Upper School preseason athletics practices begin August 22

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Upper School soccer, volleyball and cross-country

Join an Upper School Athletic Team
We encourage all students to join a Catlin Gabel team. Each year a number of students, particularly freshmen and sophomores, hesitate to come out for sports, believing they are too inexperienced to participate. Our no-cut policy allows for everyone to participate. We provide great opportunities for students to give new sports a try. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. We hope to see you on August 22, when preseason practice begins for soccer, volleyball, and cross-country.


For conditioning, skill development, and team organization, athletes planning to participate in the first fall contests are required to attend preseason practices. Athletes missing practices or arriving after the starting date will be withheld from competitions until they have completed nine practices.

Once classes begin on September 2, practices are after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is no practice on Labor Day.

» Link to game and meet schedules

Upper School Athletics 2011-12 Preseason Schedule

Boys Soccer
Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Monday, August 29 – Thursday, September 1, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Roger Gantz, 503-780-3312

Girls Soccer
Monday, August 22 – Thursday, September 1, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Mark Lawton, 503-860-5164

Optional Soccer Camp through CG Summer Programs
August 15 – 19, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Grades 9 – 12 (or with permission)
$175
Lisa Unsworth with Catlin Gabel soccer coaching staff
Work on skills, strategy, and fitness before soccer tryouts. Evenings include drills and technique, shooting, tactics, small-sided games, and full-sided scrimmages. Great preparation for preseason and upcoming league play.

Girls Volleyball
Monday, August 15 – Friday, August 19, 4 – 8 p.m. (this is optional)
Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26, 4 – 8 p.m.
Monday, August 29 – Wednesday, August 31, 4 – 8 p.m.
Head Coach: Chris Snelling, 503-841-8956

Cross-Country
August 22 – August 26
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 –11 a.m.
Head Coach: John Hamilton, 503-645-7198

Optional cross-country summer practices
Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for interval session. Meet at the gym.
Saturday at 9 a.m. for a 3 to 6 mile run. Meet at the bottom of the Leif Erickson Trail on NW Thurman Street.
Monday, August 15, 23rd annual Oak Hills preseason run • swim• ice cream social 7 – 9 p.m.

Notes for All Athletes
Students should have their own footwear properly broken in by the opening day of practice to avoid blisters. Wear athletic clothes suitable for the weather. Soccer players should bring water bottles to carry with them to the field. It is wise to start some conditioning well before August 22 in order to build fitness gradually. This will help avoid muscle soreness and injuries.

Family medical and emergency contact forms must be submitted online before the first day of practice. Update or approve your forms here. Also, all 9th and 11th graders must complete the pre-participation physical examination with their physicians and turn in the required paperwork before the first day of practice. State law requires the school to have the forms on file before students may practice. The forms were emailed in May, and are available in PDF format at the end of this article. Please call the Upper School office at ext. 318 if you have any questions about the forms.

For questions or clarification about the athletics program please email or call Sandy Luu, athletic director, at luus@catlin.edu or 971-404-7253.