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Grades 9-12 | Spring Sports

Spring sports offered are are lacrosse, soccer, intramural tennis, and track and field. 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. 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. In addition, any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must submit a completed MSHSAA Return to Play form to the school nurse before they are eligible to play. 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 if a “purple” excuse note and/or email from a faculty member is sent/brought to the coach.

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 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. 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, March 1, from 4:30-6:30 pm on Condie Field. Please bring lacrosse stick and goggles, mouth guard, tennis shoes, turf shoes, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Co-Head Coaches: Sydney Tomaso, sydneytomaso@gmail.com  and Sophie Buelow, sbuelo04@gmail.com  

Soccer - Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts begin on Monday, March 1, from 3:30-5:00 pm on Holthaus Field. Please bring 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 and is a no-cut opportunity. Practices begin on Monday, March 8, from 3:30-5 pm on the tennis courts. Students will participate three times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Tuesdays and Fridays will be rain days) and continue until May 7. Attendance is mandatory for PE Credit. Please bring a racquet, a water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather to practice. Tennis Supervisor: Maddy McCabe, mmccabe@vdoh.org

Track and Field – Track and Field is a no-cut sport. Practices begin on Monday, March 1, from 3:30-5:30 pm on Holthaus Track. Students should 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.