Interscholastic sports - soccer, basketball and lacrosse - are an important part of the Upper School program at Harbor Country Day. The program begins in fifth and sixth grade; seventh and eighth grade teams play a more rigorous and competitive program.
The goals of the program are to foster a lifelong love of sports and to develop leadership and team building skills. Harbor is a small school; everyone plays because everyone is needed. And while some students naturally excel as young athletes, there is no "jock culture" at Harbor.
Team sports at Harbor offer an unusual opportunity. In a larger middle school, or in a high school that begins in seventh grade, an eighth-grade athlete might very well be lost, dominated by older and more skilled students, and neglected by coaches who focus on key team members. They might not play often - might not even make the team. At Harbor, the same young athlete will have an opportunity to lead, building technical skills with intense personal coaching, and developing interpersonal skills as the natural leaders of younger students.
Because our coaches are also our teachers and advisors, the relationships between students and teachers continue to the fields and court, thus extending the classroom learning environment. Often, this helps reinforce lessons learned in class and on the field. Moreover, as teacher-coaches, we often see different aspects of students on the field than we do in the classroom, providing a more rounded view of our students and offering teaching opportunities in a different setting.
Participating, playing hard, playing fairly: Holding to these values, our teams have sometimes been undefeated and sometimes more modest. Our aim, though, is that all our student-athletes gain in self-knowledge, and grow into better teammates, more effective leaders, and more self-confident individuals.
Harbor Hawks Soccer 2012-13 Schedule
Harbor Hawks Basketball 2012-13 Schedule