Trojan Thursday – Signing Day Edition: 11.19.20

Congratulations,
Committed Uni Athletes!

This week, Uni Athletics is thrilled to recognize and celebrate five Trojans who signed national letters of intent on National Signing Day!

These student-athletes took time to reflect on their success and share their thoughts about next year. Please visit our Featured Trojans page to read their full responses.

November 11 was the first day that senior athletes in all sports other than football could officially sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play their sport at a college or university during the 2021-2022 school year.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional fall in-person signing event has been postponed until the spring as a safety precaution. We sincerely hope to honor these athletes and recognize their achievements at that time.

Stewart Campbell

Water polo, UC Irvine

I am most excited for the independence that comes with going to college but I am also happy that I will still be close to home and the beach. Also I am excited to be playing Division 1 water polo against the top competition in the country.

–Campbell

Evan Chien

Golf, UCLA

I’m most looking forward to the student life and having memorable experiences with my golf team. I’m also looking forward to discovering more about myself and improving my golf game. 

–Chien

Collette Lowengrub

Cross country & track, UC Riverside

I’m so so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and running career at UC Riverside!! Huge thanks to my family, friends, teammates, and coaches who have all helped me get to this point. Go highlanders!!

— Lowengrub (via instagram announcement)

Marta Meinardi

Triathlon, Univ. of Denver

I am really looking forward to a small but competitive team atmosphere. NCAA triathlon teams are usually limited to less than 15 athletes so it will be a tight-knit group of girls with a fantastic coach as well. The University of Denver also has great academic opportunities so I am excited to pursue a degree in Biological sciences as well. 

— Meinardi

Mya Wang

Lacrosse, Cal

I am looking forward to experiencing Berkeley’s top-notch facilities for both academics and athletics. Berkeley offers numerous resources for student-athletes to guide them towards success, such as Cameron Institute.

–Wang

Sports News You Can Use

CIF SOUTHERN SECTION UPDATE – NOVEMBER 16, 2020

[…] in today’s COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) disclosed that the release of updated youth sports guidance has been postponed. Therefore, the current guidance remains in effect, and CIF competitions are not allowed until new guidance is provided.

IUSD ATHLETICS UPDATE — NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Because of the increase in cases in the county, state, and country, we are going to have to take a step backwards with both shared equipment and indoor practices.  Moving forward, all athletics should practice outdoors and all equipment should be individualized with cleaning between use.

What it means Uni Athletics:

  • The release of CIF Guidelines for high school and youth sports has been postponed.
  • At this time, physical conditioning and skill training (athletic practices) have not been shut down by the state or the district.
  • CIF competitions are still not allowed
  • Athletic activity must be conducted outdoors.
  • No shared equipment.

Upcoming Tryouts

BOYS & GIRLS WATER POLO TRYOUTS
**POSTPONED**

BOYS SOCCER TRYOUTS
Tuesday, December 1 & Thursday, December 3
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS
Wednesday, December 2 & Friday, December 4
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

BOYS & GIRLS TENNIS TRYOUTS
Week after Winter Break (Jan. 4-8)
Exact Days & Times TBA
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Kessler @ johnkessler@iusd.org


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Fall sports begin in December, so fill out our ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask & remember to maintain social distance (one person/family unit in the office at a time).


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Trojan Thursday 11.12.20

Congratulations,
October Athletes of the Month!

Jane Lee, Tennis

Junior Jane Lee has been part of Uni’s powerhouse girls tennis program that includes Pacific Coast League Titles, Invitational Championships, and CIF-SS playoff finalists. Her team captain, Emily Markus praises her committment to her sport and says she is “funny, smart, and one of hte nicest people you’ll ever meet. She’s been receiving praise from her teammates and coaches alike for her singles victories on the court since she was a freshman. This week, ASB recognized her as well!

Jane is the perfect example of “student/athlete”.  She has managed to strike that delicate balance between a rigorous academic course load while becoming a top ranked junior tennis player.  She is a hard working student taking the toughest classes here at Uni high.  She is also our #1 female tennis player.  On the court, Jane is tenacious and driven to succeed.  She is a great role model for our younger players because she works hard for every point and every game.  She has been named to the “All Orange County” girls tennis team as a freshmen and as a sophomore. 

