Upper School Programming

2021-2022 SR Athletics Welcome & Outlook

Stone Ridge Upper School Students & Families,

We are so excited to get back into action this fall with a full slate of Athletics programming scheduled for the 2021-2022 school year! As we anticipate an increased level of planning to bring all of our program offerings back to full strength in a post-pandemic environment, we ask that all students planning to participate in an Athletics offering this year (Fall, Winter, or Spring) to complete the registration process by July 30. Signing up for all seasons this summer will allow us to better prepare for the year ahead and make sure that all information leading up to each sport season is accurately communicated to all interested families.

Sport Registration Process
After referencing the program descriptions below, please utilize the registration link to sign up for any sports/programs you intend to participate in this year. A sign-up may be changed anytime after July 30 by emailing Andrew Maguire.

Intended Programming
Please read through the program descriptions for the sports and programs that we intend to offer this academic year. As seen throughout the pandemic, all plans can change at a moment’s notice, however, we are confident in resuming the programs outlined below. Key dates are included in each section, as well as information about typical practice scheduled and competition times. The majority of sports programs at Stone Ridge begin the season with tryouts to determine team rosters. Information is also included about the number of teams within each program and the designations we anticipate between varsity, JV, and intramural levels of programming.

First Week Schedule — Fall Sports
The schedule for the week of August 23, 2021 is still being finalized. Tryouts and practices will be in the afternoons, likely starting before 4:00 pm since students do not have regular classes that week. More information will be provided when the schedule is finalized.

Fall Sport Offerings: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Cross Country: 2018 ISL Champions
The SR Cross Country program welcomes all students who love to run (or have yet to discover a love of running!) to join the team. Students should contact Head Coach Peter Rook during the summer if they plan to join the Cross Country team for the fall season as building up to the expected volume of running prior to the fall will be essential. Practice begins on Monday, August 23, with practices daily after school from 4:00-6:00 pm and several meets on Saturdays.

Field Hockey: 2019 ISL Champions
The SR Field Hockey program is regarded as elite within the DMV, and return to this fall season as the reigning ISL champions with a great opportunity to compete for the championship again. SR will field two field hockey teams (Varsity and JV) and all students are welcome to try out to make a team. Students that do not earn a spot on either team may elect to join another fall sport program that has roster space after field hockey tryouts conclude. We anticipate a high number of students trying out this fall, so students are encouraged to practice their field hockey skills and general fitness leading up to tryouts. Tryouts begin on Monday, August 23 and will last a few days, with practices beginning right after tryouts conclude. Practices are daily after school from 4:00-6:00 pm with Varsity games played at 4:15 pm and JV games typically played at 5:30 pm following Varsity.

Soccer: 2019 4th place (of 15) — ISL Regular Season
The SR Soccer program has been one of the deepest programs in terms of participation and talent in previous years. SR has been able to field three soccer teams (Varsity and two JV teams) in recent years and plans to do the same in 2021. Tryouts begin on Monday, August 23 and will last a few days, with practices beginning right after tryouts conclude. Practices are daily after school from 4:00-6:00 pm with Varsity and JV games typically played at 4:15 pm.

Tennis: 2019 ISL A Division Tournament Champions
The SR Tennis program has competed at the top of the ISL A Division for several years and is poised to win the regular season this year and move up to the AA Division for the future. The tennis program practices and plays home matches at the Landon School. Tennis tryouts typically attract a large number of students. With only 10 players typically playing in each varsity match, SR intends to field a small varsity roster and a larger JV roster. If more students try out than roster space is available on the two teams, SR plans to potentially offer an intramural option if numbers and interest permit. Tryouts begin on Monday, August 23 and may last a week or more, with practices beginning right after tryouts conclude. Practices are daily after school from 4:00-5:30 pm at Landon (bus transportation to/from SR, departing around 3:40 pm and returning by 6:00 pm) with Varsity and JV games typically played at 4:15 pm.

