Fall sports teams started their seasons this week with great success!
What is the role of Athletics?
Powhatan believes that coaches are teachers too. The courts and fields are their classrooms, and the lessons they are teaching are giving students skills they will need for life. Please take a few minutes to listen to the podcast conversation with our coaching staff below.
“The real motivation for our students to become engaged in sports is not just to participate in our athletic program, but to bolster their growth as individuals,” says Mrs. Scarborough, Head of School. “At the Middle School level, we want students to have a positive team experience, develop the habit of daily physical activity, step out of their comfort zone to try a new sport and develop important life skills such as resilience, perseverance, self-confidence, teamwork, and communication. We set the foundation for this learning in the lower school physical education program where these skills are introduced and taught through non-competitive games and activities such as tag games, cooperative challenges and creative movement centers. Students learn the give and take of winning and losing and how to support fellow teammates to achieve goals.”
Our athletic program for sixth, seventh and eighth graders is thoughtfully designed to give students at all skill and interest levels the opportunity to play a sport and/or remain active. Team practices are during the school day so that students are not tied into a practice after school. Many of our students play on travel teams outside of Powhatan, so if a student opts out one season to play a travel sport, there are still active options to try – such as outdoor education, dance, pre-season lacrosse and recreational sports which includes handball, indoor soccer, floor hockey and ultimate Frisbee. All middle schoolers are required to play one season each year, however, 90% of our middle schoolers play two team sports each year and 75% play three team sports each year. We belong to the PAC-5 (Piedmont Athletic Conference), which includes Loudoun Country Day School (Ashburn), Wakefield School (The Plains), Highland School (Warrenton) and Hill School (Middleburg).
Field Hockey (girls)
“Our coaches, who interact each day with the students, have an enthusiasm for learning which is contagious,” continues Mrs. Scarborough. “The positive way they encourage each student brings out their personal best and resilience. Please take a few minutes to listen to the podcast conversation at the top of the page. You will be inspired by their dedication not only to the sport they coach, but also to the life lessons they are modeling.”
Be sure to follow the Powhatan School teams on the Athletic Department website!
Link here: https://www.powhatansports.org/