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Team Tryouts

Grades 9-12 | Fall Sports

Fall sports offered are cross country, field hockey, golf, tennis, and volleyball. All tryouts and practices for student-athletes participating in the 2021 fall season begin Monday, August 9. 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.

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 and number of teams, 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 are no guarantees 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. Cross country is the only fall no-cut sport. 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 of the varsity team.

Student-athletes should keep their schedules open the week of August 9-14 as practice times may need to be adjusted due to coaches’ schedules. When school begins, practices will be held after school.

Cross Country – Cross Country is a no-cut sport. Students will meet the first day from 4:00-6:00 pm Monday, August 9, in Kenefick Gym. Practice locations may change during the week, as the team may do some off campus runs. Students should bring running shoes, a water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Head Coach: Claire Thurman, catthurman95@gmail.com

Field Hockey – Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will be held from 7:00-9:00 am Monday, August 9, on Condie Field. Students should keep their schedules clear from 7:00-9:00 am and 4:00-6:00 pm during this week of tryouts. Please bring field hockey equipment including mouth guard, stick, and goggles, as well as tennis shoes, turf shoes, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. There will be a uniform sock fee of $18 added to the student account. Head Coach: Kate Graft, kgraft@vdoh.org

Golf - Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will be held at The Quarry at Crystal Springs golf club in Maryland Heights at 9:00 am Monday, August 9. Please bring golf equipment, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. There will be a uniform fee, not to exceed $125 added to the student account. Head Coach: Tim LaPlaunt, tlaplaunt@sbcglobal.net

Tennis - Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will be held from 3:30-5:30 pm Monday, August 9, on the tennis courts on the Lower Campus. Please bring tennis equipment, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather.  There will be a uniform fee, not to exceed $125 added to the students account. Head Coach: Alice Hobaugh, amhobaugh@gmail.com

Volleyball - Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm Monday, August 9, in Kenefick Gym. Please bring volleyball equipment, water bottle, and appropriate clothing. Head Coach: Jennifer Dolan, dolanjen99@gmail.com

Villa Field Hockey player hanging out near lockers.