A note from our Middle School Athletic Directors
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 postseason regional championships, but we are now 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 had been 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 with regards to official coverage!
Both the high school athletic directors and the middle school district athletic directors believe that the current seasonal format is the best for the long term development of our athletic program.
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!
Desert Sky AthleticsExtra-curricular Sports
Fall Sports: (August-October)
- Boys Baseball
- Girls Softball
Winter Sports: (November-January)
- Boys Volleyball
- Girls Volleyball
- Cross Country
Spring Sports (February-May)
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- Track and Field
No Cut Sports: Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field
Desert Sky Athletics
In order to participate in an after school athletic program, all students must be cleared to participate through the athletic office. The first step is to register at http://registermyathlete.com . All students must be cleared by the Friday prior to try-outs and the first day of non-non cut sports.. An athlete will not be cleared until all information is completed. Parents and students should check the site a week before the sport starts to make sure that student is marked as "ready for try-outs" or "completed"Please check out our Parent Information presentation below.
Athletic FeeTo pay this athletic fee, click here.ATHLETIC FEES FOR 2023-2024
In 2016-2017 the Deer Valley Unified School District faced another year of reduced funding by the State Legislature. As a result, and in an effort to balance the district’s budget, the DVUSD Governing Board had approved an athletic fee for the 2016-2017 school year. This fee will continue to be applied towards the 2022-2023 school year. The approved fee is in compliance with legislation passed in 1995, A.R.S. 15-342.24, enabling schools to assess reasonable fees for optional extra-curricular activities and programs. The purpose of the athletic fee is to provide revenue to maintain and operate athletic programs, which exceeds $2,000,000 per year, for 7th-8th grade and high school students. These fees collected will help defray the expenses of operating the DVUSD athletic programs.
2023-2024 Approved Athletic Fees
7th/8th grade athlete
$60 per sport ($120 maximum per athlete)
9th-12th grade athlete
$100 per sport ($200 maximum per athlete)
$300 maximum per family/household*
* A family or family household is defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes as “a householder and one or more other people related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption.”
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 in which competition is an integral part of the organization. Students must be passing all subjects to be eligible. Study sessions will be available for students needing assistance.
Grading Policy and Eligibility
Grade checks will occur once a week on a day selected by each individual school. All students must maintain a 2, 3, 4 or D and above in each of their classes.
First grade check, a student has 1, 0, or F in any classes they are now in a pending status. The student may participate in practices and games. The student will be removed from Pending Status as soon as the Athletic Coordinator has been notified that the grade has improved.
Second grade check a student has a 1, 0, or F in any classes they are now ineligible status. The student may attend practices,the student may not attend away games, but may attend home games, but will not
participate. The ineligible status ends once the classroom teacher emails the athletic coordinator that grade has improved. If a student improves a grade and is removed from pending or ineligible status but
has a 1, 0, or F at a later grade check they will go back to pending status.
The third time a student athlete is deemed ineligible in any class during the season they will be removed from the team per the district's 3 strike rule. There are no refunds for fees or uniforms.
I have read and understand the grading policy.
The teacher and the coach may limit participation in a sport due to disruptive behavior and attitude.
If a student receives a detention, in‑school suspension, or out‑of‑school suspension, the student may not participate in or attend any extracurricular activities including practices, games, competitions, dances, etc. Parents may not change scheduled detentions due to conflicts with extra-curricular activities.Note: An absence of more than 1/2 of the school day will make students ineligible to participate in sports or other activities that day only. Students who go home ill may not return to school to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Concussion CourseAIA Concussion Online Course: In compliance with ARS §15-341 (24) (SB 1521) all student athletes shall complete the Brainbook online concussion education course. This course is to be taken one time by a student athlete.
This course was originally set up for high school athletes, but the Deer Valley Unified School District has asked all middle school students to take the course as well. (when the student takes the course they will need to register as a 9th grader. You should also choose the high school that is nearest to you).
Once this course is completed, the student will not need to take the course again in high school.
Student need to print out the certificate given at the end of the course and turn it in with their athletic clearance packet.
It is also important that the student remember their username and password, so they can return to the site if needed.
Students may access the course at http://aiaacademy.org/brainbook.
2023-2024 MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC EVENT PRICES
All DVUSD Students (with school I.D.)...........Free
Athletic Pass (10 Punches)............$30