Team Tryouts

Grades 9-12 | Fall Sports 2022

Fall sports offered are cross country, field hockey, golf, tennis, and volleyball. All tryouts and practices for student-athletes participating in the 2022 fall season begin Monday, August 8.

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 Athletic Director Tim Deines at tdeines@vdoh.org if you have questions or need assistance. Students and parents should review all of the athletics information, especially the Parent’s Guide to Concussion, in the Co-Curricular section of the Student-Parent Handbook.

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 must submit a note to the coach from the physician's/dentist's office confirming the day and time of the visit.
  • Family Emergency – Parents must communicate any emergency 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 offered, 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 is no guarantee 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 a no-cut fall 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.

Cross Country: Cross Country is a no-cut sport. Students will meet in Kenefick Gym on Monday, August 8, from 10 – 11 am. Practice locations may change during the week as the team may do some off campus runs. Please bring running shoes, a water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Head Coach: Amanda Stoll, stollamanda@rsdmo.org

Field Hockey: Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will be held on Condie Field from 8:30 – 10:15 am beginning Monday, August 8. Students should keep their schedules clear from 8:30 -10:15 am and 4 - 6 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 additional uniform costs and travel costs for those who make the varsity team. Head Coach: Kate Graft, kgraft@vdoh.org

Golf - Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will begin at The Quarry at Crystal Springs golf club in Maryland Heights at 9 am on Monday, August 8. Please bring golf equipment, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. There will be a uniform fee, not to exceed $125. Head Coach: Tim LaPlaunt, tlaplaunt@sbcglobal.net

Tennis - Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will be on the tennis courts on the Lower Campus from 3:30 – 5 pm beginning Monday, August 8. Please bring tennis equipment, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. There will be a uniform fee, not to exceed $125. Head Coach: Barbara Fox, lizanchar@gmail.com

Volleyball - Number of teams and cuts will depend on student turnout. Tryouts will be in Kenefick Gymnasium from 5 – 7 pm beginning Monday August 8. Please bring volleyball equipment, water bottle, and appropriate clothing. Head Coach: Jennifer Dolan, dolanjen99@gmail.com

Go Saints!

 

Villa Field Hockey player hanging out near lockers.