grade 9-12 athletics
The Upper School's athletic mission is to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to develop physical tools, technical skills, and mental stamina to compete to the best of their ability as individuals and as members of a team. To accomplish this mission, SPA is committed to providing a dedicated, knowledgeable, inspiring coaching staff as well as top-notch athletic facilities.
As an extension of the classroom, SPA student-athletes engage fully and strive for excellence. Athletic achievement is gauged both individually and collectively, taking into account outcome of games, sportsmanship, continued improvement, and leadership of participants. Student-athletes are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment and perseverance that serves as the foundation of any successful athletic program.
- Provide a range of opportunities for students to compete in the sport and level of their choice.
- Help our student-athletes reach their team and individual athletic goals.
- Encourage levels of excellence from our athletic teams that match our expectations in the classroom.
- Instill appreciation of commitment to team, school and fitness.
- Teach rules, skills, self-discipline, cooperation, sportsmanship, respect and commitment to shared goals.
- Support positive self-image and confidence gained through athletic participation
Competition is the essential ingredient of the athletic program. We encourage our student-athletes to embrace challenge, overcome adversity, think creatively, and compete with enthusiasm. Competition drives students to play at their highest level, while also teaching them how to be a respectful winner or loser. SPA student-athletes are expected to play with determination, integrity, and respect for the efforts of their opponents.
Our program is led by caring professionals who promote high expectations while offering genuine opportunities for our student-athletes to be successful.
The cornerstone of our program good sportsmanship. We have the highest expectations for our coaches, athletes, and the parent community in this regard. Demonstrating good sportsmanship through genuine support for our teams, courtesy toward competitors, and respect for officials is expected.
Learn more about the sports offered for students in Grades 9-12, below.
Boys' and Girls' Cross Country (Grades 7-12): Official practice with the varsity team begins in mid-August at 9:00 a.m.; meet in the athletics hallway. Development team practice begins at the beginning of the school year; meet in the athletic hallway.
Boys' Football: Varsity and JV teams (co-op with Blake, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, and Hope Academy) begin zero conditioning week at the beginning of August; regular practice begins a week later at Minnehaha Academy.
Boys' Soccer: Varsity, JV and B or C team practice begins mid-August on the Randolph campus fields.
Girls' Soccer: Varsity and JV team practice begins mid-August on the Randolph campus fields.
Girls' Swimming and Diving (Grades 7-12): The Varsity and JV (co-op with Highland Park High School) begins practice in mid-August at the Highland Park High School pool. This is not a “learn to” program.
Girls' Tennis: Varsity and JV team practice begins mid-August on the Randolph Campus Tennis Courts.
Girls' Volleyball: Varsity, JV, and C team practice begins mid-August in the Randolph Campus Briggs Gymnasium.
Boys' and Girls' Alpine Skiing (Grades 7-12): Grade 7-8 USSA qualified skiers are invited to participate. Practice begins in early November at Buck Hill. Season passes ($400) and your own equipment are required to participate. This is not a “learn to” program.
Boys' Basketball: Varsity, JV, and C team practice begins early November in the Randolph Campus Briggs Gymnasium.
Girls' Basketball: Varsity and JV team practice begins mid-November in the Randolph Campus Briggs Gymnasium.
Girls' Dance (Grades 7-12): Varsity team practice begins mid-October at SPA or St. Catherines.
Boys' and Girls' Fencing (Grades 7-12): Varsity and Middle School teams begin practice in early November at SPA, St. Catherines or Twin Cities Fencing Club. The Grade 6 development team practices two days a week on the Randolph campus.
Boys' Hockey: Varsity and JV team practice begins early November at the Drake Arena.
Boys' and Girls' Nordic Skiing (Grades 7-12): Varsity and Development team practices begin in early November. A limited amount of rental equipment is available for the season.
Boys' Swimming and Diving (Grades 7-12): Varsity and JV (co-op with Highland Park High School) begin practices late November at the Highland Park High School pool. This is not a “learn to” program.
Baseball: Varsity and JV team practice begins mid-March on the Randolph Campus fields.
Boys' and Girls' Golf (Grades 7-12): Varsity and JV team practice begins mid-March, weather permitting. The varsity teams are limited to eight players each. This is not a “learn to” program.
Boys' Lacrosse: Varsity and JV teams (co-op with Minnehaha Academy and Concordia Academy) begin practice in early April.
Girls' Lacrosse (Grades 7-12): Varsity and JV teams (co-op with Visitation High School) begin practice early April at Visitation High School. This is not a “learn to” program. Grade 7-8 students may try out but are not guaranteed a spot on the team.
Softball: Varsity and JV team practice begins mid-March on the Randolph Campus fields.
Boys' Tennis: Varsity and JV practice begins late March on the Randoph Campus tennis courts, weather permitting.
Boys' and Girls' Track and Field: Team practice begins mid-March on the Randolph Campus track.