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Physical Education and Athletics

There’s an athlete in all of us just waiting to be discovered. Finding and developing that athlete is what our physical education program is all about.

Through a carefully sequenced program focusing on skill development, individual and team play, and of course, sportsmanship, we encourage healthy competition and the pure joy of physical activity. Our comprehensive physical education program begins in Pre-K and culminates in Grade Six.

Students in grades 7 and 8 move to a developmentally appropriate athletic program. Athletes choose from eight interscholastic teams (with two levels, varsity and junior varsity) while intramurals are offered to those students seeking non-competitive options.  We require our students to play either in our interscholastic or our intramural athletic program. In our interscholastic program, we provide two levels of competition, varsity and junior varsity, each with its own guiding philosophy.

Students go through an extensive tryout period at the start of each season in order to determine their level of play. Our varsity teams play a very competitive schedule primarily against high school junior varsity teams. Although winning is an acknowledged priority at the varsity level, we also overtly emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. While everyone plays, we do not require equal playing time at the varsity level. At the junior varsity level, our teams play a middle school schedule; the players get roughly equivalent playing time, and the emphasis is on skill and strategy development. We offer interscholastic opportunities in field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girl’s basketball, and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. Although we are not able to offer everyone’s sport of choice at Brookwood, we do want to honor all interests, so we seasonally provide a sports option which allows a student to both fulfill his or her sports requirement and to leave at the regular dismissal time each day, allowing for off-campus athletic pursuits in the late afternoon.

Our Physical Education Department consists of four highly experienced, certified instructors, and our Seventh and Eighth Grade athletic program is coached by a variety of Brookwood teachers who not only have played sports themselves, but also have experience coaching. All coaches are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Our facilities include two full-size gymnasiums, two fields and an additional practice/recreation area, a pond for winter skating, an indoor climbing wall, and an outdoor ropes course with both high and low elements, a well as locker rooms for both boys and girls in Grades Four through Eight.

Physical Education Curricular Goals
Generally, the Physical Education Department seeks to have Brookwood students:

  • Develop sound gross motor skills
  • Develop the fundamental skills and game strategies of a variety of sports
  • Develop individual and team play abilities
  • Develop an understanding of both technique and tactic
  • Develop self-confidence by working outside of personal comfort zones
  • Develop good sportsmanship
  • Develop positive attitudes towards physical fitness and activity

Grade Level Curricular Goals and Focal Points
At each respective grade level, our goal is to have Brookwood students:

Pre-K:

  • Develop basic movement skills: running, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, hopping
  • Develop spatial awareness and how one’s body moves
  • Develop positive attitudes towards physical activity
  • Experience individual and partner play
  • Develop rudimentary understanding of sportsmanship

Kindergarten:

  • Develop throwing and catching skills
  • Develop striking skills
  • Develop kicking skills
  • Develop cooperative and team play
  • Develop appreciation for rules in any game
  • Develop knowledge of a range of specific game rules
  • Continue to develop spatial awareness
  • Continue to develop a sense of good sportsmanship

Grade One:

  • Develop above skills while body or ball is in motion
  • Begin play with equipment
  • Increase knowledge of specific game rules
  • Continue to explore individual and partner play
  • Experience team play
  • Begin to appreciate personal fitness
  • Continue to develop sportsmanship

Grade Two:

  • Continued work on specific skill development
  • Develop introductory knowledge of tactics
  • Play in modified games
  • Increase physical fitness
  • Increase physical self-confidence through appropriate risk-taking
  • Develop sportsmanship skills

Grade Three:

  • Develop a range of rudimentary team concepts
  • Develop basic knowledge of offense and defense
  • Appreciate the value of practice
  • Develop clarity regarding positioning
  • Develop knowledge of rules
  • Develop facility for team play
  • Increase physical self-confidence through appropriate risk-taking
  • Develop sportsmanship skills

Grade Four:

  • Develop sport-specific skills in field hockey, soccer, flag football, speedmitten, basketball, volleyball, badminton, track and field, lacrosse
  • Develop team play in the above sports
  • Deepen appreciation for practice
  • Develop knowledge of tactical play in the above sports
  • Develop sportsmanship in increasingly competitive situations
  • Develop responsibility for lockers, clothing and equipment
  • Increase physical self-confidence through appropriate risk-taking

Grade Five:

  • Continue to develop sport-specific skills in field hockey, soccer, flag football, speedmitten, basketball, volleyball, badminton, track and field, lacrosse
  • Deepen appreciation for practice
  • Develop understanding of and appreciation of team play
  • Develop responsibility for lockers, clothing and equipment
  • Deepen appreciation for physical fitness
  • Explore ways to self-assess strengths and areas in need of work
  • Increase physical self-confidence through appropriate risk-taking
  • Develop sportsmanship in increasingly competitive situations

Grade Six:

  • Develop specific skills for field hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse
  • Participate in interscholastic play
  • Practice positive work ethic in drills
  • Continue to practice tactical play
  • Develop strategies for self-assessing strengths and areas in need of work
  • Increase physical self-confidence through appropriate risk-taking
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and positive team play

Grade Seven:

  • Make appropriate personal choices with regard to what sport to play
  • Increase physical self-confidence through appropriate risk-taking
  • Set realistic and obtainable personal goals
  • Develop commitment to a team
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and positive team play
  • Appreciate benefits of physical activity and physical fitness

Grade Eight:

  • Make appropriate personal choices in regard to what sport to play
  • Increase physical self-confidence through appropriate risk-taking
  • Set realistic and obtainable personal goals
  • Develop leadership abilities
  • Demonstrate commitment to a team
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and positive team play
  • Manifest an appreciation of benefits of physical activity and physical fitness
  • Demonstrate strategic understanding of several sports