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VUSD Sports Resources:

Go Fan Tickets link

CDPH Athletics Guidance as of September 1st

VUSD Guidelines for Multi-Sport Athletes

VUSD Athletics Webpage

Additional Resources:

VC Reopens Youth Sports Guidance

California Interscholastic Federation Guidelines for Return to Physical Activity

NFHS Guidance for Opening of High School Athletics

BHS Sports Resources:

Notice for Incoming 9th Grade Athletes

Athletic Online Clearance

Register My Athlete Instructions

Athlete's Bill of Rights (Spanish)

NCAA Information

Title IX Information

2022-2023 Athletic Program Participation Numbers

District Forms:

 Athletic Department Participation Contract                 English     Spanish
 Athletic Policy and Code of Conduct   English   Spanish
 CIF Code of Ethics   English    
 Parent Concussion Information   English   Spanish
 VUSD Athlete's Bill of Rights   English   Spanish
 VUSD Emergency Contact & Health Insurance Information   English   Spanish
 VUSD Informed Consent   English   Spanish
 VUSD Medical Clearance II   English     
 VUSD SCA Information Sheet   English   Spanish
 Questions and Answers - Ca. Education Code - Athletics   English    














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2022-2023 Tryout Dates

Tryouts will be announced at least two weeks in anticipation of the try out date on Buena Today video announcements, posted about the school, on our website, and in our printed bulletin.  All students wishing to try out for a sport must be medically cleared by a qualified doctor and complete the Register My Athlete electronic forms prior to stepping foot on the field or court for tryouts.


Students who wish to utilize team involvement in lieu of a traditional PE class in grades 9 and 10 must be selected on a team for one sport per semester (both Fall and Spring semesters) in order for it to be counted as a P.E. course.


Athletic practices are closed to the general public and parents as well, unless prior arrangements have been made with the head coach and athletic director for a planned visit.


Unlike youth sports or pay to play sports, high school sports participation is based upon academic eligibility, skill level, and attendance of all practices and games.  The high school level of athletic competition is extremely competitive and we play to win.  That said, stronger players often receive starting positions and more playing time during contests.  We will always work to develop all of our players equally during practices to ensure opportunities for improvement so that additional playing time can be earned, but this is by no means a guarantee and is always a coaching decision.


Emotions can run high when our children are involved.  For that reason, we must insist on a 24 hour cooling off period so cooler heads prevail when discussing topics of concern or agitation.  It is never appropriate to broach conversations voicing concern or disapproval with a coach on a contest day.


Concerns or complaints should always be resolved at the lowest levels first whenever possible following the steps outlines below.

Step 1. Speak directly with the Head Coach

Step 2. If no resolution is reached, Speak with the Athletic Director at (805) 289-1826, ext. 2030

Step 3. If no resolution is reached, speak with the Assistant Principal in charge of the athletics Program at (805) 289-1826, ext. 1014 

*Following the chain of command will be strictly adhered to in addressing concerns as presented, and those in need of an audience will be directed to the appropriate person for a resolution and/or investigation.


Southern Section California Interscholastic Federation Rules and Regulations 

Title IX and Sex Discrimination Law 

Donations to a Specific Sport

Please make checks payable to Buena High Associated Student Body for the desired amount of your contribution.  In the memo line, please indicate the specific Sport Trust to which you wish to donate (i.e. Girls’ Volleyball Trust, or Baseball Trust). 


Administrative Staff

 Tina Perez, Assistant Principal
 Derek Rusk, Athletic Director 

 Noemi Cruz, Athletic Secretary


Fall Sports Head Coaches

 Ryan Bolland, Football
Michele Burns, Girls Cross Country
 Nathan Sommars, Boys Cross Country 
 Paul Engel, Girls Golf
 Robert Jacobson-Duteil, Girls Tennis
 Eric Valdivia, Girls Volleyball
 Tom Davis, Boys Water Polo
 Lawren Agnew, Cheer 
 Diamonique Bell, Dance


Winter Sports Head Coaches

 Matt Colton, Boys Basketball
 Trevor Payan, Girls Basketball
 Forrest Solis, Boys Soccer 
 Amanda (AJ) Tewes, Girls Soccer
 Thomas Favero, Girls Water Polo
 Eddie Martinez, Wrestling


Spring Sports Head Coaches

 Jared Patterson, Baseball
 Paul Engel, Boy's Golf
 Breanne Flores, Softball
 Scott Manninen, Swimming
 Robert Jacobson-Duteil, Boys Tennis
 Michele Burns, Girls Track
 Nathan Sommars, Boys Track 

 Jesse Martin, Boys Volleyball

Kelsie Danebrock

 Wendy Mace, Girls Beach Volleyball


The Buena Athletics Department has a vision and a mission, which I have included below and on the attached document.


The Athletics Department at Buena High School will have a transformative impact on our student athletes by developing character, integrity, leadership, teamwork, and persistence. These values learned through Buena High School’s athletic programs will provide the opportunity for our graduates to lead meaningful lives and become more productive members of the community.


The mission of the Athletics Department at Buena High School is to provide athletic programs that develop student athletes through competition as an extension of the academic classroom. We believe that our athletic department is a dynamic, integral part of an educational experience, providing our student athletes with life-long lessons for personal growth. Our athletic programs are committed to finding success on the athletic field of play while competing with character, integrity, discipline, sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and ethical behavior. Our coaches, faculty, and student athletes inspire a deep sense of pride in what it means to be part of the black and blue, the Buena Bulldogs!

It is important to our coaching staff to connect with you regarding your interests in our athletic programs for this upcoming year. Please reach out to our coaches by clicking on the following link: BHS Coaches Each coach can explain the specifics of his/her program when he/she responds to your communication.

Athletic Clearance (Register My Athlete):
I do want to provide you some information on one item that is required for participation for all programs, that is a student’s athletic clearance. This needs to be completed each year to be athletically cleared to participate in any sport, including tryouts, practice, or competition. I have included the link to the athletic clearance page on the Buena High School website, which can provide details on Register My Athlete, the online platform used to process the clearances. The athletic clearance includes a doctor’s physical, which has to be uploaded to Register My Athlete. The pdf of the physical clearance form that the doctor’s office would need to complete and you would need to upload is on the Buena High School Website Athletics page (under the athletic clearance tab) for you to download. If there are any questions regarding this process, please direct them to the Athletic Assistant, Noemi Cruz.

Athletic Clearance Link

We are really excited to welcome your son/daughter to Buena High School!! Please reach out to the respective coaches if you have sport specific questions, or to Derek Rusk (Athletic Director) and/or Noemi Cruz (Athletic Assistant) with any other questions you may have.

Stay safe and well!

Buena High School Athletics Website: Buena High School Athletics Twitter: @BuenaAthletics


Derek Rusk

Athletic Director
Buena High School

Noemi Cruz

Athletic Assistant
Buena High School