Miners Teams

Playing to Learn—and to Win!

Organized sports begin with Upper Elementary teams (4th – 6th grade), continue with Middle School teams (7th and 8th grade) and finish with Upper School teams (9th – 12th grade). We field ten competitive teams: boys’ and girls’ basketball, co-ed cross country, co-ed golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ tennis, baseball, co-ed swimming and girls’ volleyball.

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Planes of Participation

Upper Elementary (Developmental 4-6 years): The objectives of the Upper Elementary program are improvement through participation and the introduction of basic skills. Coaches will also teach basic rules and principles of the game. Upper Elementary athletics will allow each student the opportunity to participate and grow in sportsmanship and character. Each athlete will be allowed to participate in every game contingent on his or her readiness and participation in practice. Coaches will have the expectations of positive partnership with parents in regards to the development of the student athlete’s skill development outside the practice and game setting.

Middle School (Practiced 7-8 years): The objectives of the middle-school program are improvement through participation and the continued development of basic skills. Middle-school athletics will allow each student the opportunity to participate and grow in sportsmanship and character thru higher-level competitive experiences. Parents and players should understand that playing time on MS teams looks more balanced, though not “equal” as compared to Upper Elementary teams. Playing time will be maximized based on their readiness and participation in practice. Coaches will continue to partner with parents in the skill development of student athletes. In some sports, 5th and 6th year students are eligible to participate on a middle school team. *Placement on a middle school team will be based on a player’s ability to make a significant contribution to a middle school team.

Upper School (Mastery 9-12 years):
The objective of the varsity level is to exhibit impeccable sportsmanship and excellence. Varsity athletics is highly competitive and advanced. At this level, the athlete will be scrutinized more thoroughly in his character, ability, readiness, and skills. The most qualified athletes will be allowed on the varsity team. Playing time will be at the discretion of the coach