Athletics are an integral part of our Middle School girls’ experience. When young women train and compete, they rise to meet new challenges, step into leadership roles, and emerge physically and intellectually stronger, as individuals and team members.
At Walker’s Middle School, girls play sports at the level that meets their abilities. Some students excel on Middle School teams while others have the skill to play at the JV or varsity level. At the start of each season, some Middle School athletes are invited by Walker’s athletic director or coaches to try out for a JV or varsity team.
Middle School students also participate in a Skill Development program which is designed to encourage Middle School students to try new co-curricular offerings, including sports and theater, and develop good habits for a healthy lifestyle. For some students, this program complements their time on a JV or varsity team in the seasons when they are not playing Upper School sports.
Upper School varsity tryouts: soccer, field hockey, cross country, volleyball, dance
Upper School varsity tryouts: swimming, basketball, squash, dance
Upper School varsity tryouts: lacrosse, softball, tennis, dance
Middle School sports teams and Skill Development classes meet during the academic day while the Upper School JV and varsity teams meet after school. If a Middle School student plays at the JV or varsity level, they typically will have a study hall during the block when Skill Development classes meet. Middle School games typically take place on weekday afternoons and occasional Saturdays both here in Simsbury and at other independent schools throughout the region.
In Walker’s Skill Development classes, our Middle School students are introduced to sports and theater classes which enhance their existing athletic and acting abilities or allow them to try new things in a supportive environment. The class is structured so that students experience our co-curricular offerings, including field hockey, theatre, softball, lacrosse, and tennis, at a developmental level. Upper School coaches and our theater director teach the classes providing students with an insider’s view of participation in a sport or theater class at the Upper School level.
Skill Development classes are taught by our Upper School JV and varsity-level coaches and theater director. A list of required equipment and additional equipment per season is shared with families prior to the season. Students may borrow school equipment but must provide certain safety equipment that is not shareable, such as a mouthguard for field hockey or lacrosse.
Students who are riders in Walker’s equestrian program are able to take riding lessons during the school day where their schedule permits. Walker’s Middle School IEA team meets after school at the barn; the team competes at various shows throughout the region.