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By Philip Furr, 05/21/19, 6:30AM EDT


Fall sports seasons at HRHS for 2019 are approaching. Below are answers to some FAQs before practices can officially begin on 8/1/19. Please check back often as this list will be updated as we move closer towards August 1st. For answers to other questions, please email Athletic Director Phil Furr at


What time does practice for my sport begin?  Practice times vary from team to team due to space, heat, etc. Please consult the list of fall coaches below and make contact prior to 8/1 if you have questions concerning practice. Tentative tryout schedules for August 1-3 will be updated as they become available.

  •      Tentative Tryout Times  
  • JV/V Volleyball: 8/1 (Two Sessions) Main Gym, 8:30-10:30 a.m. AND 6-8pm; 8/2, 8:30-10:30am
  • Women's Golf:  8/1, 12:00, Rocky River GC Range; 8/1, 2:00, Rocky River GC 9-hole; 8/2, 12:00, Rocky River GC Range.
  • JV/V Football: 8/1-3, 8-11:30am
  • JV/V Men's Soccer: 8/1-3, 7:00-9:00am
  • JV/V Cheer: 8/1 (Two sessions) 8:30-11:00, 12:30-3; 8/2 9-11am
  • Cross-Country: 8/1-3, 7-8:30am Track
  • Women's Tennis: 8/1, 6:30-8pm; 8/2-3, 8:30-10am


How do I contact my child’s coach?
JV/V Football:
JV/V Volleyball:
JV/V Men’s Soccer:
V Cheerleading:
JV Cheerleading:
Women’s Golf:
Women’s Tennis: (Ashley Smith)
Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country: (Jenny Schmidt)

Why do I need a “yellow card” to tryout or practice?  To avoid lost paperwork and confusion, your child will need a yellow card (also known as a “ticket to practice”) before they are allowed to participate. This system is managed by our Athletic Training staff and ensures all proper paperwork has been completed before your child joins a team. It also allows our coaches to coach and not be bogged down in paperwork. For yellow card questions, please email or . The final day to GUARANTEE your child has a yellow card for the first practice is July 31st. Those waiting until August 1st will be UNABLE to receive a yellow card that day due to our training staff being involved in on-going practices. Any card not picked up by 7/31 will still be available  but will be contingent on the work/practice schedule of our training staff. Please contact our training staff for info or further questions.

What paperwork is required to receive a yellow card? A current physical and all required online participation forms must be completed. The online registration link will be available at

Why are fall sports pictures scheduled so early in the season? To ensure our photo deadlines are met for our media guides and banners, our picture date is Monday, August 5th. This allows for the fall media guide to be printed and delivered before our first varsity football game on August 23rd. Hickory Ridge Athletics is proud to offer Blair Phillips Photography as our individual and team photo provider. Photo ordering information will be posted to as soon as it is available. Tentative time schedule for pictures on 8/5:

JV/V Volleyball 7:00
Cross-Country 8:30
Women's Golf 915
V Soccer 9:30
JV Soccer 10:00
V Cheer 10:30
JV Cheer 11:00
JV Football 1:00
V Football 2:00

Women's Tennis 3:30

How do I order a Senior banner for my student-athlete? Senior Banners are sold through the HRHS Athletic Boosters Club. For information, please contact or download the order form by clicking HERE

What if we’ve already planned a vacation during August? If you know you have a vacation coming up during August, that information needs to be shared with your coach well in advance. In certain circumstances, especially football, players must have a minimum number of practice days completed in order to participate. Again, please refer to the list above and contact your coach NOW to avoid any misunderstandings during the season.

What if a parent DID NOT attend a mandatory parent’s concussion meeting at HRHS this summer? If you do not attend one of our two parent’s meetings prior to 8/1/19, your child will be ineligible. Those meetings are scheduled for 6/4/19 and 7/29/19, both at 6pm in the Auditorium. If you are in this situation, please email to make individual arrangements to satisfy this requirement.

Why do I have to attend an individual team meeting if I attended the concussion meeting? The NCHSAA requires each coach to hold a preseason meeting with all parents. Your attendance is required. At this meeting, team specific information will be addressed. These will be scheduled by the coach and each team’s meeting time and date will vary. The mandatory concussion meeting is separate and required by the North Carolina General Assembly as part of their Gfeller-Waller legislation.

When is our first game? Game schedules will be available on . You should also follow us on Twitter @hrhsbulls or Instagram at @hrhsbulls_athletics and like our Facebook page Hickory Ridge Bulls Athletics for the latest changes, cancellations, etc.

What if my child did not pass enough classes or missed too many days to participate? Eligibility for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders is based on the Spring 19 semester. Academically, a student must pass 3-of-4 classes to be eligible. For attendance, a student in Cabarrus County must not have missed more than 13 days of school the previous semester. Eligibility in those two areas will be determined once tryouts begin. A student who tries out for a team may later find out they are ineligible once grades and attendance are certified. To avoid this situation, if you feel your child may be in danger of either threshold, please contact immediately. Rising 9th graders are automatically eligible for the Fall 2019 semester.

What are admission prices to our games?
V Football: $7.00
JV Football: $6.00
V/JV Soccer: $6.00
Volleyball: $6.00

What are “team shops?”  In an effort to provide our parents, players and fans an opportunity to purchase higher-end, brand name Bulls merchandise (Adidas) at below-retail costs, we partner with BrandRPM to offer online options to make those purchases. Your coach will have this information available if your team is offering a team shop this season. Team Shops allow us to offer items which would otherwise not be cost-effective for our Athletic Boosters Club to keep on stock in our Spirit Barn. Your purchases through team shops allow our athletic program to buy our uniforms at discounted prices, keeping our Ragin’ Bulls looking good on the fields, courts,mats, pools, tracks and courses.