The following clubs meet District 196's lettering policy and are open to Apple Valley High School students. These clubs are not sponsored by Apple Valley High School nor does it oversee them.
- District 196 non-school organization lettering guidelines
- Trap Club
- Ultimate Frisbee Team
- Mountain Bike Team
District 196 Guidelines for Accepting Non-School Organizations for Student Letter Awards
Sponsoring Organization Requirements
The AVHS club was founded in the fall of 2011 to compete in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL). We have adopted the MSHSCTL's mission statement to emphasize the positive influence shooting sports can have on an individual's life by promoting the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, teamwork and ethical behavior through a virtual shooting league for high schools. Our student athletes can learn and demonstrate their skills of shotgun shooting in a game of movement, action, and split-second timing requiring accuracy and skill to repeatedly break a 4.25 " clay disc being hurled at 42 mph from a trap house.
MSHSCTL is a virtual competition league with all regular season shooting taking place at our home range at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. No other travel will be required during the regular season. Scoring is reported on-line and is based on True-Team scoring. A Shooter Performance Tracker (SPT) system has been put in place where student athletes can monitor their scores and ranking when compared against other student athletes on their team, in their conference and class, and throughout the state. Although individual scores are obviously important, we will be shooting and scoring collectively as a team.
The team has established itself as a top tier program in the State by performing well at the State Tournament in each year of its existence. The team won a conference championship, several state placement awards, and had two individual state champions in 2014. The program is offered to athletes in grades 6 through 12 and has teams competing at the novice, junior varsity, and varsity levels. We encourage and accept shooters of all levels to our team whether recreational or competitive. All athletes must possess a valid firearms safety certificate to participate.
The District 196 Mountain Bike Team is a composite of four separate mountain bike teams that practice together and are managed by Independent School District 196.
The District 196 Mountain Bike Team is a 7-12 program with separate race divisions for each grade level. The four teams represented come from the four high schools with athletic programs. They are Eastview, Apple Valley, Eagan, and Rosemount. For all practical purposes we are one team. However, on race day we are recognized as four separate teams for positions, scoring and awards. Riders attending our School for Environment Studies race for their original home school. Our middle school riders are also separated this way. Middle school riders race for the high school they will be attending geographically, unless they have officially submitted open enrollment paperwork to the district.
The program is run through District 196 Community Education. This partnership has allowed us to have better representation within the school district and given us much needed help in management and financial tracking. Our director from Community Education does a lot for us behind the scenes that allows the coaching staff to focus on the team.
We are an official club team. This status allows us the use of certain district facilities and allows us to award varsity letters to our athletes. Our team is insured by both District 196 through our status with Community Education and by our governing body the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). The District 196 team is part of the Minnesota High School Cycling League, a division of NICA.
Link to Team Information, Race Results, Pictures and More
Please use this link to find more information, including the basic information about the team, race results, information about upcoming events, pictures and videos, and more.
Our team goal directly aligns with the goal of our governing body (NICA) by striving to support every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike. In doing so, we hope to promote the sport of mountain biking and the benefits of mountain biking as a healthy, low impact, outdoor recreational lifestyle for all our riders. Our races are the stage we use to showcase our hard work and dedication to this lifelong sport. Our riders will compete to the best of their abilities while maintaining proper sportsmanship.
The Minnesota Cycling League race season is in the fall of each year. Registration for each season begins in May and ends August 1st. Preseason practice begins in July with our official practice schedule starting the second week of August. The race schedule begins in early September and ends in late October. We have five races spaced about every other week during this timeframe. To practice and race with the team each rider must be fully registered with Community Education for the team and with NICA. Details on registration can be found on the team s official Shutterfly website, under the registration tab. All specific practices, events, and races can be found on our calendar on that website. The website address is: https://196mtb.shutterfly.com/
For More Information For additional information, please go to the Mountain Biking Shutterfly site or contact head coach, Kevin Dirksen at Kevin.Dirksen@district196.org