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FALL 2018

News for CDS Student-Athletes and Parents

We had an outstanding 2017-2018 season of play thanks to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, and parents. Some of those successes include the following:

  • NCISAA State Championships in cross-country, girls basketball, and track and field.

  • Three WNC Coach of the Year Honors in cross-country, swimming, and track and field.

  • WNC Athletic Awards, recognizing both public and independent schools in WNC, for cross-country and student-athlete success.

  • A 3rd place finish (NCISAA 2A Classification) in the prestigious Wells Fargo Cup, which recognizes the top independent and public school athletic programs in the entire state of NC. (We won the Cup last year, and have had ten straight top 10 finishes in this category.)

  • Five student-athletes received athletic scholarships to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level.

While we celebrate the accomplishments of the past, we turn our attention to the future. We hope the following information proves helpful as we prepare for the Fall 2018 competitive season.

Below you will find the following:

  • Fall 2018 athletic start dates and locations/coach contact emails

  • Number of players and eligible grades for each sport

  • FAQs for Fall 2018 Middle School Athletics

  • FAQs for Fall 2018 Upper School Athletics

  • For Sports Medicine Information/Required Participation Forms, please see this page.

Game schedules are in the process of being posted and can be found on our CDS website or by following this link.  Please fill out the Sports Sign-up Sheet if you have not already done so to let us know which sport you or your child will be playing in the fall.

Please also be reminded of our Parent Orientation meeting which is scheduled for August 21, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.—we will hold this meeting in the Upper School.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any member of the athletic department.

Sincerely,

Steve Henry
Director of Athletics
shenry@carolinaday.org

Fall 2018 Start Dates and Coach Information

FALL 2018 START DATES

 

Sport

Start Date

Start Location

Start/End Time

Varsity Girls Tennis

August 1

Asheville Racquet Club South

3:30-5p

Varsity Cross Country

August 1

Corner of the US parking area

next to the wooden kiosk

9-10:15a

JV Field Hockey

August 8

Sgro Field

10-11:30a

Varsity Field Hockey

August 8

Sgro Field

10-11:30a

JV Boys Soccer

August 8

Sgro Field  

Two-a-days

9-11a & 5-6:30p

Varsity Boys Soccer

August 8

Sgro Field

Two-a-days

9-11a & 5-6:30p

JV Volleyball

August 1

Nash Athletic Center

1-4p

Varsity Volleyball

August 1

Nash Athletic Center

1-4p

MS Boys Soccer

August 23

CDS Campus Field

@ 3:45-5:10p

MS Cross Country

August 23

Corner of the US parking lot, wooden kiosk area.

@ 3:45-5:10p

MS Volleyball

August 27

Nash Athletic Center

@3:30-5:10p

Parent Meeting

August 21

Upper School

5:30p

 

Middle School student-athletes wishing to try-out for a junior varsity or varsity program must be present for the “start” of that respective junior varsity or varsity team.

If you have a question about the upcoming season, please feel free to reach out to the athletic department or the appropriate coach listed below.

Girls Tennis
Co-ed Cross Country

Practices will be held on weekdays from  8/1 - 8/10 from 9:00-10:15a and then switch to 3:45- 5:15p beginning on 8/13 until the end of the season.

Field Hockey
Boys Soccer
Volleyball

Number of players and eligible grades for each sport

NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND ELIGIBLE GRADES FOR EACH SPORT


Sports Offered for Fall 2018—Sport and Eligible Grades

Sport

Gender

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

11th

12th

V Soccer

B

 

x

x

x

x

x

x

V Field Hockey

G

 

x

x

x

x

x

x

V Tennis

G

 

x

x

x

x

x

x

V Cross Country

B/G

 

x

x

x

x

x

x

V Volleyball

G

 

x

x

x

x

x

x

JV Field Hockey

G

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

JV Soccer

B

 

x

x

x

x

x

 

JV Volleyball

G

 

x

x

x

x

x

 

MS Soccer

B

x

x

x

    

MS Volleyball

G

x

x

x

    

MS Cross Country

B/G

x

x

x

    

V Golf

G

 

x

x

x

x

x

x


The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, our governing body, allows 7th and 8th graders to play at the junior varsity and varsity level. If your 7th or 8th-grade son or daughter desires to compete at one of these two levels, permission must be granted by the Director of Athletics.

