Athletics Update - Early-August 2020

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Chad Pohlman, Athletics Director

Hello Bear Creek Families, 

I hope your family has been enjoying the wonderful summer weather! Typically, this is the time of year when families are registering for fall sports, and we are ramping up to start our season. I wish our situation was different, but I am thankful that we have a plan in place for students to attend school and for sports to continue this year, even if our start dates are delayed. 

Upper School Sports

If you have been following the communication and announcements from the WIAA, then you are already aware of the modified sports season calendar for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Instead of the three traditional seasons (fall, winter, spring), the state will operate this year using a four-season schedule (our league is not utilizing Season 1). If you have not reviewed the information and calendar from the WIAA, I encourage you to do so. 

Season 1

Season 2 (Winter)

Season 3 (Fall)

Season 4 (Spring)

Sep 7

Dec 28 – Feb 28

Mar 1 – May 2

Apr 26 – Jun 27

no sports



Track & Field



Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer



Boys Golf*




Boys Tennis*

Girls Golf



Cross Country

Girls Tennis

* Culminating event will take place at the end of Season 4

Considering the circumstances, we are thrilled with this plan which, while condensing the seasons, will allow all our student-athletes the opportunity to participate in their sport(s) during the 2020 – 2021 school year. Of course, this plan is contingent on King County progressing through the mandated phases. 

"Summer" Activities

Additionally, the WIAA has set aside the dates between September 28 – November 30 for coaches and teams to practice, hold open gyms, and organize some typical summer activities. This is contingent on many factors including county and school district policies as well as recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health. As we get closer to the end of September, we will update you on the specific sports team training opportunities we can offer. Please note that your child must complete all requirements in the health portal, including a sports physical, prior to participation in any organized team activities.

Freshmen and New Students

Is your child a new Upper School student? Is he or she interested in playing sports this year? We held interest meetings for our incoming freshmen back in April, but we are aware that there are several new families and students who were unable to attend at that time. All our varsity head coaches will send out periodic updates over the next few months and engage their teams with information and remote training opportunities. If you would like to receive this information, I can connect you with the coaches. Reply to this email with a quick note and let me know which sport(s) your child is interested in playing this year. I will make sure you get added to the distribution list(s). 

Middle School Sports

Currently, we are working with the other middle schools in our league to think through the implications of offering condensed seasons beginning in January, much like Upper School. No decisions have been made yet, but we do know that Bear Creek will not offer any Middle School sports until 2021. Later this fall, we will update you as to what we can and cannot offer in the second semester. 

Sports Registration

Because the dates listed above are subject to change, we are not collecting sports registration fees yet. We hope to open Season 2 registration in late November. In the meantime, please complete the sports participation items (liability release, eligibility statement, physical exam form) found on your child’s Student Health Tracker To-Do List so your child is eligible to participate in any organized team activities that may begin at the end of September. Instructions are included with Back-to-School Registration.

Physical Exam Forms

All student-athletes must have a current sports physical on file and will not be allowed to start practicing or attend team activities without it. Physical exams are good for 24 months from the date of the exam. All forms received in the last two years that have not expired have already been uploaded to the health portal. In this case, you will see the expiry date (next action date) listed on the Physical Examination Form requirement. If your child does not have an exam form on file, the form is due August 6 with the rest of your child’s Back-to-School Registration requirements. If necessary, schedule your child’s exam this summer so that he/she may participate with his/her team in late September. You will receive automated reminders as these requirements come due (or overdue).

Remember, we no longer accept the paper forms at the school. Parents must upload physical exam forms directly to the health portal. 

New Athletic Trainer

Caitlin O'Neill, Athletic Trainer

Please welcome Caitlin O'Neill to Bear Creek Athletics. She is a board certified and Washington State licensed athletic trainer. She was born and raised in Lynnwood, WA, attending Meadowdale HS where she played basketball and volleyball. She graduated from Washington State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Athletic Training. She believes that in order to become the individual God intends, it is as important to treat the mind of an athlete as well as the body. When she is not taping ankles, preparing for practice, or on the sidelines at a game, she can be found spending quality time with her boyfriend Geoff, her family, and friends.

As always, don't forget to follow Bear Creek Athletics on Instagram @BCGrizzlySports or on Twitter @BCGrizzlySports.

Go Grizzlies!

Chad Pohlman

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