1. Students are not to drive to games without prior approval of Athletic Director and Head of School. Students may only leave a game with their parents and should plan to stay until the team leaves. Written permission is needed to leave an away game with someone else’s parents.
2. Students who are unable to participate in physical education may not participate in practice or a game without prior approval of the Athletic Director.
3. Students are expected to attend every scheduled practice. If they miss practice, it will affect their participation in games.
4. Athletes on teams below the Upper School Junior Varsity should expect to participate in games if they are attending practice. All players may not receive equal playing time. Depending on the particular sport and its rules, varsity players may or may not have the chance to play at a lower level if they do not play in the varsity game.
5. All athletes must be in school by 9:00 AM in order to compete in athletic contests that day.
6. Germantown Academy is a tobacco free campus. We appreciate your cooperation.
7. Coaches, players, parents and friends of individual teams may not hold fundraisers or solicit money without prior approval of the Athletic Director, Director of Institutional Advancement and Head of School.
8. Cars are not permitted across the bridge without the Athletic Director’s permission.
9. Changing sports – If a player desires to change sports during the season, they must submit a request in writing with their parent’s signature to the Athletic Director. Both coaches and the Athletic Director must agree to the change.
MIDDLE SCHOOL – The sports program is explained in the Middle School Handbook.
In keeping with the Philadelphia Inter-Academic League rules, all teams are grouped by ability. The actual number of teams varies each season depending upon the numbers of students who wish to participate in the sport of their choice. Each sport has set a minimum number of students necessary to warrant an additional team. The Middle School Sports program is participation based. All Coaches are instructed to give each athlete as much playing time as possible, providing that the student-athlete has met all team membership requirements.
UPPER SCHOOL – Upper School sports are offered at various levels on a sport by sport basis. Some sports only have a varsity level while others may offer three teams in the Upper School. This is determined by the program, space available, staff available, and student interest. Upper School policies regarding participation are in the Upper School Student Handbook.
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS – Games are not scheduled on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Good Friday, and Christmas. Students are always excused from school, games, or practice for religious commitments.
The boys are members of the Inter-Academic Athletic Association established in 1887. Member schools are Chestnut Hill Academy, Episcopal Academy, Haverford School, Malvern Preparatory School, William Penn Charter School, and Germantown Academy. League competition takes place in the following sports: football, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, track, tennis, golf and lacrosse.
The boys league recognizes a varsity champion in each sport and also presents the Heyward Cup to the school which earns the most points in varsity competition throughout the year.
The girls are members of the Girls Inter-Academic Athletic Association established in 1983. Member schools are Agnes Irwin School, Baldwin School, Episcopal Academy, Academy of Notre Dame, Springside School, William Penn Charter School and Germantown Academy. League competition takes place in the following sports: field hockey, soccer, cross country, tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming, softball, track lacrosse and crew.
The girls’ league recognizes a varsity champion in each sport.
The two leagues are separate and have different constitutions, by-laws, rules for individual sports and philosophies. If you are interested in further information about the two leagues, please contact Ginny Hofmann (215-643-4208).
Germantown Academy has a fully certified trainer on staff. The trainer will also serve as a resource for the complete treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. All Coaches will be certified in CPR.
Injuries occurring at home games will be handled by the trainer and/or coach. A communications system using walkie talkies and a portable phone will allow the trainer to be notified immediately in case of a serious injury. Injuries at away games will be handled by the staff of the opposing school. If a serious injury occurs, parents will be notified as soon as possible.
Many students would like to pursue their athletic interests in college. Varsity coaches, the Athletic Director and/or the College Guidance counselors can provide information and advice in this area. Athletes who are interested in scholarships or financial aid for sports should speak with their coaches about the various college programs, the recruiting process and their chance for success. The NCAA publishes a pamphlet called “Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete” which will be available through the Athletic and College Guidance offices. In addition, all seniors will receive the NCAA Clearinghouse Pamphlet and Release Form at the beginning of the school year.
SUMMER CAMPS AND PROGRAMS
Athletes who are serious about a college sport at any level should attend camps in the summer. Camps are an ideal way to visit college campuses and to meet coaches. Germantown Academy runs camps for several sports and parents can receive information on these camps from the Director of Summer Programs. Varsity coaches should be able to recommend camps to their players.
POST SEASON PLAY
Germantown Academy is an independent school and is not eligible to participate in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs and state championships. The boys and girls Inter-Academic post season play may be conducted on a sport by sport basis.