Sandy Spring Friends School


Athletics FAQs

When can my child begin playing a sport at SSFS?

Students in the Lower School have P.E. regularly, as well as opportunities to participate in sports activities. SSFS Team Sports begin in the 6th Grade.  

Where do I find the game and transportation schedule for my child’s team?

Team schedules can be found on the School website under Athletics > Teams and Schedules. Select the Upper School or Middle School tab, then click your child’s team. Double-clicking on an individual game in the schedule provides additional details about game time, location, transportation, and a link to directions if away. Please keep in mind that return times listed are estimates only.  Team schedules are updated seasonally. All changes due to weather are typically decided by noon of the day of the game; changes are then posted online, and communicated to team members and parents/guardians via email. 

Who do I contact for...?

Upper School Athletics and Intramurals:
Steve Powers (Athletics Director)

Middle School Athletics:
Karen Cronin (MS Sports Coordinator)

Athletic related injuries or health concerns:
Julie Tucker (Athletic Trainer)

Physical Education/Off-Campus Sport Participation Credit:
Amanda Hill (PE Department Head)

Are there cuts for athletic teams?

There are no cuts on our Middle School teams. In the Upper School, there are cuts for varsity teams. (A JV team may be formed if there is enough student interest.)  Please refer to the Upper School and Middle School SSFS athletic philosophies that can be found online. 

What SSFS sports teams are offered?

For 2019-2020, the Middle School offers baseball, softball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. In the Upper School, teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, ice hockey (a consortium team), lacrosse, rock climbing, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. Please keep in mind that teams can change due to numbers of participants.

My child participates in a sport not offered by SSFS outside of school. Can they get a sports credit for their participation?

Yes! Please direct all off-campus PE participation (dance, swimming, horseback riding, etc.) to the PE Department Head (Amanda Hill,

If my Upper School child does not play on traditional sports teams, how can they meet their physical education graduation requirement?

There are several PE and intramural course offerings available during the school day and after school that will fulfill the sports credit requirement. Please see the  Upper School Curriculum Guide for details.

How many PE/Sport credits does my Upper School child need to graduate?

  • 9th and 10th Grades: Students must participate in two PE classes or team sports each year.
  • 11th and 12th Grades: Students must participate in one PE class or team sport each year.