Summer Workout and Fall Athletics Information

New Students Athletics Orientation Meeting

Wednesday, August 21, 2024
5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Student Commons

Attendance is required for all incoming upper school athletes who plan to participate in athletics at SPSG and their parent(s). All middle and upper school families are invited to attend.


Upper school student-athletes participating in a fall sport are expected to attend the first day of practice Thursday, August 15. Please sign up here by June 1.


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Preseason Training  |  Team Schedules  |  Cross Country  |  Tennis  |  Field Hockey  |  Soccer  |  Volleyball  |  Cheer  |  Student-Athlete Physical Forms  |  ImPACT Testing

Preseason Training Opportunity

Five-week program
  • Audience: Rising 9–12th graders
  • Dates: July 8 to August 9

Head Trainer Caroline May will host preseason training for SPSG upper school students. We expect to host training sessions three times each week. Indicate your interest by selecting YES in the fall sports sign-up link.

The SPSG athletic department will offer summer training opportunities in our state-of-the-art weight room facility. The program is designed to prepare high school athletes for the fall sports season. The program allows for athletes to begin the fall season with the confidence in knowing they are ready for any physical challenge the coach expects. Athletes are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible to be the most prepared. Commitment to a strength and conditioning program will not only prepare athletes for physical challenges, it will also strengthen muscle to prevent injury.


Team Schedules

Fall game schedules can be found here in early June. Varsity athletes may have practices on weekends and school holidays. Athletes are expected to attend all practices and games. Please contact coaches for questions regarding weekend and holiday practice schedules.

All upper school students (grades 9–12) are invited to try-out for the fall sports teams listed below. All athletes will need to provide their own equipment for their respective sports. This includes sticks, racquets, mouthguards, protective eyewear, and shin guards. Each sport will establish a tryout period on the first day of practice. Our goal is to accommodate as many athletes as possible on each squad while being mindful of providing a positive experience for all. Certain sports, such as tennis, will have smaller squad sizes due to play format. We will work with each student-athlete to find an alternative athletic opportunity if necessary.

Below is some preliminary information for all the fall sports teams. Please note, times are subject to change.


Cross Country (Varsity)

  • Head Coach: Haley Brown Mahonski ’99
  • First Required Practice: Thursday, August 15, at 7:30 a.m.
    • Meet at the SPSG turf on the first day.
    • No prior experience is necessary—however, the coaches will hold two time-trials early in the season. The first will be a one-mile time trial at the end of the first week, and the second will be the 5K on-campus course time trial the last week of preseason.
  • August 15 and 16: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. practice
  • Week of August 29: 7 to 8:30 a.m. practice

All interested athletes should contact Coach Mahonski with any questions and to obtain the summer training workout plan.


Tennis (Varsity & JV)

  • Varsity Head Coach: Pete Dutton
  • JV Head Coach: Nicole Grunwald
  • First Required Tryout: Thursday, August 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Meet in the Performance Gym on the first day
  • August 15 and 16: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tryouts
  • Week of August 19:
    • Monday through Thursday: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. final tryouts/practice/scrimmage matches
    • Friday, Aug. 23: V/JV scrimmage vs. Park at SPSG, 3:30 p.m.
       
  • Recommended Summer Training:
    • Continue to play and practice throughout the summer to be ready for tryouts.
    • Hitting two to three times per week and playing in at least two summer tournaments
    • Students who have not played tennis and are considering trying out for the team should take lessons to learn proper strokes and then play and practice as much as possible.

Field Hockey (Varsity & JV)

  • Varsity Head Coach: Candice Fisher
  • JV Head Coach: TBD
  • First Required Tryout: Thursday, August 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Meet on the turf field.
       
  • Recommended Summer Training:
    • Work on fitness and technical skills over the summer to help you to get ready for the season.
    • Coach Fisher recommends this 7v7 league: North Harford Rec > Open Registrations. Registration closes Tuesday, April 30, so act quickly if you are interested.
    • Athletes will be tested on the Maryland Run test during the first week of tryouts. Please reach out to Coach Fisher if you need more information.
       