Volleyball: 2019 6th place (of 15) — ISL Regular Season
The SR Volleyball program has competed well across the ISL for several years. SR will field two volleyball teams (Varsity and JV) and all students are welcome to try out to make a team. If more students show up for tryouts than can be supported within the two teams, students that did not earn a spot on either team may elect to join another fall sport program that has roster space after volleyball tryouts conclude. Students are encouraged to practice their volleyball skills and general fitness leading up to tryouts. Practices are daily after school from 4:00-6:00 pm with JV games played at 4:15 pm and Varsity games following – typically with a 5:30 pm start. 

Winter Offerings: Basketball, Ice Hockey, Squash, Swimming & Diving, Winter Track

Basketball: 2019-20 2nd place (of 15) — ISL Regular Season & Tournament
The SR Basketball program climbed to new heights in 2019-20 getting back to the ISL Championship for the first time in 25 years. SR will field two basketball teams (Varsity and JV) and all students are welcome to try out to make a team. If more students show up for tryouts than can be supported within the two teams, students that did not earn a spot on either team may elect to join another winter sport program that has roster space after basketball tryouts conclude. We anticipate a high number of students trying out this winter, so students are encouraged to practice their basketball skills and general fitness leading up to tryouts. Tryouts begin on Wednesday, November 10 and will last a few days, with practices beginning right after tryouts conclude. Practices are daily after school from 4:00-6:00 pm with JV games played at 4:15 pm and Varsity games typically played at 5:45 pm following JV. The Varsity team will practice on some Saturdays and will have some commitments over the winter holiday break.

Ice Hockey: 2019 & 2020 MAGHL Champions
Undefeated and winners of the MAGHL Championship in both 2019 and 2020, SR Ice Hockey is the preeminent girls high school program in the DC region. The ice hockey program will field two teams (Varsity and JV), with a hard cap on roster numbers due to bus transportation and ice availability. Players trying out for Varsity are highly encouraged to have substantial ice hockey playing experience as most varsity players also play on club teams external to SR. Players trying out for JV and/or those who are new to hockey should be able to skate on hockey skates and are highly encouraged to attend additional skating/hockey clinics. Ice Hockey practice and game schedules vary depending on rink availability, but we anticipate at least two on-ice sessions each week. The Varsity program team will also have two weekday off-ice commitments per week and the JV program will have one off-ice weekday commitment per week Players are expected to provide their own equipment, but SR does have goalie equipment for students interested in trying that position. Ice Hockey participation will require a student fee to help offset the cost of rink rentals, which will be collected at the beginning of the season. The student fee is projected to be around $500 per Varsity player and $300 per JV player (well below the fee of $1,500 by some peer schools). Families for whom the student fee is prohibitive to participation should contact Andrew Maguire, Director of Athletics, at the beginning of the season. Please contact Head Coach Mary Carpenter with any questions about the program and for off-season playing or training recommendations. Ice Hockey tryouts will likely start the week of November 8.

Squash
The SR Squash program began a few years ago, increasingly growing and becoming more competitive most recently. The squash program practices and plays home matches at the Bethesda Sport & Health. Squash tryouts typically attract a large number of students. With 10 or fewer players playing in each varsity match, SR intends to field a small varsity roster and a larger JV roster. If more students try out than roster space is available on the two teams, SR may offer an intramural winter pickleball option if numbers and interest permit. Squash program participation will likely require a student fee to help offset the cost of off-campus court rentals - the student fee is projected to be around $300 per Varsity player and $150 per JV player (well below the fee of $1,500 by some peer schools) and will be collected at the beginning of the season. Families for whom the student fee is prohibitive to participation should contact Andrew Maguire, Director of Athletics, at the beginning of the season. Tryouts will likely begin on Monday, November 15 and may last a week or more, with practices beginning right after tryouts conclude. Practices typically take place from 4:00-5:00 pm at Bethesda Sport & Health with bus transportation to and from SR.

