Athletics

Thomas Dale Athletics Mission Statement
The Knights’ athletic department supports the mission of Thomas Dale High School by providing opportunities for students to develop valuable life skills in a competitive and supportive education-based athletic environment.
Thomas Dale Athletics Core Values

  • Safety – We will set the standard for other schools to follow by providing the best care possible for student-athletes
  • Integrity – We do all things with the highest character, respect, and sportsmanship.  We have pride in doing things the right way.
  • Excellence – We commit to doing our absolute best at all times in the classroom and in competition.
  • Inclusivity – We understand the importance sport plays as a great unifier.  We provide opportunities for all students to be a part of the athletic program.  We give back to the greater Thomas Dale community.
  • Fun – We create an enjoyable experience for our student-athletes where successes are celebrated.

Thomas Dale Athletics FAQs

  • Where can I obtain the VHSL Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form?
    • This form my be downloaded from the Thomas Dale Athletics “Documents/Forms” page and is the document titled “***Thomas Dale Student Athlete Required Forms to Participate”
  • What are the valid dates for sports physicals?
    • The VHSL calendar runs from May 1 of the current year to June 30 of the succeeding school year.  That means a sports physical examination given on or after May 1 in a given year is good through June 30 of the following year.  Please remember that your insurance plans generally operate on a calendar year.
  • How do we find out about tryout dates, contest schedules, cancellations, etc.?
    • Starting dates for each season, contest schedules, and up-to-date postponements and cancellations can be found by going to the Thomas Dale Athletics “Documents/Forms” page or www.centraldistrictva.org.  You can also contact the Activities Director.
  • How big of a commitment is participating in interscholastic athletics?
    • HUGE!  Teams will practice or compete each day, including many Saturdays.  You can count on a six day a week commitment.
  • If my son or daughter is ill and at home during the day or leaves school early due to illness, can he/she come to school just for practice or a game?
    • If a student is too ill to attend school or is too ill to remain at school, then it is not appropriate for him/her to participate in practice or a competition.
  • If my son or daughter is injured and cannot participate, is he/she expected to be at practice and/or contests?
    • Depending upon the injury, yes.  The coach and athlete need to work this out.  He/she is part of the team.  There is always something to be learned from attending, and though injured, the student has a role and a responsibility with the team.  An athlete is not permitted to return to full activity with the team until the doctor treating the student releases him or her in writing.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions?
    • General questions should be directed to the Activities Director.  Please contact the coach for concerns regarding a specific sport.
Portrait of Mr. Talman

Activities Director: Richard Talman

Mr. Talman is a graduate of West Virginia University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. He also received a Master’s of Education in Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Mr. Talman has over 12 year of experience working in collegiate athletics and recreation serving in a variety of roles including multiple coaching positions, Director of Recreation and Athletic Facilities at Hampden-Sydney College, and Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness at Emory University.  He most recently served as Sports Director at the Shady Grove YMCA.  Mr. Talman enjoys spending time with his family and his wife is a 2005 graduate of Thomas Dale.  You can follow him on Twitter @ThomasDaleDSA.