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Fall Sports Post Season Survey

Participation in athletics can positively enrich a student’s educational experience at Denver South. This often translates to higher academic and personal success for these students. All athletic competitions sanctioned by South are governed by the rules set forth by the Colorado High School Activities Association and the DPS Athletic Board of Control. In addition to CHSAA regulations, South may implement standards beyond what is required by CHSAA. Student athletes must abide by the rules set forth by the Denver Prep League and listed on the electronic DPS Athletic Consent Forms completed during online registration via FamilyID.

Please find the link below to our post season survey for the Fall 2020 Sports Season.  This survey will provide you the opportunity to give us feedback on our work from this past season.  The data that we collect from this survey, will help us to reflect on our strategies/practices, and may inform some of our goals for the offseason.  We appreciate your time in providing us with this feedback.

Saludos Athletas del Otono, padres/guardians de atletas y todos los fanaticos de los Vikings,

Por favor, encontrar el enlace a la encuesta de postemorada para la temporada del  2020.  Esta encuesta le proporcionara la oportunidad de dar su opinion sobre el trabajo de la temporada pasada.  Los datos que obtenemos de esta encuesta, ayuda a informar a algunos de nuestros objectivos para la temporada del otono 2018.  Por favor, complete esta encuesta para el viernes 06 de noviembre.  Apreciamos su tiempo al darnos retroalimentacion.

Fall Sports Postseason Survey 2020

Eligibility for all Athletics

Putting the student – in student athlete

Eligibility requirements for Athletic Teams, Band, Orchestra, Speech Competition, Vocal Music, Student Senate, and Cheerleading are set by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) which governs all school activities for the state. To meet eligibility requirements:

  1. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of 25 credits each semester. This includes both the semester of play as well as the previous semester to gain eligibility. (This cannot include teacher assistant, study hall, or independent study.) Students who drop a class may be in jeopardy of falling below the required 5-credit minimum. Students withdrawing from a class with a failing grade will carry an F for each weekly grade check for the entire semester.
  2. Students who withdraw carry an F for the remainder of the semester. Any time a student becomes enrolled in less than 25 credits, the student will become academically ineligible.
  3. Students who fail two classes the previous semester are ineligible for competition until the CHSAA mandated re-certification date for their sport.

Students who receive less than a 2.0 GPA from the previous semester will be allowed to participate, but must obtain at least a 2.0 in the mandated re-certification data.

  1. Students transferring schools without a bona fide family move are subject to restrictions set forth by CHSAA.
  2. Student’s grades will be certified weekly. Students who receive more than one failing grade during the certification period will be ineligible for the following week.
  3. All 9th graders are eligible at the start of the school year.
  4. Each week teachers will submit a cumulative grade to date in order to establish an athlete’s weekly eligibility.

In addition, coaches, counselors, and the Athletic Director will provide information about athletic requirements. Participation in activities such as student government, clubs, volunteer and community organizations, fine arts, and athletics is the final factor. Of importance is not how many activities you have joined, but rather how fully you participated and carried out your responsibilities.

Getting Involved in South Athletics

Reach out to a Coach, come out to a game!!

Per CHSAA Bylaws, incoming 9th graders can start participating with High School Athletic teams on May 1st. A lot of our athletic programs offer off-season and preseason opportunities, stay involved with Social Media & ask Coaches to get involved!

  • Denver Public Schools Futures Football Program was developed along with the Broncos to promote the sport of football throughout DPS. “The level of competition has increased significantly. We now have expectations of seeing our teams in the State Tournament and have even had one of our teams, Denver South, reach the Finals of the State Championship. We have had well over 3 dozen student/athletes from our Broncos Futures Program accept athletic scholarships to attend college. DPS Athletics is an extremely proud district that began their league in 1903. We dedicate our resources to the betterment of our student/athletes and encourage all of the them to help us build for the FUTURE.”
  • Denver Public Schools Futures Volleyball is a league developed for 5th – 8th grade students interested in developing their skills and having fun. Tryouts are hosted at Denver South High School in May and we will put teams together to compete against other DPS schools throughout the month. This is a great time to get know coaches, and other players of your potential high school. We look forward to working with you!
  • Attend the Denver South Athletics Night each December – geared towards interested Middle School students and their families! Come learn about South Athletics, talk to Coaches, and meet current South athletes. This event is typically tied to a Home Basketball with free admission so that you have the opportunity to see Denver South Athletics in Action!
  • Reach out to a Coach, come to a game, check social media! 
Lettering & Awards Guidelines

Celebrating our students athletes

A candidate for lettering in any sport must meet the following requirements:

  1. Meet all requirements set forth by the Denver Public Schools Athletic League.
  2. Meet the individual requirements of the sport
  3. Complete the season in good standing.
  4. Have the recommendation of the coach and the principal.

Forfeitures and byes are not to count toward winning an award.

The principal and coach of the school concerned may award a 4-year meritorious service letter to a senior who has never lettered.

Letter Jacket ordering can be found below.

