Fall Sports Start-up Information
Athletics start date: September 9
Practice times: 2:15–3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
Game days: Wednesdays and Fridays (see individual game schedules on this website and athletics calendar)
If teams do not have a game, practices are 1:30–2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 2:15–3:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found on this webpage.
Requirement: Our athletics program is a requirement and we expect all students to attend all practices and games. If students need to miss for an emergency/important medical or personal reason, a parent must contact the athletic director ahead of time via email to obtain permission to miss.
Equipment for fall sports:
Field Hockey: Stick, mouthguard, shin guards, cleats, sneakers
Soccer: Shin guards, cleats, sneakers
Cross Country: running sneakers
Flag Football: cleats and sneakers
Strength and Conditioning: sneakers
Please contact Athletic Director Sam Landau for any additional questions or concerns at [email protected]
Teamwork. Healthy competition. Preparation. A life-long appreciation for physical activity. These are the values at the core of Milton Academy’s Middle School athletics program. In a safe environment, our students make friends, develop and improve skills, learn the value of sportsmanship, take on leadership roles and represent our School in competition with other teams.
Every student participates in the afternoon program for all three seasons, whether competing on an interscholastic team, participating in the wellness program, or being involved in one of the play productions.
Fall: Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Co-ed Cross Country, Field Hockey, Flag Football
Winter: Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Co-ed Squash
Spring: Girls’ Lacrosse, Boys’ Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Co-ed Track and Field, Co-ed Tennis
Visit the Middle School athletics calendar to view all team schedules.
Individual team schedules:
Participation in athletics is an integral part of our Middle School experience. All Middle School students are required to participate in our Afternoon Program for three seasons; students may opt instead to participate in the Wellness Program for one or more seasons, or they may participate in the Fall or Winter plays. Many of our athletes also compete on club teams within their local communities outside of school.
Students in Milton Academy’s Middle School Wellness Program develop an appreciation for fitness that they can carry throughout their lives. Students attend Wellness classes every day—from yoga to kick-boxing to nutrition—led by instructors who specialize in the respective disciplines. Physical activity becomes a fun and exciting part of the day. Additionally, each week includes a special adventure that students wouldn’t encounter in a traditional fitness program: kayaking, rock-climbing, archery, horseback riding and skiing are some of the activities our students have tried through the Wellness Program.
Strength and Conditioning
For athletes of all levels, this is a fitness program modeled after CrossFit programming. We implement functional movements at higher intensities to help move athletes to a greater level of fitness. We utilize kettlebells, wall balls, jump rope, box jumps, dumbbells, running, air squats, sit ups, push ups, burpees and more. All movements and loads are scaled to the individual’s level, always making mechanics and sound movement a top priority. No previous experience necessary, except for a positive attitude and a willingness to give it your all.
Team Selections and Ability Splits
While most of our sports can only accommodate a single team composed of students in Grades 6, 7 and 8, some sports have enough interest to warrant the creation of multiple teams. Currently those sports with multiple teams include boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, and, in some years, baseball. For these sports, we will conduct a tryout the first week of the season. All students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will have an opportunity to try out for our “A” team. The A team will include the highest-skilled and more experienced athletes regardless of age. Students who do not make the A team will comprise the B team or they may elect another interscholastic sport, the drama option, or the Wellness Program (numbers permitting for all).
All students will be placed on a team and participate in games. For reasons of safety, competitiveness and sportsmanship, playing time may not always be equal for all athletes in all games. We hope that over the duration of the season each player will have opportunities to participate significantly in games and make contributions to the team.
Squash (new for 2017-2018) will incorporate a team selection based on ability. Students who try out for squash and do not make the team will be placed in their second-choice winter afternoon program. Intramural squash opportunities will be provided through our Wellness curriculum in both the fall and spring seasons.
Game Day Information, Schedules and Cancellations
The Middle School Athletics website is updated as games are canceled, added and changed. Check the Calendar on this website for game times and locations, information about fields and courts, and—if the the game is away—return-to-campus bus times. The website is the most up-to-date place to access game day information.
If the weather is questionable, cancellations will be posted on the website by noon. When games are canceled, teams still practice indoors. Directions to opponents’ schools are available on this website
Please note that some games are played off-campus, and this will be noted on the athletic calendar. Bus return times are estimated and posted on the athletic calendar.
Injuries/Illnesses/Medical Appointments/Outside School Activities
Medical appointments and outside of school activities should not conflict with the athletics program. Athletics is considered part of the school day and the Middle School curriculum. Appointments and other outside of school activities should be scheduled after 3:45 p.m. on practice days or during mud-weeks and vacation periods. If a student requires an emergency medical appointment, the parent should contact the athletic director as soon as possible to discuss the absence. If a student is injured and cannot participate in athletics, he or she is still required to attend practices and games or physical therapy with our training staff. In the event of a prolonged injury, parents should contact the athletic director to work out a schedule that makes sense and is in the best interest of the student.
