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

    Assistant Athletic Director
    Joshua Tawney 

    Assistant Athletic Director
    Dennis Vicidomini

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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.

Latest Athletics News

  • Black Knights v. Penn Manor Football Game Friday, Sept. 25

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 9/24/2020 10:00:00 AM

     The Hempfield community is encouraged to support Black Knights Football on Friday, September 25 against Penn Manor via live stream using this link: . The live stream begins at 7:00 p.m.

    Spectators with pre-issued tickets are invited to the Georgelis Law Firm Stadium and can enter the stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m. Only individuals with tickets will be permitted into the stadium as this will allow our spectators to be socially distant. 

    In addition to the football game, we are also honoring our senior football players, cheerleaders, and student athletic trainers. Furthermore, the Hempfield Marching Knights will be present during the game. 

    All spectators will be required to wear a facial covering at all times unless they are sitting in the stands. Social distancing measures are to be maintained at all times.

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  • Details for the Exeter Township at Hempfield JV Football Game Tonight

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 9/21/2020 6:15:00 AM

    Information for the Exeter Township at Hempfield JV football game tonight, Monday, September, 21.

    • Each Hempfield JV football player is provided 2 tickets to give to family/friends. 
    • Each JV cheerleader is permitted 2 guests. Guests should check-in at the home ticket booth.
    • There will be no Exeter Township spectators in the stadium.
    • Spectators will be permitted to sit socially distanced in the bleachers or stand along the track fence. 
    • The HSD asks that all spectators wear a face covering. 
    • Spectators will be permitted to enter the stadium beginning at 3:30 p.m.
    • Spectators are to enter the stadium at the home ticket booth (near the concession stand). 

    The game  is planned to be live-streamed at

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  • Football Specific Spectator Attendance Policies

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 9/11/2020 12:45:00 PM
    • Our home scrimmage with Lancaster Catholic will be livestreamed on Friday, September 11 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Please visit our website for streaming links.
    • No visiting fans will be permitted in the stadium.
    • Hempfield will compile rosters of visiting teams, coaches and essential staff who will be in attendance for contests in our stadium. Those figures will be combined with our own numbers to give us an accurate count of essential contest attendees.
    • Once an accurate essential personnel count is tabulated, the Director of Athletics will determine the appropriate amount of spectators who can attend the game inside the stadium.
    • HSD parents, families and friends will be given priority for attendance to our home games.
    • Senior football players from HSD will receive two tickets each. Football players of other grade levels will receive one ticket each.
    • Visiting spectators, if permitted, will gain admittance with the remaining ticket allotment, not to exceed the max of 250 people. Face coverings are to be worn when entering the stadium.
    • Attendance to HSD home contests will be FREE OF CHARGE for all spectators who are permitted to attend.
    • The Director of Athletics will distribute tickets to the head coach of each program. The head coach will be responsible for giving the tickets to the student-athletes, who in turn will give to parents, family or friends.
    • HSD will staff the stadium entry points and collect tickets from spectators as they arrive for the contest.
    • HSD will have a system in place to keep track of the amount of people who have entered the facility, thus ensuring we are compliant with the maximum occupancy standards.
    • Once inside the stadium, HSD will monitor the spectators and remind and enforce the social distancing guidelines and face-covering policies.
    • HSD will ensure safety once the contest is over, as fans will be asked to remain clear of the competition surface and exit immediately at the conclusion of the contest.
    • Postgame group photos will not be permitted to be taken inside the facility.
    • Concession stands will not be open for operation.
    • Restrooms will be available to spectators and visiting teams.
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  • Watch the Football Scrimmage Live Tonight, September 11

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 9/11/2020 12:30:00 PM

    Tonight, Friday, September 11, 2020 the junior varsity football scrimmage begins at 4:30 p.m. The varsity scrimmage will immediately follow around 5:30 p.m. Watch live on our Live Events YouTube page here.

    Learn more about HSD live streaming sports here.

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  • Athletic Event Spectator Procedures/Considerations

    Posted by Kimberly Snyder on 9/10/2020 3:45:00 PM

    Dear Hempfield School District students, families, staff, and community:

    Athletics are an integral part of our district’s total educational program, and it has been exciting to watch our students practice and prepare for the start of the fall season using the procedures and protocols outlined in our HSD Athletic Health and Safety Plan.

    In planning for fall athletic events, Lancaster and Lebanon County school districts collaboratively developed procedures that align with both legislative mandates and the guidelines/recommendations from the PIAA and the Lancaster Lebanon League. The information below reflects the current status of the Governor’s order dated September 2, 2020 and is consistent with all athletic venues across our L-L League.

    The following guidelines will be implemented during the Fall 2020 sports season:

    • There is a 25 person limit to all indoor events. Girls Volleyball is the only indoor competition to be held in the fall. Unfortunately, due to the number of participants, coaches, referees, game officials and lines-persons, the 25 person limit is met WITHOUT the ability for spectators to attend. As such, neither home nor visiting spectators will be permitted.
    • Outdoor events are limited to 250 people. With the exception of football, other Fall sports can occur without much interruption. The athletic directors of both teams will ensure that collectively the number of participants, coaches, referees, game officials and spectators does not exceed the 250 person limit. This applies to events held within and outside of the gated fields/stadium.
    • Football, by the very nature of the number of participants (players, coaches, referees, band members, cheerleaders, and game officials) will require limitations on spectators. In order to ensure that the home team families can watch their child participate, visiting spectators will NOT be permitted. The home team will determine the protocol for allowing home spectators to attend the contests (to include parents, staff, photographers, press/media, etc.).
    • Everyone attending the sporting event, including coaches, officials, athletes on the sidelines, staff, and spectators, age 2 and older must wear face coverings (masks or face shields), unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.  However, attendance at any event is subject to appropriate behavior and adherence to our health and safety plans. Anyone who refuses to adhere to our guidelines will be asked to leave. 
    • Lancaster and Lebanon County athletic directors are working to ensure that varsity football and girls volleyball events will be live streamed to the general public.
    • Concession stands will NOT be open.
    • If spectators are permitted, there will be NO charge to enter the event.
    • Hempfield student athletes will receive more specific information from their coaches/advisors. 


    PLEASE NOTE: Other school districts may have additional rules in place. Please be sure you understand the rules at other school district’s events should you choose to be a spectator at an away event, when permitted.

    We encourage our families and community to take advantage of the livestreaming that we will be providing for many of our home athletic contests. More information about livestreaming is available on our website.

    We recognize these are trying times for our student-athletes and their families and that the orders/recommendations can change at any time. We are doing our best to work through the orders and guidance as it is provided while remaining attentive to the needs and concerns of our school community. We also need your assistance to help provide a safe and orderly forum for our student athletes and related staff as we open our campuses for these activities.

    Please contact the Athletic Office at 717-898-5515 with any questions. 


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

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