Athletic Philosophy and Offerings

What’s the philosophy of the Carolina Day School athletic program?

We believe in the value of play and its positive impact on a child’s educational journey.  We believe in providing experiences which build community, leadership skills, self-confidence, teamwork, and discipline. We strive to understand the relationship between process and outcome.

We are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for students to compete regardless of ability.

Common Denominators Across All Athletic Programs

  • There are good coaches everywhere
  • Students enjoy playing and competing for a variety of reasons: friendship, road trips, etc.
  • Outcome (winning) matters

“We’ve created an athletics program that is competitive, instills and prioritizes health, positive relationships and is supportive. Our program operates within a “no-cut” framework, reflecting our commitment to student growth and development, whether in the classroom or in CDS uniform. And it is this philosophy, combined with our understanding of the value of competitive athletics, that allows us to remain mission-centered and successful.” Steve Henry, director of Athletics


What Makes the CDS Athletic Experience Different—Three Pillars

Strong Coaches with a committed approach to the CDS mission

Positive outcomes are a result of process and understanding.

Encourage reflection. “How can we improve?”

Kid-centered. This is not about “us”, this is about the growth of team and individual.

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Bottom Up, Not Top Down

We encourage student engagement. Regardless of athletic talent, your voice matters.

We encourage parent engagement. "How can we improve?"

We encourage coaches and student-athletes to apply/bring ideas from other disciplines to the table. We want big ideas and visions

 

Success

We have one of the most successful independent school athletic programs in the NCISAA with more than 100 state and individual titles.

We have earned respect across the NCISAA for doing things the “right” way.

We prepare and support student-athletes with aspirations to play at the collegiate level. Over the past five years, more than 40 Wildcats have committed to play college sports.

 

It is the goal of the Athletic Department to create an experience and environment for our student-athletes that mirrors what our faculty creates in the classroom - one which encourages engagement, growth, reflection and pushes boundaries.


Carolina Day School Athletic Offerings

Lower School Program

Our Lower School athletic program provides students in grades Pre-K/5 an athletic experience which promotes skill development, healthy competition, and fun in a supportive environment. 

In the fall and spring, we partner with the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association (ABYSA) to offer an instructional and competitive experience. Students practice right after school one day a week on campus and play on Saturdays at various locations in Asheville. Registration information will be sent to Lower School families at the start of the season.

In the winter, we offer skill-development clinics in basketball. Additionally, for those interested in having their student compete in games, we provide a list of local recreational opportunities that offer a structured experience.

Middle School Program

In sixth grade, we begin to introduce our students to a traditional athletic experience. There are daily practices, team expectations, and students begin to learn to manage their time.

Sport

Eligible Grades

Season Offered

Soccer (boys)

6th - 8th

Fall (Skills Clinics Only)

Cross-Country (co-ed)

6th - 8th

Fall

Tennis (girls)*

7th-12th

Fall

Field Hockey (girls)

6th - 8th

Fall

Volleyball

6th - 8th

Fall

Basketball (boys and girls)

6th - 8th

Winter

Swimming^

6th - 8th

Winter

Soccer (girls)

6th - 8th

Spring

Track and Field (co-ed)

6th - 8th

Spring

MS Golf (co-ed)

6th-8th

Spring

Tennis (boys)*

7th-12th*

Spring

Baseball (boys)

6th-8th

Spring

*Tennis is a varsity sport and per NCISAA rules, only 7th-12th graders are eligible.

^Though previous participation in an organized swimming program is not required, the ability to swim 100 yards (four lengths of a 25-yard pool) without stopping is required. The CDS swim team is not a learn to swim program.

Upper School Program

Our upper school program is competitive but remains mission aligned. We work to encourage a deep understanding of teamwork and how preparation and reflection impact an outcome.

Opportunities for students in grades 9-12:

Sport

Season Offered

Soccer (boys)

Fall

Cross-Country (co-ed)

Fall

Tennis (girls)

Fall

Field Hockey (girls)

Fall

Volleyball

Fall

Basketball (boys and girls)

Winter

Swimming^

Winter

Soccer (girls)

Spring

Track and Field (co-ed)

Spring

V Golf (co-ed)

Spring

Tennis (boys)

Spring

Baseball (boys)

Spring

^Though previous participation in an organized swimming program is not required, the ability to swim 100 yards (four lengths of a 25-yard pool) without stopping is required. The CDS swim team is not a learn to swim program.

Carolina Day Sports Managers Program (grades 9-12)

Interested in a career in sports management, the behind the scenes of athletics? This is the club for you. Any grade 9-12 students can participate, athletes and non-athletes alike. This is the opportunity for anyone who has an interest in helping out a team or the athletics department throughout the year. Make important decisions on your school’s spirit and representation in athletics, all while collecting volunteer hours.