The re-launch of Upper School athletics activities has been successful, with over 125 students signed up to participate in the first regular season, Season 1, which will include the traditional fall sports: Cross Country, Boys Golf, Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis, Girls Volleyball, and Boys Ultimate. Pre-season workouts started last week, and Season 1, including competitions against other schools, will officially begin on February 15.
“We have been preparing for this moment for a long time, and it’s exciting to finally have the opportunity to engage with the student-athletes again,” said Athletics Director Jo Ito. The recent transition to Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery was an important step towards being in the position to offer a robust first sports season. “A lot of things had to fall into place to get to this point, and we all hope that COVID-19 developments will continue to improve so that we can offer Seasons 2 and 3 later in the school year.”
Season 2 is slated to include the traditional spring sports: Girls Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Track & Field, and Girls Ultimate. It is scheduled to begin March 29 and end on May 15. Pending COVID-19 developments, the basketball teams will cap off this year’s modified sports schedule in Season 3 starting on May 10, and ending on June 26. Athletics Director Jo Ito shared, “It will feel odd playing basketball games in the spring, but we are optimistic and believe it will be possible to engage in competitions by then. Asking basketball families to commit to a season that extends past our graduation date is uncharted territory for us, but I am confident we will get their buy-in.”
The coaches’ abilities to adapt to an ever-changing, re-imagined way of running athletics activities has been remarkable, and their hard work is clearly paying off. The reactions witnessed around at the various practices throughout the past couple of weeks show how much everyone missed being part of the athletics program. “It has been so fun to see people in person and to reconnect with my teammates,” said Carolina H. ’22, member of the Girls Varsity Soccer team. Her teammate Addie Z. ’22 was especially excited to meet the new players. She shared, “Making new connections and welcoming the first time players on the team has been great.” Athletics Department Intern Sam Paul-Barrette said, “After months of working behind the scenes, it’s been an absolute pleasure seeing our student-athletes back in action with scrimmages and competitive drills, and I can’t wait for competitions to begin soon.”