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    Director of Athletics
    Dr. Steven Polonus, Ph.D, MBA, CMAA

    Assistant Athletic Director
    Joshua Tawney 

    Assistant Athletic Director
    Dennis Vicidomini

    Administrative Assistant
    Sarah Dombach

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About Hempfield Athletics

  • The Hempfield Board of School Directors provides funding for 24 varsity sports and a total of 66 teams competing at the varsity, junior varsity, junior high, and junior high junior varsity levels.
    Athletics are recognized as an integral part of the total educational program of the Hempfield School District. The first and foremost purpose of the Hempfield School District is to provide the best education for our student athletes. Athletics are an extension of the academic curriculum. Athletics contribute to the physical, social, emotional and moral development of the students involved.
    Since it is a privilege to participate on extracurricular teams, each student athlete carries with them responsibilities and expectations set forth by the PIAA and the Hempfield Board of School Directors.
    Our goal is to develop highly competitive athletes without losing sight of the educational process and its values of sportsmanship, health, and scholastic achievement.
    In 2018-2019 the Black Knights combined to win 3 LL Section Championships, 2 LL Championships, 2 Individual LL Championships, and 1 Individual District 3 Championship.  The Black Knights have combined for 17 PIAA Championships in the past 19 years.

Latest Athletics News

  • 2020-2021 School Year Athletic Physical Exam Forms Now Available

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 5/28/2020 1:45:00 PM

    Athletic physical exam forms for the 2020-21 school year are now available online here: Any physical exam after June 1, 2020 qualifies.  Completed forms should be uploaded to ATS. Read instructions to do upload here.

    At this time no definite plans for physicals at school are in place. Please call the Athletic Trainer at 717-898-5515 or Jennifer Wettig at with questions.

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  • UPDATED: NCAA FAQs for Graduating Seniors

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/24/2020 11:00:00 AM

    To Graduating Seniors and their Families,

    Yesterday, Thursday April 24 we posted a PDF of FAQs Developed by the NCAA to help answer any questions you may have.

    Today, April 25, 2020 there has been an update made. This is highlighted in the PDF linked above and noted below here: 

    Q1a: What if a student does not meet the COVID-19 Automatic Waiver criteria?

    A1a: The student should continue to work toward meeting legislated Division I or II initial- eligibility requirements and submit all transcripts, test scores and proof of graduation to
    the Eligibility Center.

    Reach out to your school counselor with questions.

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  • NCAA FAQs for Graduating Seniors

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/23/2020 10:45:00 AM

    This PDF has been updated on April 24, 2020

    To Graduating Seniors and their Families,

    Due to COVID-19, the NCAA will be calculating eligibility differently. Please review the PDF of FAQs Developed by the NCAA here to help answer any questions you may have. Reach out to your school counselor with questions.

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  • PIAA FAQ For Student-Athletes & Families

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/21/2020 3:00:00 PM

    On Monday, April 20, 2020 the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) released a Frequently asked questions document for student-athletes. Please review questions and answers below:


    Q: With spring sports now unable to be conducted this year due to COVID-19 school closure, will student-athletes receive an additional year of eligibility?

    A: No.  Students  have  four  consecutive  years  (8  consecutive  semesters  or  the equivalent)  beyond  the  8th  grade  year,  without  regard  to  the  student’s  period  of attendance. The repeating of a grade for an athletic purpose is not permitted. 


    Q: Can a student-athlete who was competing in a spring sport (baseball, softball, track, etc.) for their high school practice or play that sport with their non-school team, of the same sport, (i.e. travel or club team) while school is closed? 

    A: As  directed  by  Governor  Tom  Wolf  and  the  PA  Department  of  Health,  non-life sustaining businesses should not be open to the public.   Governor Wolf stated clearly that  all  sports,  professional,  non-professional  and  amateur  have  closed;  this  would include travel or club programs.  If the Order were to change, guidance may be updated at that time.


    Q: Are students considered enrolled and in attendance during the closure of schools?

    A: Students  are  still  considered  to  be  enrolled  in  the  school  they  are  attending  even though  students  are  not  physically  in  the  school  buildings.  Students  who  took  online courses  from  another  source,  but  did  not  withdraw  from  their  high  school,  are  not considered transfer students."


    Q: Has there been a decision made about fall sports?

    A: Fall sports are scheduled to begin as planned at this point this time. We will continue to monitor any additional information provided by the Governor’s Office, Department of Health or Department of Education as it relates to interscholastic athletics.


    Q: Can out-of-season activities begin on July 1st?

    A: As stated in the press-release of April 9, 2020, while PIAA remains hopeful that summer activities will be able to commence July 1, it is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time. Therefore, any school-related participation in regards to inter-scholastic athletics remains closed until June 30. If the order were to change, further guidance would be provided.

    Q: Can teams attend camps as scheduled?

    A: At this point it is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time. If ultimately permitted, that would be an individual decision or decision of the school for Team Camps.

    Q: Will there be any changes to the rules regarding out-of-season regulations in light of the effects of COVID-19?

    A: No. All current rules regarding out-of-season participation will remain in effect. 


    Q: Will the rule that prohibits all team members of same school participating in a competition within 10 days prior to the start of the sport season be waived?

    A: No. The 10 Day rule will remain in effect. This does not prohibit individual student athletes from training/practicing/conditioning over the summer, nor does it prohibit open gyms. 


    Q: Will be there any changes to the CIPPE Form for the 2020-21 school year?

    A: There are no changes to the CIPPE Form for the 2020-21 school year. The current CIPPE Form located on the PIAA website is up to date.


    Q: If a student was determined to sit out this spring sport season because that student had transferred and triggered the Post Season Transfer rule, will they have to sit out again next spring post-season?

    Transfers will not have to sit out again next spring season. This season will count as their period of ineligibility.


    Q: Can spectators that purchased advance sale basketball tickets for quarterfinal round contests request a refund?

    A: Yes. Individuals should contact the school where the purchase was made. The school will determine the best course of action for issuing the refund.

    Q: Can spectators that purchased championship tickets for basketball championships (finals) request a refund?

    A: Yes. Individuals should contact the GIANT Center ticket office by email at: 


    Q: What is going to happen with the Competition Formula for basketball?

    A: The Competition Formula for basketball will be in effect. PIAA will use results from 2019 Championships in addition to results through the 2020 Quarter-finals Championship games to determine which teams have accumulated six points over the two-year cycle. Additionally, those teams identified will be required to confirm athletic transfers they received based on data they supplied to PIAA.

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  • Winter Championships & Spring Sports Cancelled for the Remainder of the 2019-20 School Year

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 4/10/2020 8:00:00 AM

    In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement on Friday morning that Pennsylvania schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) has cancelled all remaining winter championships and spring sports. While PIAA remains hopeful that summer activities will be able to commence July 1, it is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time. Our spring sport coaches will be connecting with student-athletes to share this information, hear their concerns, and offer support.

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