Shady Hill Interscholastic Team Selection and Playing Policy
 
Philosophy:
At Shady Hill, interscholastic competition is offered each season in the seventh and eighth grades, which is the final stage of a planned progression. The Sports program begins with Movement Education in the lower grades and continues with appropriate social, conceptual, and skill development in team sports during the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade physical education program.

Offerings:
In the seventh and eighth grade athletics program, Shady Hill will field interscholastic teams in Boys and Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, Boys and Girls Basketball, Ice Hockey, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Track and Field, Boys and Girls Tennis and Ultimate Frisbee.
 
Additional non-interscholastic options will also be available, however each student is expected to play at least one interscholastic sport per year (full exemption participants excluded).
 
Team Selection: 
Depending on the sign-ups each year, Shady Hill will break up their teams in the following ability based groupings
 
# of Teams
Team Breakdown
1
One team
2
Varsity, JV
3
Varsity, JV A  Team (Gold), JV B Team (Blue)
 
*In sports where there are multiple teams (2 or 3) if there is a VII and VIII grader of equal ability, priority will be given to the VIII grader.
 
Playing Policy:
At the non-varsity level, every player will play a reasonable amount in every game. The exact number of minutes will vary according to the sport, the number of players on the team, and the closeness of the contest. Equal playing time is a goal, but it may actually be over the course of a full season that individual team members' playing times get fully balanced. In sports where there is only one team, as with the Varsity teams, the coaches have the discretion to use strategy and skill to accomplish the team goals. Students on these teams will play according to the needs of the team. As with all of our teams, our expectation is that every player will have meaningful playing time in each game, but this is not guaranteed.

On every Shady Hill team, participation, skill development, and teamwork are important.  So are attitude and commitment on the part of both players and coahces.  Winning is a goal for each team, and all are encouraged to give their best efforts in both practices and interscholastic games.  If a player shows little team commitment and/or repeatedly displays a minimal effort in practice sessions, there will be consequences in terms of reduced playing time in interscholastic games.  It is the process of learning to win, as well as winning, that is emphasized throughout this progression.  Developing effective skills, teamwork, enjoyment of the physical and mental challenges of competition, while following the NEPSAC Code of Ethics, are all essential parts of that process. 
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