With 31 varsity sports programs and several other recreational physical activities, athletics play a vital role in every Hill student’s development. Competing on an athletics team or cheering on the sidelines helps foster the strong sense of community on campus.
We strive to cultivate an athletics program that compliments and perpetuates the School’s educational ideals by instilling in students valuable and transferrable life skills such as collaboration, communication, character, and leadership; developing healthy, lifelong habits; teaching and honing the skills, rules, and ethical values of various individual and team sports; providing healthy competition and cooperation within and between schools, thus inculcating in each student the best principles of good sportsmanship; and supporting each student’s shared pursuit of excellence.
All Hill School students must participate in an afternoon activity each term. Regardless of which form they are in, all students are required to partake in at least one season of interscholastic athletics, unless they are granted an exemption by the Director of Athletics.
The tabs below contain important logistical information about The Hill School’s athletics program. Please contact Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg P'22 at email@example.com with any questions.
- Athletic Requirement
- Levels of Interscholastic Play
- Sports Offered
- Non-Interscholastic Athletics Afternoon Activities Options
- Athletics Code of Conduct
Students must engage in an afternoon activity each term:
- Third and fourth formers must play a minimum of one season of interscholastic sports.
- Fifth and sixth formers must participate in a minimum of one season of interscholastic athletics, either by playing or managing. The requirement may also be fulfilled by student training, approval by the Arts Department to participate in the Afternoon Arts program for all three terms, or approval by the Community Service Director to be a Community Service Leader for all three terms.
- Students who choose to participate in a non-athletics afternoon activity must participate in a fitness program during that term.
- Certain sports may be capped at a specific numbers depending on space, coaches, etc.
There are up to three levels of interscholastic play in which Hill student-athletes may compete:
Varsity: Varsity athletes play on our highest level teams. These programs demand an exceptional commitment to skill development and fitness.
Junior Varsity (JV): The JV level prepares students for varsity play. JV student-athletes concentrate on skill and tactical improvement while competing against an appropriate level of competition. Sixth forms may play on JV teams only if space allows.
Thirds: An appropriate level of play for less-experienced players or beginners, mostly third and fourth form students. Fifth and sixth formers may play on Thirds teams only if space allows.
The following activities are offered in the afternoon and DO fulfill the athletics requirement:
Managing: Fall, winter, and spring terms Fifth and sixth formers may manage an interscholastic sports team to fulfill their athletics requirement.
Rehab: Students who have suffered an injury may need to be in the training room doing a rehab plan set forth by our athletics trainers. This is approved on a case-by-case basis depending on the type of injury and rehab plan
Student Trainers: Fall, winter, and spring terms Students may use a term to volunteer in the Athletics Training program. Under the guidance of our athletics trainers, students will gain experience in all aspects of athletics training.
The following afternoon activities DO NOT fulfill the athletics requirement:
Afternoon Arts: Fifth and sixth form students may apply to participate in three terms of Afternoon Arts. Before applying for three terms, students must talk to the director in their field of study. All applications will be reviewed by the Arts Department faculty and will only be considered for a selected number of students. For interested students, the application for three terms of Afternoon Arts are due on August 1 of the new school year. Learn more about The Hill School's Afternoon Arts program.
Afternoon Tech Time: Winter and spring terms The Hill School’s underwater robotics team creates Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), Students will design and build an ROV that will simulate missions in some marine environment. We need designers, electronics experts, pilots, problem-solvers, creative types for this effort. A passion for any of oceanography, nautical engineering, electricity, mechanics, remote sensing, the environment, and a passion for having fun are all welcome. This very hands-on competition requires students to build state of the art ROVs that will compete to complete specific and complex mission tasks in a variety of human endeavors.
Community Service: Fall, winter, and spring terms (fifth and sixth formers – only fulfills if approved as a Community Service leader for three terms) Students may choose to spend up to two terms each year in daily afternoon service activities. Current activities include tutoring local students, working in the community garden, or volunteering at the local theater. If a student is interested and has a specific interest, we’ll do our best to accommodate that. Students will participate in three or four days of service each week and are also required to complete two one-hour fitness workouts each week.
