Fall Sports Banquet
The DHS athletic program will be
hosting a mandatory
parent/athlete meeting for all
students interested in playing a
fall sport (bowling,
cross-country, football, golf,
swimming and volleyball). This
meeting will take place at the
DHS auditorium off of Hill Ave
on the evening of Tuesday, May
21 starting at 7:00pm.
The 1st half of the meeting will
give details concerning FHSAA &
VCS athletic policies,
eligibility and paperwork
requirements. During the 2nd
half of the meeting, athletes
and parents will break away with
their particular sport to meet
with the coach in other areas of
the campus. The coaches will
explain when/where practices
will take place, hand out
tentative game schedules, go
over team expectations and
rules, talk about equipment
needs for practices, etc.
Free Sports Physicals
In addition, a number of our
health care providers in the
area have partnered together to
offer free physicals to all of
our student athletes on Tuesday,
May 28th. Physicals will take
place here at DHS in the new gym
between 4:30 – 7:00pm. Athletes
MUST have all sections of Parts
I&II of the FHSAA
Evaluation Form (EL2 – Revision
03/10) completed and signed
BEFORE the doctors will perform
a physical. Forms can be
obtained in DHS Athletics
located in the main office or on
the Deland High School athletic
website under forms. Please call
if you have any questions.
The athletic staff/coaches look
forward to meeting you for the
Fall Sports Meeting on Tuesday,
May 21st and/or the Free
Physicals the following week on
Tuesday, May 28th!
DeLand High School Boys’ Tennis Team was
runner-up at 5 Star Conference last
week. Senior Warren Taylor was runner-up
at #1 singles and #1 doubles, Senior
Chris Cannizzaro was runner-up at #3
singles and #2 doubles. Senior Jayson
LaFortune was runner-up at #4 singles
and #2 doubles. Junior Jacob Lightfoot
was runner-up at #1 doubles. The
Bulldogs came in 2nd behind Spruce
Congratulations Carianne Wright who was
recently recognized by the Deland City
Council for excellence in both her golf
career and academics here at DHS. She
will be attending the University of
South Alabama on a golf scholarship next
We believe that our
program of interscholastic athletics is
a vital component of the total
educational structure of DeLand High
School. While we strive to
make our teams as competitive as
possible, our primary objective is to
help our student-athletes acquire
important skills that will assist them
toward becoming successful in their
adult lives. Through positive
reinforcement and intentional teaching
we will show our athletes how to succeed
with humility and persevere through
setbacks in a productive manner.
Our coaches strive to be
positive role models who display
in-depth knowledge of their sport, an
ability to teach, strong leadership,
ethical behavior, and interest in the
holistic development of their athletes.
Success in athletics should transpire as
an outgrowth of ethical coaching and
Desired outcomes for
participants in our athletic programs
should include the following values and
set & achieve goals
deal with adversity
athletic program is an integral part
of the high school experience.
most important result of competition
is the development of life-long
communication and mutual respect
among coaches, parents, and athletes
provide the foundation of a
successful athletic program.
positive parent support and
involvement enhance student growth
and program quality.
school athletics should be fun and
well-designed athletic programs
promote community and school pride.
morale, satisfaction, and
performance are enhanced when
athletes work together as a team.
winning is an attitude resulting
from optimum preparation,
concentrated effort, and a deep
commitment to excel.
DeLand High School should always be proud of the behavior and
sportsmanship displayed by its players,
coaches, and supporters. We value
healthy rivalry, encourage spirited and
fair play, and appreciate positive
support offered by our spectators.
DHS players, coaches, and fans represent
themselves, their team, and their school
with pride and dignity. We treat
visiting teams and officials as guests
extending to them every courtesy.
We are humble in victory and gracious in
Over the past 13 years, our Bulldog teams
have won 68 Conference Championships, 51
District Championships, 22 Regional
Championships, and 6 State Championships.