For those middle school student-athletes wishing to try-out for a junior varsity or varsity team, please be reminded of the following:

Our state association, the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA), allows 7th and 8th graders to compete at the varsity and junior varsity level. If your child would like to try-out for a varsity program, the following steps must be taken:

  1. You or your child must notify the athletic department that your child would like to be considered for a junior varsity or a varsity team.

  2. One this notice has been received and documented, the athletic director will schedule a mandatory meeting with the following parties:

    • Coach(es) of the junior varsity or varsity program in which the student-athlete wishes to compete for a spot.

    • Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of the student-athlete.

    • Athletic Department Personnel.

  1. During this mandatory meeting, the following will be discussed:

    • Reasons for the request.

    • Process.

    • Expectations of parent(s) or guardian(s).

    • Expectations of student-athlete.

    • Expectations of varsity or junior varsity coach.

    • Expectations of the athletic department.

  1. After a thorough review of the request, which includes a three (3) or four (4) day evaluation, a decision will be made as to the request.

Head varsity or junior varsity coaches do not have the authority to place a 7th or 8th grader on their respective teams. The final decision will come from the athletic department.

Additionally, student-athletes placed on a varsity or junior varsity team will not have the ability to play for both the middle school and a junior varsity or varsity team - if a student-athlete plays up, they stay up for the duration of that particular season.


MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ROSTERED PLAYERS 

Fall 2018

Participation is the heart of our athletic program. While large and diverse teams are appreciated, there are some teams in which we are not able to accommodate large numbers.

Sport

Maximum Number of Participants

Varsity Soccer

21

Varsity Field Hockey

21

Varsity Tennis

12

Varsity Cross-Country

30

Varsity Volleyball

12

Junior High Field Hockey

21

Junior Varsity Soccer

21

Junior Varsity Volleyball

12

Middle School Soccer*

21

Middle School Volleyball

15

Middle School Cross-Country

25


*If numbers exceed 21, we will field 2 teams: 1 team will compete against our traditional opponents, and 1 team will compete in the ABYSA Recreation League. Both teams will practice together during the season, but their game schedules will differ.

FAQs for Fall 2018 Middle School Athletics

Wildcat Athletics Middle School Question and Answer

Fall 2018


Our middle school athletic program works to expand opportunities for competitive experiences while creating an environment focused on play, participation, and the demands of balancing increased academic offerings with extracurricular activities.

We work very hard to create opportunities in which your son or daughter will meet with success. We do this while working to maintain the integrity and purpose of fielding competitive interscholastic teams that operate within our educational mission. Participating in the athletic program at Carolina Day School is a privilege and not a right.

The transition to middle school often brings with it questions on all fronts - please see below for a sampling of the questions you may have.

As a reminder, much more material is located on the Carolina Day School website.

Please feel free to contact the office if you need further guidance and clarification.

What is the mission of Carolina Day School?

Our mission is to inspire students to become innovative thinkers who communicate with intelligence and clarity, create with vision and purpose, and act with courage and compassion to confidently make a meaningful difference in the world.

What’s the philosophy of the 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.

What sports are offered at the middle school level?

In the fall, we offer soccer (b), field hockey (g), cross-country (b,g), tennis* (g) and volleyball (g).

What grades are eligible for each sport?

Students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th are eligible for play.

*Tennis is not offered for 6th graders at this time.

What is the process if my child would like the opportunity to try-out for a varsity or junior varsity team?

Our state association, the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA), allows 7th and 8th graders to compete at the varsity and junior varsity level. If your child would like to try-out for a varsity program, the following steps must be taken:

  1. You or your child must notify the athletic department that your child would like to be considered for a junior varsity or a varsity team.

  2. One this notice has been received and documented, the athletic director will schedule a mandatory meeting with the following parties:

    • Coach(es) of the junior varsity or varsity program in which the student-athlete wishes to compete for a spot.

    • Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of the student-athlete.

    • Athletic Department Personnel.

  1. During this mandatory meeting, the following will be discussed:

    • Reasons for the request.

    • Process.

    • Expectations of parent(s) or guardian(s).

    • Expectations of student-athlete.

    • Expectations of varsity or junior varsity coach.

    • Expectations of the athletic department.

  1. After a thorough review of the request, which includes a three (3) or four (4) day evaluation, a decision will be made as to the request.

Head varsity or junior varsity coaches do not have the authority to place a 7th or 8th grader on their respective teams. The final decision will come from the athletic department.

Additionally, student-athletes placed on a varsity or junior varsity team will not have the ability to play for both the middle school and a junior varsity or varsity team - if a student-athlete plays up, they stay up for the duration of that particular season.

What does my child need to do if they plan on participating?