Coach John Kessler

Dylan Muniz, Cross Country & Track

As a freshman Dylan realized he loved competing and making new friends. As a Junior he placed in the top twenty at the Pacific Coast League Finals to close out last year’s cross country season. Now as a senior, Dylan promises to be a top Uni runner to watch!

Dylan is looking to be our top distance runner this season for both Cross Country and Track. At the end of his sophomore year the lights started to come on and he became more focused and dedicated to his sport. During his junior year he was challenging his top senior teammates but with the Track season cut short we never really saw what he had to give. As a senior that is well respected by his teammates, Coach Mosey and I are looking forward to watching his success.

Coach Davies and Coach Mosey

Upcoming Athletic Events

GIRLS LACROSSE CAMP
November 16 – November 19 (M, T, W, Th)
3:30-5:30pm @ Softball Fields
Cost: $100

BOYS & GIRLS WATER POLO TRYOUTS
Week of Nov. 30
Exact Days & Times TBA

BOYS SOCCER TRYOUTS
Tuesday, December 1 & Thursday, December 3
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS
Wednesday, December 2 & Friday, December 4
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

BOYS & GIRLS TENNIS TRYOUTS
Week after Winter Break (Jan. 4-8)
Exact Days & Times TBA
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Kessler @ johnkessler@iusd.org


In Sports News

CIF-SS commissioner: Recent news, data for COVID-19 raises concern about return of HS sports

Wigod disappointed by lack of progress in fighting COVID-19 as season approaches

By STEVE FRYER | sfryer@scng.com | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 9, 2020 at 6:52 p.m. | UPDATED: November 10, 2020 at 7:22 a.m.

Wigod said that if schedule changes have to be made to any sports because of coronavirus, those changes would be restricted to the reduction or elimination of nonleague contests.

“If adjustments have to be made,” he said, “they would be made more on the front end of the season and not so much on the back end (when league games and playoffs are held).”

OC Register’s Steve Fryer citing CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod

It’s not the news CIF Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod wants to hear right now.

The rate of positive coronavirus tests has increased in California in recent weeks. Cal and Utah had to cancel college football games last week because COVID-19 hit their programs, and Stanford played its season opener without its starting quarterback because of coronavirus-related protocols.

High school football games in Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas, states where they are currently able to play, have been canceled or postponed because COVID-19 showed up among teams.

“It’s certainly been difficult, especially these last few weeks,” Wigod said Monday, Nov. 9, of trying to stay optimistic as the CIF and Southern Section move closer to the scheduled start of the high school sports year.

During Monday’s interview, Wigod commented on a Los Angeles Times story about a West Covina baseball travel ball team that had a reported 10 coronavirus cases after returning from a tournament in Arizona.

In July, the CIF State office announced that the high school sports year that usually begins in August would not start until December. The first high school football games in the CIF’s Southern Section that includes Orange County and much of Southern California will be Jan. 7-9.

Other sports will start earlier. Boys volleyball will begin on Dec. 12, girls volleyball on Dec. 19 and boys and girls water polo on Dec. 21 and 28, respectively. Boys and girls cross country will begin Dec. 26.

Read the full article at OCRegister.com >>>


Don’t Miss Next Week’s Feature: National Signing Day

A celebration of Uni Athletes who signed to compete at the collegiate level and where they’re headed!


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Fall sports begin in December, so fill out our ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask & remember to maintain social distance (one person/family unit in the office at a time).


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Trojan Thursday 11.5.20

Support Uni Boys Volleyball

Order Blaze pizza tonight from 5-8pm

Check out the flyer below. You must show the flyer if you decide to go in store, located at University Town Center . You can also order online or via the Blaze Pizza app. If choosing to order online for pickup make sure to use promo code 1001B for the program to receive 20% of the proceeds from your purchase. Pick up an easy dinner for your family tonight!


