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 winter preseason letter here.


Robin Lowe

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

Jenny Brennan

DIRECTOR of ATHLETICS
jbrennan@parkschool.net
410-339-4143

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

Upper School Winter Athletic Information 2017-2018

Upper School basketball tryouts/practices will begin:

November 8 — Girls
November 7 — Boys

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams will practice M-F, from 4:30-6:15 p.m.

Upper School Coed Squash practice will begin:

November 13

Coed Varsity Squash will practice M-Th, from 7:15-8:15 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 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

Basketball

BOYS — GRADES 9-12

Practice/Tryouts begin: Tuesday, November 7, from 3:30–5:30 p.m. Tryouts for the varsity & JV teams will be held in the Athletic Center on November 7 and 8. Practices and games will rotate between the Athletic Center and the Blaustein Gyms. Practices will run from 4:30-6:15 p.m. unless otherwise stated. 

Equipment Required:

  • Proper basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts
  • Park basketball practice jersey
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required

Uniforms for games will be distributed by the school for use during the season and return afterward.

Varsity Coach: Gary Block (garyblock5@gmail.com)
Junior Varsity Coach: Anthony Adams (Anthonyadams1217@yahoo.com)

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice/Tryouts begin: Wednesday, November 8, from 3:30–5:30 p.m. Tryouts for the varsity & JV teams will be held in the Athletic Center. Practices and games will rotate between the Athletic Center and the Blaustein Gyms. Practices will run from 4:30-6:15 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Equipment Required:

  • Proper basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts
  • Park basketball practice jersey
  • Water bottle recommended but not required

Uniforms for games will be distributed by the school for use during the season and return afterward. 

Varsity Coach: Jenny Brennan (jbrennan@parkschool.net)

Junior Varsity Coach: Dee Farmer (dfarmer@mdtigers.com)


Coed Squash

BOYS and GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice will begin Monday, November 13 from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at Meadow Mill Athletic Club (3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211).

There will be a shuttle that is provided only to matches. Transportation is required for practices and returns from matches. Please visit the team webpage for match locations and times.

Equipment Required:

  • Racquet (available as loaners for first 2 weeks)
  • Eye guard (available as loaners for first 2 weeks)
  • Non-marking tennis shoes
  • Balls will be provided

Equipment packages are available for purchase, which include racquets, eyewear, and ball. Contact Coach Heffernan for more information.

Coach:

Peter Heffernan (Peterh@meadowmill.com)


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 Winter Athletic Information 2017-2018

Middle School athletic practices will begin:

  • November 13 — Girls
  • November 13 — Boys

Boys' and Girls' Basketball "A" teams will practice 5 days a week (M-F); B/C teams will practice 4 days (M-Th) All MS basketball practices for boys and girls will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Coed Squash will practice 3 days a week (M, W, F) from 3:45-4:30 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.

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

Basketball

BOYS — GRADES 6-8

Practice begins: Monday, November 13, and runs daily from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tryouts for the A, B, and C teams will be held on November 13 and 14. Practices will rotate between the Athletic Center and the Blaustein gyms, with games being held in Blaustein. Please note that practices will be Monday-Friday for the A-team and Monday-Thursday for the B and C teams.

Equipment required:

  • Proper basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts
  • PE uniform shirt or Park basketball practice jersey
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required

Uniforms for games will be distributed by the school for use during the season and return afterward.

Coaches:

A team: Sam Polakoff (samuel@cormonydevelopment.com)
B team: Matt Diana (matts.diana@gmail.com)
C team: Neil Jennings (dittlez92002@yahoo.com

GIRLS — GRADES 6-8

Practice begins: Monday, November 13, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Team placement for the A and B teams will be held on November 13 and 14. Practices will rotate between the Athletic Center and the Blaustein gyms, with games being held in Blaustein. Please note that practices will be Monday-Friday for the A team and Monday-Thursday for the B team. The game schedule may require Friday games for B.

Equipment Required:

  • Proper basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts
  • P.E. uniform shirt or Park basketball practice jersey
  • Water bottle recommended, but not required

Uniforms for games will be distributed by the school for use during the season and return afterward.

Coaches:

A team​: Derek Dodson (dricko69@gmail.com)
B team​: Maurice Johnson (m.johnsonjr@hotmail.com)


Co-Ed Squash

BOYS and GIRLS — GRADES 6-8 

Practice begins: November 15.

All practices will be at Meadow Mill Athletic Club (3600 Clipper Mill Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211). There will be a shuttle provided to and from practices that will leave the Athletic Center at 3:30 and return at approximately 4:50. Please visit the team webpage for match locations & times.

**​ ​We​ ​will​ ​need​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​8​ ​players​ ​to​ ​run​ ​the​ ​program​ ​this​ ​season.​ ​ ​There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fee​ ​for squash​ ​participation​ ​**

Equipment Required:

  • Racquets & eye guards (available as loaners for first 2-weeks,)
  • Non-marking tennis shoes
  • Balls will be provided

Equipment packages are available for purchase which include racquets, eyewear, and balls. Contact Peter Heffernan at Peterh@meadowmill.com for more information.

​Coach: Peter Heffernan (Peterh@meadowmill.com)


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. Questions about Coed Squash should be directed to Jenny Brennan, Director of Athletics, at 410-339-4143 or jbrennan@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.