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 and winter sports were moved to an intramural-only model to limit interaction with students at other schools, while spring sports are being offered. 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 were able to complete their seasons, and spring 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.
Spring sports seasons will begin in mid-April, with some teams having coach contact day practices beginning in early March. These are communicated by the coaches to team members.
Following USM's spring break, only on-campus learners will be permitted to participate in on-campus activities, including athletic practices and competitions. This is a change from previous sports seasons.
During the spring sports season, Middle School athletics offers boys and girls lacrosse (7th/8th grades), girls soccer (all grades), tennis (7th/8th grades), and track and field (all grades). Kickball is also offered to students in all grades as an intramural sport.
USM currently allows up to six guests per rostered player and coach for both the home and away teams. Face coverings will be required for all guests. Guest names are submitted in advance to the teams and a check-in process is used at games.
Locker rooms are available for changing areas for after-school Upper School athletics, but not for overnight storage of items. Each team's head coach has individual COVID-19 protocol plans for their sport which include mask and physical distancing guidelines, and they will share these with their teams.