Upcoming Tryouts & Events

All athletes MUST be cleared by the Athletics Office in order to participate

Learn more about the clearance process for new athletes (click here) & returning athletes (click here).

GIRLS LACROSSE CAMP

November 9 – November 13 (M, T, Th, F – Wednesday holiday = no camp)
November 16 – November 19 (M, T, W, Th)
3:30-5:30pm @ Softball Fields
Cost: $100
Check out the Fall Camp Flyer for more information.

BOYS & GIRLS WATER POLO TRYOUTS

Week of Nov. 30
Exact Days & Times TBA

BOYS & GIRLS TENNIS TRYOUTS

Week after Winter Break (Jan. 4-8)
Exact Days & Times TBA
Questions? Contact Coach Kessler @ johnkessler@iusd.org


Sports News You Can Use

Multiple – Sport Athletes

Students can participate in more than one sport in the same season this year. Student-athletes who plan to do this should:

  1. Carefully consider the committment required (balancing school work with the demands of two practice and game schedules)
  2. Discuss the decision with their parents and counselor
  3. Talk to the Head Coach of BOTH programs in which he/she plans to participate to figure out a schedule that meets CIF’s max. 18 hours per week rule (see below)

Maximum of 18 Hours Per Week
There are no CIF bylaws that prohibit students from participating in two sports during the same season of sport. In scenarios where a student is participating in two sports within the same season, the student has a maximum of 18 total hours per week of practices and competitions each week of the high school season. They do not have a maximum of 18 hours per week in each sport. Reminder, competitions count as 3 hours per day.

For more information visit the Athletics Office.


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Fall sports begin in December, so fill out ourATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask & remember to maintain social distance (one person/family unit in the office at a time).


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Trojan Thursday 10.22.20

Meet Our New Athletic Trainer

Sarah Mandujano

Uni Athletics is excited to welcome and introduce the newest member of the Athletics Department. Be sure to say “hello” to Sarah when you see her out on the court, field, deck, or course!

Q. What credentials, certificates and previous experience do you bring to Uni?

A. I graduated from the University of La Verne with my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training, and I am also a certified athletic trainer through the Board of Certification. I have been a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association since 2015. I started getting my experience in athletic training as an Athletic Training Student Aid at Chaffey College where I played on the women’s soccer team. After my two years at Chaffey College, I transferred to the University of La Verne, where I was given clinical internships as an Athletic Training Student with Rancho Cucamonga High School, Diamond Bar High School, Mt. San Antonio College Football and Track & Field, and University of La Verne Football. After graduating and earning my certification, I became the Head Athletic Trainer at Vista del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, and worked there for three years. I currently also hold a position as a Medical Supervisor for Volleyball Festival, which is a large club volleyball tournament hosted yearly in Phoenix, Arizona. I have worked with numerous sports teams of all levels ranging from club and high school sports to Division III athletics. In the future, I intend to get my credentials as a Corrective Exercise Specialists (CES) and a Performance Enhancement Specialists (PES).     

Q. Describe your role on a high school campus and how you support Athletics?

A. Most people assume that a high school athletic trainer is only there to hand out ice and tape injuries, but that is only a small fraction of what I do. As a high school athletic trainer, I do all initial injury evaluations and assessments, provide treatment for injuries, apply injury prevention strategies or skills, rehabilitate injuries by developing injury specific rehab programs, communicate with doctors, make referrals for athletes to see physicians, supervise all concussion return to play protocols, and be out on the athletic fields as an initial emergency medical provider. I am also responsible for documenting all injuries, treatments, rehab programs, and paperwork from physicians. As part of my management duties, I am responsible for the inventory of all athletic training supplies in our athletic training facility. Yearly I also must use our inventory to determine what supplies will be needed for the following school year. There are a lot things that athletic trainers do behind the scenes that most people do not know about.  

Q. What do you most enjoy about being a Trainer?

A. It is hard to say that there is one thing I enjoy most about being an athletic trainer, because there are many reasons. Since I was an athlete myself, I enjoy being around all the sports and watching my athletes succeed. I enjoy helping them reach their goals and accomplish things in their athletic careers, especially when they have suffered and injury. It is great being able to build strong relationships with my athletes, so they know there is always someone on the sideline cheering them on. 

