Ashford School participates in the Quinebaug Valley Junior Conference (QVJC).  Click below to see the rules and regulations of the Middle School Athletics Guide put out by CIAC.

Middle School Athletics Guide

Below is Ashford School’s Eligibility for Athletics (also found in the Student/Parent Handbook):

8.1. Athletics

8.1.1. Interscholastic Athletics

The following sports and activities are offered annually, for boys and girls,

depending upon funding and the availability of coaches; soccer, cross country, basketball, boy’s

baseball, girl’s softball and track.


• Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to try out.  For cross-country students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 are eligible to try out.

• All students are required to have a physical examination in order to participate.

Only one physical examination is required if a student participates in more than

one sport per school year.

• Students are required to have parental permission.

• Team selection will be made by coaches, based on their judgment of skills and


• Games/practice will generally occur four times per week during the playing

season. Practice ends at 4:30 allowing for students to take the late bus. On

occasion, circumstances such as inclement weather, events using the gymnasium

may preempt scheduled sports activity. i.e. concerts, Science Night.

• Students may not participate in a practice or a game on the day they are absent

from school or arrive after 11:00 a.m. Exception: An office excused absence, i.e.

doctor’s appointment.

• All team members are expected to respect opponents, officials, coaches,

and spectators as well as behave in an appropriate manner in locker rooms,

gymnasium, and playing fields. Abuse may result in complete or partial

suspension from a team.

• Coaches determine the amount of playing time that each team member receives,

based upon such factors as individual skill level, one’s ability to contribute

to the team effort, the prevailing game conditions, effort during practices, as

well as other considerations. At times both coaches may informally agree to

an extra period of play in order to give game experience to less skilled sports


• Players are to remain in their rooms until called down by the office for practice

and games. This will include managers, timers, and scorekeepers on game day.

At this time all books should be taken to the locker room.

• Players will wait in the lobby for their parents. No one is allowed to go outside until his or her parents have arrived.

• Parents are expected to pick up students at the arranged times for games and practices.  Failure to do so may result in exclusion from participation.

8.1.2. Academic Eligibility

According to Board policy, students are expected to maintain appropriate standards

for behavior and are expected to achieve an appropriate academic level consistent

with their abilities. Students who fail to satisfy either standard will be ineligible to

participate in the school sports program.

Students with an F in any subject on their report card or with two D’s in any subjects

on their report card will be ineligible to participate in the sport (games and practices)

for two weeks. At the end of the two-week period the student is responsible to get

in writing to present to the coach a change in grade, which meets the eligibility


8.1.3. Behavioral Eligibility

According to Board policy, students are expected to maintain appropriate standards

for behavior. Students who fail to satisfy this standard will be ineligible to

participate in the school sports program.

Any student who misses three practices and/or games due to behavioral detention or

other unexcused absences will no longer be a member of that team.

Students receiving a behavioral detention or in school suspension may not

participate in a game or practice on the day the infraction occurs as well as the

assigned day the detention or school suspension is served.

A student receiving an out of school suspension during a given marking period

is ineligible to continue to play/participate on the team for the remainder of the

marking period.