The opportunity to participate in athletics is an important part of the University School of Milwaukee student experience—especially in the Upper School, where more than 90% of students typically participate in at least one sport each year. USM worked hard to be able to continue to safely offer athletic opportunities for Middle School and Upper School students during the 2020–21 school year.
Middle School fall sports were moved to an intramural-only model to limit interaction with students at other schools, and winter basketball is currently offered for students, on an intramural basis for some Middle School grades. Although the start of the Upper School fall sports season was delayed, USM chose to keep its fall sports in the fall, rather that move to a new interim spring season, and all seven fall sports were able to hold competitions. All winter sports are now in session.
The following guidelines will be updated as the school move from one phase to the next. Please note that some athletics facilities may be in different phases based on current capacity and social distancing guidelines.
All winter sports (boys and girls basketball, boys and girls ice hockey, skiing, boys swim and dive, and wrestling) are currently in session.
Yes; per the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) rules, a student is eligible for athletic participation if he/she is enrolled as a full-time student at an institution and completing that institution’s online curriculum. They make no specific distinction for a situation where there may be movement at some point within a sport’s season between on-campus and distance learning. USM is following this policy for Upper School athletics.
During the winter season, Middle School athletics offers basketball to students in all grades (5–8). The basketball season is now in session, although some grade levels are intramural-only this year.
USM currently allows two guests per player and coach (for both USM and visiting team) to attend indoor Upper School athletic competitions. Guests must be pre-registered for each game, and will complete a health screening tool, including temperature check, at the check-in table. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all individuals, and physically distanced seating is marked in athletic venues.
Locker rooms are available for changing areas for after school Upper School athletics, but not for overnight storage of items. Each coach has individual COVID-19 protocol plans for their sport which include mask and physical distancing guidelines and will share with their teams.