What are the benefits of participating in high school athletics?
As a member of an athletic team sport, your child will develop skills in teamwork, discipline, compassion and handling adversity. The lessons learned can then be applied to school, jobs and family life. If your only interest is for your son or daughter to start or play in every game, you may end up being disappointed. Our coaching staff is dedicated to helping your athlete develop to their full potential and encouraging them to feel better about themselves because of their involvement in our programs. We hope you will feel the same way.
My son/daughter is interested in team sports. What do I do next?
If your student is in the 8th grade, be sure to attend our summer informational and clearance program. There, you will receive information on our Summer Sports, Athletic Clearance, and you will be able to speak to our head coaches.
If your student is already attending Antelope Valley High School, you should be sure to contact the head coach of the sport your student is interested in joining to get more information regarding tryouts, Summer Camps, and more. You can visit the website and coaches page to find email addresses for our head coaches.
My athlete wants to be on two different sports teams. Is this possible?
Yes, many of our students are two and even three sport athletes. We encourage multi-sport athletes to pursue their goals and participate on multiple teams.
When do practices begin and end?
The coaches will arrange practice times to meet CIF guidelines and when facilities and coaching staff are available. Make sure to attend parent information meetings for each program or contact the team coach for specific practice dates and times.
What is the time commitment for an athletic team sport?
The student is required to practice before or after school with the team and to attend all scheduled events during the team’s competitive season, including competitions held during the weekend or on a school holiday. The coach will provide practice times and the team’s calendar of events during a pre-season meeting.
Can an athlete participate in club sports in high school?
Participation on outside teams during the school year can jeopardize a student’s high school eligibility and their high school teams’ eligibility. Seasons of sports can vary by CIF Section. You should speak with the Athletic Director to see what your school allows.
Who should I contact if I have a problem regarding my athlete’s playing time?
Generally speaking, coaches do not discuss playing time with parents. All coaches are open to discussing playing time, but we ask that the athlete initiate the conversation at an appropriate time/setting. The Athletic Director, Assistant Principals, Principal and District Personnel will not be involved in issues related to playing time. Playing time is only determined by our coaches, and the best way to address a concern is by having an athlete open the discussion.
If you or your athlete would like some advice on how to approach a coach about playing time, this is an article that we found to be very helpful (It comes from the perspective of baseball, but the advice can be applied to all sports): http://theseason.gc.com/baseball-approaching-baseball-coach-right-way
Who should I contact if I have a problem regarding issues other than playing time?
If you would like to discuss an issue unrelated to an athlete’s playing time, we recommend starting with your athlete’s coach, then working your way up the “Athletic Chain-of-Command”:
Head Coach of Program > Athletic Director overseeing sport > Vice Principal overseeing athletics > Principal
While we realize that some matters may require immediate attention from those in higher positions of authority, contacting school personnel in the order listed above will help us address the issue in a timely manner and keep all relevant parties in the loop. If an issue can be resolved by the Head Coach or Athletic Director, but a parent chooses to start by sending an email to the Principal, it may actually take longer to resolve as the parent waits for the email to be addressed by the proper personnel.
I have an issue/concern that I’d like resolved, but I don’t want to include my information or my athlete’s name. Should I send an anonymous letter/email?
If there is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, then we really need to know who is involved. As a general policy, the Athletic Department will not act on anonymous emails. This policy helps protect our coaches and athletic personnel from unfounded accusations and helps us keep a healthy, open dialogue between our school and community. If a parent has a concern or issue they need to address, we ask that they include their contact information and the names of the individuals involved so that we may take the necessary steps to resolve the situation.
Academic Eligibility Requirements
In order to encourage and promote academic excellence, students in grades 9-12 who participate in extra/cocurricular activities/interscholastic competition shall demonstrate satisfactory minimum progress in meeting the requirements for graduation by undertaking the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the District.
(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)
Any student elected or appointed to a student office, or who represents his/her school in extra/cocurricular activities/interscholastic competition, shall meet all the academic eligibility requirements as follows:
Keep at least a 2.0 average on a 4.0 grading scale for the preceding grading period. Each course in which the student is enrolled will be used in the calculations of the grade point average during the period of attendance. All incoming freshmen shall have first quarter as a probationary period to become eligible or ineligible.
Instruction AR 6145(b)
EXTRA/COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION
Enroll and maintain passing grades in at least four subjects in each grading period of which only one subject may be physical education.
Maintain minimum progress toward meeting the graduation requirements of the District, which is defined as passing a minimum of 20 credits, with a 2.0 average on a 4.0 grading scale, the previous grading period.
The grade point average used to determine eligibility shall be based on grades of the previous grading period.
The District schools will consider the following as report periods:
First Semester/2nd Quarter
Second Semester/4th Quarter
Citizenship Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for participation in extra/cocurricular activities/interscholastic competition, each student shall maintain a positive record of citizenship. Students shall be ineligible for participation if they receive three or more unsatisfactory marks in citizenship during the previous grading period.
The principal will have the authority to remove a student who is representing his/her school from extra/cocurricular activities/interscholastic competition if, in the principal’s judgment, the student’s behavior (prior or present) is of a nature considered not conducive to representing his/her school. A student selected to represent the school/District must meet the school’s and the District’s expectations as a role model for others. In order to be eligible to represent one’s school, a student must:
Maintain a high regard for personal standards of courtesy, decency, clean language, appropriate dress, honesty, and wholesome relations with others.
Display respect for the rights of others, conduct him or herself in a manner which reflects a consideration for the rights and privileges of others, and cooperate with all members of the school community.
*Maintain regular and punctual school attendance.