• Return to Play

    January 12, 2021

    Hello DVUSD High School Sports Families,

    You may already know that our sports governing body, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), has reversed their decision from last week and winter sports will now be played in AIA sanctioned contests starting next week. The AIA has imposed some mitigation requirements so that the games can be played including:

    • All students, coaches and officials will be required to wear a face covering for the entirety of a game/contest.
    • Each school will complete the AIA COVID-19 Athlete/Coach Monitoring Form the day of all games/contests and provide a copy to the opposing school prior to the contest.
    • Up to two parents or legal guardians may attend their student-athlete's home games as allowed by the school and county guidelines.
    • Any school that violates any of the mandatory modifications, including the COVID-19 Return to Play Form, will lose access to AIA officiating.

    Our district rules require anyone attending a game to socially distance and to wear a mask.  We are looking forward to seeing our basketball, wrestling, and soccer teams in action.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding,

    Scott Warner
    Director of School Operations and Athletics


    January 8, 2021

    Members of the DVUSD High School Sports Community,

    Many of you may have already learned that our state high school sports governing body, Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), has cancelled winter sports for the 2021 season. The cancellation impacts hundreds of athletes in our district and is especially difficult news for our seniors. At DVUSD, we have always worked to put students first and the safety of our students and staff remains paramount especially in this time of a pandemic.

    We believe our students are safest at school and believe our students-athletes are safest in our gyms and on our fields. Accordingly, district athletic leadership has met and begun the plan to provide competitive opportunities, conducted in a safe manner, for our student-athletes who compete in winter sports. At this time, winter sports are able to continue practicing. We will provide another update by next Wednesday evening, January 13, 2021.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding,

    Scott Warner

    Director of School Operation and Athletics


    December 18, 2020

    Today, the AIA Executive Board voted to postpone the start of winter sports competition--which had been slated to start on January 4th--to January 18th.  This decision does not affect practices and the two weeks of contests scheduled between January 4th and January 17th will be added to the end of the schedule.  The start of spring sports has been delayed until March 1st. 


    November 20, 2020


    The AIA Executive Board has determined winter sports competition will begin on January 5, 2021 and has determined that districts may begin practice immediately. As a result, DVUSD winter sports are eligible to begin regular practice activities beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020. Please adhere to the following guidelines:


    • No organized team activities during the Thanksgiving break--11.21.20 to 11.29.20.
    • Coaches must continue to keep a roster of each day’s attendance should contact tracing be necessary.
    • Coaches will wear face masks at all times. Student-athletes must wear a face mask when not engaged in strenuous activity. This includes coming to and leaving the activity. Coaches should actively monitor the athletes as they arrive and leave the activity.*
    • Excellent hygiene, including frequent handwashing, should be practiced by all parties.
    • No spectators are allowed at practices.*
    • No games or scrimmages.*
    • If a student-athlete plays in a club game or match in any sport, they are ineligible to participate in practices or games for 14 days from the date of the club activity. This rule also applies to wrestlers who wrestle unaffiliated.*   
    • Student-athletes placed in isolation or quarantine by the district may not be penalized for their absence from practice or tryouts.
    • You can find periodic updates on our Return to Play website.




    *AIA mandate

    We took extra precaution with our mitigation efforts prior to the fall season of sports and were rewarded with nearly a full season of competition for our teams. With everyone’s help, we are confident that our winter and spring sports will yield the same positive results. 


    Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

    Scott Warner

    Director of School Operations and Athletics



    November 5, 2020

    Dear Members of the Deer Valley Unified School Community:

    Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has released the most recent school public health benchmark metrics related to Covid-19. Unfortunately, Maricopa County finds itself in the “substantial” (or red) in the positive cases per 100,000. Our high school sports governing body, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), uses these benchmark metrics to determine whether we can start high school sports practice and competition. Our winter season of sport, which includes basketball, soccer and wrestling, was set to begin this coming Monday. AIA informed us today that the beginning of the winter sports season is going to be delayed indefinitely until the metrics move out of the red and back to yellow and green.

    We do not yet know when formal tryouts and practices will begin for winter sports, but ww will update our community each week on Thursday or Friday after the County releases the newest set of benchmark metric numbers. District athletic leadership is working to identify the most appropriate Return to Play plan for our student athletes in winter sports. This plan will likely permit voluntary conditioning and light workouts for our winter sports athletes beginning next Thursday on November 12, 2020. Coaches will communicate that plan to their individual teams early next week. The AIA has further determined that fall sports, since they are already in progress, will be allowed to continue with competition. If you have a fall sport athlete, please help them adhere to the Maricopa County guidelines regarding mitigation of the disease. As little as one positive case on a team can derail the regular season, playoffs, and championships for the rest of the team.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the athletic director at your high school. Thank you for your help and understanding as we navigate this new landscape for high school sports. You can monitor any future developments on this matter at www.dvusd.org/returntoplay

    Kind Regards,

    Scott Warner
    Director of School Operations and Athletics