Five Things to Know for Fall High School Sports in Newton

Fall sports in Newton's public high schools started this week, are you ready?

With just a couple of weeks left to summer, fall high school sports are already underway in Newton.

The fall season features nine sports at the city's two high schools, including football, soccer, golf, field hockey, girls' volleyball, cross country, girls' swimming, cheerleading and dance team. Most teams have varsity, junior varsity and freshman squads. 

Planning to be a part of the fall athletics at , , or ? Here are five things you need to know:


1. Practices start this week.

For both Newton North and Newton South football players and cheerleaders, pracitce started Monday, Aug. 20. For all other sports, practice begins this Thursday, Aug. 23. 

Unless coaches have specified otherwise, freshmen athletes report to practice on Monday, Aug. 27.

Exceptions: Newton South boys' freshman soccer will meet on Aug. 23 and Newton North girls' swimming and field hockey will open to all levels (including freshman) on Aug. 23. 

A parent permission card and a yearly physical must be done and submitted to the respective athletic departments before tryouts.

Fall sports tryouts for both Mount Alvernia High School and Newton Country Day School start Monday, Aug. 27. The two private schools offer soccer, cross country, and volleyball. Newton Country Day also offers crew and field hockey and Mount Alvernia also offers girls' swimming. 


2. Pre-season schedule will start soon.

Both the Newton North and Newton South varsity football teams will have pre-season games this Saturday, Aug. 23. Newton North will face Burlington and Newton South's opponent is to be determined. Newton North and Newton South will face off in a football pre-game on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Some other upcoming games include:

  • Newton South girls' varsity soccer at Natick - Aug. 28
  • Newton North girls' varsity soccer vs. Acton-Boxborough - Aug. 29
  • Newton North girls' varsity volleyball at Medway - Sept. 1
  • Newton South girls' varsity volleyball vs. Stoughton - Sept. 4
  • Newton North boys' varsity golf at Dedham - Sept. 4
  • Newton South boys' varsity golf vs. Bedford - Sept. 5
  • Newton North girls' varsity soccer at Braintree - Sept. 5
  • Newton South varstiy field hockey at Acton-Boxborough - Sept. 6 
  • Mount Alvernia varsity soccer at Gann Academy - Sept. 6
  • Newton South boys' varsity soccer at Catholic Memorial - Sept. 8
  • Newton North varsity football vs. Waltham - Sept. 8
  • Newton Country Day varsity field hockey at Southfield School - Sept. 8
  • Newton Country Day varsity field hockey at Southfield School - Sept. 8


3. Check the updated protocol on head injuries.

Earlier this year, the Newton School Committee approved a new protocol and policy for head injuries. The policy is available online for parents and athletes to view

In a survey done by the Boston Globe in January, . 

A head injury report form is also available from the state Department of Health and Human Services. 


4. Pay your fees. 

With , sports fees increased in Newton public high schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The fees will not increase again this year.

The fee is $300 per sport, $400 for football and ice hockey, and the family cap is $900 per year ($1,800 "super cap" for all transportation, sports and athletic fees). Fees are typically due by the end of the first week of tryouts. 

Unlike some other fees in the district, sports fees cannot be paid online. Parents can contact the Newton South Athletic Department (617-559-6599) or Newton North Athletic Department (617-559-6210) for more information or for fee waivers. 

At Mount Alvernia, a $30 booster spirit fee is due when uniforms are handed out. A fall athletes' parent informational meeting for Mount Alvernia will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5. 


5. Submit your photos and scores to Newton Patch!

We here at Newton Patch love including news about sports, but we can't be everywhere at once! Make sure your team gets the coverage it deserves by submitting scores, team information and photos to Newton Patch.

Here's how you can contribute:

Information provided by the Newton North AthleticsNewton South Athletics, Mount Alvernia Athletics and Newton Country Day Athletics websites, as well as HighSchoolSports.net.


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