Preseason Information

Our collective goal is to provide positive and meaningful experiences for all students who participate in our program. There is no better place to learn life lessons than on an athletic field, court, or course. Teamwork, leadership, emotional control, confidence and self esteem, handling adversity, and commitment are just a few of the many benefits that participation on a team can help instill. We want to challenge students to take risks and compete outside their comfort zone. We hope to positively place student athletes allowing for maximum growth within a season. All students are encouraged to try a sport this year; regardless of experience, there is a place for everyone in our program. Take a risk, take a chance – try something new!

We are looking forward to a great year. Our doors are always open; please do not hesitate to reach out.

Read the entire Upper School fall preseason letter here.
Read the entire Middle School fall preseason letter here.


Robin Lowe

DIRECTOR of ATHLETICS
Girls' Programs
rlowe@parkschool.net
410-339-4150

Dia Clark

DIRECTOR of ATHLETICS
Boys' Programs
dclark@parkschool.net
410-339-4140
 

All athletes must return a Park School Annual Medical Statement to Jan Brant, the school nurse, before the start of the first practice. Park athletes are not permitted to begin any season without returning this form. (Please direct any questions to Jan Brant at 410-339-4149). Login to the Magnus Health portal to access it HERE.

Changes in the weekly practice and game schedule will be emailed to the parents of players using the Veracross system. 

Upper School Fall Athletic Information 2018-2019

Upper School Preseason tryouts/practices will begin:

August 13 — Boys’ Soccer
August 14 — Boys’ Cross Country
August 15 — Girls’ Soccer
August 20 — Field Hockey, Girls’ Cross Country and Tennis

  • Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Soccer and Field Hockey teams will practice M-F from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on main campus.
  • Boys’ and Girls’ JV Soccer teams will practice M-F 3:45-5:30 at Sugar Campus (1424 Hillside Road) — a daily shuttle will depart Park’s Athletic Center at 3:25 p.m. and return to campus at 6 p.m.
  • Girls’ Tennis practice will be M-F 3:45-5:30 at Stevenson University Greenspring Campus’ Tennis Courts — shuttle will depart Park at 3:25 p.m. and return to campus at 6 p.m.

Practice locations and times are listed below in each sport’s description.

Practice/Game changes will be updated on Veracross and sent out via email.

Uniforms will be issued to students for the season and it is their responsibility to manage them for the season and return it in a timely fashion after the last contest.

Expectations

  • Regular attendance at practice
  • Fully prepared for practice with necessary equipment
  • All absences must be communicated with Coach or Athletic Director
  • Best effort should be given at all times
  • Show respect for teammates, coaches, opponents, officials, and the game at all times
  • Leave bench areas cleaner than you found them
  • Represent Park School in a positive light at all times

Cross Country

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 20 at 3:45 p.m. Locker distribution at 3:15 p.m. prior to practice, please meet in lobby of Athletic Center. Please click here for the remainder of the preseason schedule. Meet schedules are available through Veracross and online. The season will run through Tuesday, October 30. Championships will be at Oregon Ridge Park.

Equipment Required:

  • Running shoes
  • Water bottle

Coaches: Paula Smith, Rachael Battin

BOYS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 14 at 8:30 a.m. Locker distribution will be at 8 a.m. prior to practice —please meet in lobby of Athletic Center. Please click here for the remainder of the preseason schedule. Meet schedules are available through Veracross and on the team page. The season will run through Wednesday, November 7. Championships will be at Oregon Ridge Park.

Equipment Required:

  • Running shoes
  • Water bottle

Coaches: John Kessinger, Daniel Jacoby 


FIELD HOCKEY

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 20 at 9 a.m. Locker distribution will be at 8:30 a.m. prior to practice, please meet in lobby of Athletic Center. Please click here for the remainder of the preseason schedule. Game schedules are available through Veracross and online. If weather requires indoor practices, the schedule rotates between early and late practices in the Athletic Center and Blaustein Gyms. We plan to field varsity and JV teams. Regular practice will be 3:30-5:30 rotating between Kelly (turf) and Tompkin fields. The season will run through the first week in November with the Championship game being played on Sunday, November 4.

