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.