ATHLETICS are an important aspect of The Day School education and bring richness to the academic environment. Emphasis is placed on building skills, learning rules, and mastering the fundamentals in a wide variety of sports and games, while demonstrating Derech Eretz, good sportsmanship. In addition to physical education classes which emphasize lifelong sports and fitness, students enjoy belonging to our athletic teams. Available for students 10 and up, we currently have coed soccer, girls and boys basketball teams, and track. The teams expose students to competitive team play while fostering a strong sense of team spirit.
In 2012 we had a winning season in soccer and basketball (*see article below). Teams encompassed students from grades 4 through 8. We played other independent schools and Jewish Day Schools in the area.
The Day School vs.
|Dec. 20||4:45||Krieger Schecter||Krieger Schecter|
|Jan. 7||3:45||Baltimore Lab||33rd St. YMCA|
|Jan. 10||3:30||Odyssey||Owings Mills JCC|
|Jan. 15||4:45||Krieger Schecter||Kieger Schecter|
|Jan. 23||4:30||ST. James||Owings Mills JCC|
|Jan. 30||4:30||Jemicy||Owings Mills JCC|
|Feb. 4||3:30||Park School||Park School|
|Feb. 6||3:45||Baltimore Lab||Owings Mills JCC|
The Day School vs.
|Jan. 15||3:45||Krieger Schecter||Krieger Schecter|
|Jan. 23||3:30||St. James||Owings Mills JCC|
|Jan. 30||3:30||Jemicy||Owings Mills JCC|
|Feb. 4||3:45||Kreiger Schecter||Krieger Schecter|
Like our mascot, the Bullfrogs, the athletic teams at The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew are small but strong.Bullfrogs are known to be able to eat creatures that are rather large- birds and snakes for instance. Likewise our Bullfrogs are able to beat teams of schools with many, many more players to choose from, even for their B team or second string.Our soccer and basketball teams have scored victories over many larger schools’ teams.
This winter, our boys team record is 9-0 and our girls is 5-2 so far. The teams are made up of students from ages 10 to 14, with the greatest number of players being in the sixth grade.Boys coach Eric Garfieldgave this wrap-up:
“To this point in the season the boys' team has faced adversity several times and handled it well.The team's record is still unblemished and the entire school family has provided tons of support.Led by a handful of future stars, the Bullfrogs have brought their game to a high level and learned plenty about the value of contributing to a team."As a coach, I'm very proud of what the team has accomplished.Win or lose, the season has been a success due to the players' effort and their families being ready to give, drive, arrange or contribute.
Parent Natalie Ozga, a parent team mom and organizer of spirit activities, has this to say: “When people think of a school for their athletic child they do not often consider a small school. However, here my son was able to play middle school sports as a fourth grader. It made him a stronger player in his rec sports and travel teams. On the other hand being a value based school we do not cut anyone and everyone has a chance to play and improve. Therefore we have a spot for everyone in our athletic program.”
What is most inspiring about the Bullfrogs is not just their winning seasons, but their attitudes.The derech Eretz (exemplary behavior) and sportsmanship of the children is astounding. When a player from another team seems hurt, our players are the first to check up on them.Our boys team cheers on our girls team and vice versa, but always applauds for the good plays of the other teams as well.When a younger or less seasoned player is in the game, all of their teammates give encouragement and praise.Most important of all, they put their hearts and souls into playing.