WELCOME TO CARDINAL ATHLETICS!
Athletic Department Philosophy
The Athletic Department is characterized by strong Catholic, core-values on which the School is founded. BDHS recognizes the importance of athletic activities providing students with important opportunities for a total education. All students are encouraged to participate in one or more of our athletic programs, regardless of their experience or skill level. Approximately 80% of our student body participates in at least one sport throughout their four years at BDHS.
What You Need to do to Participate
First, all student-athletes who wish to participate in athletics need to complete our athletic clearance. To do this, please go to www.athleticclearance.com
, create an account and register your son/daughter. During the registration process, please make sure that you check all sports that your son/daughter will be or is considering participating in. Completing this process includes providing medical information, insurance information, and acknowledging our Athletic Forms and Policies. Completion of the athletic clearance account is required prior to participation in Summer Activities. When it asks for your Student ID number, you can simply put your son/daughter’s graduation year. The new school year (2023-2024) should be activated today, 5/1/2023. Please ensure you select the correct year. Click the following link to view a video that walks you through the athletic clearance process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKivobMSmEE
Included in the athletic clearance process is the requirement to obtain a sports physical and have a sports physical form filled out by an MD or DO. The sports physical is good for one calendar year. This requirement is a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rule for participation and a school requirement. Please make sure that this is taken care of ASAP and the form is uploaded to the Athletic Clearance account. The sports physical form can be found here: https://www.bishopdiego.org/athletics/resources/athletic-clearance
BOTH OF THESE (ATHLETIC CLEARANCE AND SPORTS PHYSICAL)
ARE REQUIRED PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION.
Sports Interest Survey
Please take 1-2 minutes to complete the following Sports Interest Survey for next year.
This will guarantee that the head coach for the sports you select, will get your contact information so they can communicate summer plans and any other pertinent information about their program.
Most of our sports have “spirit packs”, which contain sport specific apparel and gear that will either be required, recommended or just simply offered to be purchased prior to the season. These generally have a two week window where orders can be placed. If the sport that you are interested in playing utilizes a spirit pack, the head coach will send out specific information to you regarding dates and any required or recommended apparel or gear.
Summer Schedule and Dead Period
With our graduation date being Friday, June 2nd, our Summer officially begins on Saturday, June 3rd. The EARLIEST that an incoming student can begin participating in practices or workouts with us is when BOTH their current school AND their new school have finished their current school year. So, if you are an incoming freshman this upcoming fall, both your 8th grade school year and our current school year have to be finished before you can begin to attend practices. That said, the earliest date any new student can begin to attend workouts at Bishop is Saturday, June 3rd.
Each year, CIF requires that each school take a “Dead Period”, which is a period of 14 consecutive days where the school must shut down all athletic activities, including strength and conditioning. Our Dead Period this summer is from Monday, June 26th through Sunday, July 9th.
As for specific sports schedules, you can visit our website to see a schedule for what is already set by our coaches and this will be updated as dates and schedules are finalized. https://www.bishopdiego.org/athletics/inside-athletics/summer-schedules
Those coaches will send out information to all families who have expressed interest in a sport as a part of their application specifically, so if you did not mark a sport on your application, please reach out to the head coach directly (contact information below).
Fall Sports Parent Meeting
Another important date to note is Wednesday, August 16th, when we are scheduled to hold our Sports Parents meeting at 6:30 PM in the main gym immediately following our Welcome BBQ. In this meeting we will go over general expectations for our student-athletes, communication, academic and athletic eligibility requirements, etc. Individual Sports teams will hold their own Parents Meetings to go over specifics for their programs based on their practices schedule and will communicate the details to you all individually by sport.
Fall Sports Coaches Contact Information
Head Cheerleading Coach
Head Cross Country Coach
Head Football Coach
Head Girls Flag Football Coach
Head Girls Golf Coach
Head Girls Tennis Coach
Head Girls Volleyball Coach
Head Boys Water Polo Coach
Hank Peterson – TBD
Winter Sport Coaches Contact Info
Head Cheerleading Coach
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Head Girls Basketball Coach
Head Boys Soccer Coach
Head Girls Soccer Coach
Head Girls Water Polo Coach
Spring Sport Coaches Contact Info
Head Baseball Coach
Head Boys Golf Coach
Head Softball Coach
Head Girls Beach Volleyball Coach
Head Boys Volleyball Coach
Head Swimming Coach
Head Boys Tennis Coach
Head Track & Field Coach
You can also find the list of head coaches, as well as additional information about our athletic department and offerings on our school website at www.bishopdiego.org/athletics
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! GO CARDINALS!
Aaron Skinner (class of 2008)
805-967-1266 ext. 107
Bishop Diego HS