Q. What sports/teams do you follow outside of school?

A. Outside of work, I have a lot of favorite sports teams. I love watching the Dodgers, the LA Rams and the Cowboys (because they are my husband’s favorite team), or any kind of rivalry game. I am a big fan of college football, but I do not have a specific team because I will watch any game honestly. 

My absolute favorite sports team though are my soccer teams. I am a huge fan of our United States Women’s National Soccer Team, Manchester United, and Real Madrid.

Q. Tell us about an athlete or coach who inspires you & why?

A. My favorite athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo. I have been watching him play since I was 12 years old. I always found his hard work and his skills to be inspiring. He is an incredible player and anytime he faces a set-back, he comes back working harder and being even better than before. I have carried this mentality with me since I started my athletic training career. Giving up is never an option, instead use your challenges as motivation to help you become better than you were before. 


It’s Here! A Filling Station at the Stadium

Work got underway on a new refrigerated water bottle filling station at Uni’s Stadium on Thursday, October 22. Located to the right of the concession stand windows, the installation of the new station was completed on Friday, October 23 and it’s fully functional!

Thanks to the work of Uni Athletics Administration and the Director of IUSD M&O Joe Hoffman and his team, students enrolled in PE throughout the day and athletes participating in period 7/8 sports and fall camps, will now have an acessible (and closer!) option for re-filling during water breaks.

The new filling station is especially important given warm recent temperatures and COVID-19 protocols in place that prohibit sharing water bottles or acess to the ones previously supplied by the Athletic Trainer.


Upcoming Events

All athletes MUST be cleared by the Athletics Office in order to participate. Learn more about the clearance process for new athletes (click here) & returning athletes (click here).

BOYS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS TODAY & TOMORROW!!!
Thursday, Oct. 22 for Returning Athletes
Friday, Oct. 23 for New Athletes
3:30-5:30PM @ UHS Main Gym
Register for tryouts at https://tinyurl.com/2020unibvb
Email Coach Chris for details at christophercarter@iusd.org

FALL ATHLETIC CAMPS
Flyer and information about camp offerings, registration, payment and safety protocols can also be found at iusd.org/uhs/athletics.

BOYSWATER POLO CAMP #2
October 26 – November 19
6:00-7:30a Monday & Wednesday, Outdoor Wieght Rm
3:10-4:30p Tuesday & Thursday, UHS Pool
Cost: $100

GIRLS WATER POLO CAMP #2
October 26 – November 19
6:30-7:30a, Tuesday & Thursday, Outdoor Weight Rm
3:10-4:30p Monday & Wednesday, UHS Pool
Cost: $100

GIRLS LACROSSE CAMP
November 9 – November 12 (M, T, Th, F — Wednesday holiday = no camp)
November 16 — November 19 (M, T, W, Th)
3:30-5:30pm @ Softball Fields
Cost: $100


Sports News You Can Use

Tension builds as high schools wait for state to decide if sports can return as scheduled (OC Register)

CIF State commissioner hopeful that officials will allow schools to return to practice and competition as scheduled

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: October 22, 2020 at 8:55 a.m. | UPDATED: October 22, 2020 at 12:02 p.m.

The agony that came with high school sports seasons being canceled in the spring has yielded to the hope of seasons to come in December and January.

From the first stages of modified conditioning workouts to online petitions to discussions with state health officials, high school sports in Southern California are not only preparing for a return to competition, they’re campaigning for it.

But despite those efforts, a question still hangs over the head of high school athletics like a dark cloud: Will sports be able to clear the hurdles created by the coronavirus pandemic and resume as scheduled?…

The California Department of Public Health “respectfully” declined an interview request but Gov. Gavin Newsom hinted on Monday, Oct. 19, that an update on “team sports” could arrive late this week or early next.

Dan Albano, The OC Register

Continue reading the full article at here >>>


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Most fall sports don’t begin until November or December, so fill out ourATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask & remember to maintain social distance (one person/family unit in the office at a time).


