Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) provides its middle school student athletes with multiple opportunities to compete throughout the school year.

    In 2022-23, we changed the order of our seasons so that we could align with our neighboring districts to offer more athletic opportunities for our students. Not only do we have the opportunity for post-season regional championships, but we now are opening up in season tournaments hosted by high schools throughout all three districts (Dysart, Peoria and DVUSD).

    We also needed to make a change to the order of our seasons due to the fact that we were experiencing a shortage of game officials in previous years when the sports seasons coincided with the high school seasons. By making this change, we had one of our best years in regard to official coverage!

    Both the high school athletic directors and the district athletic directors believe that the current seasonal format is best for the long term development of our athletic programs.

    The continuation of our current season schedule will allow us to continue and grow our partnership with the Peoria and Dysart Districts, as well as allow us to continue to build our connections between the middle schools and high schools within our own district. As our middle schools compete outside of the high school seasons, this will allow for high school coaches and assistant coaches to become more involved with our middle school programs.

    As we continue to move forward in partnership with our high schools and neighboring districts, our goal is to provide as many athletic opportunities for our students within DVUSD. We look forward to a great 2023-24 school year!

    Fall Season:

    ·   Baseball

    ·   Softball

    Winter Season:

    ·   Cross Country

    ·   Boys Volleyball

    ·   Girls Volleyball

    Spring Season:

    ·   Boys Basketball

    ·   Girls Basketball

    ·   Track (ran through BCHS)

    ·   Spiritline

    Sunset Ridge School will be participating in Deer Valley’s 7-8 athletic conference.  In this conference, Deer Valley has adopted the code of conduct, “Pursuing Victory With Honor.”   Deer Valley athletic programs are committed to providing an enjoyable experience in a safe environment where students pursue “Victory With Honor” through the “Six Pillars of Character:” Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship
    There is a process and specific requirements in order to try out for any school sport. All students must have a sports physical exam and all forms completed prior to trying out for any team. Physical Exams are good for one year from the time of completion. Please see the "Register My Athlete" tab to get started.

    Closed Tryouts/Practices

    It is Sunset Ridge’s desire to create a safe and unbiased atmosphere during tryouts and practices.  Therefore, it is our policy that all tryouts and practices are closed to everyone; excluding student athletes, coaches and SSR staff.  This helps decrease any additional liability in the gym during these activities.
    In accordance with the State of Arizona’s regulations and Deer Valley’s Governing Board Policy, only those students deemed academically eligible may participate in extra or co-curricular activities. Athletic Eligibility will be determined every week starting the first Monday after the week of tryouts.  If a student-athlete is failing a class (Minimum of 1 D or F), the student-athlete will be put on an ineligible list for one week. During this ineligible period the student-athlete will still be considered on the team, allowed to practice, but not allowed to participate in games or travel with the team to away contests. If the student-athlete has a combination of three occurrences during a season (Pending or Ineligible), then they will be dismissed from the team. This will be considered the three strike rule.

    Grade checks will be run every Thursday afternoon and the pending/ineligible time period will be Monday- Saturday. Grades are considered for all classes with no exceptions, and it is not looked at on a class to class basis. In the case of a teacher error, then that situation will be dealt with on an individual basis.

    Students who are suspended from school may not participate in any team practices/games from the time of their suspension until the day following their last day of suspension.  Students and parents should be aware that if the student is medically excused from participating in regular physical education classes, they could be ineligible for participation in school athletic programs as stated on the medical excuse from the parent or doctor.

    Students participating in extracurricular events must be in attendance at school on the day of the events. Students who are excused for a part of the day, not to exceed one-half day, for dental appoints and/or medical appointments may be allowed to participate.
    Tryout Weeks (Subject to change):
    Baseball: August 21st @ 4:00 pm
    Softball:  No team this year 
    Boys Volleyball: Week of November 6th
    Girls Volleyball: Week of November 6th
    Cross Country: No Tryouts. 
    Boys Basketball: Week of February 20th
    Girls Basketball: Week of February 20th
    Spirit Line/Cheer: Week of February 13th
    Track and Field: Ran through BCHS, info available in Spring