Athletics and Physical Education

Students may satisfy the physical education requirement in a number of ways. In each of the sports seasons—fall, winter, and spring—students may participate in either interscholastic athletics or the physical education (PE) program. Each student must accumulate six credits to meet the graduation requirement. One credit is given for each season of participation in a PE class, and 1½ credits are given for each season of interscholastic athletics. Thus, a student who participates on teams during two of the three seasons will meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade year. A student who participates only in the PE program needs to be involved in each of the seasons to meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade. Students may also accumulate credits by playing on teams some seasons and participating in PE during others. Managing a team, regardless of level, will earn one credit. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement prior to the junior year.

Physical Education

The mission of the Physical Education program is to provide students with a basic foundation of motor and manipulative skills, an understanding of the importance of physical fitness and sport, and the opportunity to develop effective personal and social skills. Students are provided with the opportunity and information necessary to make decisions about physical activity for their personal challenge, enjoyment, health, self-expression, and social interaction. Our goal is to promote a positive learning environment that meets the needs and abilities of all students, and encourages them to maintain a physically active lifestyle.

Options for PE may include:

  • Challenge Course Leadership
  • Fitness Training
  • Game Day Worker
  • PE Leadership
  • Team Manager
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga

Interscholastic Athletics

Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports
 Boys' Cross Country  Boys' Basketball  Boys' Baseball
 Boys' Soccer  Girls' Basketball  Boys' Lacrosse
 Girls' Cross Country  Girls' Indoor Soccer  Boys' Tennis
 Girls' Field Hockey  Co-ed Squash  Girls' Lacrosse
 Girls' Soccer  Team Manager  Girls' Softball
 Girls' Tennis    Team Manager
 Team Manager    

 

interscholastic athletics –– commitment and placement

It is a privilege for an athlete to represent The Park School; we take great pride in our athletic program. There is much to be learned and gained by participating on our interscholastic teams. All athletes choosing to join a team must understand that they are making a serious commitment to the goals of the program. Each team member is expected to fulfill team and school expectations; failure to do so may jeopardize an athlete’s opportunity to participate on a Park team.

Placement is a combination of many factors including experience, skill, commitment, social and emotional maturity, equal roster size across teams, and positions needed at each level. Grade level is not the determining factor for team placement; each player will be evaluated during the team placement period and positively placed by the coaches on the appropriate team. Sportsmanship is a key component for every program at every level.

levels of competition

Varsity

This is the most competitive level. There are greater demands on athletes’ time; practices are longer and there are more games, including tournaments and possible weekend practices and competitions. Playing time is determined primarily by skills and attitude and is not guaranteed.

Junior Varsity

Competition is at a high level. There are definite demands on the student-athletes’ time. The teaching of rules, skills, and strategies is key. Sophisticated teamwork and expectations for skills development included in coaches’ goals. All students will get meaningful playing time over the course of the season but not necessarily equal playing time. Playing time is determined by effort, attendance, skill, and sport IQ.

Freshman/Sophomore

This option exists when there is a sufficient number of student athletes wishing to play a sport. This level provides a competitive experience for those individuals who do not make the JV team. Skills, strategies, and rules are emphasized, and there is an attempt to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to play in games.

Requirements

Six credits of physical education are required for graduation.

One credit is given for each season of participation in a PE class, and 1.5 credits are given for each season of interscholastic athletics. Thus, a student who participates on teams during two of the three seasons will meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade year. A student who participates only in the PE program needs to be involved in each of the seasons to meet the requirement by the end of the tenth grade. Students may also accumulate credits by playing on teams some seasons and participating in PE during others. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement prior to the junior year.