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Trojan Thursday 10.15.20

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Caden Chow & Collette Lowengrub

Caden Chow, Senior

Nationally ranked male cadet Archer, Caden Chow, was named ASB Male Athlete of the Month for September.
Chow at the USAT Qualifier, Socal Showdown in Chula Vista, CA held Oct. 3 – 5, 2020
We’re excited to feature a Q&A about his history in the sport and accomplishments.

Q. When and how did you start competing in archery?

A. I started archery in the summer of my 5th grade year at an Irvine-based academy named HSS Sports Academy. From learning how to pull a tiny bow back to shooting Olympic-style equipment, I have been there ever since. I started seriously competing at the state and national level in 8th grade. This was all due to my coach who thought I had trained hard enough and was ready to start competing with others. At first, I competed “for the experience,” as I was definitely not one of the top archers when I started competing. Seeing all the talent at the national level, I was motivated to improve and stand at the top with those same archers.

Q. What are some of your key accomplishments up to this point?

A. My most notable accomplishment would be that I am ranked 12th in the nation for recurve male cadet archers. When I first started competing, I was near the bottom[]

Continue reading >>>

Collette Lowengrub, Senior

Accomplished Cross Country & Track athlete, Collette Lowengrub committed to UC Riverside on an athletic scholarship this past week and has been named ASB Female Athlete of the Month for September.

Collette has been the top distance runner on the UNI XC and Track teams since her freshman year. She is the 10th fastest cross country runner in school history with a time of 17:35 over 3 miles. She has won countless races and honors including a League Championship and Pacific Coast League XC MVP in 2018, 3200m League Champ in 2018 and 2019 in addition to qualifying for CIF individually all 4 years. She will be continuing her running career as a Division 1 athlete at UC Riverside next year. Congratulations Collette!

Courtney Mosey, Girls Cross Country Head Coach

Time is Running Out

Heisman HS Scholarships Deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 20!

Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.


Upcoming Events

All athletes MUST be cleared by the Athletics Office in order to participate. Learn more about the clearance process for new athletes (click here) & returning athletes (click here).

BOYS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS
Thursday, Oct. 22 for Returning Athletes
Friday, Oct. 23 for New Athletes
3:30-5:30PM @ UHS Main Gym
Register for tryouts at https://tinyurl.com/2020unibvb
Email Coach Chris for details at christophercarter@iusd.org

FALL ATHLETIC CAMPS
Flyer and information about camp offerings, registration, payment and safety protocols can also be found at iusd.org/uhs/athletics.

BOYSWATER POLO CAMP #2
October 26 – November 19
6:00-7:30a Monday & Wednesday, Outdoor Wieght Rm
3:10-4:30p Tuesday & Thursday, UHS Pool
Cost: $100

GIRLS WATER POLO CAMP #2
October 26 – November 19
6:30-7:30a, Tuesday & Thursday, Outdoor Weight Rm
3:10-4:30p Monday & Wednesday, UHS Pool
Cost: $100

GIRLS LACROSSE CAMP
November 9 – November 12 (M, T, W, Th)
November 16 — November 20 (M, T, Th, F. Wednesday holiday = no camp)
3:30-5:30pm @ Softball Fields
Cost: $100


Sports News You Can Use

CIF-SS changes rule on soccer ejections; sports still set to start in December

By STEVE FRYER | sfryer@scng.com | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: October 1, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. | UPDATED: October 1, 2020 at 4:59 p.m.

High school soccer players who receive two yellow cards in a game will be eligible to play in their team’s next game after a rule change was approved Thursday by the CIF Southern Section Council.

The rule goes into effect this season for boys and girls soccer. Previously two yellow cards in a game meant a player was ejected from that game and was ineligible for their team’s next game.

Unchanged is the status of a player who receives a red card – the player is ejected from that game and ineligible for the following game.

The boys and girls soccer seasons begin Feb. 27. The high school sports schedule has been adjusted for the 2020-21 school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council, which is legislative body for the Southern Section, heard discussion of a future CIF State proposal that would make beach volleyball a CIF-sanctioned sport statewide beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Also brought forward for discussion was a future CIF-SS proposal that sets protocols for how fights and other altercations would be handled at high school games and matches.

CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod also stated that he anticipates high school sports starting up in mid-December with clearance from health officials, and that playoff schedules and divisions set for the upcoming sports seasons would be unchanged by any schools that drop sports or cancel games or matches.

Read the original article at OCRegister.com.


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Most fall sports don’t begin until November or December, so fill out ourATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask and maintain social distance.


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Trojan Thursday 10.8.20

ATTENTION TOP SENIOR ATHLETES

You’re Eligible to Win a $5K Heisman High School Scholarship

The Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance is proud to continue its 26-year tradition of honoring the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors and supporting high school academic and athletic programs across the country. The program recognizes and rewards high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities.

100 scholarships awarded.

The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance are proud to reward male and female community-minded scholar-athletes at the state and national level.

  • 88 State Winners receive a $500 scholarship.
  • 10 National Finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • 2 National Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship.  

You’ve done the hard work. Now, you just need to apply.

Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.


Upcoming Tryouts

*All athletes MUST be cleared by the Athletics Office in order to tryout*

BOYS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS

Thursday, Oct. 22 for Returning Athletes
Friday, Oct. 23 for New Athletes
3:30-5:30PM @ UHS Main Gym

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2020unibvb 
Email Coach Chris for details: christophercarter@iusd.org

BOYS & GIRLS WATER POLO TRYOUTS

Week of November 30th (the week after Thanksgiving)
Details: TBA

Upcoming Fall Camps

The flyer and information about camp offerings, registration, payment and safety protocols can also be found at iusd.org/uhs/athletics.

Fall Camp Registration Form CLICK HERE
Fall Camp Flyer CLICK HERE

BOYS & GIRLS WATER POLO CAMP #2

October 26 – November 19
Cost: $100

Boys
6:00-7:30a Monday & Wednesday, Outdoor Weight Rm
3:10-4:30p Tuesday & Thursday, UHS POOL

Girls
6:30-7:30a, Tuesday & Thursday, Outdoor Weight Rm
3:10-4:30p Monday & Wednesday, UHS POOL

GIRLS LACROSSE CAMP

November 9 – November 19 (M, T, W, Th)
3:30-5:30pm @ Softball Fields
Cost: $100

Athletic Clearance Updates

UPLOADING YOUR DOCUMENTS

We encourage athletes to upload their required clearance documents. If you do so, you MUST visit the Athletics Office or email Ms. Kohl at meredithkohl@iusd.org to indicate that your account is ready for review. Your account will not be reviewed automatically.

All required documents can be uploaded to your account. This includes: Physical Form (3 files max), COVID Protocol Letter (to Additional Form), Proof of Insurance, Confirmation Message, COVID-19 Waiver (Release of Liability).

Below is a screenshot of the Uploads page. You can find this page by clicking the pencil under the heading Uploads in any of your 2020-2021 accounts on the athleticclearance.com landing page once you’re logged in.

COVID-19 FORMS REQUIRED

In anticipation for return to play, all students participating in on-campus athletic activities (period 7/8 or camps) must review, sign, and submit BOTH documents listed below.

  1. COVID Protocol Letter (last page only)
  2. COVID Waiver

Please turn them into the Athletics Office or submit them via email to meredithkohl@iusd.org.

Athletic Clearance statuses are being reset to “Uncleared” until both forms are on file.


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Most fall sports don’t begin until November or December, so fill out our ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask and maintain social distance.


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Trojan Thursday 9.24.20

Athletic Clearance Edition

As we welcome students back to campus and in-person athletics (YAY!), we have revised the Athletic Clearance Process. Please read on and feel free to forward this email to your sports community.

Beginning September 24th, we ask all student-athletes/families to upload required documents to their athleticclearance.com account online.

Here are some of the key revisions to the process and a tutorial video showing you where to find the forms described and how to upload them.

