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Our Approach to Athletics

A bond that spans grades, houses and sports –
we are Crofton Falcons

Crofton House School’s strong athletics program is a blend of competitive spirit, teamwork and fun. Being physically active is an integral part of our whole-girl approach to education. Our girls learn much more than physical skills through their participation in athletics. They develop confidence, competence, and a sense of community and connection to their team and school. The experience of working towards a common goal teaches girls commitment, resilience and respect for others.

Junior School

In the Junior School, we offer a wide range of fun athletic activities that emphasize participation, fair play and skill development, and that focus on instilling a lifelong commitment to regular physical activity from a young age.

Grade 1–5 students participate in weekly intramural game choices to earn house points, hoping to earn the Intramural Cup at the end of the year. 

Starting in Grade 3, students can join athletics teams that include regularly scheduled practices and games/races. Competition within each sport is available among other Independent Schools Elementary Association (ISEA) schools and community clubs. To encourage high participation, competition is gradually introduced in the later grades, with tryouts for some teams beginning in Grade 7.

Starting in Grade 6, students can join Lunch League, a fun in-house league, with games only (no practices), which lead up to a championship game at the end of the term.

Sports

FALL

  • Field Hockey
  • Cross-Country
  • Volleyball

WINTER

  • Basketball
  • Fitness Challenge

SPRING

  • Track & Field

 

Lunch League

FALL

  • Volleyball Lunch League

WINTER

  • Basketball Lunch League

SPRING

  • Ultimate Lunch League

Senior School

In the Senior School, there is an increased emphasis on competition and athletic ability. Girls learn and compete in specialized facilities and draw on the experience of dedicated and professional coaches. With more than half of all Senior School girls participating in at least one sport, Crofton Falcons have had outstanding successes in the local, provincial and national sporting arenas. Our students have also been awarded athletic scholarships from notable post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States. 

CHS is a member of the Independent Schools Athletics Association (ISAA), Lower Mainland Independent Secondary School Athletic Association (LMISSAA) and BC School Sports (BCSS). CHS competes in all ISAA championships and in the Lower Mainland Independent Leagues to qualify for Zone and Provincial Championships. CHS upholds the BCSS constitution and complies with all bylaws.

Fall: Cross-Country

Cross-country running is a fall sport that runs from September to the first weekend of November. There are no tryouts for this team; however, commitment to participation in a certain number of practices (approximately two per week) is mandatory. Qualification for certain meets is based on performance. Girls from Grades 8–12 make up one team and participate in practices and meets together throughout the season. The cross-country team competes in the Lower Mainland Independent Senior Secondary Cross-Country and Track and Field Association (LMISCCTFA). Results, schedules and league information can be accessed online at www.lmissaa.com.

Cross-Country Running (One Team – Grade 8–12)
Practices Maximum of three per week; times vary
7:10 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Meets  Tuesday
Tournaments  ISAA Championships 
Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with individual qualification)

Fall: Field Hockey

Field hockey is a fall sport that takes place from September until November and includes regular matches, tournaments and championships. Tryouts are held in the first week of regular classes in September, after school, for a minimum of two days. Based on student interest, there is the potential to have three teams: Junior (Grade 8–10), Senior II (Grade 8–12) and Varsity (Grade 8–12). This decision is based upon tryout performance. The field hockey teams compete in the Lower Mainland Independent Senior Secondary Girls Field Hockey Association (LMISSGFHA). Results, schedules and league information can be accessed at www.lmissaa.com.

Junior Field Hockey (Grade 8–10)
Practices One to two practices a week, days/times vary
3:30 pm–5:00 pm or 7:00 am–8:00 am
League Play  Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Tournaments  UBC
LFA
Senior II Field Hockey (Grade 8–12)
Practices One to two practices a week, days/times vary
3:30 pm–5:00 pm or 7:00 am–8:00 am
League Play  Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Tournaments ISAA
UBC
Varsity Field Hockey (Grade 8–12)
Practices One to two practices a week, days/times vary
3:30 pm–5:00 pm or 7:00 am–8:00 am
League Play  Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Tournaments  ISAA Championships 
UBC Tournament 
Bridgman Cup, Victoria
Regular Season Playoffs 
Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with team qualification)

Fall: Volleyball

Volleyball takes place from the second week of September until the first weekend of December and includes regular matches, tournaments and championships. There are three volleyball teams: Bantam (Grade 8), Junior (Grade 9–10) and Varsity (Grade 9–12). Tryouts are held in the first week of regular classes in September, after school, for a minimum of two days. All teams compete in the Lower Mainland Independent Senior Secondary Girls Volleyball Association (LMISSGVA). Results, schedules and league information can be accessed at the LMISSGVA website.

Bantam Volleyball (Grade 8)
Practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
League Play  Thursday
Tournaments  Various invitational tournaments 
ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Championships
BC Provincials (with team qualification)
Junior Volleyball (Grade 8–10)
Practices Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
League Play  Wednesday
Tournaments  Various invitational tournaments 
ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Varsity Volleyball (Grade 9–12)
Practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
League Play  Wednesday
Tournaments  Various invitational tournaments 
ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Zone Championships 
Western Canadian Independent School Championships 
BC Provincials (with team qualification)

Winter: Basketball

Basketball is a winter sport that runs from the beginning of December until the beginning of March and includes regular games, tournaments and championships. There are three basketball teams: Bantam (Grade 8), Junior (Grade 9–10) and Senior (Grade 9–12). Tryouts are held the last week of November for a minimum of two days. All teams compete in the Lower Mainland Independent Senior Secondary Girls Basketball Association (LMISSGBA). Results, schedules and league information can be accessed at www.lmissaa.com.

