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Athletics at Thomas Jefferson provide additional opportunities for students to grow in leadership, self-awareness, respect, responsibility, healthy competition, lifelong fitness, and other positive disciplines.

Coach and Season Start Date Information

Interested in participating in Spartan Athletics during the 2019-2020 school year?  Click Here: Coaches-Info-Flyer-2019-2020.  Please contact the coach of the program(s) in which you are interested to get more information about off season workouts.


Register and pay online, bring current physical, and pick up your Golden Ticket at the Treasurer’s office.

We are excited to offer the convenience of online registration and parent permission forms through FamilyID ( PLEASE NOTE: ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE ONLINE

  1. Preregistration (ONLY if you are new to DPS or have not yet created an account)                    Setup your MySchoolBucks Account: Create a MySchoolBucks (MSB) account or link your existing MSB account by logging into the Parent Portal ( , clicking on the Students Payments via MySchoolBucks button and then the MySchoolBucks link.
    • If you are a new MySchoolBucks user, click on the green New MySchoolBucks User button and follow the prompts
    • If you are an existing MySchoolBucks user (for meal accounts), click on the orange Existing MySchoolBucks User button and enter your MSB username and password. You will receive an email confirming the linkage of your existing MSB and Parent Portal accounts.
  2. Register Online:
  3. Payment: Click the green Pay & Submit button and follow the prompts, enter your DPS Parent Portal Username and Password when prompted
  4. Physical Exam – Expires every 365 days. Current physical should be turned into Ms. Carla Allen (Treasurer/Athletics Office)
  5. Planet HS Account (formerly known as ArbiterAthlete) – text S41176 to 69274 and follow prompts and save/submit.
  6. Not a student at TJ?  See information and link below for an additional step for Students Without a Program (SWOP).

Returning Spartans need to log into their FamilyID account, update info as needed, register for sport, and pay fees. First time Registering Spartans will need to create a FamilyID profile and answer all of the emergency contact information, etc. in addition to registering and payment of fees. If there is not an N/A option for medical questions, please just answer no.

NOTE: If you do not have a Parent Portal account, go to, click on Getting Started and complete the Registration Form.  You will receive an email with account activation instructions.  Once your Parent Portal account is set up, follow the steps above.

**Please access our frequent Q&A section here: FamilyID Q&A or visit the Athletics Page on the school website at for more information about specific sports.

Visit for more information on the implementation of MySchoolBucks, including a user guide that can be translated into multiple languages and contact information if you need support.

Golden Ticket Process

In order to participate in athletics each student must receive their “golden ticket” from the athletic office prior to the first day of practice. This ticket verifies for the Head Coach of each program that the student athlete has paid their pay to play fee, submitted the FamilyID registration, created an account in PlanetHS (formerly knowns as ArbiterAthlete), and provided a copy of their current sports physical to the athletic office. Student athletes aren’t cleared to practice until they turn in their golden ticket to their coach.

Pay to Play Fee

2019 -2020 school year high school athletic (pay to play) fees are as follows:

  • $60 per sport season if paid and registered on-line
  • $10 per sport season if approved FRL (free/reduced lunch) paperwork is completed and submitted and payment and registration is completed and submitted on-line
    • FRL rates are available for any DPS enrolled student after FRL paperwork is approved

Sports Physical Information

A copy of your student’s current sports physical must be on file with the athletics office in order to participate. Be sure to make a copy for your own records before emailing it to our Athletic Secretary Carla Allen, or hand delivering it to her or Ms. Rice the Athletic Director in the main office.

All DPS students are eligible to get a free sports physical through the Denver Health School Based Clinics. The clinic here at TJ will open for the year on August 11th, at which time you may call 720-423-7190 to schedule an appointment. Other locations that are open throughout the summer include Place Bridge Academy in southeast Denver (720-424-2050) and the Evie Dennis Campus in the far northeast (720-423-7610). You will need to complete the Denver Health application and consent form prior to receiving services. You can download these forms below if needed:


Denver Health Application/Consent – English

Denver Health Application/Consent – Spanish


CHSAA now uses PlanetHS (formerly known as ArbiterAthlete) to collect CHSAA eligibility and school information for athletic programs.  Athletes should follow the directions below to sign up:

To create an account on PlanetHS & follow THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL from your phone, text S41176 to 69274.

Text HELP to 69274 for more information. Text STOP to 69274 to opt out. Msg & Data rates may apply. The wireless carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. Number of messages vary per user.

Transfer Student

If your student attended a different high school at any point in the previous school year they are considered a transfer student and must submit a transfer waiver.  Transfer Process Instructions: Transfer Process_Step By Step Instructions . Contact AD Anne Rice with questions at

Students may not play in any games until cleared.  Students may practice while being processed (with golden ticket).

Students Without a Program (SWOP)

If your student attends a school that does not offer a program they are allowed to try out at a school that does offer the program.  The following requirements should be taken into consideration:

  1. If the school the student attends offers a sport or program the student must participate at that school.
  2. Students should locate and choose to participate at the school that offers the most options based on their interests.  (They should only be playing at their school of attendance and one other school).
  3. Students are encouraged to select the school closest to them based on school of attendance or home address.
  4. Once students have selected a school to participate with and established eligibility, any change in participation is considered an athletic move and will be subject to all CHSAA transfer rules and  policies.

All students who will be participating in a sport that is not offered at their school of attendance must complete the following form and submit in order to receive approval for participation.

Form:  Student without a program

TJ Parent & Athlete Information: Parent – Athlete Info

CHSAA Bylaws

Thomas Jefferson High School is a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association.  Click here for the 2017-2018 CHSAA Constitution and Bylaws.

Admission to Games

DPS schools collect admission to many sporting events, which in turn helps fund and promote our athletics programs at TJ.  Outside sports do not collect admission unless the game is played at All-City Stadium.  Generally, inside sports (basketball, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, wrestling) collect admission.  Tournaments and CHSAA playoff games will have separate pricing.

DPS Admission Prices*:

$5.00 for Adults

$3.00 for students without athletic pass/sticker

$1.00 for Senior Citizens (65 and +)

$1.00 for Elementary students

FREE for children under 3

Post-season games and tournament admission prices may be different – please check ahead of game times.

Adults and Students – Get Your Season Pass!  Season Passes are $60 each, and can be purchased from our treasurer. A Season Pass gets you into all DPS league games (no post-season/tournaments) for FREE throughout the school year.  If you plan to attend 12 or more games throughout the year, it is worth the money!

*Subject to change per DPS policies

Useful Links

Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA)

TJ Sports on Max Preps – Find game/competition results

Proactive Coaching – Great resource for positive, character based approach to athletics

City Prep Radio – Local coverage of High School Athletics

Denver Post Preps – Local coverage of High School Athletics, game/competition results.

Coaches Information/Paperwork

Coaching Approval Form – Search for course titled “Concussion in Sports” – Annual CHSAA Coaches Test – CHSAA Coaches registration is required for anyone who does not hold a current teaching license. – Rate your game official – CPR Class Information for DPS


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