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VUSD Athletics Update 12/8/20

Good evening VUSD high school families,

We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to provide an update to our families regarding high school athletics.

High school athletic contests are not allowed in the purple tier, and right now, all of the counties in the CIF Southern Section are in purple. It is not looking very likely that we will move into the red tier in time for any fall sports to begin playing in mid-December or early January. We are still waiting for guidance from the California Department of Public Health regarding which sports, if any, can play in the red tier. We have been told that guidance will be provided sometime after the new year. We suspect that many sports will need to be in the orange tier before contests can happen. 

The CIF is not changing the dates for the fall sports, except boys' volleyball. The boys' volleyball season will likely be moved to the spring season. All other fall sports still have the same dates set for their season. For example, if we are in the purple tier when girls' volleyball is supposed to start on December 19, 2020, we will not be able to play. If we move to a tier that allows for us to play before the girls' volleyball season is over on February 20, 2021, then we will play as many contests as we can with the time remaining. The CIF has announced that CIF State and Regional playoffs have been canceled for the first (Fall) season. However, CIF Southern Section playoffs may still take place if the virus situation allows. 

We know this news will not be welcome by some. However, we are under the guidance that we must follow by our local and state departments of public health, the state, and CIF. If we move out of Phase 2 and/or are told contests can begin, we will be sure to notify you.

Currently, VUSD remains in Phase 2, allowing teams to work out. except that all indoor sports workouts (volleyball and basketball) have been moved outside. Phase 2 workouts allow for a little larger pod (20 athletes instead of 14), and ball sports are permitted to use a ball between two athletes as long as the ball and the athletes' hands are sanitized between use. Mask requirements, social distancing, no sharing of water bottles, or changing in the locker rooms are still in place as they were in Phase 1.

We also know that many athletes and families are anxious to resume normal practice and play; however, we continue to encourage a focus on the substantial benefits of participating in limited conditioning workouts. We are incredibly grateful to the coaches who can offer these opportunities. Coaches have reported how much the students light up being around each other again; the chance to get outdoors, get some exercise safely, and be away from the computer screen is good for their mental and physical well-being. 

If your child is interested in playing a spring sport, we highly recommend that you reach out to the sport's coach and express your interest. That coach will inform players when tryouts and workouts will occur.

We thank you for your patience and encourage everyone to get out and safely exercise in your neighborhoods and at home. We look forward to the day when the stands are full, and the crowds are cheering. Until then, we will continue to get as many of our student-athletes out to practice as possible in this incredibly unusual year.


David Hess                                 Shaun Strople                        Jamaal Brown

Athletic Director                    Athletic Director                  Athletic Director

Ventura High                            Buena High                              Foothill Technology High

September 11, 2020 UPDATE:

Our “Fall” sports coaches (Cross Country, Boys & Girls Water Polo, Boys & Girls Volleyball) have been given clearance from the District to begin pre-season Phase One conditioning activities as early as Sept. 22 if all necessary training has been completed. We encourage you to review the announcement and accompanying guidelines for what is and is not permitted in Phase One.

Coach and student safety is our top priority, and the coaches are being asked in Phase One to assume many new responsibilities re: health screening, sanitizing, planning, and implementing these unique workouts. Phase One pre-season workouts are strictly voluntary for both coaches and students; team tryouts will not occur during Phase One and students who are not able to participate at this time will not be negatively impacted.

The 2020-21 “Fall” season will not officially begin and tryouts will not be held any earlier than November 2; for your reference, the 2020-21 CIF “Fall” season calendar is available here.

We are working with our coaches this week to determine timelines for each sport, facilities access, and procedures, as well as complete required training, and appreciate your patience as the coaches work through these planning and preparation steps.

Once a timeline and facilities are confirmed for each sport, communication will be sent out next week and posted on each team’s webpage and calendar. Each student will be required to complete athletic clearance and participate in a team meeting with the head coach before they would be allowed to participate.

Thank you again for your patience; we appreciate your support of our coaches as they figure out how to navigate this new challenge! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Athletic Director Jamaal Brown or Principal Gibbs.

  • ATHLETIC CLEARANCE:  Prior to trying out for or practicing with a team, students must submit Athletic Clearance documentation, which includes a sports physical clearance dated within the past 12 months. Begin the online clearance process at and use the instructions found here. If you are unable to complete clearance online, please contact the school office for a packet at 289-0023 x1016.
  • SPORTS PHYSICALS: As part of the athletic clearance process, students must submit a Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Clearance, signed by a medical provider and dated within the past 12 months. If your physical will “expire” during the season of sport, you will need a new physical before that season begins. Sports physicals are valid for one year, therefore we highly recommend scheduling sports physicals annually in May/June, so you will be cleared for the summer and entire schoolyear.

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  • Questions? Please check our team webpages for more details or contact the FTHS Athletics Department.

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