For students to participate in our athletic program, an up-to-date Athletic Release Form must be on file in the athletic department.  A concussion test is also required to participate - please refer to our website for additional medical information.

What are some of the goals of the Carolina Day athletic experience?

We have a rich tradition of success within our program. Whether your child has NCAA Division I aspirations or is playing for exercise and friendship, the experience matters. We work hard to establish team and individual goals for our student-athletes and believe the development of those goals is of the utmost importance. The skills we foster and cultivate in uniform are those that we strive for in the classroom: grit, perseverance, collaboration, and a growth mindset.

Also, the Carolina Day School athletic program is an educationally based program. We are not a club or travel team, and our approach reflects this point. Our goals are student-centered and will remain so. We believe in opportunity and exploration for all students - and those are the same goals we share with share across all divisions at Carolina Day School.

Are there any academic (or other) requirements to participate?

From the middle school handbook:

Participation in Sports & Activities

To be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities, a student must have maintained a minimum of a C average with no failing grade in the previous trimester.

The Middle School Principal will consider exceptions to this guideline on an individual basis, consulting with the Director of Athletics, the parents, and faculty members involved.  Before the start of each sports season, all team members must meet either the academic eligibility guidelines or gain a waiver from the Division Principal. All waivers are limited to a specific activity or sport and are subject to periodic review.

To participate in an athletic event or school activity, the student must attend at least four hours of the school day.  Any Middle School student who is present during P.E. and intramurals, but does not dress out and participate in the class, may not participate in an athletic contest on that day. The Division Principal and the Director of Athletics are responsible for final decisions on a student’s participation in sports and activities.

Are student-athletes guaranteed playing time in each match/contest?

No, playing time is determined by our coaching staff, and we do not guarantee playing time for each athlete in every game. However, over the course of a season, we believe student-athletes are given multiple competitive opportunities.

Where do teams practice?

Volleyball, and cross- country(xc) practice on campus (our xc team utilizes numerous local trails and occasionally trains off campus).

Our field hockey and soccer teams train at our athletic complex on Sweeten Creek Road and our tennis team trains at the Asheville Racquet Club - for both teams, Carolina Day provides a shuttle to these sites, but we do not bring these student-athletes back to campus.

How long do practices last?

At the middle school level, we like to train (on average) for 75-90 minutes.

What times do teams practice?

Our middle school teams all begin at @ 330p and end at @ 5p. Our practice times for field hockey, soccer and tennis differ slightly due to transport time to facilities - these begin at @4p and end at @ 530p. Please note that these start and end times are approximate - firm practice schedules will be posted on the CDS website.

How many days per week do middle school athletes practice?

Our schedule - on average - allows for 4-5 days a week for practice. There are built in days off to ensure student-athletes maintain balance and remain in good academic standing.

What kind of access to medical staff will my child have?

Carolina Day School employs an athletic trainer to ensure our student-athletes are cared for in a professional and deliberate manner.

If my child took the concussion test last year, do they need to take the test again this year?

No, once we establish a baseline, that baseline is “good” for two years. If there are circumstances which may warrant an annual test, we will consult with Mission re. the appropriate schedule. More information on baseline testing may be found here.

Where will schedules, practice times, and all other such “stuff” be located?

Please refer to our website for all athletically related information.

Additionally, all coaches have been asked to communicate (via email) to the team on a weekly basis - you will also receive emails directly from the department re. travel schedules, etc.

Will there be a parent meeting to discuss the program?

Yes! There will be on a parent meeting on August 21, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the upper school.

What is the process if my child would like the opportunity to try-out for a varsity or junior varsity team?

Our state association, the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA), allows 7th and 8th graders to compete at the varsity and junior varsity level. If your child would like to try-out for a varsity program, the following steps must be taken:

1. You or your child must notify the athletic department that your child would like to be considered for a junior varsity or a varsity team.

2. Once this notice has been received and documented, the athletic director will schedule a mandatory meeting with the following parties:

    • Coach(es) of the junior varsity or varsity program in which the student-athlete wishes to compete for a spot.

3. Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of the student-athlete.

    • Athletic Department Personnel.

 

4. During this mandatory meeting, the following will be discussed:

 

    • Reasons for the request.

    • Process.

    • Expectations of parent(s) or guardian(s).

    • Expectations of student-athlete.

    • Expectations of varsity or junior varsity coach.

    • Expectations of the athletic department.

 

5. After a thorough review of the request, which includes a three (3) or four (4) day evaluation, a decision will be made as to the request.

