Middle School

Transitioning from Physical Education to Competitive Athletics
Sixth grade is a transition year from Lower School PE to Middle School Athletics. We use this year to prepare students for a more competitive atmosphere in seventh and eighth grades, while also promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Students participate in a diverse curriculum of individual and team sports and lifetime activities.  Supported by quality coaching and instruction, competitive options include boys and girls soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, girls volleyball, field hockey, and boys and girls basketball.

In 7th and 8th grades, the focus shifts to preparing students for the physical and mental demands of high school athletics.  All students enroll in a sport each trimester and attend practice on a daily basis.  Participation on middle school sports teams is not dependent on skill level or prior experience.  All students enrolled in competitive sports will be provided as much playing time as possible while taking into account commitment, attitude, effort, and game situations.  Coaches make every effort to ensure playing time accumulated over the course of the entire season is equal amongst all team members.  While we support participation in club sports, the expectation is that CA Athletics will take priority for students.  As with all other classes in the Middle School, students are expected to attend all practices and games.

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  • 6th Grade

    Schedule, Dress Code, and Lockers

    • Students attend PE five out of six "letter days" per the rotating schedule. Depending on the letter day, PE is either from 9:30-10:30am or 9:50-10:30am.
    • Students are required to dress-out for PE. The Middle School PE uniform is a grey top (short or long sleeve) + black bottoms (shorts or pants) + school-issued reversible pinny.
    • Students will be assigned an individual locker and a school-issued lock in the field house to store their athletic equipment and clothing.

    Hybrid Curriculum

    Sports
    • Students enroll in a "Competitive" or "Non-Competitive" sport each trimester.
    • Competitive sports require after-school commitments during the "Competitive Season."
    • The competitive season is one month long (outlined below per trimester). Students participate in a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 games against local schools.
    • Students will always be provided with transportation to off-campus athletic competitions (as well as a return trip to CA after the game, if needed).
    • Non-Competitive sports do not require any after-school commitments.
    PE
    • In between sports seasons, students participate in a PE curriculum.
    • Students rotate through a variety of sports, including but not limited to golf, tennis, badminton, yoga, flag football, floor hockey, ultimate frisbee, badminton, and pickleball.
    • Students also participate in large group games (Capture the Flag, Kickball, etc.) with the entire 6th-grade.

    Sport Offerings

    Fall Trimester (Competitive Season: September)
    Competitive
    Non-Competitive
    • Coed Strength & Conditioning
    Winter Trimester (Competitive Season: January)
    Competitive
    • Girls Basketball
    • Boys Basketball
    Non-Competitive
    • Coed Yoga
    • Coed Rock Climbing
    • Coed Strength & Conditioning
    Spring Trimester (Competitive Season: April)
    Competitive
    • Girls Lacrosse
    • Boys Lacrosse
    • Girls Soccer
    • Coed Baseball
    Non-Competitive
    • Coed Strength & Conditioning
    • Coed Rock Climbing

    Online Enrollment Form

    Students: Please use the link below to sign up for a 6th Grade Fall sport!  If you change your mind, simply submit another response.  I will assume your second (or third, etc.) entry is your final choice.  

    The form includes all three trimesters and will be available throughout the school year to sign-up for sports.  If you want to select your sports for the Fall, Winter, and Spring trimesters now, go for it!  

  • 7th and 8th Grades

    Schedule & Logistics

    • Students practice with their team and coaches six out of six "letter days" per the rotating schedule.  Practice is during the last block of the school day from 2:30-3:30pm.

    Dress Code & Lockers

    • Students are required to dress-out for practice every day.  The Middle School Athletics uniform is a grey top (short or long sleeve) + black bottoms (shorts or pants).
    • Students are assigned an individual locker and a school-issued lock in the field house to store their athletic equipment and clothing.

    Transportation

    • Students will always be provided with transportation to off-campus athletic competitions (as well as a return trip to CA after the game, if needed).

    Curriculum

    • Students enroll in a "Competitive" or "Non-Competitive" sport each trimester.
    • Competitive sports require after-school commitments.
    • Students participate in a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 games against local schools.
    • Non-Competitive sports do not require any after-school commitments.

    Sport Offerings

    Fall Trimester
    Competitive
    • Boys Soccer
    • Field Hockey
    • Girls Volleyball
    • Coed Cross Country
    • Coed Golf
    • Coed Tennis
    Non-Competitive
    • Coed Strength & Conditioning
    Winter Trimester
    Competitive
    • Girls Basketball
    • Boys Basketball
    Non-Competitive
    • Coed Yoga
    • Coed Racquetball
    • Coed Strength & Conditioning
    • Coed Rock Climbing
    Spring Trimester
    Competitive
    • Girls Lacrosse
    • Boys Lacrosse
    • Girls Soccer
    • Coed Baseball
    Non-Competitive
    • Coed Rock Climbing
    • Coed Strength & Conditioning

    Online Enrollment Form

    Students: Please use the link below to sign up for a 7th or 8th Grade Fall sport!  If you change your mind, simply submit another response.  I will assume your second (or third, etc.) entry is your final choice.  

    The form includes all three trimesters and will be available throughout the school year to sign-up for sports.  If you want to select your sports for the Fall, Winter, and Spring trimesters now, go for it!  

Elizabeth Drazdowski, Middle School Athletic Director

Colorado Academy's Middle School athletics program focuses on fostering positive team experiences, developing and improving students' sport-specific skills and strategies, and exhibiting sportsmanship in all types of game circumstances. In addition to participating in a well-rounded fitness and sports curriculum, Middle School students can opt to participate in competitive interscholastic athletics. All athletic options are appropriate, fun, and beneficial to both advanced and novice athletes.
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Denver, Colorado 80235
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