Safety, Injuries and Returning to Play
Every Middle School student has an ImPACT evaluation at the beginning of the school year. Developed by clinical experts who pioneered the field, ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. If a child gets a concussion during a game or practice, they will need to see their physician for a diagnosis, and must have a note from that physician indicating when they are ready to return to play.
If an athlete is injured during a game or practice, they should be evaluated by their physician or one of our athletic trainers. The athlete will need a return-to-play note from the physician in order for them to participate.
If the injury is such that an athlete must miss a significant part, or all, of the season, the student’s parents, advisor and athletic director will make a determination as to the best plan for the student.
After any injury, our athletic director should be notified so there is clear and timely communication with parents, coaches, and athletic training staff. Once we have determined what is in the best interest of the student, the athlete may use one of three options: 1) attend practice and watch/observe, 2) go to the training room and rehab during the practice time, or 3) be picked up at the end of the academic day.
Waivers are a rare occurrence and are only granted in unique circumstances, as we feel strongly that team sports are an integral part of the Middle School educational experience. However, in certain circumstances, a student may apply for a waiver for a season. Past waivers have been granted to students engaged in a physically demanding and time consuming sport or discipline outside of the Academy. In most cases, the outside activity should exceed the time commitment of the in-season sport at school. Students must apply for waivers with the Middle School athletic director two months prior to the start of the season.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are sports optional?
Every student participates in physical activity all three seasons, whether through playing interscholastic sports or joining our Wellness Program. Students also have the option of spending one or two seasons performing in the fall play and the winter musical.
Where can I find game day information?
Visit the Middle School Athletics Calendar for all scheduling information.
Game days are Wednesday and Fridays. Occasionally, the schedule will change. If this is the case, teams will practice from 1:30–2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and 2:30–3:45 p.m. on Fridays. The Middle School Athletics website is updated whenever a game is canceled or changed.
What schools does Milton play?
The Meadowbrook School, Dedham Country Day School, Noble and Greenough School, Thayer Academy, Beaver Country Day School, Brimmer and May School, the Rivers School, Shady Hill School, Dexter-Southfield School, Fessenden School, Winsor, School, Roxbury Latin School, Belmont Hill School, St. Sebastian’s School, Fay School, Boston Trinity Academy, Dana Hall, the Fenn School, Newton Country Day School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Tenacre Country Day School, the Park School, Derby Academy, the Pike School, Nashoba Brooks School, Charles River School
What equipment does my child need for sports and/or Wellness?
Students need to have footwear appropriate for the sport or activity they are doing (e.g., sneakers for basketball and cleats for soccer). They also need to wear shorts and a t-shirt, and bring sweatshirts and pants to change into. You can ask the athletic director or your child’s coach for more specific information regarding additional needs for each sport. The School provides goalkeeping equipment; balls; cones; scrimmage vests and game uniforms.
Are locker rooms and water available during practice and games?
Every athlete is assigned a locker at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to keep their equipment, uniform and practice clothes locked in their locker during the school day. A combination lock will be provided if requested. We expect all students to have their own water bottles, and they are responsible for filling them before every practice and game. There are water sources in Ware Hall and in the locker rooms and gym spaces. We also provide extra water on the team benches on game days.
Are the Middle School sports teams divided by ability?
We have multiple teams in soccer, basketball and baseball contingent on the number of students signing up for each sport. In these sports, a tryout is conducted at the beginning of each season and athletes are placed on the “blue”(A-level team) or “orange” (B-level team) appropriate to their skill level.
What is ImPACT testing and how does the Middle School use it?
Developed by clinical experts who pioneered the field, ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Every Grade 6 student and new Grade 7 student has an ImPACT evaluation at the beginning of the school year.
What happens if my child suffers a concussion?
If your child suffers a concussion in school or out of school, they should see their family doctor for further evaluation and guidance on when the child should return to play. School administrators will work with the athletic director, medical professionals, faculty advisor and family to determine the appropriate schedule for returning to regular activities.
What should I do if my child has to miss practice or a game for an appointment?
Students must follow the School’s early dismissal protocol if they plan to miss a practice or game. Athletics is part of the school day. Any student who must leave before 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, and before 2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays without scheduled games, must sign out in the main office and provide a signed early dismissal slip.
Any student missing a full practice must be picked up before practice; otherwise, the student will attend practice until a ride arrives. If you would like to pick up your child from the field, you will need to sign them out in the main office beforehand.
What should I do if my child is injured or ill and cannot participate in practice or a game?
Regardless of how long your child will be unable to participate, you must notify the athletic director. If the illness or injury is short term, the student will be expected to remain on the team or receive rehabilitation from one of our athletic trainers. If the illness or injury appears to be long term, or season-ending, your child’s advisor, the athletic director, and you will determine the best plan for the student.
My child has a time-consuming commitment outside of school. How do I get a waiver for him/her?
In special circumstances, by permission only, you may apply for an exemption from one season of athletics. There is an application, which is due two months before the season begins. Contact the athletic director for more information.