Bantam Basketball (Grade 8)
Practices Three practices a week, days vary
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
League Play  Tuesday and/or Wednesday
Tournaments  Various invitational tournaments 
ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 

 

Junior Basketball (Grade 9–10)
Practices Three practices a week, days vary
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
League Play  Tuesday and/or Wednesday
Tournaments Various invitational tournaments 
ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 

 

Senior Basketball (Grade 9–12)
Practices Three practices a week, days vary
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
League Play  Tuesday and/or Wednesday
Tournaments  Various invitational tournaments 
ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with team qualification)

Spring: Badminton

Badminton is a spring sport running from beginning of March until the end of May and includes regular matches, tournaments and championships. 

Junior Team (Grade 8, 9 & 10)
Practices Tuesday and Thursday
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Tournaments  Various invitational tournaments 

 

Varsity Team (Grade 8–12)
Practices Tuesday and Thursday
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
League Play  Tuesday
Tournaments Various invitational tournaments 
ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with qualification)

 

Spring: Track & Field

Track & field takes place in the spring from March to May. The program includes jumps, throws, sprints, and distance events. There are no tryouts for this team. However, commitment to participation in a certain number of practices (approximately two to three) is mandatory. Girls from Grade 8–12 participate in practices and meets throughout the season. Qualification for certain meets is based on performance. The track & field team competes in the Lower Mainland Independent Senior Secondary Cross-Country Track and Field Association (LMISCCTFA). Results, schedules and league information can be accessed at the LMISSGVA website.

Bantam Track & Field (Grade 8)
Practices Three practices a week, times vary
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Meets Wednesday
Meets  Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with individual qualification)
Juvenile Track & Field (Grade 9)
Practices Three practices a week, times vary
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Meets Wednesday
Meets  Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with individual qualification)
Junior Track & Field (Grade 10)
Practices Three practices a week, times vary
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Meets Wednesday
Meets  Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with individual qualification)
Varsity Track & Field (Grade 11–12)
Practices Three practices a week, times vary
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Meets Wednesday
Meets  Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with individual qualification)

Spring: Soccer

Soccer is a spring sport that runs from the beginning of March until the end of May and includes regular matches, tournaments and championships. Tryouts occur the last week of March for a minimum of two days. There are two soccer teams: Junior (Grade 8, 9, 10) and Varsity (Grade 9–12). Teams compete in the Lower Mainland Independent Senior Secondary Girls Soccer Association (LMISSGSA). Results, schedules and league information can be accessed at the LMISSGVA website.

Junior Soccer (Grade 8–10)
Practices

One to two practices a week, dates/times vary
Tuesday and/or Thursday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

League Play  Monday and Wednesday
Tournaments  ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Zone Championships
Varsity Soccer (Grade 9–12)
Practices One to two practices a week, dates/times vary
Monday and/or Wednesday
7:00 am–8:00 am or 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
League Play  Tuesday and Thursday
Tournaments  ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with team qualification)

Spring: Rowing

Rowing is a spring sport that runs from the beginning of March until the end of May and includes regular practices and weekend regattas. Rowing practices take place at Burnaby Lake. Transportation to and from practice is via a school bus. Tryouts occur the last week of February for approximately three days. Athletes compete in regattas throughout the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. There is one team for Grade 8–12.

Rowing Team (Grade 8–12)
Practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
3:30 pm–6:30 pm
Regattas  Brentwood International Regatta (Vancouver Island)
Shawnigan Lake Regatta (Vancouver Island) 
Delta Deas Scholastic Regatta 
CSSRA Championships (St Catharine’s, Ontario, with
individual qualification)

Spring: Tennis

Tennis is a spring sport that runs from the beginning of March until the end of May and includes regular matches, tournaments and championships. Tryouts occur in the last week of February for a minimum of two days. This is a combined team for students in Grade 8–12. The tennis team competes in the Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association (VSSAA). Results, schedules and league information can be accessed at www.vancouverschoolsports.ca.

Junior Tennis (Grade 8–10)
Practices

One practice a week
Sunday
12:00 noon–1:30 pm

Tournaments  ISAA Championships 
Varsity Tennis (Grade 9–12)
Practices One practice a week
Sunday
1:30 am–3:00 pm
League Play  Monday and Wednesday
Tournaments  ISAA Championships 
Regular Season Playoffs 
Zone Championships 
BC Provincials (with qualification)

Highlights

Junior School Highlights 2017–2018 
  • An average of 77% students in the Junior School participated in a sport or intramural
  • Over 140 students in Grade 3–7 participated in Track & Field, bringing home many personal bests
  • 7A Basketball Team won the 7A ISEA Basketball Championship 
  • CHS won silver for Overall Girls School at ISEA Cross-Country Championships
  • CHS hosted the ISEA 7A Girls Volleyball Championships and placed fourth overall
Senior School Highlights 2017–2018 
  • Varsity Badminton Team has won gold at the ISAA Championships for 10 years in a row
  • CHS has medaled in 10 our of 13 ISAA Championships (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
  • 263, or 51%, of Senior School students participate in one or more sports
  • 6 out of 8 sports qualified for the BC Provincial Championships
  • 32 girls qualified for the Track & Field BC Championships, participating in 58 events, bringing home 37 personal bests, 9 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze) and 24 top 8 finishes. 

Instagram

“When I lost my shoe, I just kept on running and I saw my friends cheering me on at the finish line. I was proud of myself because the time was five seconds off my personal best.”

Natasha ’23 | CHS Student