My Child Is a Student Athlete, Now What Do I Do?
It’s a major adjustment when a child decides to play a sport at school. It can be an exciting time for the entire family, and with this excitement sometimes comes the anxiety of the unknown. Relax, it will all be ok! We have a fully inclusive athletic program at Friends Select School. Your child will not be cut from a team, and our dedicated and qualified coaches will always work with your child to help them improve their skills and grow as an athlete and person. We also have a certified athletic trainer who will help if your child is injured. This sports medicine professional will assess, treat, and help rehab our student athletes. Please make sure to utilize this benefit and encourage your child to see them with any physical issues.
At Friends Select, we utilize our athletics Twitter account as a vehicle for information as well as highlights and pictures, so be sure to follow us (@FSSAthletics). This is the first place to check if the weather could become an issue; we try to make all event decisions by 1:00 p.m. when possible. Our Twitter feed can be found on the right-hand side of our athletics page of the Friends Select website. That page also contains our philosophy, a college prep checklist, team schedules, past award winners, and practice and game locations. Now, let’s talk about practices and games.
Middle school practices are usually held from 2:20-3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are no weekend commitments in our middle school program. Attendance is expected at every practice and game. Fifth graders do not have a sports requirement, but 6th through 8th graders are required to participate in at least one season of athletics at Friends Select. This helps student athletes build community, experience a sense of dedication to a team, and enjoy the many benefits of playing a sport in a supportive environment.
In the upper school, practices begin after school and are usually finished by 5:30 p.m. This may be different for basketball, whose practices sometimes end around 6:30 p.m. because we share the gym with many of our basketball teams. Attendance is mandatory at every practice and game. We appreciate that by upper school, student athletes are advocating for themselves and communicating with coaches about excused absences (religious holidays, illnesses, academic reasons, etc.). There is no sport requirement in our upper school, but we do have an activity requirement that may be fulfilled by participating in a sport. Students may also be managers, statisticians, and even photographers.
Please be sure to attend our September middle school and upper school coffee meetings if you have specific questions. You may also reach out directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I look forward to meeting you and getting to know our new student athletes. Go Falcons!