Middle School Athletics
We treat athletics as a natural extension of the classroom experience at St. John's, an integral and meaningful part of each student's overall education.
Our approach is to provide students with healthy challenges – to improve or learn new sports and to gain important lessons about teamwork, respect for opponents, respect for officials and good sportsmanship. We also want students to learn the meaning of wellness – a full commitment to the physical aspect of sports, but also to the social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual aspects of developing the whole person.
Students in grade 6 may participate in any of our intramural programs. Students in grades 7 and 8 have the opportunity to compete in an interscholastic sport each season. Middle School students are not eligible to participate in the High School athletics program.
Student-athletes must make a commitment to attend all practice sessions, contests and team meetings; students cannot miss practices and/or games because of outside teams or groups.
Most practices are weekdays after school, Tuesday through Friday. Practices will be completed by 4:30 pm most days. Exceptions may include off-campus games that end later in the afternoon or evening. No official practice may be held without a St. John’s Preparatory School coaching staff member present.
Middle School interscholastic athletics (grade 7 and 8) typically begin the week following the start of the High School season; Middle School athletics typically will end the week before the High School season ends. Prior to each season, the Athletic Department will send out notification with specific date(s). Interscholastic teams for the Middle School are:
- Fall: cross country, developmental fencing, football, soccer
- Winter: basketball, hockey, swimming, wrestling
- Spring: baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track & field
All candidates for athletic teams must meet the following requirements prior to attending any tryouts or practice sessions:
- Submit a completed physical to the Nurse’s Office. Date of physical must be within 13 months of the start of the season. More information here.
- Complete an ImPact test. More information here.
- Demonstrate parent/guardian permission to participate, noted on the Parent/Student Handbook.
- Demonstrate and maintain academic eligibility.
- Fulfill all financial obligations to the School and return all equipment issued the previous season.
- Remain in good standing in connection with disciplinary issues.
Students transferring to St. John’s must work with the Athletic Director to ensure eligibility for participation in the interscholastic athletic program. The Principal is responsible for declaring eligibility of all transfer students.
In interscholastic Middle School sports, coaching decisions related to playing time and roster selection aim to benefit the development and progress of each player and the team, as a whole. There is a limit to the number of players on some Middle School interscholastic teams. Accordingly, players may be encouraged to try out for another team or join one of the intramural programs offered on campus.
As part of student growth and development, coaches will communicate their expectations to players and provide appropriate feedback. Students are encouraged to approach their coaches with any concerns or questions they may have.