Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) is proud of the organized athletics programs offered for boys and girls at both the middle and high school level. Our goal is to develop young men and women to be successful citizens in our highly competitive world. Opportunities endorsed by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) in 32 athletic competitions plus debate, forensics, theater festival, school publication and academic competition enhance student participation.
Norfolk Public Schools athletic programs are ready for the 2022-23 kickoff. As we gear up for another successful season, the athletic programs across the city are focusing on POSITIVE SPORTSMANSHIP for all involved. This includes coaches, student athletes and fans. Each play a critical role in displaying POSITIVE SPORTSMANSHIP during athletic play.
From our Superintendent, Principals, Athletic Directors and Norfolk School Board, the expectations are to act an appropriate way during athletic contests.
- Coaches: model integrity, fair play and being respectful to officials.
- Student Athletes: Practice self-control, have a positive attitude and be supportive in all situations.
- Fans: Cheer LOUD for your team, maintain self-control and DO NOT TRY TO BE THE COACH FROM THE SIDELINES and acknowledge outstanding efforts from both teams.
During this past year, the VHSL had a record number of sportsmanship violations across the league and in all sports. Let’s all play a part in reversing this trend. It’s critically important to define the distinction of an appropriate way and an inappropriate way to be a fan. We want all fans to enjoy the contest. A good time is not defined as cursing, expletive laced chants or any type of hate speech. THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THIS AT NPS ATHLETIC EVENTS. (Home contest or Away contest) Remember to make good choices and avoid falling into the unsportsmanlike trap during an athletic contest.
NPS Athletic Department encourages everyone to get involved and to stay involved. Join a team, volunteer with your school’s athletic department and attend an athletic event. Check out the NPS and schools athletic web pages for all schedules, team information and ticket purchases for athletic events.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS DURING THE 2022-2023 YEAR.