After-School Athletics

After-school Athletics | grades 3 and 4
Physical activity is part of a girl’s education at all grade levels. Girls develop strength and resilience both mentally and physically and experience the joy of testing limits. Skills training begins in Lower School with a focus on fun and basic skills in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, softball, track and field, dance, and many other sports. After-school Athletics is a developmental sports program for students in grades 3 and 4 that is run by the Ellis Athletic Department. Six-week sessions meet once a week beginning in September, January, and April.

After-school Athletics

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  • Developmental Lacrosse | Grades 3, 4

    Grades: 3, 4
    Wednesdays: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

    Can’t wait until Middle School to start playing one of Ellis’ many favorite spring sports? Grade 3 and 4 athletes will have the opportunity to learn the core concepts and techniques of lacrosse in this After-school Adventure. Players will explore techniques in proper grips and posture, ball and stick control, cradling, passing, shooting, and game strategies. Class size is limited to just 12 students so there is plenty of time for everyone to play!

    Students will need a mouth guard and goggles the first day of the clinic. Sticks are available to borrow. Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • NFL Flag Football | Grades 1–8

    Grades: 1–8
    Tuesdays: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    Duration: Eight weeks
    Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

    The Pittsburgh Flag Football League (PFFL) is Western Pennsylvania’s exclusive provider of the NFL Flag Football program and what better place to recruit new players than The Ellis School. Players will learn the fundamentals of flag football such as, throwing, catching, and pulling flags. The girls in this program will also have the opportunity to show off their new skills in weekly competitions. Each player will receive an NFL Flag belt and youth football to keep.

    Instructor: Christopher Curd
    As the Founder and Commissioner of the PFFL, Chris Curd will act as the lead coach for the Flag Football After School Adventure. With seven years of experience in operating the PFFL and coaching young athletes, Chris and his staff recently lead the effort to serve over 300 hundred campers (Kindergarten through 8th grade) in a five week intensive summer camp. With a focus on the fundamentals of flag football, teamwork and fun this After School Adventure promises to be one your daughter will never forget. Chris is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and former member of the Pitt Football Team. Post college he was fortunate enough to have a brief stint in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons along with numerous AFL (Arena Football League) teams throughout his professional playing career.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • Soccer Shots - Classic | Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1

    Grades: Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1
    Fridays: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 13, 20, 23, May 4, 11, 18

    Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. We positively impact children’s lives on and off the field through our best-in-class coaching, communication, and curriculum. The Soccer Shots curriculum is aligned to the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood and includes activities that meet over 30 of these learning standards. Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. Coaches will highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Soccer Shots will expose your child to the fun of soccer and provide the foundation needed to get started in the sport.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely
  • Tennis | Kindergarten–Grade 4

    Grades: Kindergarten–4
    Wednesdays: 3:15–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Eight weeks
    Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

    Tennis anyone? Join us as Coach Kai teaches footwork, hand-eye coordination, balance and control while teaching the fundamental techniques for tennis strokes, such as the proper ways and correct forms to hit forehand, backhand, volley and serve. This will allow the students to develop the proper techniques and forms (footwork, knee bending, body turning, follow through and enhanced extension). The drills are game oriented so that students will learn tennis skills in a fun environment with social interaction, all while gaining confidence through learning the game of Tennis. Coach Kai looks forward to teaching more about this great game.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.