Athletics Policies

The BB&N Athletic Philosophy

The BB&N athletic philosophy is to create a well-balanced curriculum of team sports, physical education, and health. All three components are essential complements to each student’s overall physical, mental, and social development. A clear and realistic program, one that supports and promotes all levels of athletic achievement, must also echo the School’s diverse curriculum.

The values of team sports, physical education, and health include:

• Experience of teamwork, competition, sportsmanship, success, and failure;

• Development of relationships, self-confidence, and physical and life skills;

• Knowledge of nutrition, fitness, and mental relaxation;

• Maturation of leadership skills, discipline, and a strong sense of self.

Campus Programs, Offerings and Requirements
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

The Grades 6-8 program makes a minor shift to a more competitive team program. Without abandoning the principles of participation and enjoyment begun in our Lower School, we start to allow for individual differences among student athletes. All students are expected to participate in the Middle School athletic program for all three seasons. Typical practice days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30-3:40 PM with end of day pick-up at the Upper School Athletic Center, 3:50-4:10 PM. Game days are typically Fridays and some Wednesdays.

We feel that being involved in a team, at some level, is a valuable experience for all students. All participants are expected to receive fairly equal playing time over the course of the entire season.

Grades 6th-8th Athletics Programs, Offerings, and Requirements

• Students must participate in the Athletic Program for three seasons.

• Student participation in a team sport must yield enough players in order to compete at an interscholastic level.

• The number in parentheses next to the sports below represents the maximum number of players per team. A tryout selection process according to ability will be used when necessary, if cut from a team, an alternate plan will be arranged by the Coaches and Athletic Director. No student will be cut from their first choice more than one time throughout the academic year (please note 6th graders not eligible for A teams).

• Alternative programs may be accepted. Please refer to the alternative policies below.

Alternative Athletic Programs:

Students with demonstrated ability and a major commitment to training for a sport/ activity that BB&N does not offer (i.e. riding, skiing, swimming, figure skating) may apply for an off-campus Athletic Program Waiver. If a student is granted a waiver he/ she will be dismissed at the end of the Middle School academic day. Those students who cannot be dismissed at the end of the MS academic day will not qualify for a waiver. Students with a Medical Waiver or athletic injury will be dismissed at the end of the MS academic day unless a rehabilitation program with the BB&N Athletic Trainers is requested and approved. The Independent School League bylaws state, “Multi-season, single sport: Athletes may not receive credit for participating in a sport (offered) for more than one season in an academic year.” All such proposals, and any additional season requests must be submitted to the Director of Athletics no later than the first day of classes in the fall, by the Monday before the first day of seasonal tryouts in the winter and spring in order to seek approval. A decision will be made within five School days after submission. Seasonal tryout dates will be communicated to students/parents via the website and the seasonal Athletic Department Information Letter. Waiver Forms are available in the Athletic Department Office or click here.

Eighth Grader Varsity Tryout/ Participation Policy:

The following procedure must be followed in order for an eighth grader to become eligible for participation on a Varsity Team with Upper School students. The sequence of events is critical to preserving the integrity of the parents’ and advisor’s decision making process.

If an exceptional athlete in good academic standing is identified as a potential Varsity candidate, the following steps must be completed in order for the student to become eligible. The student must be the last to be informed in this process, never before the advisor and parents.

1. The coach informs the Director of Athletics of interest in a student-athlete

2. The Director of Athletics informs the Middle School Sports Liaison and Middle School Director, who notifies Grade Dean and Advisor

3. The latter two confer, and the Advisor:

a) Consults the teachers to assess the student’s academic standing

b) Consults the parents if the general feeling is to move forward

c) Or conveys reasons to Middle School Director why the process should not move to the tryout stage

4. The Middle School Director informs the Athletic Director of the decision

Failure to follow this process – particularly if the student-athlete is prematurely contacted – may result in the student’s being automatically withdrawn from Varsity eligibility for the season.

If the above steps are completed, and the student-athlete has a successful tryout, the eighth grader may be a provisional member of a Varsity team as long as:

1. The student does not miss any part of the Middle School program (arts, or academics) more than once (coach/advisor decision, at least 24 hours in advance) per season

2. The student’s academic progress is monitored on a regular basis and he/she is in deemed to be in good standing (determined by the Grade Dean and Divisional Director)

3. The student meets responsibilities (on time, homework, lunch duties, meetings, etc.) and does not incur excessive warning slips or is deemed guilty of behavior inappropriate for someone who has been granted the privilege of playing on a Varsity team

If the above conditions are not met, the Advisor will meet with the Grade Dean and Director to assess the student’s eligibility for the remainder of the season.

MS No Sports/Mud Weeks:

This term refers to the dates in between athletic seasons. During these weeks, Seventh and Eighth Graders are often dismissed at 2 p.m. After-School study hall is available until regular dismissal time.