Team Sports at EHS

Opportunities for team-based athletic experiences are essential for the physical, emotional, and social well-being of our students. We remain committed to providing the best sports experience possible for all of our programs.

Upon students’ return to campus, we will blend traditional fall and winter sport offerings through the afternoon option program. See the Session II offerings below. We will pursue opportunities for teams to compete against other schools as we are able to ensure the health and wellness of our full community.

Traditional spring sport offerings will follow the combined fall and winter seasons, with training beginning as early as some point in March.

List of 5 items.

  • 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

  • Students who identify as a gender other than what is should communicate interest in an offering directly with an athletic director.

Interscholastic Play

League-Sanctioned Play for Winter Sports
The Independent School League (ISL) will not conduct traditional league-sanctioned competition or conference championships for winter teams, a decision that affects EHS girls’ basketball teams. The Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) will delay winter competition until after January. Episcopal’s wrestling and boys’ basketball teams compete in the IAC.

We continue to monitor announcements from the governing bodies that oversee interscholastic play for winter sports not governed by either the IAC or the ISL (climbing, squash, indoor track & field).

EHS is pursuing creative opportunities for a full variety of athletic activities for all its winter teams, including the possibility of a limited number of contests with schools that may be similarly positioned to support a safe return to competitive play. If health conditions allow, we also will aim to create inter-squad competitions.

Fall and Spring Play
Plans for the sports in these seasons remain dependent on continued conversations with our leagues and consideration of broader health guidelines. Both the ISL and the IAC continue to reassess conditions with hopes to resume league play for traditional "fall" and "spring" sports as circumstances allow. No revisions to initial plans regarding interscholastic play for these seasons have been announced to date.

FAQs

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Will teams spend spring break on campus?

    If teams need training to prepare for interscholastic competition after the March 6-14 break, the School will host those student-athletes on campus.
  • Will The Game with Woodberry go on?

    The football game with Woodberry Forest at Woodberry remains scheduled for Saturday, March 6. A decision on fan attendance will be made in accordance with state guidelines and with the counsel of health authorities.
  • Will there be a Seminary Hill Cup?

    We continue conversations with St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes about the possibility of organizing this competition in the spring semester.
  • When will students be able to use the Fitness Center?

    The Fitness Center will not be open when the School is following the strictest prevention measures. But once we establish a healthy baseline, we expect teams will use the center for structured and supervised training. We hope to open it for individual workouts, but health conditions will determine whether that’s possible.
    We will again set up a tented outdoor weight room, and we have secured additional strength & conditioning coaches to provide appropriate supervision for as many spaces as we are able to use. 
  • Can students leave campus for practices or competition with club teams?

    As health conditions currently stand, we initially follow prevention measures that limit individuals coming to and going from campus. We will reassess as the semester progresses and hope to relax these measures if possible.

    We will consider special student leave requests to participate in off-campus activities. If you anticipate a special leave request, please email Assistant Head for Student Life Doug Dickson (djd@episcopalhighschool.org) with details about the timing and the activity. We encourage families to place requests now or as soon as possible. Though we will review requests and make preliminary decisions, final decisions cannot be made until nearer the time of the event and will depend on health conditions in the campus community and the local region of the event.