Athletics West Ridge Center 636 Ridge Road 847.579.3125 Athletic Goals The Park District of Highland Park aspires to provide outstanding athletic programs and high-quality experiences for every athlete. A high-quality experience is one in which every athlete: • Is coached using the principles of “Positive Coaching” • Has fun playing the game • Feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance • Learns life lessons that have value beyond the playing field • Learns the skills, tactics and strategies of the game and improves as a player Staff Recreation Manager, Centennial Ice Arena and Athletics Chris Maliszewski email@example.com Athletics Supervisor Troy Hoffmann firstname.lastname@example.org Athletics Supervisor Eric Golmon email@example.com Athletics Coordinator Mike DiVincenzo firstname.lastname@example.org Travel Sports Withdrawal & Refund Policy If a child attends any “travel sport” tryout, is selected to a “travel team”, and following the posting of that team voluntarily withdraws, quits, or is removed by Park District management for any reason other than family emergency or specific medical problem, that player will not receive any refund. Additionally, that player will be prohibited from participating in any “travel team” tryouts for the 12 months following the withdrawal date for all “travel sports”, including tryouts for the “travel sport” in which they withdrew, quit, or were removed from for the following season. 20 Park District of Highland Park • 847.831.3810 • pdhp.org Mutual Friendship Request We understand that many children participate in sports for social opportunities. For this reason, many parents request their children be paired on the same team with a friend. Additionally, parents often carpool with neighbors. While we understand these requests are important, it is challenging to meet every customer request and still run a fair and equitable league. Therefore, we have established a Mutual Friendship Request Policy. Mutual Friendship Requests are not with online registration, but you may still register online and then submit the friendship request form in person. Mutual Friendship Requests are only allowed for the following programs: • Boys & Girls Basketball Leagues for Grades 1-2 (NBA and WNBA All Star Leagues) • Baseball Leagues for Grades K-2 (Sandlot Sluggers, Little Sluggers, Double A) • Flag football grades 1 & 2 (Junior Giants) Only one mutual friendship request is allowed per person. Both players must have the Mutual Friendship Request Form completed correctly and turned in by the registration deadline in order to be considered. Siblings will automatically be placed on the same teams unless otherwise requested. Other family members (e.g. cousins) must complete the Mutual Friendship Request Form. Mutual Friendship Request Forms may be found at pdhp.org/ registration-forms/ or picked up at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road. Please note: Due to the nature of the athletic programs, additional coach and carpool requests are not accepted. Volunteering to coach a youth athletic team is a great way to be involved with the community and play an important role in providing a positive experience to our youth. The more parents are involved with the program, the more valuable the experience. It takes numerous coaches to provide each player with the attention they need to improve. All head coaches receive training in positive coaching techniques. Volunteers must complete an application and background check which may be found online or picked up at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road. Become a Volunteer Coach!