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At Springdale, the objective of athletics is not just to emerge victorious, but to recognize and instill the many core values developed through participation. Students build character and develop confidence through competition on the court, track and field. This in turn, leads to discipline, mental resilience, and leadership skills. Our coaches are every bit as concerned with cultivating teamwork and sportsmanship as they are with the final score. And students love to come out to cheer on their classmates and roommates, building a strong sense of community.


The Springdale basketball program is committed to providing an athletically competitive experience that develops and promotes team spirit, skill development, opportunity to compete against high-level competition, and the commitment to excellence. As an interscholastic sport, Springdale’s basketball program is an extracurricular activity that is a direct extension of the school’s academic program.


Students have the opportunity to gain skills within the sport of tennis through a variety of learning and training opportunities. The Tennis team participates in match play against schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania to refine their skill work and to gain a better understanding of the experience of playing at the upper school level.


The track program helps student-athletes improve their physical fitness, mental stamina, teamwork, and leadership skills. Springdale students practice weekly, when weather permits, on our academic campus. Track meets and practices are held in the spring, and students practice conditioning during the winter months. Transportation, as needed to other locations and competitions, is available for students.


Sidelines Cheer is an organized sport activity involving short routines that combine dance, gymnastics, and stunt elements to cheer on our teams, especially our Springdale Lions basketball teams.


Our rugby program is in partnership with West Carroll Marauders Rugby. The spring season runs from mid-January to mid-May. Practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons (weather permitting), on Springdale campus.


Springdale students have the opportunity to participate in all activities at Talbot Run Equestrian Center, including their IEA Dressage team, United States Pony Club program and their eventing, jumper and dressage show teams.

Sportsmanship & Safety are Our Highest Priorities.

Athletics for all students revolve around interests and provide social and athletic choices and experiences. Currently, our students participate in basketball, track, tennis, equestrian, rugby, and cheer teams.

We encourage all students to participate on sports teams, whether they have played a sport for years or wish to learn a new one. Our student-athletes learn new skills while developing teamwork and companionship with fellow student-athletes. Participation in sports encourages increased levels of physical fitness and promotes well-rounded individual growth.

Members of Springdale’s athletics teams are held to a high standard on and off the playing field. Student-athletes sign a creed outlining a code of conduct that embraces a philosophy of competition and behavioral expectations.

The athletics department makes safety their number-one priority. During every home and away game, a licensed athletic trainer is present to care for athletes during competition. In the event of an injury, the administrator on the field will communicate with medical professionals and contact parents appropriately.

If an injury occurs, our medical professionals will follow the correct protocols outlined by our athletic director and director of medical services. We consider all injuries to be serious and take every precaution ensure the safety and health of our student athletes. Coaches train in CPR and first aid, and always have medical equipment and first aid kits on hand during practices and competition.

We do not permit an injured player to return to practice or competition unless written permission is granted by the treating physician.