Sonoma Valley High School
Overall Athletic Philosophy
Sonoma Valley High School supports and fully adopts the California
Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) under the North Coast Section
(N.C.S.) and the Sonoma County Leagues philosophies and thus, shapes its
statements of philosophy by combining the philosophies of these
programs into its Athletic Mission and Purpose of Statement.
The purpose of Sonoma Valley High School's athletic
program is to promote the education and development of students through
high school athletic participation. Our school is committed to high
standards and the principles of athletics serve as an essential part of
the total educational program offered by Sonoma Valley High School.
Sonoma Valley High School embraces the concepts of the
student athlete and recognizes the importance of the individuality of
each student. The school also recognizes the value of the district and
the conference structure, and the benefits or membership in a national
and local association.
Sonoma Valley High School pursues the following goals for student athletes:
- Accept the responsibility to become an effective, contributing member of society.
- Perform as a positive role model on campus, and in the wider community.
academic responsibilities while progressing to meet the requirements
for graduation, and preparing oneself for life after high school.
- Maintain eligibility for participation in every athletic contest.
Varsity Level Athletic Programs
Varsity competition is the highest level of
competition. Our goal is to be as competitive as possible. The Varsity
teams are a culmination of the Junior Varsity and Freshman programs
moving up through the course of grade levels. Normally, seniors and
juniors make up the majority of rosters. Occasionally, sophomore
student athletes and at times freshman student athletes may be selected
on the team providing that evidence of advanced levels of physical
development, athletic skill and appropriate social and emotional
development is demonstrated.
Squad size at the varsity level is limited. The
number of participants on any given team is a function of those needed
to conduct an effective and meaningful practice and to play
competitively in the contest. It is vital that each team member have a
role and be informed of its individual roles in pursuit of the team's
goals. While contest participation over the course of a season is
desirable, a specified amount of playing time at the varsity level is
never guaranteed. Tryouts are what they are an audition, a platform to
demonstrate the required athletic skills for a position on the team.
Tryouts are seasonal, and student athletes should come to tryouts
prepared for competition, there is no entitlement for returning players
belonging on a team.
The varsity coach is the leader of that sport's
program and determines the system of instruction and strategy for that
program. The communication among the modified, junior varsity and
varsity programs is the responsibility of the varsity coach. Preparing
to win, striving for victory in each contest and working to reach the
group's and individual's maximum potential are worthy goals of a varsity
Junior Varsity (JV)
The junior varsity level is intended for those who
display the potential of continued development into productive varsity
level performers. Although team membership varies according to the
structure of each program, sophomores occupy the majority of roster
positions. In certain situations, juniors who are expected to make
contributions at the varsity level will be considered for junior varsity
participation. Also, freshmen may be included on a junior varsity
At this level, athletes are expected to have visibly
committed themselves to the program, team and continued self
development. To this end, increased emphasis is placed on physical
conditioning, refinement of fundamental skills, elements and strategies
of team play in addition to socio-emotional development. Junior varsity
programs work toward achieving a balance between continued team and
player development and striving for victory. The outcome of the contest
becomes a consideration at this level.
The realization that practice sessions are important
is a premise that is vital to a successful junior varsity team and
player. For all team members, meaningful contest participation will
exist over the course of a season, however, a specified amount of
playing time is never guaranteed. Participants at this level are
preparing themselves for the six-day-a-week commitment that is expected
at the varsity level. While contests and practices are rarely held on
holidays and Sundays, practice sessions are sometimes scheduled during
school vacation periods. With the goal of becoming a varsity athlete
clearly in sight, a high level of dedication and commitment is expected
at the junior varsity level.
This program is available to all students in the
ninth grade. Sport activities offered are determined by the existence
of leagues, student interest, and the relationship to the high school
program. At this level, the focus is on continued learning of various
skills and game rules, an expansion on the fundamentals of team play,
continued social and emotional growth, and an emphasis on healthy
At the freshman level, cutting of students is not our
desire, and the one thing that all coaches dislike about their
positions. However, if the number of students trying out for a team
creates a situation that is difficult to manage and poses a safety
problem or is problematic because of facility considerations, reducing
team size may be necessary. Ultimately, the number of teams and size of
the squad in any sport will be determined by:
- Teams in the Sonoma County League which we participate.
- Suitable indoor or outdoor game and practice facilities.
- A safe environment.
In order for the desired development of the adolescent
athlete and team to occur, practice sessions are vital. The C.I.F. and
N.C.S. of the California High School Athletic Association publishes
regulations by which practice sessions are governed. The freshman
program requires a minimum of a 5-day a week commitment with practices
and/or contests occasionally scheduled for Saturdays. Opportunities for
meaningful contest participation for each team member will exist over
the course of a season.
Bob Midgley, Athletic Director