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The Paradise Valley Unified School District supports extra curricular athletic participation as an important part of the middle school educational experience.
Every student has the opportunity to participate in a healthy, positive and developmentally appropriate athletic program. Regardless of the sport chose, each student athlete receives basic instruction, learns the importance of sportsmanship, is given positive reinforcement, and benefits from inclusion and the rewards of team play.
The goal of our middle school sports program is to develop confident and motivated student athletes who have the opportunity to contribute to their school communities.
These sports programs are open to students for a fee and physicals are not required. Each season, for each sport except track and wrestling, there is a four-week session during which coaches work with athletes on fundamentals, drills, scrimmages, rules and sportsmanship. There are no eliminations during this part of the season. All interested students are encouraged to play — even if they are new to the sport. The Festival sports season culminates in a district-wide Saturday sports festival, held at a local high school.
At the conclusion of the Festival tournament, coaches choose a team of 12 to 15 athletes to represent the school in All-Star sports. All-Star sports lasts 28 days. Every participant practices for four weeks and competes in a Saturday festival. During the four weeks of practice, a separate 7th and 8th grade All-Star team is chosen. The All-Star teams then pay a six-game schedule against the other district middle schools. Each All-star sport receives instruction from high school coaches and players one day a week.
Participation in middle school sports requires submitting permission forms and payment for each activity by the announced deadline.