Tri-Valley Activities Packet – 2022-23


The following information must be reviewed and acknowledged prior to the start of your son/daughter competing in a Tri-Valley activity.

  • Schedules for all athletic events can be found at
    • This website also includes school and activities schedules.
    • All schedules are accessible and can be printed.
    • The site allows you to sign up for email or cell phone schedule change alerts.
  • Athletic Trainer – Aaron Conklin
    • The Orthopedic Institute provides Tri-Valley with an Athletic Trainer who is available throughout our athletic seasons.
  • Tri-Valley Training Rules
  • SDHSAA Directory Consent/Participation Consent/Safety Statement
    • *Must be completed annually, after April 1st for the following school year.
  • Pre-Participation/Physical Examination Form
    • *Must be completed annually, after April 1st for the following school year.
  • Consent for Release of Medical Information Form –HIPAA
    • *Must be completed annually, after April 1st for the following school year.
  • Consent for Medical Treatment
    • ​​​​​​​*Must be completed annually, after April 1st for the following school year.
  • Tri-Valley Parent/Coach Communication Code of Conduct
  • Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents
  • Concussion Form – Must be signed and on record at the school.
  • ImPACT Test - Orthopedic Institute Form
  •  ImPACT Concussion Test to be completed in 7th, 9th, &11th grades.  
*ImPACT form must be signed on an annual basis.

Derik Fossum
Tri-Valley Activities Director
School Phone:  (605) 543-5500

Tri-Valley Academic & Training Rules Eligibility
  • High School Academic Eligibility:
Eligibility will be determined at the end of each quarter/semester. In order to be eligible, a student must pass
all of his/her academic courses or have a 1.6-grade point average in those subjects. Should a student become
ineligible, he/she won't be allowed to participate during the following quarter/semester. All SDHSAA requirements
and policies must also be met. (Students will be allowed to practice).

  • Middle School Academic Eligibility:
Eligibility may be gained or lost at each midterm and quarter.  Students become ineligible to participate if they do not pass all classes or do not have a GPA of 1.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Training Rules/Eligibility
  • Violations
Any student activity participant who pleads guilty is found guilty, admits to, or is seen
1. using or possessing alcoholic beverages
2. using or possessing dangerous, non-prescription drugs
3. using or possessing any tobacco product will forfeit the right to participate in any school activity according to the following rules.
  • Rules
1. First Violation
a. After confirmation of the violation, the student shall lose eligibility for 25% of the regularly scheduled athletic contests or two consecutive weeks of ineligibility for any other school activity in which the student is a participant. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program.
b. The student will need to show proof a chemical dependence evaluation and an assessment of potential use or abuse.
2. Second Violation
a. After confirmation of the second violation, the student shall lose eligibility for 50% of the regularly scheduled athletic contests or six consecutive weeks of ineligibility for any other activity in which the student is a participant. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program.
b. Before being re-admitted to any activities, the student shall show evidence that he/she has sought and received counseling from a community drug counselor, medical doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
3. Third Violation
a. After confirmation of the third or subsequent violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next twelve consecutive weeks of activities in which the student is a participant.
b. If, after the third or subsequent violations, the student on his/her own choice becomes a participant in a chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in activities after a minimum of six weeks. Such certification must be issued by the director of the treatment center and approved by the secondary principal and activity director.
4. Penalties shall be accumulative beginning with each student’s 7th grade enrollment in Tri-Valley.
5. All students must attend practice but are ineligible for any performances during the period of suspension.  If the athletic season ends before the suspension time is completed, it will transfer to the next sport that the athlete has been an active participant in.
6. Any student who pleads innocent to one of the above charges and is later found guilty will miss the same number of performances as he/she would have missed if the student had originally pled guilty.

SDHSAA Directory/Participation/Safety Consent

Safety Statement
We understand and agree that (a) by this Consent Form the SDHSAA has provided notification to the parent and student of the existence of potential dangers associated with athletic participation; (b) participation in any athletic activity may involve injury of some type; (c) the severity of such injury can range from minor cuts, bruises, sprains, and muscle strains or more serious injuries to the body’s bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, or muscles, to catastrophic injuries to the head,  neck and spinal cord, and on rare occasions, injuries so severe as to result in total disability, paralysis and death; and (d) even with the best coaching, use of the best protective equipment, and strict observance of rules, injuries are still a possibility.

Directory Consent
We consent and agree that personally identifiable directory information may be disclosed about the student as a result of his/her participation in SDHSAA sponsored activities. Such directory information may include, but is not limited to, the student’s photograph, name, grade level, height, weight, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports.  If I do not wish to have any or all such information disclosed, I must notify the above mentioned high school, in writing, of our refusal to allow disclosure of any or all such information prior to the student’s participation in sponsored activities.

Participation Consent
We consent and agree to participation of the student in SDHSAA activities subject to all SDHSAA bylaws and rules interpretations for participation in SDHSAA sponsored activities, and the activities rules of the SDHSAA member school for which the student is participating.

Medical Insurance
If you are in need of medical insurance please ask for an application for school-time and full time coverage.

