Welcome to Merrol Hyde Athletics - Educating the Whole Child
The Paideia philosophy of educating the whole child—mind, body, and spirit—is one of the core values at MHMS. To achieve this, and to promote a positive culture of spirit and pride within the student body, all students in grades 7-12 are required to participate in a school sport each year. Students must attend all practices, games, and/or performances in order to fulfill this requirement. As you think about the sport(s) you would like to play, keep these things in mind: transportation to away games and off-site facilities is not provided by the school; and 8th graders are allowed to participate in some high school sports. Students enrolling at MHMS after a team has conducted tryouts will be offered a supplemental tryout.
If you participate in a sport not offered by MHMS, you may request to substitute that sport to fulfill the MHMS sports requirement. Substitutions MUST be approved before the season starts and meet certain guidelines. Substitution forms may be requested from Kory Craighead via email.
If you feel you should be exempted from the sports requirement due to a health reason, please email Mr. Frank at
Each student-athlete must have a current sports physical each year in order to participate in an official school sport. Physicals must be dated April 15th, 2023 or after to cover the student for all of the 2023-2024 school year. All official school sports will use Final Forms to upload their signed Physical Examination and Medical Eligibility Form, as well as sign all necessary digital forms. Look at the list of sports below to see which require you to get a physical and use Final Forms. Please reach out to Kory Craighead with any questions.
The following are official Merrol Hyde School sports and must use Final Forms to complete all physical steps: MS and HS Cross Country, MS and HS Volleyball, HS Golf, HS Girls Soccer, MS and HS Girls and Boys Basketball, HS Bowling, MS and HS Cheerleading, Dance, HS Boys Soccer, HS Girls and Boys Tennis, MS and HS Track.
The following are Merrol Hyde activities that must still use Final Forms, but they do not require an actual doctor's physical. However, we still strongly encourage your child to get a physical and upload it to Final Forms: Archery and Personal Fitness
The following are co-op sports with Station Camp that require you to sign your child up on Final Forms as a Station Camp athlete and complete all physical steps: MS and HS Football, HS Wrestling, HS Softball, HS Baseball.
All other sports offered at Merrol Hyde are "club sports" and do not require you to submit a physical to the school or use Final Forms. The coach will share any paperwork with you that is needed. You can see the full list of offered sports under the "athletics" tab.
Final Forms Information
Print this and fill out the history portion before going to your physical appointment: Preparticipation History and Physical Examination/Medical Eligibility Form
Create a Final Forms account using the instructions here: Final Forms Parent Playbook. Once you create your parent account, you'll complete and sign all necessary digital forms for your child's sport and upload the Physical Examination Form (with doctor's signature) and Medical Eligibility Form (with doctor's signature). Scan or take a quality picture of both pages to upload to the "TSSAA PPE Physical" tab on your child's Final Forms account.
Final Forms link for those with an existing account: https://sumner-tn.finalforms.com/
Student Parent Athletic Handbook
Athletic Booster Club (ABC)
All student-athletes are expected to be members of the ABC (athletic booster club). The ABC actively funds all athletic programs at MHMS and helps keep participation costs low for families. Click here for more information about the ABC Club.