Forensics (Speech and Debate): Fall and winter terms Hill Forensics competes in both speech and debate competitions. Debate is competitive arguing. One person or team advocates for a given topic and the other person or team refutes the topic. An independent judge decides which team did the better job at advancing their argument and refuting their opponent’s arguments. Hill competes in Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum styles. Speech events are less interactive and involve presenting a dramatic, humorous, informative, or persuasive speech for a judge. Many accomplished people like Supreme Court justices, former presidents, and even Oprah Winfrey competed in high school Forensics. This is an excellent activity for any student who wants to work on their critical thinking, communication, research skills, or creativity. Participants are expected to attend daily practice, prepare position papers on both sides of a given topic, find suitable speech materials or write them, and attend competitions regularly.
The Dial: Fall and winter terms; requires approval from Mrs. Richards. The Dial is the Hill’s yearbook, published once annually and distributed the day of the Strawberry Festival in May. Fifth and sixth form students who work on The Dial learn about journalism from both the graphic design and editorial points of view. The book is a chronicle of a school year at Hill, as told through both photographs, words, and page design.
Crew: Rowing Strength-Endurance (winter) The winter crew program will be a rigorous combination of indoor rowing on the Concept 2 ergometer, weight-lifting, running, and other strength-endurance work to prepare for a spring season (interscholastic) of racing on the water.
Fencing: Winter term only. Students are responsible for providing own equipment. Limited to 24 students. Will meet for one hour per day in the fitness room and/or gyms. Will teach kids the basics of fencing.
Intramural Volleyball: Spring term only. Fifth and sixth formers only. Fitness Volleyball is an activity in which students will learn and play the game of volleyball in Sweeney Gym.
Media Arts: Winter term only. Fundamentally, media art is about exploring artistic ideas that conceptually and practically contribute to the growing media landscape. In 2018, the first generation of media artists created and produced webisodes, screen plays, television scripts, podcasts, blogs, and original music. Additionally, media art encompasses the graphic arts (comic, novel). Media art accommodates any emerging media that encourages fresh ideas. Throughout the term, some students will create art for a Media Art Marketplace - a website curated by the artists – that showcases their creative endeavors. Media artists are not required to publish or present work or products for public consumption. Enrollment limited.
Ultimate Frisbee: Spring term only. Activity in which students will learn and play the game of Ultimate Frisbee.
Strength and Conditioning: Fall, winter, and spring terms. Requires approval of Director of Athletics (Mr. Hollway or Mr. Eilberg). Please contact Coach Notebaert for requirements approval. Strength and Conditioning is for The Hill athlete who wants to improve conditioning and sport-specific skills in their only off-season. Students must participate in two seasons of interscholastic play at Hill and must make a varsity-level commitment in at least one of those sports. Student-athletes will have the support of our Strength Coach; are encouraged to do sport-specific skill workouts; will have a weekly yoga class to work on flexibility and core strength; and may pursue any opportunities available for club team play.
Alternate Activities: Students who wish to participate in an afternoon activity outside of our offerings must petition the Director of Athletics stating the reasons for the request and for what term(s) one is seeking approval for. Alternate activities may include sports not offered at Hill, or truly unique opportunities to pursue an interest beyond the Hill program such as cycling, equestrian, glass blowing, etc. The student’s talent and prior accomplishment always is crucial in deciding these requests. Permissions will not be allowed to compromise the Mid-Atlantic Prep League and Hill’s emphasis on multi-sport participation, with clearly defined seasons for all sports.
Honors Independent Study: Students can request to opt out of a season of afternoon activities if conducting an Honors Independent Study.
Thus, Hill student athletes, their coaches, and supporters will:
- Respect their opponents
a. Recognize and appreciate excellence regardless of team affiliation
- Respect the officials conducting the contest and accept their decisions
a. Know, understand, and play within the rules of the contest
b. Play fair
- Respect and adhere to the decisions of coaches
At all times Hill student athletes, their coaches, and supporters will:
- Accept seriously the responsibility and privilege of representing The Hill;
- Display positive behavior and use respectful language;
- Maintain self-control regardless of circumstances or perceived provocation;
- Accept both victory and defeat with pride, compassion, and grace.