The fall athletics season began on a rainy Monday afternoon, with all teams gathering in the gymnasium. This fall we have three soccer teams—a boys’ team, a girls’ team and a co-ed team—and one co-ed cross country running team. The season’s games and meets are on the WMS calendar, and Athletic Director Greg DeRosa will also send weekly emails to parents whose students are participating in athletics.
All students must have complete medical forms and permission to treat form in order to be eligible to participate in sports. Please be sure these forms are loaded into ParentsWeb.
WMS sports teams work to develop individual skills and team play throughout the season. Coaches work with teams as a whole while giving personal attention to improve individual skills. Our soccer coaches this season are Julianna Browne, Joel Melendez, Meghan Morse and Greg DeRosa. Dominic Gillen and Emily Garfinkel ’12 will coach the cross country team.
Practices are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm. (Away games and meets may return to WMS later than 5.) We appreciate parents being timely when picking up students. Parents should pick-up students at the front of the school.
Uniforms are for games only and are to be returned at the end of the season in good shape. In addition to uniforms, soccer players must have shin guards and cleats for every practice and game. Shorts and t-shirts may be worn at practices. Cross Country runners will be given running shirts to keep which should be worn for each meet. Shirts may also be used for practices. Proper running shoes are important. Students without uniforms and proper equipment on game/meet days will not be able to play; however, they are expected to support their team from the sidelines. All students should bring a water bottle each day. As the weather cools, it is good for students to have sweatshirts and sweatpants in their gear bag. On rainy days, cross country will run unless there is thunder and lightning, and soccer players will be in the gym. Soccer players will need to have sneakers to wear in order to participate.
At WMS, we welcome all experience levels in sports. We believe team commitment is to be taken seriously. We also recognize the challenges that come with balancing sports, after-school activities and academics. Students who are unable to keep up with their academic work while participating in sports will be asked to meet with Kerry and their Advisor, or their Upper Elementary teacher, to formulate a plan that offers a solution. Students who are not meeting academic responsibilities may be asked to forego sports and after-school activities until they have demonstrated the ability to complete their work to the best of their ability. This decision will be made by the individual student’s teachers and advisor.
In addition, if a player needs to miss a game or practice, we expect the student to communicate directly to the coach and Advisor/Teacher ahead of time. Communication is important to us and we expect players to contact coaches directly regarding conflicts or problems that arise. Parents are welcome to follow-up.
We welcome parents to bring snacks to share with the team after games and meets; however, please remember that all snacks must be nut free. Thank you for your sensitivity.
Cell phones are not permitted on sports buses. Students are asked to leave cell phones at home or keep them powered off if it is essential to bring it in their backpack to a game. Coaches have cell phones and may be contacted in case of an emergency.
Spectators are encouraged to come cheer on teams. Students not participating in sports must be accompanied by an adult at games and meets. We welcome positive cheering; however, please refrain from “coaching” from the sidelines as it is confusing for players and runners.