Aug. 20 update: With the School’s shift to distance learning for September, athletics will be offered during two sessions in the fall: The first will begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, with a virtual component and conclude on campus Oct. 23. The second will begin on campus Monday, Oct. 26 and conclude with a virtual component ending with Winter Break in December.  
 
Athletic offerings will include both athletic team training, general fitness, and strength and conditioning offerings. See the chart below for an outline of weekly virtual activities.
 
A few important notes regarding athletic offerings:

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  • Both sessions will include periods of both virtual and on-campus training.

  • Fall training blocks are not prerequisites for participation on interscholastic teams in 2021.

  • Offerings include varsity-level and JV-level training groups.

  • Participation in varsity-level training does not guarantee varsity-team membership for interscholastic play in 2021

    (three truncated competitive seasons beginning in January are being planned; see Interscholastic Competition below).
  • Students who identify as a gender other than what is noted above should communicate interest in an offering directly with an athletic director.

  • Training will focus on the development of sport-specific skills, fitness, strength, and conditioning.

Students engaging in structured outside programming (club sports, etc) throughout extended periods of distance learning are encouraged to email either Girls’ Athletics Director Jen Fitzpatrick or Boys’ Athletics Director Jim Fitzpatrick with proposals to incorporate those plans into these offerings.

FAQs

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  • Will there be preseason for varsity teams? (Aug. 12 update)

    The Interstate Athletic Conference and the Independent School League — the two conferences in which the bulk of Episcopal's teams play — announced they are postponing fall interscholastic competition. School will open with remote orientation on Monday, Aug. 31, online distance learning will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and all students will return to campus on Oct. 2 and 3. See the Fall Calendar and Schedule page.
  • Will students be able to participate in athletic opportunities off campus?

    In recent years, EHS has made special arrangements for individual students to play with outside club teams or work with private coaches or trainers off campus. When school opens for 2020-21, however, we will initially follow an array of prevention measures and limit individuals coming and going to campus for at least the first three weeks. See more at the Visitors and Off-Campus Leaves page.

    Special leave requests: We will consider special student leave requests to participate in off-campus activities after those first three weeks. While health conditions may prevent us from granting these requests, we want to work with students and families to determine if participation in these activities can be safe for the community and for the student. 

    If you anticipate a special leave request for any athletics reason (training, club-team competitions, etc.), please email Assistant Head for Student Life Doug Dickson (djd@episcopalhighschool.org) with details about the timing and the activity. Final decisions may depend on an evaluation of health conditions in the fall, but we would like to review the request as soon as possible.
  • Will traditional rivalry events and competitions take place this year? (July 22 update)

    Although fall interscholastic sports have been postponed, we are working with our rival schools and looking for ways to maintain the traditions of big events such as The Game with Woodberry and the Seminary Hill Cup.

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  • Interscholastic Athletics

    July 22 update: The Interstate Athletic Conference and the Independent School League — the two conferences in which the bulk of Episcopal's teams play — announced they are postponing fall interscholastic competition. The leagues have outlined plans for three truncated seasons, each roughly six weeks in length, starting with the traditional winter sports in January and followed by fall and later spring sports offerings. 

    We believe strongly in the benefits of participating in team sports and interscholastic competition. Regardless of the form and timing of interscholastic play, we know that competitive athletics are critical to the Episcopal experience for many EHS students, along with the special relationships created when you are part of a team. We are building plans that will enable as many of our programs as possible to engage in sport-specific training throughout the fall.

    Please see a letter from our athletics directors. Also, we will hold a virtual meeting soon to offer more details about such training.
  • Facility Use

    Many athletics facilities, including the fitness center, will be available to all students for both structured programming and recreational use. Prevention measures in place for the full EHS community at any given time may affect use, including expectations regarding physical distancing and limits to the number of individuals using each space.