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Team Tryouts

Grades 9-12 | Spring Sports 2022

Spring sports offered include Lacrosse, Soccer, Intramural Tennis, and Track and Field. Tryouts and practices for student-athletes participating in Lacrosse and Track and Field for the 2022 spring season begin Monday, February 28. Soccer tryouts and practices begin Tuesday, March 1. And, Intramural Tennis practices begin Monday, March 7.

Every student trying out must have all medical documentation completed in Magnus Health. A current physical is required to play. Most physicals are valid for two years from the date of the examination unless the physician states that it is only valid for one year. Incoming ninth graders must have a physical issued after January of the current year. To guarantee that the physical meets the MSHSAA requirements for student-athletes, please use either the MSHSAA Physical Evaluation form or the VDOH physical form found on Magnus Health. Please email Sandy Conway, school nurse, at sconway@vdoh.org with questions regarding medical information. Students and parents should review all of the athletics information, especially the Parent’s Guide to Concussion, in the Co-Curricular section of the Student-Parent Handbook.

School attendance is mandatory for student-athletes.

  • Students must be present at school by the end of the first period or they will not be eligible to play or practice that day. Individual circumstances will be handled by the Athletic Director and Dean of Students.
  • Students participating in sports must be enrolled and pass a minimum 7/8 classes.

Excused absences include:

  • Illness – An extended illness will require a doctor’s note.
  • Physician/Dental Appointments – Students need to bring a note to the coach from the office confirming the day and time of the visit.
  • Family Emergency – Parents must communicate any emergencies with coach/Athletic Director.
  • College Visits – Students are allowed one (1) excused college visit during a season.
  • School-sponsored Activities – Show Choir, Retreats, and other school-sponsored requirements.
  • Academics – Academic excuses are allowed with confirmation/communication from a faculty member to the coach/Athletic Director.

Individual circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the coach, Athletic Director, and Principal. Athletes will be allowed two (2) unexcused absences during a season.

Selection of Teams:
Villa Duchesne wishes to provide a safe and positive experience for each of our students who wishes to participate in athletics. We encourage students to participate in sports, especially ninth graders. The number of students participating effects how many teams we can field. Depending on the amount of participation from the student body, size limitations may be imposed in some sports. When this occurs, coaches will evaluate students based on attitude, work ethic, skill, fitness, and the needs of the program to select the participants of a team. There is no guarantee that a student will make a team even if she made a team the previous year or that the student will move to the next level the following year. Intramural Tennis and Track and Field are no-cut spring sports. It is mandatory that all students trying out for a team are present the FIRST DAY so that we achieve the mandatory 14 days of practices required by MSHSAA prior to start of the season contests and everyone participates in the try-out process.

If you have any questions regarding a sport, please contact the head coach.

Lacrosse: Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts begin on Monday, February 28, from 4:30–6:30 pm on Condie Field. Please bring lacrosse equipment, mouth guard, stick, goggles, tennis shoes, turf shoes, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Head Coach: Briana Vorkink, Briana.arnold23@gmail.com

Soccer: Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts begin on Tuesday, March 1, from 3:30–5:30 pm on Holthaus Field. Please bring soccer equipment, shin guards, cleats, tennis shoes, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Head Coach: Tim Twellman, twellmansoccer@gmail.com

Intramural Tennis: Intramural tennis is a recreational offering for this spring. This is a no-cut opportunity. Practices will begin Monday, March 7, from 3:30–5 pm on the tennis courts and continue through May 6. Students will participate three times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Tuesday and Friday are rain days). Attendance is mandatory for PE Credit. Please bring a racquet, a water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather to practice. Head Coach: Maddy McCabe, mmcabe@vdoh.org

Track and Field: Track and Field is a no-cut sport. Practices begin Monday, February 28, from 3:30–5:30 pm on Holthaus Track. Please bring running shoes, a water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Head Coach: Tim Deines,  tdeines@vdoh.org

Villa Field Hockey player hanging out near lockers.