Reference Guide

Support Services


A. Transportation to and from Contests
B. Directions to Away Contests
C. Postponed Contests
D. Admission to Games
E. College/Career Guidance

F. NCAA Clearinghouse

G. Athletic Facilities

H. Athletic Trainer and Training Room



A. Transportation to and from Contests

The school provides bus transportation, or a suitable substitute, to most away contests. All team members are expected to travel to these contests using the school-provided transportation for student safety reasons.       

Exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the Athletic Director, by a student's parent prior to the contest.  Reasonable requests will be honored.  

A coach may allow students to ride home from a contest with their parents provided personal contact at the game site is made between the parent and coach.  In most instances, students will not be allowed to ride to and from contests with other students.  Non-team  members may occasionally be allowed to ride team transportation if room exists, the coach in charge has given approval, and prior written parent permission has been given to the Athletic Director.  The athletic department does not provide transportation at any level to or from practices or contests within the City of Newton.

B. Directions to Away Contests

The athletic department makes every attempt to publish directions to all away contest locations. These are usually ready prior to the start of each athletic season and are available in the athletic office and on www.nntigers.com. Parents and other interested spectators may call the office for directions; however, because of the volume of daily calls to the office, it is much more efficient to obtain a set of seasonal directions. A schedule of contests for Newton North and all Newton North opponents maybe downloaded/printed by logging on to www.highschoolsports.net (www.highschoolsports.net will allow you to sign up for e-mail service and all schedule changes will be e-mailed to you directly).

C. Postponed Contests

Many contests throughout the school year are postponed due to factors such as inclement weather.  In most instances it is the “home” school that calls for a postponement.  By Bay State Conference rule, games are to be made up  on the next available open date on both schools' schedules, including weekends, whenever practical.

Decisions on postponements are made as late in the day as is practical for proper notification of all interested parties.  On school days, the most common time is about 1:30 p.m. for afternoon contests.  If there are any questions as to the status of a contest, calls are welcomed to the athletic office, but please wait  until after 2 p.m. On non-school days and for evening contests, postponements are made approximately  two to three hours prior to the contest.  Please delay calls in these instances until two hours before the scheduled contest. Normally, people may call for game status information until the scheduled time of the contest. (www.highschoolsports.net will allow you to sign up for e-mail service and all schedule changes/postponements will be e-mailed to you directly).

Because of scheduling conflicts it is sometimes necessary to cancel rather than postpone sub-varsity contests. Because of league standings and/or tournament qualification regulations, cancellations of varsity contests are extremely rare.

D. Admission to Games

It is often the practice at Newton North High School to charge admission to home contests in varsity football, varsity  boys' and girls' basketball, varsity hockey and varsity wrestling.  The revenues admission charges generate help offset the cost of the athletic programs at the high school. Revenues are used for the benefit of all teams.  The revenue collected at the Fessenden Ice Rink and/or other rental rinks during the varsity hockey games helps offset the fees charged for ice rental.

E. College/Career Guidance

One of the most important decisions facing high school students is what to do with their lives after they graduate.  The members of the Newton North High School athletic staff are eager to assist all student-athletes with this extremely important decision.

They may be able to answer questions, contact schools and/or coaches, send video tapes, if available, and write letters of recommendation. The least they will be able to do is guide students to more knowledgeable resources who can help with decisions.  If a student's goal is to compete athletically at the collegiate level it is very important to be aware of the ever-changing National Collegiate Athletic Association regulations. Copies of the latest NCAA regulations are available in the athletic office.  The  counseling department also has a wealth of information and experience on this topic.  Please be familiar with these regulations and seek assistance if needed.    

F. NCAA Clearinghouse

The NCAA Clearinghouse is a central repository for information on high school curricula. The NCAA maintains this information to conduct evaluations of incoming college freshmen. The NCAA evaluates high school graduates' academic records in light of current NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.

A prospective collegiate athlete needs to apply and receive a final certification by the Clearinghouse in order to participate in college athletics at the Division I or II levels. A student athlete does not need to apply if he or she will attend a junior college, NAIA or NCAA Division III institution.

Students may pick up Clearinghouse forms in the athletic office, Guidance Office or on line at www.act.org/ncaa/. This website also links to the NCAA Clearinghouse.

G.  Athletic Facilities

Locker rooms: Once team rosters are set, if not before, each team member will be issued an athletic locker. If a locker is not issued, students should request one from the coach or equipment manager.  There are sufficient numbers of secure lockers for  athletes.  Students are expected to lock all personal items and team equipment in their own athletic lockers at all times.  Students should never give their locker  combination to anyone else.  Experience has shown that most losses are due to lockers left open or unlocked. On road trips, when lockers are not available, it is highly  recommended that students leave valuables at home or give them to parents or a  member of the coaching staff for safekeeping at the game site. Students should neither bring large amounts of cash or other valuable personal items to school, nor should they leave them at school.

