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

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 Winter Athletic Information 2018-2019

Upper School tryouts/practices will begin:

November 5 — Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball

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

Basketball

BOYS — GRADES 9-12

Practice/Tryouts begin Monday, November 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Practices and games will rotate between the Athletic Center and Blaustein Gyms. Practices will run from 4:15-6:15 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Equipment Required:

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

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

Boys’ Varsity Coach: Dia Clark (dclark@parkschool.net)

Boys’ Junior Varsity Coach: Kevin Connelly (Connellykjc@gmail.com)

GIRLS — GRADES 9-12

Practice/Tryouts begin Monday, November 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Practices and games will rotate between the Athletic Center and the Blaustein Gyms. Practices will run from 4-6 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Equipment Required:

  • Proper basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts and shirt
  • Water bottle recommended, not required

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

Girls’ Varsity Coach: Abby Paris (abpar001@mail.goucher.edu)

Girls’ Junior Varsity Coach: Derek Dodson (dricko69@gmail.com)


COED SQUASH

GRADES 9-12

Practice begins Monday, November 5 from 7:15-8:15 p.m. All practices will be at Meadow Mill Athletic Club (3600 Clipper Mill Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211). Practice will be Monday through Thursday.

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

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 includes racquets, eyewear, and balls. 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 2018-2019

Middle School basketball practices (girls and boys) will begin November 13

  • Boys’ and Girls’ “A” basketball teams will practice 5 days a week (M-F);
  • B/C teams will practice 4 days a week (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.

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

BASKETBALL

BOYS — GRADES 6-8

Practice begins Tuesday, November 13, 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
  • P.E. uniform shirt or Park Basketball practice jersey
  • Water bottle recommended, not required

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

A team coaches:
Neil Jennings (dittlez92002@yahoo.com) and Sam Polakoff

B team coach: Bryan Carter (bjcarter@bcps.k12.md.us)

C team coach: TBD

GIRLS —GRADES 6-8

Practice begins Tuesday, November 13, 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. The game schedule may require Friday games for B and C.

Equipment required:

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

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

A team coaches:
Maurice Johnson (m.johnsonjr@hotmail.com) and Sami Topolski-Meyerhoff

B team coach: TBD

C team coach: TBD


COED Squash

GRADES 6-8 

Practice begins Monday, November 12. All practices will be at Meadow Mill Athletic Club (3600 Clipper Mill Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211). Practices will run Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m. There will be a shuttle provided to and from practices that will leave the Athletic Center at 3:20 p.m. and return at approximately 4:50 p.m. (M/W) and 5:05 p.m. (F). Please visit the team web page for match locations and times. 

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 includes racquets, eyewear, and balls. 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.

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: https://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.