SIGNATURES

The student-athlete AND parent/guardian, will need to read the form(s) (located on the right side of the screen) and type in a full name on the line requesting an online signature indicating the forms have been read, understood, and individuals will adhere to the corresponding text.  You may also download a copy of the forms via the link below the text.  

The first half of the section is for a parent name and the last half is for a student name; enter each field with a full name as prompted and DO NOT USE AUTO-FILL.

Again, make sure that you go over them with your student present and have him/her sign their section as well.

PHYSICALS

Once completed, scan the IUSD Physical Form and upload it to your clearance account in the physicals section/”Physical Form”.

You must also upload a copy of your proof of medical insurance card; attach it in the physicals section where it says “Proof of Insurance”

If you do not have a scanner, you may simply take a picture of the form with your phone

Email or save it to your computer and upload the documents that way.

CONFIRMATION PAGE

When you reach the final step and see the CONFIRMATION MESSAGE, select all additional sports that the athlete is interested in and/or participating in.

PRINT OUT the confirmation/signature page.  Parent/Guardian signs, student signs and dates. Here’s what the confirmation page looks like:

Upload a picture of the signed confirmation to the Physicals Section where it says “Confirmation Message”. Here are the different sections you will see:

You can also return to this section from the landing page by clicking the pencil in the column labelled Uploads. Here is what the landing page looks like:

COVID WAIVERS (There are 2)

Print & sign the COVID waiver form and upload a picture of the signed waiver to the physicals section where it says “COVID Waiver”

Print & sign the COVID protocols letter form and upload a picture of the last page to the physical section where it says “Additional Form”

CLEARANCE STATUS

You are NOT CLEARED to participate until all of the above steps are completed and verified by the school. Your student can stop by the office to indicate all steps are complete or they/you can email meredithkohl@iusd.org that you have completed the process.

If there is an item missing you will receive an auto-reply denial message explaing the steps needed to complete the process.

Once cleared, the user on the account will recieve an email indicating the student athlete is cleared.

You can check your status by logging back into your account and looking at the “Status” column. You will see either a green Cleared, red Uncleared or red Denied. Here is where you can find the Status column:

For more information, please open and follow the updated step-by-step instructions sheets below. 

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE INSTRUCTIONS for New Athletes[PDF]

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE INSTRUCTIONS for Returning Athletes [PDF]


Upcoming Fall Camps

All students must be “Cleared”, complete the online registration form, and submit payment BEFORE the first day of camp.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

October 5 – November 5 (T, W, Th)

GIRLS LACROSSE

November 9 – November 19 (M, T, W, Th)

The flyer and information about camp offerings, registration, payment and safety protocols can also be found at iusd.org/uhs/athletics.

Fall Camp Registration Form CLICK HERE

Fall Camp Flyer CLICK HERE


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Most fall sports don’t begin until November or December, so fill out our ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12-12:30 p.m.)
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask and maintain social distance.


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Trojan Thursday 9.17.20

ASB August Athletes of the Month

Noah Scherson, Football

A junior receiver this year, Noah promises to continue his offensive contributions this when football resumes.

“Noah Scherson […] was our leading receiver last year as a Sophomore, came a few yards away from breaking the UNI receiving yards record in a season last year.  Awesome student and person.  He is a joy to coach!” 

–Coach Hernandez, UHS Football


Ashley Wallin, Water Polo

A sophomore driver, Ashley is set to lead Uni’s offense in the pool this year.

“I have known Ashley for some time now, and watching her grow into the athlete she is becoming is great to see.  It is not without a lot of hard work that she has put towards [water polo], and she deserves the recognition.  She came onto the team last year, and immediately made an impact.  She was able to compete as one of our top level performers in her swimming, shooting, and over all water polo abilities.  She is also a top defender and all around balanced player.  The fact that she has a few more years to continue to grow and mature as an athlete is exciting to me because her future is bright in this sport.  In and out of the water, she holds high standards as being a good teammate.  All of her teammates seem to adore her and respect her.  She commits to practice and games with 100% of her effort.  She is a real joy to coach. “

–Coach Briggs, UHS Boys & Girls Water polo

Congratulations to Noah Scherson & Ashley Wallin! 🏈🤽‍♀️


Upcoming Fall Camps

GIRLS BASKETBALL

October 5 – November 5 (T, W, Th)

GIRLS LACROSSE

November 9 – November 19 (M, T, W, Th)

The flyer and information about camp offerings, registration, payment and safety protocols can also be found at iusd.org/uhs/athletics.