Additionally, over 150 student athletes have
received college athletic scholarships
valued at more than $6 million.
have 15 sports, 30 teams (24 varsity), 50
plus coaches, and over 800 student athletes!*
*85% of our participants are "scholar
athletes" with 3.0 GPA's or greater!*
Florida High School Athletic Association
(FHSAA), states in 11.2.1, that
"A student must have a cumulative high
school grade point average of 2.0 or above
on a 4.0 unweighted scale, or its equivalent,
in all courses taken that are required by
s.1003.43(1), Florida Statutes, at the conclusion
of each semester to be eligible during the
following semester. A student whose cumulative
high school grade point average is below
a 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale, or its
equivalent, in all courses taken that are
required by s. 1003.43(1), Florida Statutes,
at the conclusion of a semester shall not
be eligible during the following semester".
minimum 2.0 grade point average is established
in Florida Statutes and cannot be waived
by this Association.
Volusia County Policy
313 - Athletics and Activities Pass to Play
for interscholastic extracurricular activities
is established in Volusia County School
Board Policy 13. Prior to July 1, 1999,
that policy only contained the eligibility
requirements set out in state law and FHSAA
rules and regulations. However as of July
1, 1999, a new additional requirement went
with the 1999-2000 school year, in order
to be eligible for participation in interscholastic
extracurricular activities, students must
receive a passing grade for each core course
required for graduation taken after July
1, 1999. For the purpose of this policy,
the term "core course" shall include
courses taken in all areas of math, science,
social studies, and language arts. This
requirement shall be applied at the end
of each grading period.
"pass to play" requirement is
in addition to the 2.0 GPA requirement that
is mandated by FHSAA, state law, and school
Both parenting and coaching are extremely
difficult vocations. By establishing an
understanding of each position, we are better
able to accept the actions of the other
and provide greater benefit to children.
As parents, when your children become involved
in the school's athletic program, you have
a right to understand what expectations
are placed on your child. This begins with
clear communication from the coach of your
you should expect from your child's coach
1. Philosophy of the coach.
2. Expectations the coach has for your child
as well as all the players on the squad.
3. Locations and times of all practices
4. Team requirements, i.e., fund raising,
special equipment, off-season conditioning.
5. Procedure should your child be injured
6. Discipline that results in the denial
of your child's participation.
coaches expect from parents
1. Communicate directly to the coach.
2. Notification of any schedule conflicts
well in advance.
3. Specific concern in regard to a coach's
philosophy and/or expectations.
your children become involved in the programs
at your high school they will experience
some of the most rewarding moments of their
lives. It is important to understand that
there also may be times when things do not
go the way you or your child wishes. At
these times discussion with the coach is
concerns to discuss with coaches
1. The development of your child, mentally
2. Ways to help your child improve.
3. Concerns about your child's behavior.
is very difficult to accept your child's
not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches
are professionals. They make judgment decisions
based on what they believe to be best for
all students involved. As you have seen
from the list above, certain things can
be and should be discussed with your child's
coach. Other things, such as those that
follow these, must be left to the discretion
of the coach.
not appropriate to discuss with coaches
1. Playing time
2. Team Strategy
3. Play calling
4. Other student athletes
are situations that may require a conference
between the coach and the parent. These
are to be encouraged. it is important that
both parties involved have a clear understanding
of the others position. When these conferences
are necessary, the following procedure should
be followed to help promote a resolution
to the issue of concern.
you have a concern to discuss with a coach,
this is the procedure you should follow:
1. Call to set up an appointment with the
2. If the coach cannot be reached, call
the athletic director. He will set up the
meeting for you.
3. Please do not attempt to confront a coach
before or after a contest or practice. These
can be emotional times for both the parent
and the coach. Meetings of this nature do
not promote resolution.
surveys indicate the majority of high school
students involved in extra-curricular activities
are able to successfully maintain high grade
point averages (GPAs).
of the character traits required to be a
participant are exactly those that will
promote a successful life after high school.
is our goal in the Bulldog athletic program
to provide each student athlete the very
best opportunity to have a positive experience.
Understanding the value of being a student
first will enhance that opportunity while
building a solid foundation characteristic
of quality athletes.