Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Do I need a physical to participate in a high school or middle school sport?
2.  Do I need a physical for every season?
3.  Do I have to pay the activity fee?
4.  What happens if I pay the activity fee but decide not to go out for the team or get cut from the team?
5.  Do I need a specific doctors note if I get injured?
6.  If I am diagnosed with a concussion, what is the process to return to play?
7.  What time do I need to be in school in order to participate in practices and/or games?
8.  Can I play a sport if I am failing a class at the High School?
9.  Can I play a sport if I am failing a class at the Middle School?
10.  Can I practice or play in a game if I have detention, ISS or OSS?
11.  I just transferred to Twin Valley from another school.  What do I need to do?
12.  What do I need to do if I want to play a sport in college?
13.  How much is the Activity Fee?




1.  Do I need a physical to participate in a high school or middle school sport?
Yes.  You must have a physical in order to participate in a sport.  The physical must be dated after June 1st.

2.  Do I need a physical for every season I play?
No.  You need to get 1 full physical per school year.  A recertification packet is required for each subsequent sport played before the next school year.

3.  Do I have to pay the activity fee?
Yes.  The activity fee is due with each physical/recertification packet.  The fee for each HS sport played is $75 and the fee for each MS sport played is $50.  Swimming, wrestling and lacrosse are all exempt from the activity fee since they are self-funded.

4.  What happens if I pay the activity fee but decide not to go out for the team or get cut from the team?
If you decide not to go out for the team or you do not make the team, you will have to complete the Activity Fee Refund Request form. 

5.  Do I need a specific doctors' note if I get injured?
Yes.  If you are injured during the season a general doctors' note from an MD or DO is required in order to return to play.  If you are diagnosed with a concussion, you must have Section 8 completed by the MD or DO that is treating you.  This is the only clearance accepted for concussions.  If you are injured and the injury carries into the next sports season, you must have Section 8 completed by the MD or DO that is treating you.

6.  If I am diagnosed with a concussion, what is the process to return to play?
You must have Section 8 completed by the MD or DO that is treating you.  Once the Athletic Trainers' have Section 8 on file, you will begin your 5 day return to play. 

7.  What time do I need to be in school in order to participate in practices and/or games?
You must be in school no later than 11 AM in order to participate in practices and/or games.  If you have a doctors' appointment, you must present a doctors' note to the main office in order to be able to participate.  If it is an excused absence you are able to participate.

8.  Can I play a sport if I am failing a class at the High School?
No.  If you are failing a class you are ineligible from Sunday through Saturday.  If you are on the eligibility list for 3 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) you will be automatically dismissed from the team. 

9.  Can I play a sport if I am failing a class at the Middle School?
Yes.  If you are failing 1 class at the MS you are still ok to play.  If you are failing more than 1 class at the MS you are ineligible from Sunday through Saturday.  If you are on the eligibility list for 3 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) you will be automatically dismissed from the team.

10.  Can I practice or play in a game if I have detention, ISS or OSS?
No.

11.  I just transferred to Twin Valley from another school.  What do I need to do?
Transfers may require additional paperwork.  Please contact Mr. Guiseppe at jguiseppe@tvsd.org.

12.  What do I need to do if I want to play a sport in college?

The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, was established in 1906 and serves as the athletics governing body for more than 1,280 colleges, universities, conferences and organizations. The national headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, but the member colleges and universities develop the rules and guidelines for athletics eligibility and athletic competition for each of the three NCAA divisions. The NCAA is committed to the student-athlete and to governing competition in a fair, safe, inclusive and sportsmanlike manner.

The NCAA's membership includes:  326 active Division I members; 281 active Division II members and 421 active Division III members. One of the differences among the three divisions is that colleges and universities in Divisions I and II may offer athletics scholarships, while Division III colleges and universities may not.

What is the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse?
The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse (the clearinghouse) is an organization that works with the NCAA to determine a student's eligibility for athletics participation in his or her first year of college enrollment.  Students who want to participate in college sports during their first year of enrollment in college must register with the clearinghouse.  

​Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the clearinghouse staff follows NCAA bylaws and regulations in analyzing and processing a student's high school academic records, ACT or SAT scores, and key information about amateurism participation to determine the student's initial eligibility.

When to call the clearinghouse?
Please contact the clearinghouse when you have questions like these:
How do I register?
​I have forgotten my PIN. Can I get a new one?
​Some of my classes are not on my high school's list. How can I get a class added?
​My clearinghouse report shows I am missing some material. What is missing?
​Where do I send my transcripts?
​What do the codes on my clearinghouse report mean?
​I have been home schooled. What do I have to do to register?
​I am a high-school counselor and I do not know my high-school's PIN. Can I find out what it is?
​I am a high-school administrator and want to add some core courses to our high school list. How do I do that?

When to call the NCAA:
Please contact the NCAA when you have questions like these:
​What are the rules and regulations related to initial eligibility?
​What are the rules and regulations related to amateurism?
​What are the regulations about transferring from one college to another?
​What are the rules about athletics scholarships and how can they be reduced or canceled?
​I have a learning disability. Are there any other requirements for me?

NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse Address and Phone Number:
​​301 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 4043, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4043
​877-262-1492 (customer service Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central time) 319-337-1556 (fax)
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

NCAA
P.O. Box 6222, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6222
​317-917-6222 (customer service Monday - Friday, Noon - 4 p.m.)
www.ncaa.org

13.  How much is the Activity Fee?
The High School activity fee is $75
The Middle School activity fee is $50
The Family Cap is $300