Below you will find answers to the questions we hear most often. We encourage student athletes (and their parents) to read our Athletics Handbook, which contains general information about WIS athletics, as well as details about our concussion management program.
- Where can I find general information about the WIS athletics program?
- What sports does WIS offer and when do the seasons begin and end?
- Where is the Athletics calendar?
- When do tryouts take place each season?
- What if my child is not in Washington, DC when fall practices begin?
- Are there "B" teams for all Middle School sports?
- My Grade 6 child is on an outside team; should my child leave that team to play WIS sports?
- Are children playing on outside teams permitted to miss WIS practices and matches?
- Can my child play more than one sport in a given season?
A link to the Athletics calendar is found in the Quicklinks menu or in the Athletics section of the WIS website. The calendar displays each team's scheduled practices and games, as well as times and locations. The Season Schedules page allows users to view schedules by team; just select the season and then the team.
Tryouts/practices for fall sports begin in August, before the first day of school. Specific dates are listed on the Athletics calendar. Please check the website regularly for updates to practice schedules. Winter and spring season tryout/practice dates are also available on the Athletics calendar. NOTE: Dates are not typically listed as "tryouts" — the early practices each season are when team rosters are determined.
Please notify Tom O'Mara, the Athletics Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your child intends to play a fall sport but will not be available for practices prior to the first day of school. The Athletics Director will inform the team coach.
Decisions regarding A or B team rosters (Middle School) or Varsity and JV teams (Upper School) are usually not made until the end of the first week of classes. Still, it is important to get students in playing shape before games begin; the August practices are designed for that purpose. If our athletes are in shape, they are likely to experience fewer injuries.
We encourage parents to allow their children to continue playing on outside teams, particularly if the child is entering Grade 6. We want students to play and get game experience and many sixth graders may not be ready for the rigors or challenge of competing with eighth graders. There are exceptions, and we sometimes have Grade 6 players who make strong contributions on our A squads; these students usually possess solid skillsets and the experience of playing with older and stronger players.
Our coaches are usually very flexible about a player missing the occasional practice in order to go to an outside team practice or game. However, we expect all players to show 100% commitment to being at WIS games. Missing a league game in order to attend an outside team’s practice should be avoided.