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 middle school fall preseason letter here.
Read the entire upper school fall preseason letter
here.

 

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 e-mailed to the parents of players using the Veracross system. 

Upper School Fall Athletic Information 2017-2018

Upper School preseason tryouts/practices will begin:

August 15 — Boys’ Cross Country and Boys’ Soccer
August 21 — Field Hockey, Girls’ Cross Country, Girls’ Soccer, and Girls’ Tennis 

Days of the week, times, and practice locations below are effective when the school year begins on August 30. Preseason practice days and times may vary. Please see team sections below for details.

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Soccer & Field Hockey teams will practice M-F, from 3:30–5:30 p.m. on main campus.

Boys’ and Girls’ JV Soccer will practice 3:45-5:30 p.m. at Sugar Campus (1424 Hillside Rd.) — shuttle will depart Park at 3:30 p.m. and return to campus @ 5:50 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis practice will be M-F 4-5:30 p.m. at Stevenson University Greenspring Campus’ Tennis Courts — shuttle will depart Park at 3:30 p.m. and return to campus @ 5:50 p.m.

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 his/her responsibility 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

Cross Country

BOYS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 15 at 8:30 a.m.. Locker distribution 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 online. The season will run through Thursday, November 2. Championships will be at either Stevenson University (Greenspring Campus) or at McDaniel College…TBA

Equipment Required

  • Running shoes
  • Water bottle

Coaches: John Kessinger, Daniel Jacoby

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 21 at 10 a.m. Locker distribution at 9:45 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 online. The season will run through Tuesday, October 24. Championships will be at Stevenson University Greenspring Campus.

Equipment Required:

  • Running shoes
  • Water bottle

Coaches: Carla Guarraia, Rachael Battin


Field Hockey

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 21 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 p.m., rotating between Kelly (turf) and Tompkins fields. The season will run through the first week in November with the Championship game being played on November 5.

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), Yen Baker (program asst)


Soccer

BOYS — GRADES 9-12

Practice/Tryouts will begin on August 15 at 9 a.m. Locker and practice pinny 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. 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. 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 for Varsity, and practices will be at Sugar Campus for the JV. The regular season will run through October 27. Varsity playoffs will be the first week in November and the Championship game being played on November 5, with JV playoffs being on October 27 and the JV Championship game being on October 31.

Equipment Required:

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

Coaches: Zack Flores, Tarik Walker, Roger Seidenman ’85, Derrick Marcano, Eric Bituode, Mike Stiller ‘85

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 21 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 hope to field varsity and JV teams, but numbers will dictate this. Regular practice will be 3:30-5:30 p.m., rotating between Kelly (turf) and Girls’ Varsity fields. The season will run through the first week in November with the Championship game being played on November 5.

Equipment Required:

  • Cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Running shoes
  • Water bottle

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


Tennis

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin on August 21 at 3 p.m. 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 4-5:30 p.m. 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 16-19.

Equipment Required:

  • Racquet
  • Tennis shoes
  • Water bottle

Coaches: Rommel Loria (head), Betty Medalie (asst), Katherine Socha (asst), John White (asst)


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 2017-2018

Middle School athletic practices will run:
September 6-November 3

Field Hockey games and practices will be 5 days a week (M-F) 3:30-4:30 on main campus.

Boys’ & Girls’ Soccer games and practices will be 5 days a week (M-F) 3:30-4:30 for A team and 4 days a week (M-Th) 3:30-4:30. All practices and games will be on the main campus.

Coed Cross Country will practice 3 days a week (M,T, Th) from 3:30-4:30 on main campus.

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 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

Cross Country

CO-ED — GRADES 6-8

Practice begins: Thursday, September 7 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. — runners should meet in front of the Athletic Center. Practice will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. There are open races 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.

Equipment required:

  • Running shoes
  • Water bottle.

Coaches: Rich Espey, Paul Worley 


Field Hockey

GIRLS — GRADES 6-8 

Practice begins Wednesday, September 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Rosenberg 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 team this fall. 

Equipment Required:

  • Cleats or athletic shoes
  • Shin guards
  • Mouthpiece
  • Field hockey stick
  • Water bottle
  • Socks to cover shin guards
    • You will be required to wear (and if needed, to purchase) black socks for game days.

Coaches: Caroline Roche, Erin Bartkowiak 


Soccer

BOYS — GRADES 6-8

Practice Begins: Wednesday, September 6, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Tryouts for the A and B Teams will be held on the Main Campus on September 6th and 7th for all Middle School boys soccer players. Both “A” and “B” Teams will practice on the Main Campus. 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.

Students should meet on Boys’ Varsity Field for the first day of tryouts.

Equipment Required:

  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Park School PE uniform shirt
  • Reversible practice pinney will be provided by the school
  • Water bottle
  • Game jerseys will be issued by school
  • You will be required to wear (and if needed, to purchase) black or white soccer game socks.

Coaches: TBA

GIRLS — GRADES 6-8

Practice Begins: Wednesday, September 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the Main Campus. 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 there will only be one squad.

Equipment Required:

  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle
  • Socks to cover shin guards
    • You will be required to wear (and if needed, to purchase) black socks for game days.

Coaches: Andrew Bullis, Vijay Dani


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 2017-2018 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 2017-2018

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.

All Practices will run from 3:15-4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays during the season.


FALL

Boys’ Soccer — Grades 4-5

Girls’ Soccer — Grades 4-5

Field Hockey — Grades 4-5

SOCCER

BOYS — 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.

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.

Coach: TBD

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.

FIELD HOCKEY

GIRLS — GRADES 4-5

Practice begins Monday, September 11 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Rosenberg Field. Please note that all practices this spring for Lower School 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 you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors. Please bring your stick, mouth guard, a water bottle and dress for outdoor play. If you don't own a stick, you may borrow a stick 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-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 5 (weather permitting) from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Tompkins Field. Please note that all practices this spring for Lower School will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Home games will be played on Tompkins or Boys’ Varsity field.

Equipment Required: Stick, helmet, gloves, athletic supporter, shoulder pads, elbow/arm pads and mouthguard, (water bottle recommended but not required), shorts and T-shirt will be acceptable for practice. Game jerseys will be provided by the school. Please contact Dia Clark if you need assistance attaining equipment

Coach: TBD

GIRLS’ — GRADES 4-5

Practice begins Monday, March 5 (weather permitting) from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Rosenberg Field. Please note that all practices this spring for Lower School 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 you should bring gym shoes in case practice is moved indoors. Please bring your stick, mouth guard, a water bottle and dress for outdoor play. If you don't own a stick, you may borrow a stick on a daily basis and return 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-shirt will be acceptable for practice
  • Game jerseys will be provided by the school

Coach: Stradine Harris


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, Dia Clark dclark@parkschool.net should you have any questions.