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FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

A reduction in the Pay to Participate fee for athletics will be available to students with financial hardship. Participants in the RCS Free or Reduced Lunch program qualify for this reduction, and this information will be kept confidential. Student-athletes who qualify for the Free Lunch Program do not pay a fee for their participation in athletics. Those who qualify for the Reduced Lunch Program pay 25% of the Pay to Participate fee (see chart, right).

To receive reduced fees for athletics, students who qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch should ensure that their family has completed the Consent to Share form included in the Free & Reduced Lunch program application (see button link at the top of this column). This form needs to be completed and renewed each school year. Send completed forms to Chartwells, RCS Foodservice, 1402 W. Hamlin, Rochester Hills, MI  48309, or call Sylvia Brown at (248) 726-4602.

Once these forms have been processed by Foodservice, and the student plans to participate in a sport, please call the District Athletics Dept. at (248) 726-3138 to request an override for the full pay to participate fee when paying the fee online in Eleyo.

Rochester Area Youth Assistance (RAYA) also offers financial support for sports, classes, summer learning, etc., to those students in grades K-12 who qualify. Parents/guardians can fill out an online application at www.raya-mi.org or call (248) 656-3558 for more information.

REFUNDS

There will be no refunds of the participation fee unless student-athletes suffer a season-ending injury before the midpoint of the season that precludes them from participating in half of the regularly scheduled contests. A medical authorization letter from a physician must accompany any such request. Requests for refunds should be sent to the building athletic director via email before the midpoint of the season.

PLAYING TIME

Paying the participation fee in no way guarantees contest playing time for an athlete.        

MHSAAStudent-athletes are required to meet all obligations of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), the Rochester Community Schools Student Handbook, and the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.TEAM ROSTER MINIMUM

A minimum number of team participants will be necessary for each sport team, or the respective team may be discontinued.

CONTEST ADMISSION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (“A” PASS)

RCS Athletics is proud to offer the “A” (Athletic) Pass, which can be purchased for $60 during high school registration. High schoolers who buy an “A” Pass will be given a card to show the photographer before having their student ID photo taken, and their ID will be printed with a large capital letter “A” that will allow that student to be admitted to home athletic contests at Adams, Rochester, and Stoney Creek high schools for the school year. Students cannot use their “A” pass for OAA and MHSAA tournaments, at the Onyx Ice Arena or Oakland University, and must pay the regular admission fee.

CONTEST GENERAL ADMISSION

Admission prices to high school athletic events will be $5 for adults and students, and free for children age 10 and under who are accompanied by an adult. **Spectator rules and limits will follow the Covid-19 guidelines set forth by the governor and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

“ECONO” TICKETS

Available for purchase at the admission gates or high school athletic offices, the Adult ECONO ticket is $45 for 15 admissions, and the Student ECONO ticket is $40 for 20 admissions. They can be used at Adams, Rochester, or Stoney Creek home contests, but are not valid for entry at league tournaments and MHSAA tournament play, at Onyx Ice Arena, or at Oakland University.

 

PAY TO PARTICIPATE GUIDELINES

Rochester Community Schools (RCS) will continue to assess a fee (see chart below) to all 7th – 12th grade students participating in interscholastic athletics. Fees are assessed on a “per athlete, per sport” basis. (Fall Sideline Cheer and Winter Competitive Cheer count as separate sports.)  

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS     
Description Fee Reduced Fee**
1st Sport $195.00 $48.75
2nd Sport $135.00 $33.75
3rd Sport $80.00 $20.00
**Must fill out Consent to Share form on Free-Reduced Lunch Application    
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS    
Description Fee Reduced Fee**
1st Sport $100.00 $25.00
2nd Sport $100.00 $25.00
3rd Sport $55.00 $13.75
**Must fill out Consent to Share form on Free-Reduced Lunch Application    


 

Two girls playing soccer, one jumping for the ball

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