Thursday, Jul. 24
Fauquier Times Staff
Some middle school sports will be back on the scene this fall in Fauquier County Public Schools following a two-year hiatus during lean budget years.
Interscholastic sports returning to FCPS middle schools will be girls and boys soccer, girls and boys basketball and girls softball. For the first time, boys baseball will be added. Football, girls volleyball and cheerleading will not be returning at this time. Middle schools will continue to offer a variety of clubs and intramural sports that were added over the past two years and that were open to all students.
The sports seasons will be as follows:
· Fall: Girls Soccer and Boys Baseball, mid-August – October
· Winter 1: Girls Basketball, late October – December
· Winter 2: Boys Basketball, January – mid-March
· Spring: Boys Soccer and Girls Softball (with WYSC running girls volleyball), mid-March – May
As with high school sports, middle school student athletes will be required to pay a $60 activity fee along with completing a Virginia High School League physical form, both of which should be handed in to the school’s athletic director. Any student in grades 6-8 who meets the eligibility requirements is able to try out for an athletic team at his or her school. Each school will set their own dates for fall try-outs (beginning no earlier than August 20 and no later than August 25).
Practices, which will last from an hour to an hour and a half, will take place right after school, and the games will be scheduled shortly after the end of the school day. Parents will be responsible for transporting their student-athlete to the games.
Donna Wilbur, new division athletic director for middle school sports, has set up a school athletics page for each middle school which is linked to the school’s home page; each includes important information for both students and parents. The VHSL physical forms, Student/Athlete Code of Conduct and Concussion Forms may all be accessed through this site. Team schedules, cancellations and important announcements will also be posted there.
On the website middle school athletes and their parents may sign up for an app which will allow them to receive up-to-date information via smart phone, including messages from coaches. Game and practice cancellations due to weather will also be available for instant notification through the use of the app and website. Following are the links to the new middle school sports websites:
Dr. David Jeck, division superintendent, sees the return of middle school sports as an additional opportunity that will benefit students physically and academically.
“Any positive opportunity for kids to become more involved with school and with their friends is a good thing. There is no denying that. I am hoping the return of middle school sports is the beginning of more opportunities for our students in terms of the arts, STEM, athletics, you name it,” he said.