Team Composition and Divisions

Any student choosing to participate on an athletic team in grades 5-8 will have every opportunity to do so. If an unusually large number of students turnout for a particular sport, efforts will be made to form additional teams to accommodate students. Head coaches, with the aid of their assistants, will assign students to teams.

Ninth – twelfth grade student athletes constitute the Varsity team. The Varsity team will consist primarily of 9th -12th graders and in some instances 8th graders (tennis, golf and track). This team will play against other Varsity teams in either the G.I.S.A.L or the I.S.A.L.

The 7th/8th grade students become the Middle School Traveling Team when referring to scheduling. The traveling team will consist of 7th/8th graders and all 7th/8th graders who are interested in playing will not be denied the opportunity to be on the team. This team will play against other 7th/8th grade teams. 

The 5th/6th grade teams are considered “club” teams. These club teams will compete and practice together as part of a developmental program to prepare them for our traveling teams in the 7th and 8th grades. Skill development and sportsmanship are the foundation of the program and are emphasized daily. 

Team captains are chosen by coaches to act as models of good conduct for all team members.

The head coach of the team will make every effort to play each student athlete in every game during the regular schedule and in any playoff game. There may be circumstances, however, in which not all team members will play in each game. The coach will make all decisions regarding substitutions.
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