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By Philip Furr, 08/13/19, 9:15PM EDT


Winter sports seasons at HRHS for 2019-20 will be here before you know it. Below are answers to some FAQs before practices can officially begin on 10/30/19. Please check back often as this list will be updated as we move closer towards October 30th. 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 gym space, etc. Please consult the list of winter coaches below and make contact prior to 10/30 if you have questions concerning practice. Tentative tryout schedules for October 30-Nov 1 will be updated as they become available.

Tentative Tryout Times  

Will be published as they become available.


How do I contact my child’s coach?
JV/V Men's Basketball:
JV/V Women's Basketball:
Swimming: (Matt Krieger)
Indoor Track:

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 October 29th. 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 is available at

When are pictures scheduled? 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.

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 the season? If you know you have a vacation coming up during the winter season, that information needs to be shared with your coach well in advance. 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 year? If you have not attended one of our two parent’s meetings already this year, the winter sports parent meeting will be held on Oct. 29th at 6pm in the Auditorium. This meeting (once per school year) is required in order for your child to participate in athletics at the high school. Oct. 29th will be the only mandatory parent concussion meeting for the winter season. If you already know you cannot attend this meeting, 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. For winter sports, eligibility will be checked following exams in January and results of the Fall 19 semester will determine continued eligibility into the remainder of the winter season.

What are admission prices to our games?
Basketball: $7.00
Wrestling: $6.00
Swim: Varies depending on location

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.