Athletics Department Information

Learning and growth for all athletes

The Bush athletic program provides opportunities for continued physical, social, and personal development in a challenging, supportive, and fun environment.

Athletics plays an essential role in The Bush School community, whether students are active participants or general supporters of the program. Dedicated coaches, most of whom are faculty members, make the athletic experience a time of learning and growth for all athletes. The coaching staff emphasizes fundamental technical, tactical, and emotional skills needed to succeed in interscholastic play while reinforcing positive values and social competencies such as sportsmanship, teamwork, perseverance, time-management, and ethical judgment. Participants are able to apply the outcome of these invaluable life lessons on and off the playing fields; during their time at Bush and beyond.

Bush Athletics includes opportunities for students in grades one through twelve. Approximately 70 percent of students in these grade levels participate in the athletic program. Bush follows a no-cut philosophy, which allows any student who demonstrates interest and shows commitment to be placed on a team. Athletes at The Bush School are asked to work hard, to be committed to their teams, and most importantly to have fun.

Core Beliefs

Blazers coaches, athletes and parents/guardians, and supporters…

  • Support the mission of The Bush School.
  • Believe that academic and athletic accomplishments can and should co-exist within an educational setting.
  • Believe that it is crucial for students of all ages to become and remain physically active on a regular basis.
  • Realize that athletic participation provides opportunities to learn both sport skills and character traits.
  • Set high expectations for student-athletes regarding commitment, persistence, and responsibility.
  • Understand that discipline, respect, and accountability are essential elements of success.
  • Provide a safe, trusting learning environment for student-athletes to experience growth, development, and success, regardless of the score or standings.
  • Understand that family involvement directly relates to the quality with which students experience sports.
  • Prioritize sportsmanship and the positive representation of The Bush School at all times.

Athletics Department Communication

Bush Blazers Athletics Department information, policies, and procedures are included below, as well as on the Athletic Training page.

General Athletics Department Announcements are posted on the Athletics page on the Bush portal. These announcements are also posted on the respective Division Info pages and sent out as part of the weekly Blazer Bulletin.

Team specific messages are sent to families by each head coach. Head coaches send weekly/bi-weekly messages to families which include the upcoming practice/game schedule and other relevant announcements.

Early dismissals for sports contests are published weekly:

  • Under “Athletics Announcements” on the Bush portal Athletics and Division Info tiles
  • In the weekly Blazer Bulletin
  • Through coach email updates
  • To faculty by email
  • To in-season athletes by email

Blazers Athletics Philosophy

The purpose of the Bush Athletics Program is to provide opportunities for continued physical, social, and personal development in a challenging, supportive, and fun environment.

Athletics play an essential role in The Bush School community, whether students are active participants or general supporters of the program. Dedicated coaches, many of whom are faculty members, make the athletics experience a time of learning and growth for all athletes. The coaching staff emphasizes fundamental technical, tactical, and emotional skills needed to succeed in interscholastic play while reinforcing positive values and social competencies such as sportsmanship, teamwork, perseverance, time-management, and ethical judgment. Participants are able to apply the outcome of these invaluable life lessons on and off the playing fields; during their time at Bush and beyond.

Bush Athletics includes opportunities for students in grades one through twelve. Approximately 70 percent of students in Middle School and Upper School participate in the Athletics Program. Bush follows a no-cut philosophy, which allows any student who demonstrates interest and shows commitment to be placed on a team. Athletes at The Bush School are asked to work hard, to be committed to their teams, and most importantly, to have fun.

Lower School Athletics

Lower School athletics teach students basic skills while emphasizing teamwork, sportsmanship, and the joys of athletics participation. Lower School teams generally practice two to three times a week and compete in contests coordinated by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).

Middle School Athletics

Middle School athletics teach fundamental technical, tactical, and emotional skills, which students can apply throughout their athletics career at The Bush School. Coaches are focused on providing a challenging, supportive, and fun environment. The targeted outcomes are students who are well equipped to succeed at the junior varsity and varsity levels, and who have developed a life-long love for sports and physical activity.

Middle School teams generally practice two to three times a week, mainly during the school day, and compete once or twice a week. The Bush School is a member of the CrossTown Middle School League. The league does not keep track of scores or standings. Its main focus is providing “healthy and fun activity through competition, good fellowship and sportsmanship”.

Upper School Athletics

Upper School athletics aims to develop students physically, emotionally, socially, and ethically. Upper School teams strive to be competitive with the top athletics teams in their leagues. More importantly, Upper School athletics participation provides student-athletes with exceptional opportunities to reach new heights, overcome adversity, experience moments of glory and tough losses, and learn to be a good teammate, which are important steps in the students’ character education. Upper School students and coaches are expected to embody the school’s philosophy — trying your best and exhibiting good sportsmanship supersedes winning at all cost.

The Upper School athletics program follows a no-cut philosophy. Students who are interested in playing a sport and who are willing to make a commitment to their team will have the opportunity to participate.

Upper School teams generally practice five days a week and have competitions two to three times per week. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) governs most Upper School sports (exceptions: Cross Country Skiing and Ultimate). For the majority of its sports (exception: cross country skiing), the Bush School is a member of the Emerald Sound Conference  (ESC) and opts to compete at the 1A level (by enrollment, the school is classified as a 2B school).

Playing Time

Playing time, team strategy, and calling plays are left to the discretion of the coach. Coaches will establish and communicate expectations regarding these issues and will share these with players and parents/guardians.

If questions or concerns about this process arise, they should be addressed directly to the coach – first by the participating student and only if needed by the parents/guardians.

Parents/guardians and players may not confront a coach immediately before or after a game, match, or practice. Please wait at least 24 hours after an incident occurs before communicating issues.

Please contact the Athletics Director if an issue cannot be resolved between the student, parents/guardians. and the coach.

Sportsmanship

It is a privilege to be a member of a Bush sports team. Coaches hold athletes accountable for their behavior on and off the playing fields. Bush athletes should be honored to be a part of a team and should be respectful towards teammates and coaches, opponents, and officials. All athletes, spectators, and coaches are expected to exercise fair play and good sportsmanship and to respect the judgment and calls made by the officials regardless of the outcome of the game.