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Middle School Physical Education (Grades 5-8)

Middle School Physical Education Benefits

Athletics is an extension of the Gulf Stream School academic program. The development of physical fitness, sports skills, teamwork, leadership, and school spirit are a few of the varied and important benefits of team sports in general and Gulf Stream School’s sports program in particular. 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.

Middle School Physical Education Goals

Gulf Stream School's philosophy emphasizes sportsmanship, teamwork, participation, 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.

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. All players receive significant playing time in games. 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.