Program and Philosophy
Athletics are a vital part of the total curriculum at St. Paul's. As an extension of the academic classroom and traditional school day, valuable lessons are learned through athletic participation. The objective is to foster an environment where young people reach their full intellectual, emotional, and physical potential.
Teaching faculty coach students in eleven interscholastic sports at the varsity, junior varsity, fresh/soph, and middle school levels. St. Paul's discourages boys from specializing in one particular sport, instead encouraging them to vary their athletic experiences. The principles of participation, excellence, discipline, loyalty, self-confidence, dealing with success and failure, respect for authority, and getting along with others are emphasized.
Good sportsmanship, displayed by participants and fans alike, is highly valued and an expectation at St. Paul's. The manner in which teams win or lose reflects the values the School holds most closely.
Teams representing St. Paul's on the sub-varsity levels emphasize participation, the development of fundamental skills necessary to the sport, teamwork, and team spirit. Working within that framework, the winning of contests is a desirable goal. Coaches make an effort to coach and play all boys so each player feels they are an integral part of the team.
The most visible team in each sport is the varsity. Results of games are published daily in the newspaper or websites, and periodically in school publications. Substitutions and playing time are based on the coach's judgment of what is best for the team. There are no guarantees for starting positions or playing time. Coaches reward and recognize the most skilled players as well as those players who demonstrate excellent work habits, unselfish play, a desire to succeed, and an outstanding attitude. Coaches make every effort to have each young man feel that he is an integral part of the team.
St. Paul's School participates in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). The MIAA is governed by specific guidelines and its own constitution. Specific questions regarding league policies and guidelines should be directed to the athletic director. The web site address for the MIAA is www.miaasports.com.
You can reach the Athletics Office by calling 410-821-3039 or e-mailing Athletic Director Paul Bernstorf.