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Welcome to the Athletics Department!

Welcome to the Athletics Department!

Let's Talk MPS Sports! 

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Athletics Department offers 35 high school programs for students in grades 7-12. Students participating in Minneapolis Public School Athletic Programs must be enrolled in a school governed by the Minneapolis Public Schools.  Bring completed Athletic Forms (located in the Register Here! tab) to your high school athletic director prior to participation.  

Minneapolis Public Schools concentrates its athletic resources on MPS students and, as required by law, registered home-schooled students who reside in MPS attendance areas. Effective August 1, 2014, Minneapolis Public Schools will not enter into any new Joint Agreements or Cooperative Sponsorships with schools not affiliated with MPS. 

For information regarding Middle School Athletic Programming contact District Assitant Director of Athletics Torrance Hill at torrance.hill@mpls.k12.mn.us.  


  • Show Respect for everyone. 
  • Positive cheers should be used (no booing,  taunting, etc.)
  • All Fans MUST stay off the playing surface at all times
  • No items should be thrown in the stands or on the playing surface

Athletic Physicals

All student participants are required to have an up to date athletic physical on file at their school.  Please understand that an athletic physical is different than a well child exam. Minnesota State High School Athletic Physical Forms are located in the Register Here! tab. Athletic participation physicals should be scheduled with the student's primary care physician and may be available at School Based Clinics; contact the school directly for information.  No Cost Physicals are available at TRIA Orthapedic Clinics during the month of August; click here for mor details.  High School Athletic Trainers will provide their services to all registered high school student/athletes as well as optional ImPACT concussion baseline tests.  

Educational Benefits

Families are reminded to complete Educational Benefits Application in order to qualify for reduced athletic participation fees. The Application for Educational Benefits can be completed at SchoolCafé.com.

  1. Visit SchoolCafé.com and login with your username and password.
  2. Click on Eligibility Benefits, then click on Apply.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete your online application.

An eligibility notice letter will arrive in the mail within 10 business days.

Paper applications and letters will be sent out in the mail.
If you still have further questions, please visit our Application & Payments FAQ. 

Transportation Policy

Transportation is not provided to practices for any student in any grade. Transportation may be provided to away games with pickup and drop off at a MPS high school or predesignated location. The same transportation policy applies to middle school students participating in high school sports.  If parents are not comfortable with their child riding District provided Transportion they must have a completed Transportation Waiver on file at their school and notify their coach that they will not be riding District transportation to away contests.

Winning in the 9th

"Winning in the 9th" was developed in partnership with the Minnesota Twins and outlines the importance of 9th-grade students starting their high school experience with positive academic success!

Are you interested in playing college athletics?

View the Planning to Play College Athletics and visit the NCAA website in the Important Links Tab. Learn more about playing college athletics on the NCAA website. 

Home School Questions

Refer to the Minnespta Department of Education Home School Document (bottom of page 7) for information regarding athletic participation.  Home Schools MUST be recognized by the Minneapolis Public Schools in order to participate in MPS activities.

MPS partners with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 

In order to better serve the needs of students, Minneapolis Public Schools have partnered with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to provide students with more athletic opportunities.