  • Summer Open Turf (Optional)
    All field hockey players at the upper school level are invited to join the coaches for open turf at St. Paul’s on the following dates:
    • June 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on SPSG Turf
    • June 26, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on SP Turf
    • July 10 , from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on SPSG Turf 
    • July 17,  from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on SP Turf
Week One: Varsity and JV Teams to be names on Saturday, Aug. 17
  • Thursday, August 15: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. tryouts
  • Friday, August 16: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. tryouts
  • Saturday, August 17: 7:30 to 9 a.m. tryouts
Week Two
  • Monday, August 19: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, August 20: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 21: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 22: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Friday, August 23: V/JV Scrimmage vs. Towson, 3:30 p.m. at SPSG

Soccer (Varsity & JV)

  • Varsity Head Coach: Joie Gill
  • JV Head Coach: TBD
  • First Required Tryout: Thursday, August 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Meet in the Performance Gym on the first day
    • Students should be able to run a mile under seven minutes and complete ten 100-yard sprints under 30 seconds each with 30 seconds in between each to return to the start line. It is important that athletes are fit and ready to play.
       
  • Summer Open Turf (Optional)
    All soccer players at the upper school level are invited to join the coaches for open turf at St. Paul’s on the following dates:
    • June 18, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the SPSG Turf
    • June 25, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the SP Turf
    • July 9, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on the SPSG Turf 
    • July 16, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the SP Turf
Week One: Varsity and JV Teams to be names on Saturday, Aug. 17
  • Thursday, August 15: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tryouts
  • Friday, August 16: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tryouts
  • Saturday, August 17: 9 to 11 a.m. tryouts
Week Two
  • Monday, August 19: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 20: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 21: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 22: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, August 23: V/JV Scrimmage at Sparrows Point, 4:30 p.m. (V) and 3 p.m. (JV)
  • Saturday, August 24: Varsity ONLY team event (Time TBD)

Volleyball (Varsity & JV)

  • Varsity Head Coach: Kellee Furno
  • JV Head Coach: TBD
  • First Required Tryout: Thursday, August 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Meet in the Performance Gym on the first day.
       
  • Recommended Summer Training:
    • Prepare for the season by attending summer camps or clinics. Coach Furno recommends volleyball athletes attend the camp she hosts held at SPSG. Please contact the coaches for additional camp suggestions.
  • Summer Open Gym (Optional)
    All volleyball players at the upper school level are invited to join the coaches for open gym time at St. Paul’s on the following dates:
    • June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Week One: Varsity and JV Teams to be names on Saturday, Aug. 17
  • Thursday, August 15: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tryouts
  • Friday, August 16: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tryouts
  • Saturday, August 17: 9 to 11 a.m. tryouts
Week Two
  • Monday, August 19: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., V/JV practice
  • Tuesday, August 20: 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., V/JV practice
  • Wednesday, August 21: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., V/JV practice
  • Thursday, August 22: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., V/JV practice
  • Friday, August 23: V/JV Scrimmage at Towson, 5:30 p.m. (V) and 4 p.m. (JV)

Cheer

  • Varsity Head Coach: Payton Poindexter
  • First Required Tryout: Thursday, August 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Meet in the Performance Gym on the first day.  
       
  • Recommended Summer Training:
    • Work on flexibility, stretching, and core strength.
    • Coach Poindexter recommends tumbling and/or gymnastics classes for any students interested in cheer. Rebounders in Timonium has drop-in classes and monthly summer packages as well.

The cheer squad will cheer for all home and select away football games this fall.

  • Summer Open Gym
    All cheer athletes at the upper school level are invited to join the coach for open gym at St. Paul’s. Please sign up to receive more information on those events.

Student-Athlete Physicals and Forms

We require all students to have their annual physicals and paperwork uploaded into the Magnus Health System by Thursday, August 1. Student-athletes will NOT be able to participate in practices until all documents are received.


ImPACT Testing

Athletes must complete an ImPACT test every two years. The ImPACT test is a tool utilized at SPSG for all upper school students to take baseline measurements of memory, recall, and reaction time. In the event of head injury this information will be readily available to share with the doctor. The objective information will be compared to a new test to determine return to activity.

New Students

Our head athletic trainer will send each new student a link to access to the ImPACT test. The test may be taken at home. Please look for an email from her with the information.

Incoming Freshmen

All incoming freshman and new students will need to take the ImPACT test. Returning students, our new athletic trainer will communicate with you should you need to retake the test.