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 and other helpful information about athletics (also found in the Student/Parent Handbook):

Academic Eligibility

Students are expected to maintain appropriate academic standings comparable to their academic abilities. Students who fail to satisfy this standard may be ineligible to participate.

Behavioral Eligibility

Students are expected to maintain appropriate standards for behavior.  Students who fail to satisfy this standard may 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 may be subject to loss of membership on that team.

Students receiving an in-school suspension may not participate in a game or practice the day the consequence is served, at administrator discretion.

A student receiving an out of school suspension during a given marking period may be ineligible to continue to play/participate on the team for the remainder of the marking period.

The following sports and activities are offered annually, for boys and girls, depending upon funding and the availability of coaches; soccer, cross-country, basketball, boys’ baseball, girls’ softball, and track.


  • Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to try out for all sports team. For cross-country and track, 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 abilities.
  • Games/practice will generally occur four times per week during the playing season. Practice ends at 4:30 p.m., allowing students to take the late bus. On occasion, circumstances such as inclement weather and 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 participants.
  • 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.
  • Players will wait in the lobby for their parents. Unless a staff member is present, 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.