Athletic Department Information
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the following Mariner Handbook and Athletic & Co-Curricular Program Descriptions. The information on these forms is subject to change prior to August 1st.
For the safety and welfare of our athletes, we ask that they are picked up on time after any practice, game or event. If your child carpools with another student, and that student is being picked up later due to an away game, we ask that you make other arrangements so your child is picked up at the conclusion of his/her athletic commitment.
School rules are in effect in the gym at all times. Students must be supervised by a faculty member when using the gym. Students are also asked to respect other students, their belongings, and school property in the gym and locker rooms. The School expects students not to leave their valuables unattended and to use combination locks provided by the School to secure lockers if valuables must be left in the gym. The School assumes no liability for the theft of any item not secured in this manner. Any items left in the gym not locked up in the student lockers in locker rooms will be placed in the gymnasium Lost and Found Box in the locker rooms for student pick-up. Unclaimed items will be donated to a charity at the end of the school year.
In order to protect the gym floor and keep it clean, the Athletic Department does not allow food, drink, wet or muddy shoes, or dark-soled sneakers inside the gym. Whenever possible, individuals traveling through the gym are asked to walk around the perimeter of the court.
Uniforms and Equipment
Uniforms & equipment are issued at the beginning of each season to team members. Each student is responsible for his/her uniform throughout the season. If the uniform and equipment are not returned at the end of the season, parents will be charged for full replacement. These prices can be two to three times higher than retail value. Students are responsible for keeping their own uniforms clean. They are encouraged to wash out stains before they set to avoid permanent damage to the uniform.
Upper School (US) Requirements
The athletic/co-curricular program is an important component of the US curriculum. In Grades 9 through 12, students must participate in afternoon athletic/co-curricular for two of the three trimesters per year. These programs are graded on a pass/fail basis. All new students to the US (9-12) must participate in a competitive sport or dramatic production in fall of their first year. The primary reason for the athletic/co-curricular requirement is to meet the Rhode Island Secondary School Physical Education standard set forth by the Department of Education. This requirement also aligns with Rocky Hill School’s belief that community, teamwork and sportsmanship, along with being an active member of the school community, reflects the school motto, Know Thyself.
Participation in athletics requires attendance at all practices and games throughout the season. In the fall and spring, practices are generally held from 3:30 to 5:15 PM on M-F each afternoon whenever a game is not scheduled. In the winter, the practice times vary due to only having one location for all basketball events. Please take some time to read over the following US Requirements & Program Availability Form. The information on this form is subject to change.
While the US has several on-campus athletic options, students may petition the Director of Athletics to pursue an off-campus athletic option. Please read through the following Athletic Alternative Forms.
Middle School (MS)
For many, MS is a time when children have their first exposure to being a part of an athletic team. The MS athletic program is an interscholastic, developmental program open to any student who wishes to participate in competitive sports. During a season, teams play one game per week, on average. Proper sportsmanship and teamwork are integral parts of our sports philosophy. Our teams meet Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5pm. Please take some time to read over the following MS Athletic Program Availability Form. The information on this form is subject to change.
Rocky Hill School requires that school health forms be completed annually and submitted to the nurse before the start of the school year. Students will not be permitted to take part in any athletic activities, including preseason practices, until they have completed an up-to-date physical and submitted a completed RHS Health Form, State of Rhode Island School Physical Form & other required documentation.
Please visit the Health Services page for more information about required health forms, immunizations, and information for students with life-threatening medical conditions.
Pre-Participation Examinations are required for all athletes. Please see the attached PPE – History Form & PPE – Physical Exam Form.
Other Important Forms
Sign up for Athletic Text Alerts and Emails
Athletic/Co-curricular Waiver Applications are available if applicable. If there is an 8th grader who is interested in participating in an US program that is also offered at the MS level, please look over and fill out the 8th Grade Participation in US Sport Application. Feel free to look over the RIIL & SENE New Student Info Checklist for information regarding the eligibility of the specific leagues that our sports participate in. Also, please have the Lacrosse Helmet Policy Agreement filled out and returned prior to playing lacrosse.
Athletic Co-Curricular Waiver Application (4-9-15 Update)
8th Grade Participation in US Program Application (5-23-18 Update)
RIIL & SENE New Student Info Checklist (5-4-18 Update)
Lacrosse Helmet Policy Agreement (7-10-16 Update)
Concussion Information Acknowledgment Form (5-22-17 Update)
In order to participate in the Lifetime Fitness program, every student must have the following Ocean State Health & Fitness Liability Waiver filled out and returned prior to entry into the gym. A Lifetime Fitness Agreement form may be requested from the instructor as well.
Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) Forms
All students wishing to participate in a RIIL sanctioned sport must have an Assumption of Risk form filled out and kept on file with the school.
All students wishing to compete in the RIIL as an individual through Rocky Hill School must have an Individual Competition Form filled out and kept on file with the school.
Sometimes students may need to fill out Waiver Request Forms through the RIIL in order to request ability to participate in a RIIL sanctioned Sport. Reasons include: transfer from another school, medical hardship or international student sport participation.
Paperwork for International Students who want to participate in RIIL sanctioned sport ONLY