Getting involved in sports and activities is an amazing way for students to feel more included at school, and that often translates to more academic success in the classroom. So we’re so excited your student-athlete wants to join the rich history of Cooper High School activities and athletics.
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What Do I Need to Register?
Registration can be completed ONLINE!
See above for information to register Online!
Paper forms are still available in the front office at Cooper. Or are downloadable on this web page.
Student-athletes need to have the registration forms completed prior to the first practice and/or tryouts. Please turn in all paperwork to the Cooper Activities Office; do not bring to your first practice or tryout. Registration forms and participation fees can be returned to the Activities/Athletics Office beginning the first week of August. Forms can be found below and are also available in the Activities/Athletics Office.
Items needing to be completed includes:
1. Athletic Registration Form
2. Activity Emergency Card
3. Provide proof of a sports qualifying sports physical, done within three calendar years. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
- Check with the athletic secretary or the school nurse to confirm a current physical is on file before the sports practice season starts. If the student does not have a copy of a sports qualifying physical on file, families should call their doctor/clinic and get a copy. If the doctor's office needs a form to fill out, a copy of our physical exam form may be picked up in the athletic office or downloaded below. If the student has not had a physical in the last three years, then the student must get a physical. It is a Minnesota State High School League rule that all students participating in sports must have an up-to-date physical on file with the school at the time of registration. (The physical must state whether the student is able to participate in sports.)
4. Pay the participation fee. Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch may be eligible for reduced activity fees. Families must provide a copy of their 2021-22 Free & Reduced (Educational Benefits) letter to receive reduced athletic/activities fees. Refunds will be given if your student does not make the team. Fees can be brought to the Cooper Activities Office and paid by check, cash, or card.
5. Pay any outstanding fines or fees; return any outstanding equipment and/or media materials.
6. A student-athlete who has transferred to Cooper High School during their high school career, is moving into the school district or is a foreign exchange student should register in person accompanied by their parent/guardian.
7. Middle School students will be allowed to participate in activities at the high school level only if the sport is not available at their middles school or if they will be playing at the junior varsity or varsity level of competition. Middle school students will not be allowed to play at the 9th or 10th grade levels (exception is our 7-12th grade programs including Cross Country, Swim & Dive, Adapted sports, and Nordic Skiing). Students will not be allowed to leave school early for high school team practices. Please contact the Activities/Athletics Office for more details.
How to Register (video)
If you have questions regarding NCAA requirements, please contact the Counseling department.
Here are nine recruiting pitfalls that may keep you from playing collegiate sports:
- Underestimating the importance of academics.
- Unrealistic expectations of your ability.
- Parental over involvement.
- Burning bridges by bad mouthing other schools and coaches.
- Under valuing assistant coaches.
- Talking money too soon.
- An over confident demeanor.
- Waiting to be contacted by a school.
- Limiting your options to only a few schools.
Timeline for the Collegiate Recruiting Experience
Here are several suggestions, by school year, to ensure eligibility and enhance your ability to be recruited for collegiate athletics. Remember, the eligibility standards for recruitment are different between Divisions I, II, and III. Check eligibility standards and get more detailed information from your coach and the athletic department.
Do not make the mistake of focusing only on the biggest and most prominent schools. It is very easy to get caught up in the glamour of NCAA Division I athletics at the expense of a wider range of opportunities and playing time on a Division II or III level. You must make and accept an honest appraisal of your skills and ability. Now choose the right level and school.
- Now is the time to commit yourself to the best grades that you can achieve.
- Remember! The NCAA does not recognize a + or – for your grades. Work for the next higher grade.
- Familiarize yourself with AHS approved NCAA courses. The complete list can be found at NCAA.org. Our school code is 241627.
- As an incoming freshman, make sure you have reviewed your schedule with your counselor.
- Meet with your counselor to insure that you are enrolled in the proper classes for NCAA eligibility in your sophomore year.
- Make sure that your counselor knows that you hope to pursue collegiate athletics.
- Attend a variety of sport camps.
- Participate in a variety of sports the year around.
- Meet with your counselor to ensure you are enrolled in the proper classes for NCAA eligibility in your junior year.
- Take the PLAN and/or the PSAT in the fall when it is first offered.
- Make sure that the varsity head coach is aware of your desire to participate in collegiate sports.
- Develop an athletic resume.
- Continue to attend sport camps and participate in a variety of sports.
- Begin a college and career search through your Family Connection account.
- Begin to decide which part of the country you would realistically wish to attend school.
- Determine what your financial needs will be and what will be best financially for your family.
- Keep your focus on all appropriate schools on NCAA Division I, II and III levels.
- You must register online with the NCAA Clearinghouse at the end of your junior year.
- Continue to meet with your counselor to insure that you are enrolled in the proper courses for NCAA eligibility in your senior year.
- Continue your athletic resumes and sport camp participation.
- Take the PSAT in the fall when it is first offered. Take the SAT and ACT in the spring when they are offered.
- Respond back to any and all schools that contact you with their return post cards or letters.
- Make unofficial visits to those schools that you may wish to attend.
- Review with your counselor that you have taken or will take all the classes that will be required for NCAA collegiate eligibility.
- Retake the SAT/ACT if necessary.
- Continue to meet with your head coach as to what schools and on what level you are most suited to play.
- Begin to mail your college applications.
- Narrow your choice of schools and take your five official visits to the schools that you might like to attend. Remember, it is an education decision first, followed by athletics.
- Begin to research a variety of resources for financial aid.
Recruiting Terminology You Should Know
- Contact: Any face-to-face meeting between a college coach, yourself or your parents.
- Core Courses: Recognized courses specified by the NCAA
- Evaluation: Any off campus activity used to assess your academic or athletic abilities.
- Official Visit: College paid trip to a campus during your senior year. You may visit up to five different schools that have your application. You must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse before you take any official visits.
- Partial Qualifier: Eligible to practice during your freshmen year but you cannot play due to academic deficiency.
- Qualifier: You have met all NCAA requirements.
- Recruited Prospective Student Athlete: You become this when approached by a coach or representative of a school about enrolling and playing a sport.
- Redshirt: You may practice with the team but you cannot play.
Some Questions to Ask
- What position will I play?
- What other players are being recruited at that position?
- Will I be redshirted?
- How would the coach describe his or her coaching style?
- When does the head coach’s contract expire?
- How good is the department in my major?
- What percentage of the players graduate on time?
- What kind of academic support will be available to me?
- What are the details of financial aid at your institution?