Lower School Athletic Philosophy
The Gerstell Academy Lower School Athletic Program is structured to enhance the leadership program and give students an opportunity to develop and test leadership skills, teamwork, and to provide a venue for physical fitness. Lower School athletics foster an environment in which children are able to grow and to learn how to reach their full potential emotionally, intellectually, socially and physically while stressing the importance of a solid base of fundamental skill sets. Our Lower School program gives the students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular, athletic activities while assuring quality coaching and leadership training in line with the Gerstell Academy Principles, Attributes and Motto.
Gerstell Academy Lower School students are encouraged to vary their athletic experience as well as to participate on travel and recreation teams outside of Gerstell. This gives our student-athletes the unique opportunity to take their leadership experiences to the community outside of Gerstell and to " lead by example."
Middle School Athletic Philosophy
“Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.” -Muhammad Ali
The Gerstell Academy athletic program is structured to enhance the leadership program and give students an opportunity to develop and test leadership skills, teamwork, and provide a venue for physical fitness. Middle School athletics foster an environment in which children are able to grow and to learn how to reach their full potential emotionally, intellectually, socially and physically. Athletic principles are extensions of the academic life and are introduced and taught to overshadow the focus on winning or losing athletic contests.
Gerstell Academy student athletes are encouraged to vary their athletic experiences at the middle school level to allow them to learn and grow from different situations. Daily participation is required and necessary in the development of an understanding for athletics, physical fitness and the increased knowledge of basic athletic principles and rules.
Upper School Athletic Philosophy
“Winning isn’t everything, but trying to is.” -Vince Lombardi
The Upper School philosophy differs from that of the Middle School. Upper School athletics still follow the basic philosophy of fitness for life and building a base for a healthy lifestyle. However, in the Upper School, athletics become more competitive and there is an increase in the emphasis on striving to win as a result of great effort, excellent attitude and exceptional fitness. Due to this competitiveness, tryouts are required. All tryouts will be based on skill level, effort, attitude, performance and the specific numbers needed for a team. Superior sportsmanship, as in Middle School athletics, is expected and demanded. Information regarding all tryouts, varsity and junior varsity teams, team schedules, and what each coach is looking for will be made available to our students. Parents should have frank discussions with their child to discuss realistic expectations, dedication, and commitment to a varsity level sport.
Due to the competitive nature of Upper School Athletics and the expectation of excellence at Gerstell Academy, our student-athletes are required to be in top physical condition at all times. Pre-season practices will help to ensure that Gerstell Academy student-athletes are the best conditioned and most prepared athletes on the field.