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Athletic Director, Dr. John Johnson, johnjohnson@smsd.org

Athletic Secretary, Karen Wagner, karenwagner@smsd.org

Welcome to the Shawnee Mission South Athletics! I am John E. Johnson, Athletic Director. By reviewing this page, you or your child must be interested in extracurricular sports we offer here at SM South. I have a few thoughts on the importance of you or your child participating.

On this page you will find everything you need to inform yourself about what is great about high school sports, and what is needed to participate in high school athletics. I would like nothing more than you or your student become a Raider athlete.

Why become a Raider athlete?

The educational research is clear over the last 3 decades – those students who are engaged in high school athletics and activities are significantly more likely to go to college, score higher on standardized achievement tests, earn higher wages, and are more likely to report having positive relationships with school personnel. You can read more here and here. As you consider participation, please see our sport descriptions and find the sport or sports in which you may be interested. As you do that, please consider the following – become a multi-sport athlete – DO NOT SPECIALIZE! Specialization increases risk of injury, and specialization at a very young age does not increase the likelihood of an athlete achieving elite status within his/her sport. Read more here.

Please pay special attention to the requirements of the PPE, the medical physical examination required by the KSHSAA. We offer “Physical Nights” twice a year – one time in May (cancelled for May 2020), and one time in August. Please make sure the PPE is submitted to the Athletic Office NO LATER than the Friday before the sport starts. 

Once again – remember, “Nothing Greater than a Raider!”

2020-2021 Sports Information 

Fall Sports begin on Monday, August 17, 2020
Winter Sports begin Monday, November 16, 2020
Spring Sports begin Monday, March 1, 2021

In anticipation of your sport, please read/listen to the weekly newsletter and daily announcements and check team websites. Pre-Season information, meetings and where to meet for tryouts will be announced.

Deadline and Forms: 
The deadline to turn in forms to the athletic office for Winter 2020 sports is Friday, November 13th, 2020.  Any athlete turning in forms on Monday, November 16th, 2020 risks their opportunity to participate that day.  

Deadline for  Spring:
Spring, Friday, February 26th, 2021.

Requirements to tryout and participate are below. 

  1. A completed KSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE), Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) Spanish.  Revision of the form is March 2020. Earlier versions of the form will not be accepted. The physical examination date must  be May 1, 2020 or after and signed by a medical professional.  This includes the mandatory concussion form and transportation form.
  2. The 2020-2021 SMSD High School Athletic Packet, completed by both parent or guardian and athlete in Skyward (available in July).  

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