ATHLETICS AT JAMES S. RICKARDS HIGH SCHOOL
James S. Rickards High School is excited to offer competitive athletics to our high school athletes. We are a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Athletics are of historical and social significance in our national culture and provide a primary means through which we develop and maintain the physical vigor and stamina required to develop our full potential. Athletics provide healthful and wholesome leisure-time activities for our youth, and are a building block of lifelong health and well-being. By understanding that athletics play an important role in not only developing students physically, but also mentally and socially, James S. Rickards High School embraces the important role that athletics and our coaches play in that process.
To maximize the educational potential of athletics, interscholastic programs should be organized and conducted in accordance with these six basic principles:
Interscholastic athletic programs should be regarded as integral parts of the total educational program and should be conducted so that they are worthy of such regard.
Interscholastic athletic programs should supplement, rather than serve as substitutes for, basic physical education programs, physical recreation programs, and intramural athletic programs.
Interscholastic athletic programs should be subject to the same administrative control as the total educational programs.
Interscholastic athletic programs should be conducted by personnel with adequate training in the principles of coaching.
The welfare of the participant should be placed above any other consideration. What happens to the student-athlete who participates in the sports program is of primary importance. His or her welfare should transcend any other consideration.
Interscholastic athletic programs should be conducted in accordance with the letter and spirit of the rules and regulations of appropriate conference, state, and national athletic associations.
While it is wonderful that we have achieved success in the competitive field, the true focus of our athletics program is to foster character, integrity, and discipline.
Participation in interscholastic athletics by a student is a privilege, not a right. To earn this privilege, students must abide by the rules and meet the standards of academic performance and personal behavior that are related to school purpose.
Raiders Athletics News
FHSAA State Championships
Boys Basketball: 2014 (State Runner-Up) 2011, 2010, 1992, 1976
Track & Field: 2004 (Girls State Runner-Up)
Boys Basketball: 2014, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2001, 1992, 1976, 1974, 1972
Girls Basketball: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Baseball: 2010, 2009, 1992, 2018
Boys Basketball: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1970
Boys Tennis: 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2004
Competitive Cheerleading: 2011 (UCA Champions), 2005 (Black College National Champions)
Girls Basketball: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1995, 1994, 1988, 1987, 1986
Girls Tennis: 2008, 2007
Football: 2016, 2001, 1999, 1995, 1984
Swimming: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
Volleyball: 1993, 1987, 1986, 1985