Baseball – Boys

Requirements for baseball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in baseball – a player must participate in half of the team’s innings. A pitcher must appear in 35% of the games.

Basketball – Boys/Girls

Requirements for basketball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in basketball – 20 quarters.

Cross Country – Boys/Girls

Requirements for cross country lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D Awards. In addition the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in cross country – competing in 5 varsity meets or placing 1st in any varsity, dual or triangular meet, or placing in the top 10 in the city meet.

Football – Boys

Requirements for football lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in football – represent the school in 10 quarters of varsity contests.

Golf – Boys/Girls

Requirements for golf lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in golf – representing the school in 2 league matches and winning 2, playing in 4 matches, or playing in 2 matches as a member of the championship team.

Gymnastics – Girls

Requirements for gymnastics lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in gymnastics – enter 75% of all scheduled meets. Place in the top 4 of 50% of all scheduled meets, or earn team points in 50% of all meets, or place in the top 6 places of the district meet.

Lacrosse – Boys/Girls

Requirements for lacrosse lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in lacrosse – participate in 5 halves.

Soccer – Boys/Girls

Requirements for soccer lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in soccer – 10 halves.

Softball – Girls

Requirements for softball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in softball – a player must take part in 27 innings. The pitcher must take part in 15 innings.

Swimming – Boys/Girls

Requirements for swimming lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in swimming:

  • A swimmer must earn 30 points in dual meet competition or place in the top 3 of the city varsity swimming meet or qualify for the state meet. *Note: Points scored in relays are divided equally among the 4 relay members.
  • A diver must earn 24 diving points or place in the top 3 places of the city swimming meet or qualify for the state meet.
Tennis – Boys/Girls

Requirements for tennis lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in tennis – representing the school in 4 league matches and winning 2 or playing in 6 matches.

Track – Boys/Girls

Requirements for track lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in track:

  • Average 3 points for each league meet held during the season.
    Note: In the DPSAL Relays, only members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd relay teams for each event will score points or fractions of points for a letter award. *Scoring a point or fraction of a point in an individual event, or being a member of a placing relay team in the Denver Public Schools district meet, state meet or any meet that includes 10 or more schools.
Volleyball – Girls

Requirements for volleyball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in volleyball – a girl must participate in 50% of all scheduled varsity league games.

Wrestling – Boys/Girls

Requirements for wrestling lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards.  In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in wrestling – wrestling in 1 league match and earning 6 points, wrestling in 2 league matches and earning 6 points, wrestling in 4 matches, or earning a fraction of a point in the city or state tournament.

Fees and Requirements

Pay to Play Fees & Doctor Physical

Students must pay the athletic participation fee per season, per sport before being cleared to participate by the official start date. During pre-season, registration is not required. Students and their families will pay athletic Pay to Play fees online during their registration, which typically opens 3 weeks prior to the official start date.

All student athletes must complete online registration and obtain a physician’s clearance for participation in sports. These 3 items (online registration, payment, physical) must be completed by the student and his or her parents/guardians and returned to the Athletic Office before the student can participate in practice or competition. Physicals are valid for 365 days and are not accepted electronically or via email.

Problems Registering? View Frequent Q&A.

Families can obtain a physical through their family doctor, wellness centers such as Walgreens, or a Denver Health School-Based Center: School Based Clinics Denver South Clinic: 720-423-6260. You can print this Physical Form or turn in the paperwork that is provided by your Doctor.

If families do not have access to the internet or need assistance in navigating the system they are welcome to stop by the athletics office at South for help or call the FamilyID Help Line at 1-781-205-2800.

Please visit the Athletics Contact Page, and the Athletics Calendar Page to connect with a Coach and support our Athletes at Home & Away competition!

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Athletic Registration

In order to be cleared to participate, all student athletes MUST:

  1. Complete online registration & online payment – per sport, per season
    • Returning students: Login to existing account, update registration & pay fees online
    • First Time students: Create a new profile online, complete the registration & pay fees online
  2. Provide a hard copy of a current physical to Athletics Office every 365 days, or upload into FamilyID system; Email or mobile copies are not accepted.
  3. Have a “PlanetHS – ArbiterAthlete” account for CHSAA eligibility – completed once during freshman year, or for any first time Athletes visit the website http://www.planeths.com and choose Denver South.

**If you are a transfer student from another high school, and will now attend Denver South, you must contact and meet with the Athletic Director Adam_Kelsey@dpsk12.org for further guidelines and paperwork.
**If you are a student who attends another high school (other than Denver South) but will be participating in one of the sports offered here, please complete this form: SWAP

Online Registration opens 3 weeks before the season, do not wait until the start date to register & get cleared. 

Athletic Contacts

Admission to Games

DPS schools collect game admission generally for inside sports, and those held at All-City Stadium (basketball, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, wrestling, track)

Admission Prices*

*Subject to change per DPS policies. Post-season game and tournament admission prices may be different.
*Parents can purchase an Annual DPS Individual Adult Athletic Ticket for $60 in room 128 that will grant them admission to all League Contests throughout a school year. This can be paid via MySchool Bucks or with cash/check in person.

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