Athletics

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 opportunities are currently being evaluated. 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. The plan for winter sports is still being formed and is expected to be shared with families soon.

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.

USM fall sports teams began practice on Monday, Aug. 17 for boys and girls cross country and girls tennis. Girls swimming began on Monday, Aug. 24. Additionally, the following fall sports began on Tuesday, Sept. 8: field hockey; football; boys soccer; and volleyball. These sports delayed the start of their interscholastic competition, but began playing games on Sept 28. More information about winter sports will be shared soon.

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 protocol plans for their sport which include mask and physical distancing guidelines and will share with their teams.

Spectator policy for home games is as follows: no spectators will be allowed inside for volleyball games and no spectators from opposing teams will be allowed at outdoor sporting events on USM’s campus. USM community spectators will be allowed for outdoor events, but will be limited to two per athlete at each event. Spectator policies for away events vary and will be communicated on a game by game basis.
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.
All Middle School athletics offerings this fall are intramural offerings, and more information will be shared with families soon about plans for winter basketball offerings.
USM fall sports are scheduled to being practice on the following:
Monday, Aug 17: cross country and girls tennis
Monday, Aug. 24: girls swimming
Tuesday, Sept. 8: field hockey, football, boys soccer, volleyball
Sports beginning practice in September delayed the start of their interscholastic competition, but will begin playing games on Monday, Sept. 28.
During the fall sports season, USM will allow each student athlete and coach for our outdoor sports to have up to two guests attend their competitions in person. Student athletes and coaches will be given wristbands to distribute to guests, and only those people will be allowed into the facility. No other guests will be allowed to attend due to our COVID-19 protocols.

Spectators are expected to bring face masks to our competitions, and must wear a mask if within 6 feet of another spectator. At this time, USM will not be allowing any spectators at our indoor fall sport, volleyball. As this plan changes, we will keep you updated. Information about any of our away opponents' policies regarding spectators will be communicated to program specific families on a game by game basis.
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.