Panthers News · Winter Sports Registration Information


The online registration window for Winter 2019-2020 sports at Paint Branch will open on Monday, October 7th! Winter sports are scheduled to begin for most sports on Friday, November 15th. Below is information on registration and Winter sports tryouts that parents and students need to know.

Here is a memo from MCPS on the online registration process: MCPS Winter 2019-2020 Online Registration Memo.

How do I register for Winter 2019-2020 sports?

PARENTS may register students through the MyMCPS Parent Portal. The registration window will open on October 7th. Registration should be done online by November 13th to ensure that it is processed in time for the student to be able to participate in tryouts on the first day. (Registration will remain open after November 13th, but waiting until after that date may delay your student’s ability to tryout).

What if the parent needs login information or to add a student to the parent account?

Parents may email Paint Branch Athletic Director, Heather Podosek for login information. Parents may also contact the Main Office (301-388-9900) for login information.

Will the student need a Physical Clearance Form (Physical)?

Yes, students need an up to date physical to participate in athletics. If a student already has a physical on file at the school, it is good for one calendar year. Otherwise, the student will need an updated physical, completed by a physician. Parents can download the Physical Clearance Form. There are four ways to submit the Physical Clearance Form: by scanning it and uploading it during the online registration process, by scanning it and emailing it to Paint Branch Athletic Director, Heather Podosek, by handing in a paper copy to the Main Office at Blake (Attn: Athletic Director Jared Fribush – no later than November 13th) or by handing in a paper copy to the coach on the first day of tryouts.

Should I register online even if I am waiting on completing my physical?

Yes! You can complete the online registration prior to having a physical completed. However, if you have already registered your student online, you will not have access to your registration to upload a physical after the registration is completed. This is not a problem – you can simply utilize one of the other methods of submitting a physical: by scanning it and emailing it to Paint Branch Athletic Director, Heather Podosek, by handing in a paper copy to the Main Office at Blake (Attn: Athletic Director Heather Podosek – no later than November 13th) or by handing in a paper copy to the coach on the first day of tryouts.

What if I completed the online registration process during the Fall season or last year?

If a parent registered a student online for the Fall season or last year, the parent must complete the registration process again for the Winter 2019-2020 season. The good news is that most of the information entered in the previous registration will have saved and will be pre-populated, which will make the process easier in the current season.

Does MCPS have more detailed directions for how to use the MyMCPS portal and register online?

Yes! More detailed directions can be found here.

Where can I find information about tryouts at Paint Branch?

Information about tryouts can be found on the Tryouts page of the Paint Branch website. For most Winter sports, tryouts will begin on November 15th. More sport-specific information, such as tryout times and schedules and coach contact information can be found on this page. Information will be updated as it gets closer to the tryout date.

What if my student is not available on the scheduled tryout date(s)?

We encourage all students who intend to tryout for a sport to be present on the scheduled tryout dates. However, we also recognize that there may be some unavoidable conflicts. If this is the case, please contact the coach of the sport in advance to communicate the conflict and see if there is an alternative way of trying out after November 15th (tryouts may not begin before November 15th). Coach contact information can be found on our Tryouts page.

Where can I find game/contest schedules posted for the Winter 2019-2020 school year?

Game/contest schedules will be posted on our website and CountySportszone. On our website, go to the menu at the top of the page and select Winter and the sport.

What if I have additional questions?

If you are having trouble either with the MyMCPS Parent Portal or the online registration process, please contact Blake Athletic Director Heather Podosek. If you have a sport-specific question, please contact the coach. Coach contact information can be found on our Tryouts page