 

Head varsity or junior varsity coaches do not have the authority to place a 7th or 8th grader on their respective teams. The final decision will come from the athletic department.

Additionally, student-athletes placed on a varsity or junior varsity team will not have the ability to play for both the middle school and a junior varsity or varsity team - if a student-athlete plays up, they stay up for the duration of that particular season.


FAQs for Fall 2018 Upper School Athletics

Wildcat Athletics

Upper School Question and Answer

Fall 2018


Our upper school athletic program works to expand opportunities for competitive experiences while creating an environment focused on competition, participation, and a desire and the demands of balancing a rigorous college preparatory academic program.

We work very hard to create opportunities in which your son or daughter will meet with success. We do this in partnership with you while working to maintain the integrity and purpose of fielding competitive interscholastic teams that operate within our educational mission. Participating in the athletic program at Carolina Day School is a privilege and not a right. 

There are often questions on all fronts regarding the athletic experience we offer in our upper school - please see below for a sampling of the questions you may have.

Please feel free to contact the office if you need further guidance and clarification.

What sports are offered at the upper school (varsity and junior varsity) level?

In the fall, we offer soccer (b), field hockey (g), cross-country (b,g), tennis* (g) and volleyball (g).

What grades are eligible for each sport?

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete in our varsity and junior varsity programs. For team specifics, please see the “Sports Offered and Eligible Grades” offered earlier in our “Fall Information” document.

What is the mission of Carolina Day School?

Our mission is to inspire students to become innovative thinkers who communicate with intelligence and clarity, create with vision and purpose, and act with courage and compassion to confidently make a meaningful difference in the world.

What’s the philosophy of the 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.

What does my child need to do if they plan on participating?

For students to participate in our athletic program, an up-to-date Athletic Release Form must be on file in the athletic department.  A concussion test is also required to participate - please refer to our website for additional medical information.

What are some of the goals of the Carolina Day athletic experience?

We have a rich tradition of success within our program. Whether your child has NCAA Division I aspirations or is playing for exercise and friendship, the experience matters. We work hard to establish team and individual goals for our student-athletes and believe the development of those goals is of utmost importance. The skills we foster and cultivate in uniform are those that we strive for in the classroom: grit,  perseverance, collaboration, and mindset.

My child wants to play collegiately.  How do we begin to understand the recruitment process?

We take great pride in our work with student-athletes in this area. We have an organized system in place and work to advise as needed. Please call the athletic office, and we will be glad to set-up a time to speak with you.

Are there any academic (or other) requirements to participate?

Please refer to the Upper School Handbook for specifics, but please note that a student must be—and remain—in “good” academic standing to participate.

Additionally, please note that to participate in an athletic event or any other school activity, a student must attend at least four hours of the school day of which the activity has been scheduled.

The Division Principal and the Director of Athletics are responsible for final decisions on a student’s participation in sports and activities.

Are student-athletes guaranteed playing time in each match/contest?

No, playing time is determined by our coaching staff, and we do not guarantee playing time for each athlete in every game. However, over the course of a season, we believe student-athletes are given multiple competitive opportunities.

Where do teams practice?

Our teams train at various locations, which include the following:

  • Soccer @ Sgro Athletic Complex
  • Field Hockey @ Sgro Athletic Complex
  • Tennis @ Asheville Racquet Club South
  • Volleyball @ Nash Athletic Center (CDS campus)
  • Cross-Country @ CDS Campus and other off-campus sites

A daily shuttle bus is provided for those student-athletes training at the Sgro Athletic Complex and the Asheville Racquet Club.

How long do practices last?

We like to train (on average) for 90-120 minutes.

What times do teams practice?

Practice times vary, please consult the CDS website for specifics.

How many days per week do upper school athletes practice?

Varsity and Junior Varsity student-athletes train 5 days per week.

If my child took the concussion test last year, do they need to take the test again this year?

No, once we establish a baseline, that baseline is “good” for two years. If there are circumstances which may warrant an annual test, we will consult with Mission re. the appropriate schedule. More information on baseline testing may be found here.

Where will schedules, practice times, and all other such “stuff” be located?

Please refer to our website for all athletically related information. Additionally, coaches will provide weekly email communication on relevant and applicable team information.

Will there be a parent meeting?

Yes, we will hold a parent meeting on August 21, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Upper School.

How can I help the athletic program?

Your support and help are always appreciated! Specific details on ways to help strengthen the experience will be shared during our parent meeting on August 21st.

Go Cats!


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