At Colorado Academy, we believe Athletics and Physical Education are critical components of the overall education of our students.
The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Kinesiology aims to provide students in all grades an opportunity to experience learning through movement, participation, and competition. At CA, we ensure that competition and movement enhance a student’s school experiences, relations with peers, and connections with our community. We challenge students to go beyond what is familiar and dive into new offerings. Instruction and activities are designed to prepare students for competition at the highest levels of high school athletics and to emphasize the importance and understanding of healthy physical activity.
CA’s Upper School athletic teams and athletes have been recognized for their success at the national, state, and league level. Many of our students go on to successful careers playing Division I, II, and III sports in college. Our success is reflected in the character of our athletes as well as the championships we win. An intense work ethic, a “team first” attitude, grit, and accountability are cornerstones of Colorado Academy athletics.
Bill Hall, Director of Athletics
Colorado Academy supports some of the finest coaches, most accomplished athletes, and most competitive interscholastic teams in Colorado. Athletics partners with other departments and provides balance along with excellence. CA's Athletic Department emphasizes preparation and process along with participation, integrity, good sportsmanship, and respect for fellow team members, officials, and opponents. Program success in the past 10 years is a reflection of the quality of the student-athletes, the coaching they receive, and their hard work and commitment.
All Upper School athletes can attend on-campus practices and/or training sessions on a day that may be considered a “home day.” Transportation to/from these practices will need to be arranged, as none will be provided. Coaches will communicate specific practice times for their teams/program.
Middle School students participating in an in-season sport (currently coed golf, coed tennis, and coed cross country) can attend on-campus practices during their scheduled sports block on a “home day”. Transportation to/from these practices will need to be arranged, as none will be provided. To accommodate for travel time, the start/end time of practices will be flexible.
All athletes and coaches are required to wear face coverings except when engaging in strenuous exercise. Medical exceptions and alternatives to face covering will be made on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with the Colorado Academy athletic director. Athletes will attempt to maintain at least a 6-foot distance when not wearing masks. This would include, but is not limited to, when masks are removed for mask breaks or for activities such as drinking.
Locker rooms are closed for general use throughout the day. The locker rooms may be used with limited capacity and social distancing to change prior to and after practices. The use of individual lockers and showers are not allowed at this time. Nothing can be kept in a locker or the locker rooms overnight at this time.
If your child participates on a competitive team, CA typically provides transportation to and from all away games. With current COVID-19 guidelines recommending a limited number of school bus passengers, parents may be asked to provide their child with transportation to an after-school competition. Head coaches will provide parents with transportation information throughout the season.
Yes. Cross Country, Boys Golf, and Boys Tennis (V1, V2, JV) all have in-season daily schedules that are posted online. Field Hockey, Boys Soccer, Ultimate, Volleyball, and Sports Performance will also have varied weekly options. Please check with the Head of Program for specific dates and times. Transportation to/from these practices will need to be arranged, as none will be provided. US students can opt-in to after-school athletics programming.
Official team selections will be done during the timeframe allowed by CHSAA. Ample opportunity will be available for the student athlete to be placed on the team where they will have the most success. A student athlete may be moved between teams after teams have been announced if a coach and the athlete agree that this is what is best for team dynamics and athlete success.
Yes. The CA department of athletics, highly encourages CA student athletes to fully commit to all practices and competitions for their CA teams. Playing educationally based, student-focused athletics has its benefits. We are concerned about club sport participation and overuse, fatigue, and the inability of club programs to fully understand the educational scope that exists on the Colorado Academy campus as well as the collaboration between academics, the arts, and athletics.
No. CA will not require participation for athletic credit during the 2020-2021 school year. This also means that students do not need to apply for Independent Athletic Credit if participating in a sport/program away from CA. We still highly encourage students to participate in any of the athletic offerings at CA.
Virtual athletics programming is asynchronous. Middle School students are required to log a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day to earn credit for at-home athletics participation. Students can choose the type of exercise as well as the time of day they complete their activities. There are no live or on-screen requirements during the scheduled sports block.
Yes. Students attended a sports orientation on Tuesday, August 18. Sport-specific workouts and general physical education activities will be posted to the Middle School Athletics Bulletin every school day.
Middle School students attending on-campus, in-person learning are expected to participate in the athletics programming offered during the regular school day. To discuss this topic further, please contact Bill Hall.