The varsity athletic program is comprised of highly skilled Upper School players who understand the strategies of the game and are in condition to meet the demands of varsitylevel competition. Less experienced players with developing skills (as determined by the coach) are encouraged to play on the junior varsity level until they are ready to move up. Transition players are those students who play in both JV and varsity competitions. Junior varsity players work on skills and strategies to enhance individual and team play. Individual instruction is essential at this level. Players practice five days a week, following the same schedule as varsity players.
Various club sports are also offered as a part of the Upper school athletics program. These club sports are not a part of the WPIAL athletic program sport offerings, but members may have the opportunity to compete against other WPIAL teams. Depending on WPIAL and PIAA guidelines, members of non-WPIAL teams may qualify for district and state championships. Recent offerings have included crew, squash, golf, and, indoor track and field.
The Ellis School is a member of WPIAL and PIAA. The Western Pennsylvania Athletic League and Pennsylvania Interscholastic
Athletic Association promote sportsmanship, equal opportunity based on school size, and ethical standards for all participants. WPIAL and PIAA membership opens opportunities for Ellis scholar-athletes. Most importantly, teams and individuals are eligible for regional playoffs, depending upon the sport, giving Ellis athletes greater exposure and a wider range of competition.