Fall Camp Registration Form CLICK HERE

Fall Camp Flyer CLICK HERE


Upcoming Events & Tryouts

BOYS VOLLEYBALL INTEREST MEETING *TONIGHT*
Virtual on Zoom
Thursday, September 17 at 8:30pm
Email Coach Chris at christophercarter@iusd.org for the link.

CROSS COUNTRY *TOMORROW*
Make-up tryout for Freshmen & New Students
Friday, September 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Meet @ Uni Track
Minimum Requirements:
*Girls complete 3 miles in 27 min or faster
*Boys complete 3 miles in 24 min or faster
*IUSD COVID Waiver UHS COVID Protocols Letter are required at this time to tryout. BOTH (2) forms can be turned into the UHS Athletics Office or emailed to meredithkohl@iusd.org

*All athletes MUST be cleared by the Athletics Office in order to tryout*


Uni’s Sword & Shield Covers Athletic Training During COVID-10

REPS AND DRILLS: HOW STUDENT-ATHLETES ARE TRAINING DURING COVID-19

By Amitis Tajallaei, Staff Writer

Trojan athletes across different grades have been training mentally and physically to stay in shape during the postponed fall season. For the 2020-2021 school year, CIF-SS decided to condense three seasons of sports into two seasons, a fall season and a spring season.

With the coronavirus pandemic and the distance learning orders, training and staying motivated have been a struggle for many athletes because of the Covid-19 quarantine and many athletes have had to adjust their schedules and change their mentality to be able to stay in shape. 

 “I train 6 days a week, with 4 days conditioning, running and jump rope, and the other 2 I do Pilates and bodyweight training,” Said senior lacrosse player Mya Wang, “I always listen to music while exercising to lift spirits, even if it’s just a minuscule amount” 

The promising return of California sports has been welcomed by all athletes who have been training hard. 

“I’ve been training with college athletes and working out to stay in shape,” Junior football Noah Scherson said, “Fall is my favorite season. Football season being pushed back has changed my perspective and made me appreciate the sport even more. Since we haven’t played in so long I realize how much I miss it.”

The loss of a fall season has impacted sports far beyond the scope of the field play. The absence of unity and motivation that comes through Offseason Training Activities and team practices frustrates players as they aspire to train together. 

“With sports being canceled it is hard for me to stay motivated and to continue my training at the same intensity,” said sophomore water polo player Ashley Wallin, “To stay motivated I surround myself with a team and friends that are very motivated which keeps me working hard”

Some athletes are doubtful about the continuation of sports this year which contributes to losing motivation, despite CIFs announcement about the fall season being resumed in winter, 

“[Fall season being delayed] makes me worried that there won’t be a season for us to win this year,” said senior water polo player Matt Wallin, and to stay motivated “ I remind myself that I need to keep training to play in college”

Despite all the challenges, athletes across all sports still are finding the strength to train their best and stay motivated to prepare for the upcoming sports seasons.


All Athletes Must Be “Cleared”

Athletic Clearance Process

1. Complete all steps of the online process at athleticclearance.com
2. Print an IUSD physical form for your physician to fill out at your exam. (Doctor signature, date, and stamp required.)
3. Upload the completed physical form.
4. Print and submit a signed confirmation page to the Athletics Office  or via email to meredithkohl@iusd.org

Useful Clearance Forms:

*No athlete will be cleared for 2020-2021 until BOTH a physical form and confirmation page are processed by the Athletics Office.*


Sports Interest Form

Pondering playing a sport at Uni? There’s still time! Most fall sports don’t begin until November or December, so fill out our ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM. Information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who may contact you about tryouts, camps, and your program of interest.


Athletics Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Next to the Counseling Office.
Please wear a mask and maintain social distance.


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