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FAQs



Q:

What is the Registration priority order for spring 2022 Track & Field?

A:

While we wish to serve everyone interested, our facility space and coaching staff is limited.
The priority system is meant to be as fair as possible while maintaining the team-family community from season to season.
A spot on the team is prioritized based on past participation with the Nighthawks, not performance.

  1. Athletes who competed on the Nighthawk high school (JV/Varsity) track & field team in 2021.
  2. Athletes who competed on the Nighthawk cross country team in 2021.
  3. Athletes who competed on the Nighthawk junior high (middle school) track & field team in 2021
    (not applicable as we did not offer a T&F team that year, but we state this as a policy placeholder).
  4. New athletes in grades 7-11, with preference given to team-siblings of those registering above.
  5. Seniors participating in Nighthawk programs for the first time.

Q:

What is the Registration priority order for fall 2022 Cross Country?

A:

While we wish to serve everyone interested, our facility space and coaching staff is limited.
The priority system is meant to be as fair as possible while maintaining the team-family community from season to season.
A spot on the team is prioritized based on past participation with the Nighthawks, not performance.

  1. Athletes who competed on the Nighthawk high school (JV/Varsity) cross country team in 2021.
  2. Athletes who competed on the Nighthawk track & field team in 2021.
  3. Athletes who competed on the Nighthawk middle school (junior high) cross country team in 2021.
  4. New athletes in grades 7-11, with preference given to team-siblings of those registering above.
  5. Seniors participating in Nighthawk programs for the first time.

Q:

Why are there waiting lists?

A:

We do not have tryouts; we are a family team, and community is a high priority. Therefore, current families have the opportunity to register first each season.

We love this team and want all of the kids to have access to the best coaching, individual attention, space indoors when needed (especially when early-spring weather frequently requires it), team bus, family banquet, etc. Most of our track & field meets have limited entries, so we strive to keep our numbers such that competition is available to as many of our student-athletes as possible. Because the two teams (CC and T&F) are closely related, we need to keep both rosters--as well as both genders--in mind. These are just a few of the many factors considered when determining roster numbers and/or making modifications.

Waiting lists are maintained for each season, so if someone drops out before the team meeting, we will contact individuals on the waiting list.

Q:

Why is registration so early?

A:

The process to form cooperatively sponsored teams under the MSHSL is extensive, requiring much attention to detail. To meet the deadlines (which fall well in advance of each sports season), we need to allow adequate time to collect registrations, doublecheck paperwork, and then submit applications through a series of approvals.

Q:

What is the refund and late fee policy?

A:

You can find the Refund & Late Fee Policy here.

 

Q:

How is a home school team able to compete in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL)?

A:

Each home school/family is recognized by the State of Minnesota as a legal, independent school. The MSHSL acknowledges this and allows home schools to become members of the league. Each member home school pays the same annual membership dues and activity fees as any other school in the state, and each is bound to the same league rules. Every season, we form a cooperative sponsorship for each sport (boys and girls are considered separate sports) and request approvals from our Subsection/Section competitors as well as our Region Committee leaders. Once approved, we submit our application paperwork to the league office for approval by the Board of Directors. It's a complicated process, but it provides us all of the rights and privileges of competition. Every season is a gift, and we appreciate all of the league staff, school athletic directors and coaches, and Region representatives who have supported us along the way.