Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common questions and answers about athletics at SPA.
There is no participation fee required to play on a SPA team. There may be fees associated with the purchase of uniforms, travel costs, and meals, but this will vary by division and team.
SPA follows a "no-cut" policy in regards to sports at both the Middle and Upper School levels. This reflects our belief that all students, no matter their skill or experience level, should be encouraged to participate in sports.
In the Middle School, there are no tryouts: players are evaluated by the coaching staff during practices in the start of the year, and will be divided into balanced teams depending on the cohort's size and skill level. Division into "A" and "B" teams typically begins in Grade 7 or 8.
There are tryouts for Upper School teams, which take place prior to the start of the season. No athlete is ever cut from a team; players will be placed on the varsity, junior varsity, or C team based on their skill, effort, attitude, and commitment.
Generally, Middle School teams practice/play 3-5 times a week and Upper School teams practice/play 5-6 times a week. Players are expected to be at all practices and games. Reasonable accommodations can be made with prior communication with the coach. Expectations increase as students move from the Middle School to the Upper School, including practices and competitions during holidays or school vacations.
Yes. SPA has teamed up with Sports and Orthopedic Specialists Allina Health to offer ImPACT Testing (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), an innovative concussion management program for athletes or individuals who are at risk for a concussion. ImPACT involves an online exam that athletes take prior to the athletic season. This baseline test is done on the SPA campus, administered by the athletic trainer. All costs for the baseline testing are covered by SPA. For more information, visit the ImPACT Test website.