Swimming & Diving: 2020 ISL & Metros Champions 
The SR Swimming & Diving program has been home to several of the fastest swimmers in the country, however the strength of the program has been its depth. SR Swimming & Diving welcomes all students to join the team, however, experience is required from a safety standpoint. Students curious about joining the team who are uncertain about their abilities should contact Head Coach Bob Walker for more information. Practices will take place after school on weekdays, with meets typically taking place on Tuesdays. Depending on meet line-up limitations, all students are not guaranteed participation in meets. Students that plan to balance club swimming commitments during the season should contact Coach Walker directly for more information. SR Swimming and Diving will begin on Wednesday, November 10. 

Winter Track
The winter track season at SR is the formal precursor to the Spring Track & Field season. Practices take place after school daily, mostly at SR, and periodically at another school with a track, in which case bus transportation would be provided. SR will participate in a handful of winter track meets. Depending on meet line-up limitations, all students are not guaranteed participation in meets. A regular commitment to the practice and training schedule is required for participation in the Winter Track program and students balancing other commitments should contact Head Coach Jeffrey Smith prior to the season to determine the extent of scheduling conflicts and the ability to participate. Winter Track will begin on Monday, November 15.

Spring Offerings: Lacrosse, Softball, Track & Field, Golf, Spring Tennis, and Intramural Pickleball & Ultimate Frisbee

Lacrosse: Finished season ranked #9 nationally
The Stone Ridge Lacrosse program had a historic run in 2021, not only being ranked nationally by US Lacrosse Magazine for the first time, but by climbing to #4 in the rankings prior to finishing the year at #9. SR plans field two lacrosse teams (Varsity and JV) and all students are welcome to try out to make a team. With the building success of the program, we anticipate a large number of students showing up for tryouts and students are encouraged to practice their lacrosse skills and general fitness during the offseason in preparation for tryouts. Students that do not earn a spot on either team may elect to join another spring sport program that has roster space after lacrosse tryouts conclude. Tryouts will begin on Monday, February 28 and will last a few days, with practices beginning right after tryouts conclude. Practices are daily after school from 4:00-6:00 pm with Varsity games played at 4:15 pm and JV games typically played at 5:30 pm following Varsity. The Varsity team will practice and play games on some Saturdays and should plan on team commitments over spring break in 2022.

Softball: 2016 ISL A Division Tournament Champions
The SR Softball program has competed well at the top of the ISL A Division for several years and is poised to win the regular season this year and move up to the AA Division for the future. All students are welcome to try out for the softball program. SR intends to field a competitive varsity roster and a larger JV roster - welcoming any students that are still learning the game. Tryouts will begin on Monday, February 28 and will last a few days, with practices beginning right after tryouts conclude. Practices are daily after school from 4:00-6:00 pm with Varsity and JV games primarily played at 4:15 pm. The Varsity team should plan on team commitments over spring break in 2022.

Spring Track & Field
The future is bright for SR Track & Field, with several experienced student-athletes and many underclassmen that tried Track & Field throughout the pandemic year, we are excited to see what the spring of 2022 will bring. Practices primarily take place at SR after school daily, with some practices off campus at a track - in which case bus transportation would be provided. Track & Field Meets will occur on some Saturdays throughout the season. Depending on meet line-up limitations, all students are not guaranteed participation in meets. A regular commitment to the practice and training schedule is required for participation in the Track & Field program and students balancing other commitments should contact Head Coach Jeffrey Smith prior to the season to determine the extent of scheduling conflicts and the ability to participate. Track & Field will begin on Monday, February 28.

Golf
The Stone Ridge Golf program is one of the deepest in the DMV with 20 students playing golf last spring. Stone Ridge will field a formal varsity team to compete in matches against other schools and a larger JV roster that will primarily practice and play some practice rounds against SR teammates. The golf program will practice and play afterschool anywhere from 2-4 times per week — either doing skill work on campus or playing on any of the local public or private courses. The golf season will run from early March through early May.

