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Are you ready for another year of high school sports? Make sure you are up to date on what is required to take the field!

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Got a question about participating in sports at Crook County High School? Contact athletic director Rob Bonner (pictured) or athletics secretary Debbie Proctor.

It's that time again.

Many athletes have spent the summer participating in open gyms and/or doing strength and conditioning work. After all of the effort put into getting ready for the season, the official start of the OSAA fall sports season is nearly here. All fall sports teams may begin practice on Monday, August 15.

There are several things that an athlete and their parents must do before the athlete is allowed to practice at Crook County High School. Some of those requirements are district policy, but most are statewide standards.

To begin with, athletes must get a state-approved physical every other year in order to be eligible for practice. Athletes must also have health insurance, as well as being enrolled in — and passing — a minimum of four classes each trimester of the 2022-23 school year. Any student who chooses to graduate early will forfeit any remaining eligibility to participate in athletics at CCHS.

Athletes should also be registered for classes prior to the start of practice, as well as having paid the sports participation fee of $62.50. Those eligible for free or reduced lunches will only need to pay $50. There are also scholarships available for needy athletes, as well as work-to-play options.

All necessary forms are available online on the CCHS website at Students and parents must also have read and signed the athletic participation policy code of conduct.

For most athletes, the above list is all that is necessary in order to compete. However, in certain cases, there is more paperwork that must be filled out.

Home-schooled students need to be registered with the local education service district prior to the first day of school, as well as meeting other additional requirements. The home-school eligibility parent checklist is available online, and home-schooled students are only eligible if they can honestly answer yes to each question on the form.

In addition to home-schooled students, any student that wishes to represent a school that they do not attend needs to fill out a school representation eligibility certificate form. An example of a student who would need to fill out that form is a student attending either of the two Christian schools in Prineville but wishes to play sports at Crook County High School.

The final form that some student-athletes may need to have filled out is the eligible student transfer certificate, which applies to any student other than incoming freshmen that have transferred from another school district to the Crook County School District.

Once students have completed all necessary forms, paid the participation fee and provided proof of insurance, they will be cleared to practice.

Individuals should check with the head coach of their specific sport prior to the first day of practice to get the practice schedule for that sport. Email addresses for the head coaches are available on the Crook County High School website at Just click on the "Athletics" tab, and then the "Coaches Directory" tab. All forms and necessary information are available on the website as well.

The first day in which competition is legal for the fall season is Thursday, Aug. 25, for all sports other than football. Football teams may play a jamboree beginning that Thursday, but they may not play a full game until Thursday, Sept. 1.

Anyone with questions about the CCHS athletic programs can contact athletic director Rob Bonner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 541-416-6900, extension 3107. Alternatively, contact athletic secretary Debbie Proctor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 541-416-6900, extension 3169.

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