Equipment Required:

  • Stick
  • Cleats
  • Running shoes
  • Mouth guard
  • Shin guards
  • NFHS approved field hockey goggles
  • Water bottle

Coaches: Kara Hickok (head), Essie Mallonee (asst), Sami Topolski (JV), Bill Pullin (GK coach and program assistant)


Tennis

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 20 at Stevenson University Greenspring Campus’ Tennis Courts. Please click here for the remainder of the Preseason schedule. If weather requires indoor practices, the schedule will rotate between early and late practices in the Athletic Center, except for days on which we are able to secure indoor tennis court space. We plan to field varsity and JV teams. Regular outdoor practice will be 3:45–5:30 at Stevenson University Greenspring Campus’ Tennis Courts. Transportation will be provided to and from Stevenson, or students can be picked up at Stevenson. The season will run through the third week in October with the IAAM Tournament running the week of October 22-26.

Equipment Required:

  • Racquet
  • Tennis shoes
  • Water bottle

Coaches: Deja Stewart (head), Betty Medalie (asst), JV: TBA


SOCCER

BOYS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 13 at 8:30 a.m. Locker and practice pinny distribution will be at 7:30 a.m. prior to practice, please meet in lobby of Athletic Center. Please click here for the remainder of the varsity preseason schedule. Click here for the remainder of the JV preseason schedule. Game schedules are available through Veracross and on the team page. If weather requires indoor practices, the schedule will rotate between early (3:45-5 p.m.) and late practices (5-6:15 p.m.) in the Athletic Center and Blaustein Gyms. There will be 2 teams, a Varsity and a JV.

Regular practice will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. (once school begins) rotating between Kelly (turf) and Boys’ Varsity fields. The season will run through October 26 with playoffs being the last week in October and the Championship game being played on November 4.

Equipment Required:

  • Cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Running shoes
  • Park Soccer practice pinny
  • Water bottle

Coaches: Gabe Kuhn, Brahema Molubah, Roger Seidenman ’85
Derrick Marcano, Eric Bitoude, Mike Stiller ’85

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 15 at 9 a.m. Locker distribution will be at 8:30 a.m. prior to practice, please meet in lobby of Athletic Center. Please click here for the remainder of the preseason schedule. Game schedules are available through Veracross and online. If weather requires indoor practices, the schedule rotates between early and late practices in the Athletic Center and Blaustein Gyms. We plan to field varsity and JV teams. Varsity practice will be 3:30–5:30 rotating between Kelly (turf) and Girls’ Varsity fields and JV practice will be at Sugar Campus 3:45-5:30. The season will run through the first week in November with the Championship game being played on Saturday, November 3.

Equipment required:

  • Cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Running shoes
  • Water bottle

Coaches: Andrew Gillis (head), Jeff Jennings (asst), Sam Schlosburg (JV) 


If you have athletics-related questions, please contact Robin Lowe, Director of Athletics — Girls' Programs, at 410-339-4150 or rlowe@parkschool.net, or Dia Clark, Director of Athletics — Boys' Programs, at 410-339-4140 or dclark@parkschool.net.

Middle School Fall Athletic Information 2018-2019

Middle School Athletic practices will run: September 4–November 1

  • Field Hockey and Girls’ Soccer will practice 5 days a week (M-F) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the main campus.
  • Boys’ Soccer A team will practice 5 days a week (M-F) 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the main campus.
  • Boys’ Soccer B team will practice 4 days a week (M-Th) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the main campus.
  • Coed Cross Country will practice 3 days a week (M,T,Th) from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on the main campus.

 

Practice/Game changes will be updated on Veracross and sent out via email.

Uniforms will be issued to students and it is the responsibility of the student to manage it for the season and return it in a timely fashion after the last contest.

Expectations

  • Regular attendance at practice
  • Fully prepared for practice with necessary equipment
  • All absences must be communicated with Coach or Athletic Director
  • Best effort should be given at all times
  • Show respect for teammates, coaches, opponents, officials, and the game at all times
  • Leave bench areas cleaner than you found them
  • Represent Park School in a positive light at all times

SOCCER

BOYS — GRADES 6-8

Practice begins Tuesday, September 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tryouts for the A and B Teams will be held on September 4 and 5 for all Middle School boys soccer players. There will be practice regardless of weather, so you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors. Please note that practices will be Monday–Friday for the “A” Team and Monday–Thursday for the “B” Team.

