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Athletic Philosophy

Athletics at James River Day School is an integral part of the school's total educational program.

The James River Day School athletic program for students in grades five through eight supports the development of the complete scholar, leader, and citizen through involvement in team sports. Knowing that a well-exercised, competitive, young person can learn about him or herself on the athletic field in a way difficult to match in other areas of the school, our athletic programs provide opportunities for all students to be part of a team. Students at this level have a wide range of abilities that will change as they grow; we endeavor to provide a program that is inclusive and developmentally appropriate. It is a time to enjoy the excitement of competition and learn the value of a win as well as a loss.

The James River Day School athletic mission and philosophy is achieved through:

  • Developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and teamwork necessary for the students to have a positive experience, to achieve their fullest potential, to strive for success, to be confident about their place in the world, and to represent James River Day School proudly on the athletic field.
  • Stressing a proactive partnership of coaches, faculty, parents, and students.
  • Being an integral part of the educational program, stressing trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring, responsibility and good citizenship.

Athletic Offerings:
Students in grades five through eight may participate on the following athletic teams:

Fall: Winter: Spring:
Co-Ed Cross Country Boys' Basketball Girls' Lacrosse
Co-Ed Soccer Girls' Basketball  Boys' Lacrosse
Volleyball    

The level of participation is arranged for each boy and girl appropriate to his or her age, development, ability, and interest, while maintaining an element of fun throughout all levels of our program. Programs for 5th and 6th graders put a greater emphasis on participation and skill development. Players can expect to learn the fundamentals of the sport and rules of play. Competition at this level may or may not involve interscholastic events. In sports where competition at this level is available with other programs, the Athletic Director and/or coach will seek games with those programs. Opportunities to compete will also be available in the form of scrimmage games with teammates or other James River Day School squads. The goal of participation at this level is to learn the game, learn to manage practice times, learn to be part of a team, and develop the skills necessary to compete interscholastically at the 7th and 8th grade level.

As athletes advance to the 7th and 8th grade, while skill development, game knowledge and the responsibility of being a member of a sport team continue to be a priority more emphasis is placed on playing strategically for the win. Practice requirements at this level will increase and students are expected to attend ALL practice sessions with focus and effort. Play time may be affected by attendance and focus at practice sessions. The 7th and 8th grade teams will be primary school representatives at interscholastic competitions.

The purpose of the athletic program, regardless of age level, is for each athlete to develop a healthy lifestyle, recreational skills and to learn commitment, self-discipline, self-sacrifice, sportsmanship, cooperation, citizenship, loyalty and pride in one’s self and school community. Athletics also provide opportunities for students to learn to deal with adversity. Some practice time will be devoted to specific lessons on these critical components of character development.

Athletic Eligibility:

As a member of an athletic team, each student becomes a representative of James River Day School and must accept responsibility for his or her actions on and off the field. Team members are expected to be in good academic standing, to attend all practices and games, and to show respect to their coach, their teammates, their opponents, and game officials.
Prior to the start of the school year, parents are required to attend a mandatory athletics meeting to review athletic policies as well as player and parent expectations. Students and parents must sign a copy of the Parent/Player Code of Conduct. A signed copy of the Code of Conduct and a completed VHSL sports physical must be on file with the Athletic Director by the first day of practice in order for a student to participate with the team. The VHSL sports physical forms are available on the Forms & Publications page of the school website.  The Code of Conduct forms will be handed out by the Athletic Director and team coaches when practice for that season begins.

GO, CARDINALS!