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Below are the guidelines the school uses when creating school-sponsored athletic teams for Westminster School students in fourth through eighth grades. We hope that these guidelines, developed through many years of teaching and coaching children, might be helpful to parent-sponsored teams as well.

  1. All Westminster sponsored athletic teams strive to follow the Westminster philosophy of establishing equally balanced teams, open to all Westminster students in the grade, and coached by current or former school employees, or by individuals, who are familiar with our philosophy and approach, as approved by the athletic director.
  2. Before establishing teams, coaches determine the level of interest in their sport by providing an inquiry letter to all families.
  3. Depending on the level of interest, an appropriate number of balanced teams are established.
  4. In determining teams, coaches consider the ability, dependability, and willingness of players to work as part of a team. The team groupings are announced to players alphabetically.
  5. New, balanced teams are created each year based on that year’s interest in the sport. Coaches try to mix teams from year to year, and generally do not follow their teams to the next season.
  6. Coaches offer equal practice time to each player. Playing time during games will depend on a variety of factors including league participation rules, each player’s effort during practice, the score of the game, etc. Coaches seek to balance playing time with an effort to win.
  7. Westminster School coaches strive never to play two Westminster teams against each other. In each grade Westminster students practice together throughout the season and function as a single grade-level team.