Spring Tennis
Spring Tennis is the non-league developmental season for tennis, primarily consisting of practices with a few matches mixed in. With more limited court access in the spring, this tennis option will primarily be open to students preparing to play tennis in the following  fall season. With this, seniors will not be permitted to participate in Spring Tennis and match play will be limited to a smaller number of students. Spring Tennis will likely begin after spring break, running from March 28 - May 6, 2022.

Intramural Pickleball
Beginning in the Spring of 2022, Stone Ridge plans to run a spring intramural Pickleball league for students to earn PE/Athletics credits and be active as we welcome spring. Pickleball games will take place 1-2 days per week after school at SR from March 28–May 6, 2022.

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee
Beginning in the Spring of 2022, Stone Ridge plans to run a spring intramural Ultimate Frisbee program for students to earn PE/Athletics credits and be active as we welcome spring. Ultimate Frisbee will take place 1-2 days per week after school from March 28–May 6, 2022 with the goal of building towards competition against another school.

Multiple Season Programs

Equestrian (runs Sept–March)
The Stone Ridge Equestrian program is a unique multi-season sport offering in which the SR Middle School and Upper School Equestrian students that participate in the program practice on their own and come together to compete representing SR in the Inter-School Horse Show Series roughly 1-2 times per month from September-March. Shows take place on Sundays at various stables in the region.

Rowing (Programming throughout the year)
Rowing has been offered as an option for spring sport participation to Stone Ridge students for several years in collaboration with the DC National Rowing Club (DCNRC) in which the programming and coaching has been run by DCNRC and Stone Ridge has intermittently provided transportation to DCNRC practices. DCNRC has expanded their programming recently to be offered outside of just the spring season. Participating in DCNRC programming during the spring or throughout the year will remain a way for SR students to fulfill their PE/Athletics credit requirements, however, in 2021-22 Stone Ridge will no longer be providing transportation to DCNRC practices. 

Participation in DCNRC programs has been a great experience for a small number of students. When considering rowing as an option for PE/Athletics credit, it is important to note that the DCNRC program is run completely separately from SR, with coaches and staff that are external to SR, and a practice and competition schedule that is coordinated external to SR. In addition, students that end up competing for DCNRC represent DCNRC in competitions, and not SR. In addition to registering on the form below, families that are interested in rowing should reach out to DCNRC Head Coach Julian Canha for specific more information about the programs and fees, and students should email rising senior Christina Steinki ‘22 for information from the SR student perspective.

Dance (runs Sept–Apr)
Students will engage in a range of strengthening and dance activities to enhance body awareness and capabilities, creativity, and performance skills while utilizing their dance technique as a tool of understanding the physical and technical skills needed to advance their development. Students will strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility and balance through control of body postural alignment, coordination through awareness of surroundings and interaction with physical space, and agility through control of a range of mobility. Modern/Contemporary, and Jazz techniques will be the foundation of the course, as well as periodic “stretch” classes for overall recovery and body health. Dance classes will likely take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from mid-September to mid April. In addition to registering on the form below, students with any questions should email SR’s Dance Teacher, Ms. Levere.

Step Team (runs Sept–March)
The Stone Ridge Step Team has been the featured performance at SR events for more nearly than a decade under the leadership of Ms. Stacey Clayton from C4 Performing Arts. The Step Team typically practices together once per week on Wednesdays after school from September to March and performs at various events throughout the year.

Fitness Walking
Fitness Walking classes are typically offered weekly throughout the year when the weather permits as an option for students to complete their PE/Athletics credits if they have not been able to do so through another sport or activity. Fitness Walking classes typically occur once per week and students may be required to track walking activities outside of SR for assignments.

Other PE Credit Options
Other options for earning PE credits that may become available throughout the year are Yoga or Spinning classes — those offerings are likely, but yet to be finalized.

Register by July 30

US Athletics - Program Registration 2021-22