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Philosophy of Middle School Athletics

The primary focus of middle school athletics is to teach basic fundamentals and general team concepts. In many cases athletes will be playing the sport in an organized setting for the first time.  Most of our sports at the middle school level have an A and a B team.  This is done to give more players the opportunity to play, but it also helps in recognizing the vast degree of change that occurs between sixth and eighth grades. 

We want our teams to experience winning and losing while always being challenged to work hard to improve. The middle school A teams are often those that simply have more mature athletes, and if those athletes do not continue to work hard, they will be passed up by others at the high school level.

Goal of Middle School Athletics

Each player will have a positive experience in an encouraging environment that pushes them to work hard to pursue excellence in their sport all the way through high school.

Keys to Middle School Athletics - A Teams

  1. The goal is to provide all athletes the opportunity to play but this is not required and may not occur in close games or tournament games.
  2. Emphasis and coaching will be on basic fundamentals as determined by the head varsity coach for that sport.
  3. A team sports place value on winning but a high value is still placed on game experience.
  4. Any age player can be on the A team but it will typically consist of eighth graders.

Keys to Middle School Athletics - B Teams

  1. All athletes will get an opportunity to play.
  2. Emphasis and coaching will be on basic fundamentals as determined by the head varsity coach for that sport.
  3. A higher value is placed on game experience than on winning.
  4. Any age player can be on the B team.
  5. Some teams will be small enough that some players will play on both the A and B teams but this is not typical and avoided when possible.
  6. In most cases A and B team players will have the same practice schedule.