San Francisco Day School educates and nurtures each child according to the highest standards of athletic excellence, responsible behavior, and teamwork during competition. Each child is valued as a unique person with individual talents and needs. Our athletic department encourages students to think cohesively and cooperatively as a team, and to ensure a mastery of athletic skills appropriate for participation in a competitive athletic league.

In addition, San Francisco Day School encourages each child to develop a strong sense of self-esteem, to show respect for others, to do his or her best, and to make an active contribution to both the school and the larger urban community by representing excellence in sportpersonship during competitive contests.

At SF Day, students are allowed to play sports in the program beginning in fifth grade at the age of ten. At this age children are ready to derive significant benefits from sports in which discipline, leadership, confidence, and other physical and psychological strengths are emphasized. For many of the children who get involved in sports, this is their first experience, so the focus on sportsmanship, teamwork, and cooperation is important. Our program is designed to give students a positive experience learning the fundamentals of each sport, enabling them to choose whether to continue to pursue athletics with greater commitment or simply to participate and gain experience for pure enjoyment.

BAIAL League

San Francisco Day School participates in the Bay Area Interscholastic Athletic League (BAIAL). This league, which SF Day joined in 1991, includes the follow­ing bay area independent schools: Stuart Hall, Town, Hamlin, MCDS, Cathedral, Head-Royce, Brandeis, FAIS, Convent of the Sacred Heart and Burke. Depend­ing on each season, teams are determined by age and skill. The teams are called Varsity, Junior Varsity (JV), and Club.