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Upper School Fall Sports Practice Schedules Announced
Upper School Fall Sports Practice Schedules Announced


Dear Parents and Students,

In April, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) voted to move the start of the preseason practice for the 2018-19 school year from Aug. 13 to Aug. 6.

CHSAA made this decision to align Colorado high school sports schedules with uniform scheduling systems managed by the National Federation of High School Associations and to increase opportunities for Colorado high schools to participate in interstate competition.

This change impacts five of our seven fall sports: boys' tennis, cross-country, field hockey, boys' soccer and volleyball. Boys' golf is unaffected as Aug. 6 was always the start date for that sport. While football moved to Aug. 6 in January concurrent with a CHSAA decision on that sport, football coaches will be flexible with any students or families who have a schedule conflict with the Aug. 6 date.

We realize the timing of CHSAA's decision may impact some families' scheduled summer plans. With that in mind, we adapted the manner in which we will address CHSAA's decision at KDS so we can better support our community:

  • During the week of Aug. 6-11, sports activities for boys' tennis, cross-country, field hockey, boys' soccer and volleyball will be optional, sports-specific skills work and conditioning.
    Incoming ninth-graders are welcome to participate in these sessions, but they are not expected to attend.
  • No student enrolled in boys' tennis, cross-country, field hockey, boys' soccer and volleyball will be penalized in any way for not attending skills work and conditioning Aug. 6-11.
    As mentioned earlier, football coaches will be flexible should football student-athletes have a schedule conflict.
  • Regular preseason practice for boys' tennis, cross-country, field hockey, boys' soccer and volleyball will begin Aug. 13, as previously announced.

Again, we realize CHSAA's decision was made late in the school year. We, as head coaches, hope the approach we're taking will mitigate inconvenience for our families. Please contact Athletic Director Scott Yates if you have questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Scott Yates and the fall coaching staff


(This is a reprint of a letter sent to Kent Denver parents and students on May 1.)





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