In-Season Rule
A student who is a member of a high school team may not participate in games, practice, tryouts in that particular sport during the same season on an independent or non-high school team or as a member of an “All Star” team.  Violation of this rule causes the student to become ineligible for the high school team for the remainder of that sport season.
By signing at the Eligibility Information Form (Step 2), we acknowledge that we agree to all of the above statements and rules, as well as the Consent for Release of Medical Information (HIPAA), and Medical Treatment
Physical Forms  

You can get the blank Physical Form from the school website.
    • There is a section to upload the completed physical form through this website.  Uploading the document is sufficient.
Sportsmanship Code of Conduct

Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations.  By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to children.  As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have the right to understand what expectations are placed on your child.  This begins with clear communication from the coach of the child’s program.
Communication you should expect from your child’s coach:
                  1)  Philosophy of the coach.
                  2)  Locations and times of all practices and contests.
                  3)  Team requirement; e.g., practices, special equipment, out-of-season conditioning.
                  4)  Procedure followed should your child be injured during participation.
                  5)  Discipline that may result in the denial of your child’s participation.
Communication coaches expect from parents:
                  1)  Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
                  2)  Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
                  3)  Specific concerns in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
As your children become involved in the programs at Tri-Valley High School, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives.  It is important that they understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes.  At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.
                  1)  Treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
                  2)  Ways to help your child improve.
                  3)  Concerns about your child’s attitude.
                  4)  Academic support, college opportunities.
It is very difficult to accept your child’s not playing as much or where you may hope.  Coaches are professional.  They make judgments based on what they believe to be best for all students involved.  As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach.  Other things should be left to the discretion of the coach.
                  1)  Team strategy.
                  2)  Other student-athletes.
                  3)  Playing time.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent.  These are encouraged.  It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position.  When these conferences are necessary, the following procedures should be followed to help promote the resolution.  After your athlete has visited with his/her coach concerning an issue, parents should:
                  1)     Call the school to set up an appointment with the coach.
                  2)     If the coach cannot be reached, call the athletic director.  A meeting will be set up for you.
                  3)     Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice.  These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.
If the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution, the next step is to call to set up an appointment with the athletic director to discuss the situation.
Parent Consent
As the parent/guardian of a student-athlete, I understand the important role sports can play in the development of a child’s character.  I also understand that the highest potential of sports is achieved when everyone involved in an athletic program, including the parents, work together.  I promise to help my child and his or her team by modeling respect and sportsmanship at all times.   I have read and understand this Code of Conduct and accept my role as a parent/guardian.
Tri-Valley Concussion Policy
Physical activity is an integral part of a school environment including, but not limited to, recess, physical education classes, or participation in sports.  Physical activity carries with it an inherent risk of injury and concussions are a common and potentially serious injury that students may experience.  In the interest of keeping Tri-Valley students safe from serious injury, the following will be the policy of the Tri-Valley School District on concussions.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function.  An athlete does not have to lose consciousness (be “knocked out”) to have suffered a concussion.
Behavior or signs observed indicative of a possible concussion:
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Appears confused
  • Forgets plays or lines
  • Unsure of game, score, opponent or situation
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to or after the injury
Symptoms reported by a player indicative of a possible concussion:
  • Headache, nausea
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems, confusion
Students who exhibit behavior or signs indicative of a concussion shall be immediately removed from the activity and examined by an appropriate health-care professional.  An appropriate health care professional shall be defined as a doctor or certified athletic trainer.  A student who exhibits behavior or signs indicative of a concussion may only resume the activity if both the appropriate health care professional and the student’s parent/guardian sign a Return to Activity Permission form.  If it is determined by the appropriate health care professional that no concussion has occurred, the athlete can return to the activity.    If no appropriate health care professional is available or if the appropriate health-care professional does not grant permission for the student to resume the activity, the student shall not return to the activity until permission is granted and the return to activity/competition permission form is signed by the athlete’s doctor and parent/guardian.

What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Even or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

What are the signs and symptoms?
You can’t see a concussion, Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days after the injury. If your teen reports, one or more symptoms of concussion listed below, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, keep your teen out of play and seek medical attention right away.
Signs Observed By Parents or Guardians Symptoms Reported by Athlete
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Moves clumsily
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Confusion
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Just not “feeling right"
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

How can you help your teen prevent a concussion?
Every sport is different, but there are steps your teens can take to protect themselves from concussion and other injuries.
  •  Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity. It should fit properly, be well maintained, and be worn consistently and correctly.
  •  Ensure that they follow their coaches’ rules for safety and the rules of the sport
  •  Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.
What should you do if you think your teen has a concussion?
1. Keep your teen out of play. If your teen has a concussion, her/his brain needs time to heal. Don’t let your teen return to play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says your teen is symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first – usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks) – can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.
2. Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your teen to return to sports.
3. Teach your teen that it’s not smart to play with a concussion. Rest is key after a concussion.  Sometimes athletes wrongly believe that it shows strength and courage to play injured. Discourage others from pressuring injured athletes to play. Don’t let your teen convince you that s/he’s “just fine”.
4. Tell all of your teen’s coaches and the student’s school nurse about ANY concussion. Coaches, school nurses, and other school staff should know if your teen has ever had a concussion. Your teen may need to limit activities while s/he is recovering from a concussion. Things such as studying, driving, working on a computer, playing video games, or exercising may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get
worse. Talk to your health care professional, as well as your teen’s coaches, school nurse, and teachers.
If needed, they can help adjust your teen’s school activities during her/his recovery.
It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

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