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First Day of 2017 Fall Practice/Tryouts

Below is a link of a Fall sports dates and times of the first day of practice/tryouts along with coaches contact information.  Please communicate directly with coaches if you have any questions about the schedule.

2017 Fall Tryout/Practice Schedule

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All athletes must have completed and have on file in the Athletic Office a physical that is dated no earlier than April 15, 2017 for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.  Forms are available in the Athletic Office or our website:


To be eligible to participate in athletics at East Grand Rapids High School a student must pass four (4) classes in their previous semester. Any student who is participating and has less than a 2.0 grade point will be required to attend at least one hour a week of tutorial sessions during the season they participate. This does not pertain to first semester 9th grade students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Athletic Office at (616) 235-7593.



A state law in Michigan requires parents and students to be provided educational materials regarding concussions and the risk of students participating in athletics.  A signed acknowledgement will be required to be on file in our offices.  This information will be provided in the student handbook and also available on our website under “Forms”. Most students have completed this during the 2016-17 school year either at the high school or middle school and have met this requirement.  If your son and/or daughter attended East Grand Rapids last year, your information is on file with us.  If you are new to the school district you will need to complete this form.


Pioneer Gold Card

The East Grand Rapids Athletic Department instituted a “Gold Card” system last three years to ensure that all athletes have the required information turned in to the Athletic Office before they can practice/tryout or participate in any competition.

Our coaches are instructed to only allow athletes who have completed this process to be able to participate. Athletes must turn in their “Gold Card” the first day of practice.


Athletes must have the following on file to receive a Gold Card:

  • Physical on file (dated April 15, 2017 or later)

  • Concussion Awareness form on file

  • Eligible to play (grades)

  • Participation fee paid (club sport fee will be paid to the club)

  • Current ImPact Test completed (test expires every two years)


The Athletic Office will reopen on Tuesday, August 2nd from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm to start issuing Gold Cards. We will also be open on August 3rd from 4:00-8:00 pm.

ImPact Baseline Testing
All students must have an ImPact Concession Baseline Test on file in order to get their Gold Card.
*All 9th & 11th graders and anyone that has not previously been tested, must take the Impact Test.
*10th & 12th graders do NOT need to take the test IF they had tested the previous year.
*The ImPact Test expires every two years.

The test will take approximately 30-40 minutes and will be held in the Computer Lab, 2nd floor, Room 231 on the following dates:  

  • Sunday, August 6th (Football only) – TBD

  • Monday, August 7th – 8:30 am or 2:00 pm

  • Tuesday, August 8th –  8:30 am or 2:00 pm.

The above times will be the only times offered prior to fall sports starting.  

Participation Fee

A fee of $250.00 per sport, per season is required for participation.  These funds are necessary to operate the high school interscholastic athletic program.  The interscholastic athletic program in the EGR Public Schools is an entirely voluntary program based on activities outside a student’s regular academic school day.  Credit is not granted for such activities; participation is not part of any academic course and is not required for progression from grade to grade.  The athletic department programs are part of the schools’ co-curricular activities and afford students the privilege of participation in competitive sports.  Checks payable to EGR Athletics can either be mailed or dropped off at the Athletic Office – 2211 Lake Drive SE.

Athletic Team Boosters

The Athletic Team Boosters have provided over $2 million in supplies, uniforms and equipment to all of our athletic teams over the past 20 years. I would encourage you to join the Team  boosters and support this organization any way you can. The athletes that wear our block “E” on their uniforms are very fortunate to be supported by the Team Boosters. Your support is appreciated (see attached form) or click here for more information: The first meeting for the 2017-18 school year is Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 pm at the High School.

Barwis Methods Strength Training

In December of 2012, East Grand Rapids Schools became partners with Mike Barwis to provide strength training and conditioning to our students.  In the past five years, our students have received instructions in a research based strength training model that is the finest available.  The fitness room is open approximately 27 hours a week and all of our teams are taking advantage of a training model that is appropriate for high school aged men and women.

I have been extremely impressed by the staff of Barwis and the commitment our student athletes are making to their training. I have received a number of compliments from kids and parents about how fortunate we are to provide this program.


Season Passes

Season passes for the 2017-18 school year will be on sale starting Monday, August 7th in the Athletic Office.

The cost for passes are:
   Family of 4 – $200.00 ($25.00 for each additional family member)
   Adult Pass –     95.00
   Student Pass – 65.00

This is a great way to save a money and support your Pioneers!