Athletics Information

Central Academy of Technology & Arts Athletics

If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director:  Jay Niessner at 704-296-3088 ext. 7158.
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Athletic Eligibility Paperwork:
Mandatory Paperwork for ALL PROSPECTIVE ATHLETES: (UPDATED 7/22/2016)
ALL paperwork besides the physical must be dated after July 1, 2016 for the 2016-17 School Year.
Physicals are good for 365 Days.
Starting January 1st, 2016 any physical will be good for 395 days. 
Any physical given prior to 1/1/2016 is good for 365 per NCHSAA Policy. 

The following Athletic Forms MUST be on file with the school Athletic Department prior to tryouts and participation with any athletic team at any time during the academic year.

1. Physical Form - Complete the first page and the top line on page two and take both pages to your doctor when you go for your physical.  NCHSAA Physical Form - Updated April 2016 
2. The Student Insurance Waiver form is required for PRE-tryout activities. A new insurance waiver must be on file with the athletic office dated after July 1, 2016 for all athletes for the 2016-17 school year. UCPS Insurance Waiver
      If you need accident insurance for your child please visit this insurance website to purchase insurance.
The following forms can be found on the UCPS Home Page.  
To reach these forms please go to the UCPS home page, click on departments, click on athletics, click on athletic forms.
You only need the forms below, not everything on the UCPS Athletic Forms page 
5. 2016-17 NCHSAA Gfeller-Waller Student/Parent Statement English
6. 2016-17 NCHSAA Consent For Participation English


7. 2016-17 UCPS Emergency Info/Medical Release to Treat/ Photo, Video and News Release


8. 2016-17 NCHSAA Sportsmanship Pledge
 If you have any questions about any forms for athletics please contact athletic director - Jay Niessner
 Coach Jay Niessner

Phone: 704-296-3088 ext. 7158


Degrees and Certifications:

BA - Catawba College MA - James Madison University

Coach Jay Niessner

Coach Niessner has served as the CATA Athletic Director since the fall of 2013.  He is also the head men's & women's soccer coach.  Coach Niessner came to CATA in the fall of 2008 and has coached Football, Women's Basketball, Baseball, Men's & Women's Swimming, and Men's & Women's Soccer for the Cougars.  In addition to leading the CATA Athletic Department Coach Niessner teaches social studies at CATA.  

Prior to coming to CATA Coach Niessner spent five years teaching and coaching at St. Michaels Middle/High in St. Michaels, MD.  While at St. Michaels he taught social studies and coached Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball and Softball.