Equipment required:

  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Park School PE uniform shirt
  • Reversible practice pinny will be provided by the school
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required

Game jerseys will be issued by the school. You will be required to wear (and if need be, to purchase) black or white soccer game socks.

GIRLS —GRADES 6-8

Practice begins Tuesday, September 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Girls’ Varsity Field. There will be practice regardless of weather, so you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors. Please not that practices will be Monday–Friday for the “A” Team. Numbers will dictate whether we field 1 or 2 teams this fall. It appears there will only be one squad.

Equipment required:

  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle
  • Socks to cover shin guards

Game jerseys will be issued by the school. You will be required to wear (and if need be, to purchase) black or white soccer game socks.

Coach: Trudeau Smith 


FIELD HOCKEY

GIRLS — GRADES 6-8 

Practice begins Tuesday, September 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tompkins Field. There will be practice regardless of weather, so you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors. Please note that practices will be Monday–Friday for the “A” Team. Numbers will dictate whether we field 1 or 2 teams this fall. It appears as if we will only field one squad. 

Equipment Required:

  • Cleats or athletic shoes
  • Shin guards
  • Mouthpiece
  • Field hockey stick
  • Socks to cover shin guards
  • Water bottle

Game jerseys will be issued by the school. You will be required to wear (and if need be, to purchase) black or white soccer game socks.

Coaches: Caroline Volker (head), Erin Bartkowiak (asst)


CROSS COUNTRY

BOYS AND GIRLS — GRADES 6-8

Practice begins Tuesday, September 4 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Runners should meet in front of the Athletic Center. Practice will be on Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Meets/Races take place on Thursdays throughout the season for any interested Middle School runners. Running enthusiasts may also run with the varsity team during their practices.

*There is a requirement to run on the MS team, that a student be able to run for 5 consecutive minutes. If there is enough interest in participation from those who are aiming to reach the 5-minute requirement, there may be an additional running day to be added to the schedule.

Equipment Required:

  • Running shoes
  • Shorts
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required

Coaches: Paul Worley, David Rosen


If you have athletics-related questions, please contact Robin Lowe, Director of Athletics — Girls' Programs, at 410-339-4150 or rlowe@parkschool.net, or Dia Clark, Director of Athletics — Boys' Programs, at 410-339-4140 or dclark@parkschool.net.

FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SPORTS ACTIVITES

Dear Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents:

We would like to welcome you to Park School Athletics for the 2018-2019 school year and to introduce the Lower School Athletic offerings. Fourth and fifth grade students are given the opportunity to participate on a Park team and to compete, sport dependent, against other schools. The philosophy of our Lower School Athletic Program is for all students to have the opportunity to be on a team and to have balanced participation in games. Practice will be used to teach fundamentals of the sport as well as the strategies needed to be successful in scrimmage play in a supportive and positive manner. Our goals are for the kids to have fun, experience team play, and to insure that they are excited about continued participation in Park Athletics when they reach our Middle School.


Lower School Athletic Information 2018-2019

Schedules (when complete) are at the Park School website: http://www.parkschool.net/athletics/teams-and-schedules/, and on the Veracross Athletics Calendar.

Changes in the weekly practice and game schedule will be emailed to the parents of players using the Veracross system.

REMINDER REGARDING HEALTH FORMS: See INFORMATION FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE above.


FALL

Soccer — Grades 4-5

Field Hockey — Grades 4-5

SOCCER

GRADES 4-5
3:15-4:15 p.m.

Practice/Game pickup and drop-off: Practice will run from 3:15-4:15 on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, September 12. Students will meet coaches at the entrance to the Athletic Center and travel to 1 of the 3 west fields on our main campus (Boys’ Varsity Field, Girls’ Varsity Field, or Rosenberg Field). All 3 of the fields are in the rear of the Athletic Center and are easily accessible from one another. If for some reason the practice location should change, we will communicate the change via email. At 4:30 p.m., coaches will walk the students to carpool (main entrance of the school) for pick up. Those not picked up by 4:30 p.m. will be accompanied to Lower School Extended Day.

