Middle School is such a pivotal time in life and can be challenging, rewarding, and everything in between. The goal of athletics at Hamlin is to create a space for growth, healthy competition, athletic skill development, living the Creed, and developing leadership skills. We want Hamlin athletes to thrive to the best of their ability and empower themselves through teamwork and physical activities.
— Fana Fuqua, Director of Athletics
Our Athletics Vision and Philosophy
Athletics Vision Statement
Hamlin aspires to be an outstanding educational institution that champions the merits of athletics and provides a high-quality experience to every athlete and coach. A high-quality experience is one in which every player:
Has FUN playing the game
Feels they are an important part of the team, regardless of individual or collective performance
Learns “life lessons” that have value beyond the playing field
Develops and learns as an athlete, as evidenced by a deepened understanding of the skills, tactics, and strategies of the game
The philosophy of Hamlin’s athletics program is to provide an inclusive and robust program that focuses on integrity, hard work, and “honoring the game.” The program is designed to help girls gain confidence and develop their self-esteem and leadership skills while also learning the value of good sportswomanship and the meaning of teamwork. Our athletes recognize that mistakes are an inevitable and important part of the learning process and that the key to success is being able to rebound from mistakes with renewed determination. We want Hamlin athletes to look forward to playing a competitive opponent because of the level of excellence required to rise to the challenge. Hamlin Lions will win with class, lose with pride, and be supported by parents, coaches and peers. Our athletes will know that those watching are proud of them regardless of the outcome because they played with heart, intensity, and honored the game.
At Hamlin, we believe in inclusion, which means there is a place for every type of athlete: beginners who are looking to have fun and explore something new as well as more experienced athletes who want to compete with vigor. While the levels of commitment and competition are greatest at the varsity level, all Hamlin coaches are united in their quest to inspire their players to take ownership of their personal goals and level of improvement while having fun and enjoying the experience of playing on a Hamlin team.
The Hamlin School guarantees all students in Grades 5-8 the opportunity to participate in Hamlin Athletics. Playing time at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Grade 6 levels will be based on ability, preparedness, attendance, and effort (coach’s discretion). Grade 5 level teams are organized for everyone to receive close to equal playing time by the end of the season. We play other teams through BAIAL, a Bay Area Independent School league, and are thrilled to practice and compete in our brand new 2-story gym!
Our brand new 2-story gym gives Hamlin athletes the home court advantage they deserve!