Park View High School Cancels Varsity Football Season

For the first time in its 42-year history, Park View High School will not have a varsity football team this year.

School administration announced earlier today that too few players tried out to field a full team. Park View had 18 varsity-level players report for the opening of practice this month, half of whom had never played football, according to a statement from the school system’s Public Information Office. The Virginia High School League recommends that schools not try to field a varsity football team with fewer than 25 players.

For the 2018 football season, Park View will not have a varsity squad and will only field a junior varsity squad.

“Given the highly competitive nature of Park View’s schedule, it was decided by school and school division officials that playing at the varsity level this season would have exposed players to a heightened and unacceptable risk of injury,” the statement read.

School system coaches and athletic directors are working on an alternate schedule for this season for this fall and likely the 2019 season that reflects Park View’s level of competitiveness.

VHSL has agreed to allow Park View’s returning juniors and seniors to join the roster at neighboring Dominion High School, but they will have to transfer to that school as students. VHSL is waiving its typical rule that does not allow newly transferred students to play a varsity sport for a full year. Transportation will be provided for players playing on other teams.

3 thoughts on “Park View High School Cancels Varsity Football Season

  • 2018-08-09 at 5:30 pm

    This is beyond sad. This is a school that had a winning football program for over 30 years, but has been losing for about the past 5-6 years. The AD must go. He arrived at the school in 2010 and all of the sports programs have hit rock bottom (outside of boys soccer, which won a state title in 2016). Football, basketball and baseball are all horrid. Most of Park View’s good athletes transfer to other schools. The AD, while a very nice guy, does not have enough of a competitive mindset to succeed in Loudoun County. He came from a school out of state that did not have a football program and has not provided coaches with the tools they need to succeed. The schools sports website is not updated nearly enough (just compare it to other schools sports websites in Loudoun County). To only have 18 kids tryout at a school with an enrollment over 1200 us pathetic. Time to start over.

  • 2018-08-10 at 7:43 am

    It is sad and I think we should start a move to support the students. Did you know that these kids and parents had from late evening on Wednesday the 8th, to today at 1:00 PM to make the call on playing at Dominion? Did you know that they can’t play football at Dominion and then return to Park View to graduate with their peers and play other sports? The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday at 5:00, with no reason for the meeting given. They did professionally and sympathetically deliver the news but with very limited options. They, especially the seniors, should be able to play the canceled sport at Dominion and return to their friends with other Park View sport eligibility in tact. I will be calling this in as soon as the office opens today.

    • 2018-08-10 at 10:44 am

      Very good point “Support Park View Students”. I didn’t mean to omit the kids. I feel very bad for the 18 kids that tried out and wanted to play. That has to be tough for the seniors who likely will not be playing organized football again to have to choose to play at Dominion, knowing they can’t come back after the season is over. Any senior that wanted to play this year after the historically bad season they had last year is to be commended. That speaks to another of my points. Tuscarora played in the state championship game last year for 5a. Two of their best five players came from Park View. I can’t blame any kid for staying or leaving. It’s a touch choice.

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