Middle School Physical Education (Grades 5-8)
Middle School Physical Education Benefits
Athletics is an extension of the Gulf Stream School academic program. Students enjoy the competition, physical exercise, and socialization of sport. Gulf Stream continues to believe in the value of participation in team sports. All students in Grades Five through Eight participate in the Middle School sports program which is focused on team sports. Boys participate in flag football, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Girls participate in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse. In addition, some boys and girls choose to play tennis and/or golf during the last few weeks of the school year. Physical conditioning is built into daily practices.
Middle School Physical Education Goals
Gulf Stream School's philosophy recognizes that winning is a result, not a priority. That result comes from sportsmanship, teamwork, concentration, discipline, consistent practice, effort, and commitment. The school and its coaches believe firmly that sports can and should be an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience where individual strengths emerge and blend into a team effort.
At the risk of oversimplification, we emphasize four rules:
- Play hard to win with fairness and within the rules
- Be supportive of your teammates and coaches
- Respect and appreciate your opponents
- Have fun.
Middle School Competition & Stingray Team Sports
Fifth and Sixth Grade
In Grades Five and Six, each team competes against other schools. Individual skills are developed and team concepts are presented. The players are introduced to the strategies and rules of each sport. Practices are Monday - Thursday. At times, some Fifth and Sixth graders are asked to practice and play with the Seventh and Eighth Grade teams. The aim of the Fifth and Sixth grade program is provide an active learning environment in which all students receive as equal an opportunity to play as possible.
Seventh and Eighth Grade
In Grades Seven and Eight, each team competes in a league. In practices, which are Monday - Thursday, we continue to emphasize skills and tactics. The P.E. program continues to be mandatory for all students so all players receive significant playing time. However, in these upper grades, a slightly more competitive approach is implemented, allowing players to earn more playing time based on a positive attitude, effort, and skill development.