Athletic Philosophy

At Woodglen School, we believe that athletics can play an integral role in the overall education of our students.  We offer a variety of options for students to be involved in athletic activities.  While different types of programs offer a variety of experiences, we believe that all of our programs are focused on teamwork and sportsmanship. 


Our INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC PROGRAMS compete against other area middle schools.  These programs are competitive in nature and, depending on numbers, may have tryouts and cuts.  Our coaches try to ensure that all students who make the team get to play regularly, but there are no guarantees of playing time.  Our interscholastic sports teams meet daily, Monday through Friday, from 3:15 until about 5:00 or 5:30, for games and practices.  Games/matches typically start at 4:00 pm.  End times for games vary based on sport and location. Interscholastic sports are open to different grade levels, depending upon the individual sport.  Cross Country is open to grades 5-8.  Field Hockey and Softball are open to grades 6-8.  Basketball (boys' and girls') and Baseball are open to grades 7-8.

Our UNIFIED ATHLETIC PROGRAM is based on the Special Olympics' "Play Unified" program.  Unified sports join people with and without disabilities on the same team.  Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, it is inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. There are no tryouts or cuts in Unified Sports.  Students do not need experience in a sport in order to participate in Unified Sports. Unified Sports are open to grades 5-8.  Practices/competitions are typically held a couple of times each week, Monday through Friday, and run until 5:00 or 5:30.

Our INTRAMURAL ATHLETIC PROGRAM provides students to participate in a "recreation-type" athletic experience.  Students meet two or three times per week and practice/compete against other Woodglen students.  Intramural sports are like "pick-up" games among students.  While there is some instruction, the focus is on friendly games. Intramurals are open to students in grades 5-8.  Students who play on a specific interscholastic team in a sport, are not eligible for intramurals.  For example, interscholastic basketball players cannot participate in intramural basketball. Intramurals typically run from 3:15 - 5:00.

Information on Interscholastic and Intramural Athletics