Welcome to Ridgeview Athletics! My name is Mr. McDonald, and I am pleased to serve as Ridgeview's Athletic Director.
I grew up in Fort Collins and attended Rocky Mountain High School, where I played basketball and football. I continued my football career down south at Colorado State University Pueblo, where I helped the Thunderwolves earn four RMAC Championships and a Division 2 National Championship. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine at CSU, and I plan to pursue a Master's degree in Sports Administration. I am eager to play a new role in Ridgeview's Athletic department.
Ridgeview is part of the NCIL (Northern Colorado Independent League), which includes 15 schools from Windsor, Greeley, Milliken, Loveland, and Fort Collins. We offer cross country, boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and track and field to students in 6th-8th grade (with the exception of volleyball which is limited to 7th and 8th).
Participation in a sport helps build character by teaching skills including, but not limited to, teamwork, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, cooperation, hard work, and dedication. These skills often translate to other aspects of a student’s school and life.
If you have any questions about our Athletic program and how you can participate, please feel free to let me know.
Policy AP – 7.5 Eligibility (K-12)
Student eligibility in school-sponsored extracurricular activities is both a privilege and a responsibility. The following policy applies to each activity in which students choose to participate throughout the school year. All eligibility decisions are at the discretion of the administration.
Eligibility: A student who has one D (D- through D+) or below will be put on Eligibility Probation. The student is then responsible for meeting with the teacher of the probated class and obtaining an agreed-upon plan of action for raising the grade. Once the teacher is satisfied that the conditions were met, they will sign a form that will indicate to their coach/sponsor that they are eligible to attend activities/practices/competitions for that week. If the student fails to meet the conditions and the form is not signed, the student shall not participate for the week. If progress is not demonstrated after 2 weeks, the student will be deemed ineligible to participate until their grade is passing (C- or above).
Ineligibility: A student who has two D’s (D- through D+) or one F in any subject(s) is Ineligible for extracurricular activities for a week. Failure to raise ineligible grades after three weeks will result in dismissal from the school-sponsored activity.
Two disciplinary referrals in one quarter or three in one semester will render a student ineligible for any extracurricular activities for the remainder of that quarter. Four disciplinary referrals will render a student ineligible for all extracurricular activities and functions for the remainder of the school year. A principal may deem a student ineligible for the following season or for off-campus field trips based on repeated misconduct.
Any act of egregious unsportsmanlike conduct by any student (as deemed by the principal) renders a student ineligible for the remainder of the season.
Ridgeview Classical Schools participates in the Northern Colorado Independent League (NCIL). This league is for intermediate school students. This opportunity is also extended to 6th graders based on the need for an increased number of participants.
All students are given the opportunity to be on the appropriate teams if they are eligible.
See Policy AP-7.5 Eligibility (K-12).
There will be no cuts, however, the teams will play to win. As a result, it is understood that all players will not have equal playing time.
The Athletic Director for RCS will be in charge of finding, vetting, and appointing coaches. Coaches are volunteers. The coach should have experience and background in the sport, support the school, and exhibit exemplary values and character both on the field and off.
It may be in the best interest of the athletes to not offer a sport if a qualified coach is not available.
All sports programs must be self-funding. Ridgeview Classical Schools will not allocate significant funds to the sports programs until:
- Teacher salaries are competitive with comparable district salaries
- School programs are fully funded
Ridgeview Classical Schools students are allowed to participate on district sports teams if the sport is not offered in the same season, or if the sport is not offered at all.
Please check with the Athletic Director if you have questions regarding participating on district sports teams. A higher fee is charged by the district to charter school students as is allowed by law.
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