Middle School teams are open to all 7th and 8th graders who wish to compete. The main purpose of this program is to develop knowledge of a sport and understanding of the team philosophy. Other goals include: social growth, physical development, and working within a group. The main focus is not on winning; student-athletes should be exposed to a competitive balance. Practice sessions and competitions are four days per week, Monday to Thursday. Practices and competitions follow the academic calendar; no practices or competitions take place on weekends, holidays, or during vacation periods.
Upper School students may choose to take physical education classes during the school day or try out for interscholastic teams that practice and compete after school. Riverdale fields 29 varsity teams in sports for boys and girls, and junior varsity teams in most of these. Games are scheduled with independent and public schools of similar size and level of skill.
Director of Athletics John Pizzi discusses the future of athletic programming at Riverdale.