Middle School

Athletics

Whitefield Academy considers participation in athletics to be an integral part of a student’s overall educational experience. Middle School athletics exist not only to help build competitive programs at the varsity level but also to provide opportunities for students to acquire skills, develop character, and to represent Whitefield Academy. Student-athletes in the Middle School train and compete under the motto: “Work Hard. Play Hard. Honor Him.”

Whitefield’s Middle School encompasses grades five through eight, and athletic offerings vary by grade level, with a number of sports available starting in the fifth grade. Teams are coached by a combination of faculty and community coaches, with the varsity coach for each sport giving oversight to the program. In addition to sports-specific practices, Middle School students benefit from physical education classes, morning workouts and summer workouts that include both strength and cardiovascular training, and access to on-site athletic trainers.

 

Many Whitefield Middle School sports compete in Metro 10, a metro-Atlanta private school league, with a variety of Whitefield teams winning Metro 10 championships.

 


See below for a list of Middle School sports, including information about grade eligibility, expected time commitment, and sport-specific details:

 

Baseball

  • Eligible grades: sixth- through eighth-grade can try out
  • Time commitment: Practices take place Monday through Thursday afternoons. The season runs from February through late April with tryouts beginning early February.
  • Metro 10: Whitefield Middle School baseball participates in the Metro 10 Tournament


Basketball

  • Check back for information soon


Cheerleading (for basketball)

  • Eligible grades: sixth- through eighth-grade students can try out
  • Time commitment: Tryouts take place in October. The season runs from November to February. Practices are Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Games are on weeknights and Saturdays.


Cheerleading (for football)

  • Eligible grades: Fifth- and sixth-graders can sign up to cheer for fifth- and sixth-grade basketball, while seventh- and eighth-graders can try out for the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball.
  • Time commitment: Fifth- and sixth-graders attend a summer camp at Whitefield. Seventh- and eighth-grade students attend an overnight summer camp. Summer practices begin in July and the season lasts from August to October. Practices take place three days a week, Monday through Wednesday. Fifth- and sixth-grade games are on Saturdays; seventh- and eighth-grade games are on Thursdays.


Cross-country

  • Eligible grades: fifth- through eighth-grade
  • Time commitment: Practices take place Monday through Thursday from 3:45-4:30 p.m. (after the mandatory 3-3:30 p.m. extra help time for MS students)

 

Middle School Football

  • Eligible grades: Seventh- and eighth-grade
  • Time commitment: Practices start the Monday before school begins in August and ends in mid-October. Practices take place Monday through Wednesday from 3:45-5:45 p.m. and games are on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. There are no practices Friday through Sunday.
  • Metro 10: Won the Metro 10 Championship in 2017 and 2019, runner-up in Metro 10 Championship in 2018

 

Fifth/Sixth-Grade Football

  • Eligible grades: Fifth- and sixth-grade
  • Time commitment: Two full weeks of pre-season practice (two hours per day); three practices per week during the season (two hours per day) right after school. Most games are on Saturday mornings, with one or two Thursday night games. We play eight to nine games during the season.

  • Metro 10: We have consistently been one of the top three teams in the Metro 10 each of the past four seasons. No championships yet, but it’s coming!

     

Golf

  • Eligible grades: sixth- through eighth-grade
  • Time commitment: Practices take place three days a week (Tuesday through Thursday) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. There are typically eight matches that last for three to four hours each (not including travel time), so there are times when we leave school at 3 p.m. and do not get back until 8-8:30 p.m.
  • Additional info: Practices and matches take place off-campus; transportation is needed from school to the Legacy Golf Links for practice. The team mom organizes a carpool system to help with transportation. The school does provide transportation to and from matches. Athletes are expected to provide their own golf clubs and bags for participation. The sports fee will cover team gear and course access for practice and matches.


Lacrosse

  • Check back for information soon


Soccer

  • Eligible grades: Sixth- through eighth-grade
  • Time commitment: Practice and games will take place Monday through Thursday with one exception of a Friday game this coming season. All practices and games are mandatory for attendance for those who make the team. Practices will be held from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Games are either home or away and usually have a 4 p.m. start time. Game playing time consists of two 25-minute playing periods with a 10-minute half time. A bus will be provided for transportation of athletes to and from the game.
  • Metro 10: Won the Metro 10 Championship in 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Additional info: All soccer players will need regulation-sized shinguards, cleats, and runners for all practices and games. Practice jerseys and uniform tops and bottoms will be provided with the exception of goalkeepers who will need to provide their own uniform. The provided jerseys and uniforms are expected to be returned at the end of the season in the condition in which they given to each player. Practice jerseys and uniforms are only to be worn at Whitefield Middle School soccer events, unless directed by the coach.


Softball

  • Eligible grades: Sixth- through eighth-grade can try out
  • Time commitment: Athletes can attend a summer softball camp. Practices take place Monday through Friday 3:45-5:15 p.m. Games take place during the week starting at 4 p.m. The season begins in August and ends with the Metro 10 Tournament in early October.
  • Metro 10: Won the Metro 10 Championship in 2019
  • Additional info: Athletes are required to bring cleats and a glove to tryouts, and additionally a helmet once they make the team


Swimming

  • Eligible grades: Fifth- through eighth-grade
  • Time commitment: Practices take place 3-4 days a week and athletes should expect to attend 5-6 meets per season
  • Metro 10: Runners up in 2019 and 2018
  • Additional info: Practices take place at the Chastain Park pool


Tennis

  • Eligible grades: Sixth- through eighth-grade
  • Time commitment: Practices take place Monday through Thursday each week from 3:45-5:15 p.m., usually averaging two matches per week. We play 10 matches total: five at home and five away, with a chance to play for the Metro 10 Championship at the end of the season, hosted by Whitefield each year. The season typically lasts from the beginning of October through the first week of December.
  • Metro 10: Tennis participates in Metro 10 and has placed as runners-up in the past
  • Additional info: Students are expected to bring their own equipment (racket, tennis shoes, etc.)


Track

  • Eligible students: Fifth- through eighth-grade (no cut)
  • Time commitment: The season runs from February through early April. Practices take place Monday through Thursday from 3:45-5 p.m. Track meets usually take place during the week with the occasional Saturday meet.
  • Additional info: running shoes required, spikes recommended


Volleyball

  • Eligible students: Sixth- through eighth-grade girls
  • Time commitment: Practices are held Monday through Thursday from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Games are typically scheduled one or two times a week (Mondays-Thursdays) around 4 or 5 p.m. and last roughly an hour. We will also attend one Saturday tournament each season, which is an all-day event. Teams travel together on a bus to away games, and each player has the option to ride back to the school on the bus after away games.
  • Additional info: The sports fee for volleyball players covers a t-shirt, spandex (to wear in-game), and knee pads, so there's no need to purchase any gear beforehand. Players will also be given cover shorts and a jersey, which will need to be returned at the end of the season. No experience is required to try out, but it's likely that cuts will have to be made each season due to the number of girls that try out, so we recommend that those interested attend clinics or camps (Whitefield offers many over the summer!) before arriving at try-outs.


Wrestling

  • Eligible grades: Fifth- through eighth-grade
  • Time commitment: Practices are held Monday through Thursday and last about 1.5 hours. Mid-week matches take place for eight weeks, followed by a tournament and an end-of-season Conference tournament
  • Metro 10: Finished 3rd place in 2017, won the Championship in 2018
  • Additional information: Uniform, practice clothes, and sweat suit are provided by team. Wrestlers are required to provide their own wrestling shoes, head gear, and mouth piece.

 


A full season schedule and team roster for each sport can be found on our teams page.