Care of Facilities:  Students are expected to treat all facilities, both home and away, with proper care.  Newton North High School has some of the best facilities in the state and only proper care and respect will keep them this way.  Vandalism is cause for dismissal from a  team and further disciplinary action by the school administration.

Building and Facility Access:  At the conclusion of each school day, student-athletes should bring all items that they need until the next school day to the locker room area. For safety reasons students are not allowed access to other areas of the building after practice, games, or on non-school days.  No student will be allowed access to any of our inside facilities without proper supervision by a school staff member.

Athletic Shoes: At no time should shoes with cleats soles be worn inside the building. Serious injury can occur  from slipping on cement or tiled surfaces.

Weight Room: The Newton North High School weight room is run by the department of athletics. When opened and supervised, it is available for all students unless it has been reserved as an in-season site for a practice session. Students/athletes are not allowed in the weight room without proper supervision by a member of the staff.

H. Athletic Trainer and Training Room

Newton North High School is extremely fortunate to have a highly qualified and skilled full-time trainer as a member of the staff.  On school days, the trainer's hours are usually from 2:30 until the end of the last practice session or home contest.  During weekends, or on days when school is not in session, the trainer is required to be on site only for contests and for some scheduled  scrimmages.  Occasionally, the trainer will be on site for non-school day practice sessions.  The training facility is very well equipped.

At certain times, the trainer, student-staff and facility are extremely busy.  Access to the training room and its services is limited to athletes who are there for care only. The facility should not be used as a student lounge. Training services will be granted on a first come, first served basis on practice days.  On game days, students will be treated in an order that will allow bus and/or game commitments to be met.  The training program exists to  help athletes receive the best possible care.  Please feel  free to take advantage of it.

In the event of an athletic injury, the trainer and/or physician is in immediate control.  At away contests, if the trainer or a physician is not present, the host school medical personnel are in control.  If no medical personnel are present, members of the coaching staff are instructed to “take charge” of the situation and, if warranted, call for emergency care.  After an injury, an “injury report” must be filled out by the student and coach, and a student may not return to competition without clearance by the trainer. Clearance  may also include written permission from the doctor.

Governing Bodies

A. Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
B. Bay State Conference

A. Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association


The Newton North High School Athletic Department is a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and is therefore governed by Association Rules and Regulations.  Additional policies, regulations and rules are set by the Newton School  Committee.  

Under MIAA guidelines, local communities are allowed  to set their own policy, rules and/or regulations as long as they are more restrictive than stipulated by the MIAA.
Rules governing individual sports vary depending upon the sport. For example, rules are stipulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (with MIAA  modification) for football, for basketball by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and for  baseball by the Sporting News Rules of Baseball. Copies of the complete set of MIAA rules and regulations are available in the athletic office.

One of the primary functions of the MIAA  is to sponsor and conduct post-season  tournaments  leading to the determination of geographical district and state champions.  When our varsity teams qualify for and enter such tournaments, we are completely subject to specific rules and regulations that govern each tournament, as set by the MIAA.  

Tournament qualification, divisional placement and geographical district criteria are sport specific. Some of our teams may qualify for regional tournaments, beyond the MIAA  tournaments, that are sponsored and conducted by the combined state associations that  make up the region of competition.

Some of our varsity teams may  host and/or play in seasonal tournaments that are sponsored by local school districts or other qualified agencies.  MIAA regulations specify that such tournaments be sanctioned by the Association and be conducted totally under their policies, rules and regulations.  

The MIAA neither sanctions nor sponsors any sub-varsity tournament competition.

B. Bay State Conference


Newton North High School is very proud to be a member of the 12-school league known as the Bay State Conference.  The Conference is governed by the MIAA and its own BSC Constitution.  A copy of the BSC Constitution is available for your review in the Athletic Office. The Conference sets most of our game schedules at all levels of competition.

Most sport game schedules the Conference sponsors at the varsity level are divided into two divisions  for championship play, and for seasonal play at the junior varsity and freshman levels.  

The Herget division includes the smaller schools in Dedham, Natick, Walpole, Milton, Norwood and Wellesley.  The Carey Division includes the larger schools in  Framingham, Needham, Braintree, Brookline, Weymouth and Newton North.  Inter-divisional scheduled play is common for most of our teams.  We also schedule some non-conference contests against schools from other surrounding communities.  A few of our programs such as lacrosse, skiing and boys' gymnastics play in other leagues or compete entirely in a “non-league schedule”. This scheduling occurs because the majority of schools in the Bay State Conference do not sponsor these specific sport activities.

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