Games: we are in the process of arranging dates for a potential game (or two) with another school, but hope to have 2 Brown and White intra-squad games this season (dependent upon the number of participants). The games will fall within the normal practice days of Mondays and Wednesdays, but will require a larger time commitment than a normal practice. Most likely a game-day will occupy the hours of 3:15-5pm on your child's schedule. If we are able to travel to play another school, that will also add to the time commitment for that day. We will communicate additional game day information once the game dates are finalized.

Absences: If your child misses school or will miss practice or a game for any reason, please let us know so that we are able to account for all students. Feel free to send an email to athletics@parkschool.net and we will make sure it gets to the coaches.

Equipment Required for Soccer:

  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required
  • Gym shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice
  • Game jerseys will be provided by the School.

Coach: TBD

GIRLS — GRADES 4-5

Practice begins Monday, September 11 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity fields. Please note that all practices this fall for Lower School will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. All home games will be played on Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity fields.

Equipment Required for Soccer Teams:

  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required
  • Gym shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice
  • Game jerseys will be provided by the school.

Coach: TBD


FIELD HOCKEY

GRADES 4-5
3:15-4:15 p.m.

Practice/Game Pickup and drop-off: Practice will run from 3:15-4:30 on Mondays & Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, September 12. Students will meet coaches in Blaustein Gym II (pick up equipment) and travel to practice as a group (indoors in Blaustein Gyms, Kelly turf field or Tompkins field). If for some reason the practice location should change, we will communicate the change via email. At 4:15pm, coaches will walk the students to Carpool (main entrance of the school) for pick up and those who are not picked up by 4:40pm, will be accompanied to Lower School Extended Day.

Games: There will be no interscholastic competition this fall but we hope if our numbers allow we will play one or two Brown and White inter-squad scrimmages. More to come on that as the season continues. . .

Absences: If your child misses school or will miss practice or a game for any reason, please let us know so that we are able to account for all students. Feel free to send an email to athletics@parkschool.net and we will make sure it gets to the coaches.

Equipment Required:

  • Stick
  • Goggles
  • Mouthguard
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required
  • Shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice
  • Game jerseys will be provided by the school

Coach: Stradine Harris


SPRING

Boys’ Lacrosse — Grades 4-5

Girls’ Lacrosse — Grades 4-5

LACROSSE

BOYS — GRADES 4-5

Practice begins Monday, March 4, 2019 (weather permitting) from 3:15-4:30 p.m. on Tompkins Field. Please note that all practices this spring will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Home games will be played on Tompkins or Boys’ Varsity fields.

Equipment Required:

  • Stick
  • Helmet
  • Mouthguard
  • Gloves
  • Elbow/Arm pads
  • Shoulder pads
  • Athletic Supporter
  • P.E. reversible jersey
  • Athletic shorts
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required

Game jerseys will be provided by the school.

Questions? Contact Dia Clark at 410-339-4140 dclark@parkschool.net.

Coach: TBD

GIRLS — GRADES 4-5

Practice begins Monday, March 4, 2019 (weather permitting) from 3:15-4:30 p.m. on Rosenberg Field. Please note that all practices this spring will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. All home games will be played on Rosenberg Field. We will usually meet on Rosenberg Field, but if the weather is questionable players should check the whiteboard in the LS office for our indoor meeting place. There will be practice regardless of weather, so players should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors.

Please bring stick, mouthguard, a water bottle, and dress for outdoor play. If a player does not own a stick, they may borrow one on a daily basis and return it at the end of every practice. No Park School uniforms are needed — the school will provide game/scrimmage vests when needed.

Questions? Contact Stradine Harris at 410-339-7070 ext. 4519 or sharris@parkschool.net.

Equipment Required:

  • Stick
  • Goggles
  • Mouthguard
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required
  • Shorts and t-shirts will be acceptable for practice

Game jerseys will be provided by the school.


Lower School sports have been a tradition at Park. We are one of the very few schools who offer team sports at this level. Our parents have been tremendous supporters of this program and our kids’ participation has been outstanding. We hope that your child will join our teams and be a part of “Bruin Pride”. Please feel free to contact Robin Cardin Lowe rlowe@parkschool.net or Dia Clark dclark@parkschool.net should you have any questions.