Athletics

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, 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. 

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

2018-2019 Sports Information 

Winter Sports begin on Monday, November 12, 2018

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 2018-19 sports is Friday, November 9, 2018.  Any athlete turning in forms on Monday, November 12, 2018 risks their opportunity to participate that day.  

Requirements to tryout and participate are below. 

  1. A completed KSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) Revision of the form is January 2015. Earlier versions of the form will not be accepted. The physical examination date must  be May 1, 2018 or after and signed by a medical professional. 
  2. Parent consent must be completed and signed.
  3. For 2018-2019, the concussion form will need to be in paper form and signed.  It will not be included in the online forms. 
  4. The 2018-19 High School Athletic Packet, completed by both parent or guardian and athlete in Skyward (available in July).  

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