Athletics: Philosophy

Foote’s athletic program provides the opportunity for every seventh, eighth and ninth grader to play on an interscholastic team. (Sixth graders may join the cross country and swim teams.) The competitive sports program is optional, but as many as 80 percent of our Middle School students participate most seasons. Several sports have both varsity and junior varsity teams.

Our program stresses sportsmanship, skill-building, perseverance, self-confidence and teamwork. Our focus is on participation and cooperation; all team members have regular opportunities for playing time.


Practices are held Monday through Thursday from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. and on Friday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. During winter term, when the Hosley Gymnasium must accommodate more than one team, the practice schedule differs. Swim practices and home meets are held at the Albertus Magnus College pool, a quarter mile from campus.

When students join a team, they are expected to honor their commitment and attend practices and games. Students who participate in other activities such as music, dance or drama may make arrangements to miss practices or games by talking with their coaches. 


Games may fall on any week day and typically last from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., depending upon the location of the game. Game schedules are distributed at the beginning of each season and are posted on the website. In addition, weekly schedules are posted on the bulletin board in the gymnasium and are available to team members at the beginning of each week.


Decisions to cancel or postpone a game are posted on the school's home page by 1 p.m. on game day so arrangements for rides home can be made. A study hall or indoor practice session is held for students who stay beyond the close of school on the day of a cancellation or postponement.