Middle School Athletics Info for Athletes and Parents

Male Middle School Wrestler Poses In Front Of Mat

For Athletes

Athletes, here are some suggestions of areas you can work on to improve physically and academically.

Resolving Situations

Practice conditions, playing time, injuries, concerns and comments need to be addressed the day it happens with your coach. It is your responsibility to talk to your coach first, not your parents' responsibility. If the situation has not been resolved, ask the athletic director at your school to help you talk to the coach. Only after these two resources have been exhausted, then invite your parents into the discussion with your coach.


It is your responsibility to inform them of an injury the day that it happens. A VSIT form might need to be filled out for injuries that require help outside the school.

Your Health and Safety

Your coaches have taken a CPR and BASIC 1st Aide course. We also have CPR/1st Aide help available at Festivals and most ALL STAR games.

For Parents

Check with your individual school for the paperwork that they would like your to turn in for each sport.
They typically include: All schools provide a FREE late bus for rides home after practices. 

Guardians need to take their student to and from the Festival tournament that is held at Shadow Mountain High School and Shea Middle School.

It is the responsibility of guardians to pick up athletes from their home school after All Star games. Please be prompt to save our coaches from having to not have the chance to have their own time in the evenings.

Hydration Policy

We recognize that our desert environment necessitates specific attention to our climate and its impact on the physical well being of our students. 

  • All athletes participating in all sports will be taught the importance of maintaining body fluids as a matter of life and death. Instruction and reinforcement will be the responsibility of the coach
  • Athletes participating in heavy workouts during warm weather practice will be given water breaks every twenty minutes. Additional water shall be given to any athlete who requests water. Coaches will be responsible for monitoring all athletes to make certain each one is replenishing bodily fluids. Water will be provided for all athletes. 
  • Athletes participating in all sports will be given water breaks sufficient to maintain regular replacement of bodily fluids with the same attention being given to monitoring the water intake.
  • In all sports, care should be taken to properly condition athletes before they engage in strenuous activity. Students coming to the Paradise Valley Unified School District schools from colder climates must be counseled and conditioned to warm weather activity.
  • When the temperature is greater that 100 degrees and the temperature and 
  • humidity added together equal 150 degrees or higher, practice is to be modified.
  • Please look online and check the weather before each scheduled practice and game.

Heat Illness Guidelines

Heat-related problems occur when there is excessive water loss without adequate replacement or when the body is so hot the sweating mechanism can no longer maintain the normal body temperature. Heat Illnesses are preventable:

  • Adequate hydration
  • Forced fluid intake
  • Light-weight clothing
  • Acclimation

There are three categories of heat illness to which athletes are subject:

GREEN Heat Cramps: Cramping of a muscle due to dehydration

Physical Signs

  • Painful cramps in the arms and legs (calves usually)
  • No change in level of consciousness


  • Calm athlete
  • Stretch affected limb
  • Replace water loss with plain water
  • Observe athlete for 5 minutes after symptoms clear and return to activity if ok

YELLOW Heat Exhaustion: Shock-like condition caused by excessive water loss from sweating

Physical Signs

  • Pale, cool, clammy skin
  • Normal body temperature
  • Sweating still
  • Athlete awake, but dizzy and weak
  • Skin cool to the touch
  • No signs of head injury


  • Provide shade
  • Cool athlete with cool damp cloths
  • Loosen or remove clothing
  • Replace water loss with plain water
  • If severe vomiting or diarrhea occur, consider calling 911

RED Heat Stroke: Life-threatening condition caused by body’s instability to cool adequately.

Physical Signs

  • Talk to the athlete: Is he/she conscious, disoriented to person, place or time?
  • Confusion or irritability?
  • Unconsciousness
  • Unsteady gait
  • Increased body temperature: flushed, hot, dry skin
  • No signs of head injury
  • Change in level of consciousness


  • Call 911
  • Decrease body temperature rapidly: shade, fan, cool cloths: neck, armpits, & groin
  • Watch for shock or cardiopulmonary arrest