At the middle school level, our 5th-8th graders are able to pursue their passion for sport and perhaps discover a new love for competition all while realizing their opportunity to finally represent their school while wearing the Davidson Day Patriot uniform. At this level, participation, learning new sports and working with coaches are important dynamics of introduction to school sports. Typically middle school teams will practice and play only four days per week, as opposed to JV and Varsity teams which will require greater time commitment.
It is always a possibility that we will offer junior varsity sports when participation numbers allow. The Athletic Department preference is to always “say yes” when an opportunity arises to benefit our school and students. Junior varsity sport offerings are typically available to high school freshmen and sophomores but in independent schools, 7th and 8th graders may also be considered for play on these teams. Ideally JV teams are created to serve as an additional feeder team to the varsity programs. Commitment to practicing and playing presents a greater student-athlete expectation than at the middle school level.
Davidson Day varsity teams are created and designed to be competitive and to compete for and win conference and state championships. Sportsmanship, leadership, commitment, excellence, class and dignity are all expectations of a Patriot varsity student-athlete. Our teams compete locally, regionally and sometimes nationally and take great pride in successfully representing the Davidson Day community. Overall varsity athletic success is measured by the annual NCISAA Wells Fargo rankings, which rank every independent school athletic department’s success using a metric based on sport offerings and how a school finished versus its common competitors. Davidson Day routinely finishes in the Top-3 of the Wells Fargo Standings and takes great pride in doing so.