varsity Baseball
JH Track & Field
Varsity Track & Field

For more information on individual sports, please contact the Athletic Department at 954-421-1747 ext. 1301.

Athletic Manual & Commitments to Excellence

Athletic Manual & Commitments to Excellence


Click below for the following documents:

Knights Athletic Manual

Student Commitment to Excellence

Parent Commitment to Excellence

Eligibility, Fees, & Homeschool Info

Knights Eligibility, Grades, Fees & Homeschool Info
Highlands Christian Academy is a member of the FHSAA.

Academic Eligibility
• Students in grades 9-12 must have a cumulative 2.0 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale to remain eligible.
• Students in grades 6-8 must have been regularly promoted from the previous grade, carrying a normal class load, and maintaining a 2.0 GPA.

Limits of Eligibility
• Students have four consecutive years of eligibility, beginning when they first enter the 9th grade.
• Four years after a student enters the 9th grade, that student shall become ineligible.
• Junior high students may participate in interscholastic athletics one year as 8th grader, one year as 7th grader, and one year as 6th grader.
• A student who reaches the age of 19 prior to September 1st shall become permanently ineligible.

Transfer and Eligibility
If a student transfers from another school to Highlands Christian Academy and has participated in a sport during the same school year, that student must be authorized for Good Cause in order to be eligible in that sport. This applies to homeschool students as well.

Good Cause Policy: Student must go before the Secondary Principal, explain the reason for transferring, and be approved to participate immediately.

Homeschool Students
Qualified homeschool athletes may participate in the athletic program at the discretion of the administration. All homeschool applicants must fill out the Highlands homeschool student information card. Homeschool athletes must comply with the rules and standards of Highlands. They must also comply with the FHSAA rules regarding homeschool programs. These forms are available for download in the “FHSAA Forms” tab or in the Athletic Office.

FHSAA Forms
In accordance with the bylaws of the FHSAA, each student must have a current physical examination, which is good for one calendar year. No student may try out for a sport or participate in any way until he or she has had a physical exam. Players and parents must also fill out a Consent and Release Certificate. These forms are available in the “FHSAA Forms” tab or in the Athletic Office.

Athletic Fees
Each student who participates in the athletic program at Highlands is required to pay an athletic fee. These fees vary depending on the number of sports played. The due dates will be September 15th for Fall sports, December 15th for Winter sports, and February 15th for Spring sports. Athletic Fees are as follows:

Highlands Athlete Fees
Elementary
• First Sport – $100
• Second Sport – $50
• Third Sport – $25

Secondary
• First Sport – $150
• Second Sport – $50
• Third Sport – $25

Homeschool Athlete Fees
• Elementary – $200
• Secondary – $300

Individual Team Dues
There may be additional fees per team. These fees include but are not limited to personal equipment, travel costs, etc. This will be communicated by each coach to the parents if there are any extra fees per sport. Fundraising options may be available.

Admission Prices
Entrance to regular season home games at Highlands are $4 for adults and $3 for students. Highlands staff and students enter free. Season passes can be purchased. Admission prices for District and Regional games are set by the FHSAA.

To Play in College

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
You need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school. For more info, please go to their website here.

Register with the NAIA.
PlayNAIA.org helps future student-athletes discover and connect with NAIA schools, coaches and athletic scholarships. PlayNAIA is also the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility. Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center to play sports at an NAIA college or university. You can find more information and register here.

The Royal Knights Club

Show your Knight Pride by joining the Royal Knights Club! These funds help with the following:

• Training aids and tools for coaches and athletes
• Provision of awards and recognition on the varsity teams including championship rings
• Funding for facility improvements and upkeep
• Tournament fees and hotel accommodations for varsity teams at overnight tournaments
• Recruiting software and technology for scouting, highlights, and college recruiting
• Technology for filming practices and games

Booster Packages
Gold Package – $1,000 Donation
Booster Recognition
4 Annual Passes to All Highlands Home Games
2 Knights Polo Shirts
2 Knights Hats

Silver Package – $500 Donation
Booster Recognition
2 Annual Passes to All Highlands Home Games
1 Knights Polo Shirt
1 Knights Hat

Bronze Package – $250 Donation
Booster Recognition
1 Annual Pass to All Highlands Home Games
1 Knights Hat

Season Passes
Individual Sport Pass – $25
All Sports Pass – $50

Season passes are good for all regular season home games but do not include District, Regional, or State Series games per the FHSAA.

To purchase a booster package, click here.

To purchase a sports pass, click here.

Donations are also greatly appreciated.

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