Upper School Athletics
- To create competitive teams
- To enhance and refine fundamental skills and strengthen game strategies
- To develop an atmosphere of success
- To allow student-athletes to mature by facing the challenges inherent in competitive sports
- To develop and enhance qualities of leadership, commitment and responsibility
- To insist upon sportsmanship at all times
- To develop each student-athletes’s understanding of his/her role within the framework of a team
9th grade: two seasons of afternoon sports are required
10th grade: one season is required
11th and 12th grades: no sports requirement, but many student-athletes play one or more JV or varsity sports. Participation in athletics by 11th and 12th graders can also fulfill Physical Education requirements. See the Upper School Course Catalog for details.
Students who have demonstrated a clear course of study and solid commitment to an out-of-school sport may request an exemption from one athletic season at GFS. Since this out-of-school sport would replace an existing part of the school curriculum, both family and school must give careful thought to such a decision. Parents must write a letter to the Principal and Athletic Director to explain the reasons for the exemption. We want to support students in their passion and commitment to sports that we do not offer.
Establishing criteria for making a particular team—"varsity vs. junior varsity", "A" vs. "B", and/or the number of student-athletes on a given team—are the responsibility of the athletic director and the respective head coach, taking into consideration the school’s philosophy regarding athletics.
Teams may be adjusted to fit the needs of the student-athletes as required and at the discretion of the athletic director and the respective coaches.
Student-athletes may not play two different sports at GFS during the same season. GFS Athletics also adheres to all pertinent league rules regarding eligibility of student-athletes.
Membership on any team is a commitment from the opening day of practice through the last regular season game or match or any post season play such as the Friends Schools League playoffs or state tournaments. All student-athletes are expected to attend all games and practices. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to organize his or her time and priorities so that commitments to both academics and athletics are fulfilled. It is also the responsibility of the student-athlete to notify classroom teachers of absences or early dismissals from class at least one day prior to the occurrence when the absence or dismissal is caused by an athletic contest. The student-athlete is responsible to make up work resulting from such a dismissal. All student-athletes are expected to be at school on time the day following an athletic contest. In order for a student-athlete to be able to participate in a practice or a game, the student-athlete should be in school for the entire day. The appropriate principal, in consultation with the Athletic Directors, must approve exceptions to these policies.
Any team member who is injured but able to attend school is expected to be at all practices and games unless personally excused by the head coach, for physical limitations do not preclude a student-athlete from being able to assist the team in some way. If a student-athlete absolutely must miss a practice session or a game, the coach must be notified at least a day in advance. The coach and Athletic Director will make the final decision as to whether a student-athlete is excused. With any unexcused absence or with excessive excused absences from practices or games, the student-athlete’s membership on the team and receipt of an athletic credit will be subject to review.