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Welcome to the Athletics Department!

Welcome to the Athletics Department!

MPS Athletics for 2020-21


In an effort to control this pandemic and flatten the curve of any and all coronovirus cases; Minneapolis Public Schools Athletic Department has adopted a COVID-19 Athletic Fall Preparedness Plan.

Let's Talk Sports!

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Athletics Department offers 35 high school programs for students in grades 7-12. Bring completed 2020-21 Athletic Forms (located in the Register Here! tab) to your high school athletic director prior to participation. Fall practices start Monday August 17th for the following sports: Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming, and Girls Tennis. 

For information regarding Middle School Athletic Programming contact Brandon Morris at 612.668.3892 or at brandon.morris@mpls.k12.mn.us.  

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 Athletic Registration Packet.  Athletic participation physicals should be scheduled with the student's primary care physician and may be available at school mini clinics; contact the school directly for information.  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.

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.  

Transportation Policy

Transportation is not provided to practices for any student in any grade but is 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. 

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?

Learn more about playing college athletics on the NCAA website. 

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.