Fall Season Upper School Athletics

Hello Firebird Athletes,
August is almost here, and the first day of school is on the horizon. This letter is intended to provide you with specifics about preseason schedules and tryouts for fall season upper school sports. (To read my June 13 introductory letter and sport-specific letters for all upper school sports, please go to the“Athletics at PRS” page under the “School Information Hub” in Power School Learning or the "Information For New Families" page on the Pacific Ridge website.)
Please read the following, important information
  • Health Forms: By now you should have begun filling out forms in the Magnus Health portal (checkups, health forms, and electronic signatures for athletic items such as handbook, concussions, CIF ethics, etc.). All student-athletes must complete all forms on Magnus before they are allowed to begin practicing or playing.
  • Sports Clearance Cards: All student-athletes will be required to pick up a “Sports Clearance Card” from the athletic office once their Magnus file is complete. Athletes need to hand their “Sports Clearance Card” to their coach on the first day of tryouts in order to participate.  Fall student-athletes can pick up their card starting on July 30 between 8:00am and 11:00am from Ms. Wiedemeier in the athletic office. Ms. Wiedemeier will be glad to answer your questions as needed. Her email is jwiedemeier@pacificridge.org.
  • Upper School PE and IPE (Independent Physical Education) for freshmen and sophomores will begin on the first day of school. When freshmen and sophomores receive their schedules, they will have a designated PE period (6th, 7th, or 8th period). All freshman and sophomores must report to the gym for their first class meeting even if they plan on taking IPE or are participating on an athletic team. Please note that student-athletes participating on Upper School teams receive PE credit and a free period during their designated PE period. Specific directions about IPE are below. 
  • For Upper School student-athletes participating in fall sports, season start dates are coming up fast – please read specifics below.  If you have any questions about or challenges with the schedules, please contact your coach directly (see email addresses below).
I hope this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact me with any questions atdcollins@pacificridge.org. 
Thank you and go Firebirds!
Don Collins
Interim Director of Athletics
Fall Sports and Independent PE Information
Coed Cross Country
The season start date is Monday, August 13, at PRS at 8:00am. In the first week, practices will be held Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 9:30am. When school starts, practices will take place after school from 3:15pm – 5:00pm. For a more complete schedule and/or responses to questions, please contact Coach Jim McNevin jmcnevin@pacificridge.org.
Girls Volleyball
The season start date is Monday, August 6, 9:00am at PRS. Tryouts will be held Monday the 6th through Wednesday the 8th from 9:00am - 11:00am. After the Wednesday tryout, practice times and commitments will vary depending on the level of play (Varsity, JV, or Novice). For a more complete schedule and/or responses to questions, please contact Coach Aaron Simmons asimmons@pacificridge.org.
Girls Tennis
The season start date is Tuesday, August 14, 3:00pm at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club in Encinitas. In the first week, tryouts will be held Tuesday August 14 through Friday, August 16, 3:00pm - 5:00pm. For a more complete schedule and/or responses to questions, please contact Coach Jennifer Dawson at jendawson123@gmail.com. 
Coed Water Polo
The season start date is Monday, August 13, at the Alga Norte Pool in Carlsbad at 1:00pm. The practice schedule for the first week will be Monday through Friday however the pool times and locations are still being worked out. Practices during the season will be after school at Alga Norte and Army & Navy Academy Pool. If you have prior commitments in the afternoons, please contact Coach DeHaven to see if things can work this season. For a more complete schedule and/or responses to questions, please contact Coach Christine DeHaven at cdehaven@pacificridge.org.
Boys Club Ice Hockey (PRHC) – The Varsity and JV teams start August 6th through the 9th with the annual Pre-Season camp.  The following week will begin off-ice baseline testing and conditioning program in preparation for on-ice practices which start the week of August 20. Varsity and JV practices will take place after school from 3:30 - 5:30p, Monday through Friday, with either off-ice training or on-ice practices. Pre-Season games will take place in September going up to the season opener October 5th with our Homecoming game.  For a more complete schedule and/or responses to questions, please contact Coach Juan Trevino at jtrevino@pacificridge.org.
Boys Club Beach Volleyball
Tryouts are Tuesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 30 from 3:30pm - 5:30pm, location TBD. The first week of JV and Varsity practices will begin on Tuesday, September 4 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Practices will be on Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm - 5:45pm, location TBD. The complete match schedule is still being finalized by the league. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Steve Stella at sstella@pacificridge.org.
Independent Physical Education (IPE)
Student-athletes interested in IPE need to complete the IPE application and turn it in to Coach Neptune. The application will be available on the “Athletics at PRS” page under the “School Information Hub” in Power School Learning on August 13 and completed applications may be turned into the Athletic office between 8:00am and 4:0Fa0pm Monday through Friday, or may be scanned and emailed to Coach Neptune at lneptune@pacificridge.org. Completed applications will be accepted starting the week of August 20.