To: All Interested Middle School Student-Athletes
FR: Steve Henry, Director of Athletics
Re: MS Student-Athlete Classification and Team Assignments, Fall 2018

Carolina Day Middle School students have many great options to get involved in extracurricular athletics this fall. We will field teams for girls in volleyball, cross-country, and field hockey; and for boys in soccer and cross-country. Coaches for these teams have been directed to provide a fun, disciplined, developmentally appropriate experience that compliments their middle school academic experience.

The Athletic Department views student participation on these teams as valuable supplements to the physical and social development of children at this age, and for this reason, makes every effort to include all interested and committed students on a team.

While we encourage all middle school students to play for middle school teams and enjoy the social benefits of this experience, we understand that some students aspire to play, believing they are physically, mentally, and possess exceptional skills, for the CDS Upper School JV or Varsity teams while they are in middle school.

This letter is sent to you to help navigate this process if your son or daughter falls into this category.

Overview of Process

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, the following steps must be followed:

  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 meeting with the following parties:

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

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

    c. Athletic Department Personnel.

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

    a. Reasons for the request.

    b. Process.

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

    d. Expectations of student-athlete.

    e. Expectations of varsity or junior varsity coach.

    f. Expectations of the Athletic Department.

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

While the physical abilities of the student-athlete will be an important factor in the decision to allow him or her to play up, please be aware that the 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.

Try-Out Assessment Dates for MS Student-Athletes to "Play Up"
Varsity or JV Boys Soccer
Location: CDS Sgro Athletic Complex
                2351 Sweeten Creek Road
                Asheville, NC 28803
Dates:     August 8, 9, 10
               August 21, 22, 23
Times:    9-11a, August 8-10
               TBA, August 21 - 23
Coach: Anthony Brenner
Varsity or JV Girls Volleyball
Location: Nash Athletic Center
                CDS Campus
Dates:     August 1, 2, 3
               August 21, 22, 23
Times:    1-4p, August 1-3
               TBA, August 21 - 23
Coach: Kristin Peppel
Varsity Girls Field Hockey
Our field hockey program operates a bit differently than our other offerings.  We field two teams: (1) a varsity program and a (2) junior high/junior varsity program. This is a result of the realities of field hockey offerings in Western North Carolina - unlike some other areas in North Carolina and the surrounding region, where field hockey is a sport which is supported by strong club systems and a commitment to growing this exciting sport, we have limited competitive opportunities, especially at the JV or middle school level.  As a direct result of this fact, our teams are more "fluid" than our other offerings within the program.  For example, our coaches have been given the authority to establish teams in which reflect this competitive landscape. 
Please attend our parent meeting to hear more about this model and direct any questions to Jake Southern, head field hockey coach,
Varsity Girls Golf
CDS offers a variety girls golf program in the fall. 
Please note that CDS offers a co-ed middle school golf team in the spring.
For those students interested in participating this fall, please contact Steve Henry,
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