Bryn Mawr freshman cross country runner matures quickly
Bryn Mawr's Sophie Gitlin seemed only mildly surprised... more...

Passing It On
After 29 as head coach of the varsity field hockey team, Jeanette Budzik passes the mantle to Nina Emala '06. more...

Cameron Corse '17 named IAAM Athlete of the Week more...

BMS Takes 2nd in the A Conference for XC, Sophie Gitlin the number 1 racer overall! more... 

Lessons in Leadership
The Captains Leadership Seminar helps prepare Upper School sports captains to be leaders both on and off the field. more...

BMS is very proud of our U.S. Lacrosse All-American Maggie Kane and our Academic All-Americans Alex Argo, Julie Blaze, Hadley Brown, Georgia Carroll and Katie Groenke more...

Brown's five goals lead Bryn Mawr girls lacrosse past Maryvale Read more...

Bryn Mawr Lacrosse Co-Head Coach Named Head Coach of U.S. Women's U-19 Team
Kim Simons Tortolani, co-head coach of Bryn Mawr's varsity lacrosse team, has been named the head coach of the 2015 U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Under-19 Team. Read more...

Bryn Mawr rallies past Mercy with fourth quarter surge
The varsity basketball team posts a strong comeback to win their first game. Read more...

Cameron Corse '17 named IAAM Athlete of the Week
For an outstanding freshman season, and helping Bryn Mawr collect its sixth A Conference title, Cameron Corse is this week's IAAM Athlete of the Week! Read more...

Bryn Mawr field hockey working on a strong finish
The Mawrtians have a chance to enter the playoffs — which start on Oct 25 — on a four-game winning streak and strengthen their hold on fourth playoff seed in the nine-team A Conference. Read more...

Bryn Mawr blanks Roland Park in field hockey
Bryn Mawr controlled the ball for much of the game and posted a 3-0 victory over the Reds.  Read more...

Students Recognized by U.S. Squash
Congratulations to Carly Rizzuto '15 and Maddie Saiontz '16 who have been named Scholar Athletes by U.S. Squash in recognition of their exemplary academic and athletic achievements. Read more...

Athletic Opportunities

Upper School Athletics

Upper School Tryout Periods

  • Fall sports begin on August 18, 2014
  • Winter sports begin on November 5, 2014
  • Spring sports begin on February 17, 2015

Freshman and Sophomore years: One season of participation on an athletic team, an after-school activity, or managing a school team is required.

Junior and Senior years: Two seasons of participation on an athletic team, after-school activity, or managing a school team is required.

Levels of Participation


Varsity teams are comprised of very skilled and dedicated athletes who wish to compete at a high level of competition.  Varsity teams emphasize a significant level of fitness, skill, and commitment, along with a focus on individual improvement and teamwork.  Many varsity participants regularly train out-of-season and play both inside and outside of school.  While winning is not the primary goal, Bryn Mawr aspires to have competitive teams at the varsity level.   Playing time at the varsity level is not guaranteed.

Junior Varsity

Junior Varsity teams focus on improving basic skills, while teaching increasingly sophisticated game strategies and techniques.  Good sportsmanship, teamwork, and a high fitness level are also emphasized.  It is our goal for all players to have playing time; however, in games of close competition, some girls may not play.  While JV athletics is a primary source for Bryn Mawr's varsity teams, a JV player (including seniors), will not necessarily move to the varsity level of competition.  

Athletic Offerings

All Year:

  • Dance Company


  • Cross-Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


  • Basketball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Indoor track
  • Squash
  • Swimming


  • Badminton
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Track

Tryout Periods

In order to participate on a team, a student must be present for all of the try-out period. Exceptions are only made when the coach is notified well in advance and there is room on the roster for additional team members.

Middle School Athletics

All Middle School students are required to join two teams during both seventh and eighth grades. "Squads" is the term used to refer to seventh period offerings.  Girls on every team will have as much equal playing time as the substitution rules and speed of play allow, assuming that they attend all practices and maintain a positive attitude. We do make necessary exceptions with the positions of goalie, pitcher, and catcher, as these positions require very specific training demands, experience, and skills.

Athletic Offerings


  • Cross-Country *
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball


  • Basketball
  • Dance Company
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Track/Conditioning


  • Badminton
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball *
  • Tennis

Middle School Squad Start Dates

  • Fall sports begin September 3, 2014
  • Winter sports begin November 18, 2014
  • Spring sports begin February 24, 2015

*Indicates that team practices and plays off-campus.

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Captains Corner

JV Lacrosse

I definitely think that we had a lot of skilled individual players more...

Coach's Corner

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Research:  More than Half of Female Execs were College Athletics more...

The Death of the Multisport Athlete more...

How to put the fun back in youth sports more...

Playing high school sports could give you an advantage in the job market more...

Committing to Play for a College, Then Starting 9th Grade more...

Keep Telling Yourself, 'This Workout Feels Good' more...

The Scholarship Chase is Killing Kids' Sports more...

Losing is good for you more...

When teams lose, fans tackle fatty foods more...

Tips From the Trainer

Stop Whining About Playing time more...

6 Things the Best Athletes Have in Common more...

Guidelines for Young Athetes to Reduce Injuries more... 

Ekstrand says the total risk of injury is the same on football turf more...

Pre-Season Conditioning May Prevent Hamstring Injuries more...

Health-conscious eating habits can become destructive more...

Women’s Health: Risk and prevention in sports injuries more...

Is it really a good idea for kids to play a sport all year round? more...

The Sports Injury Women Are More Likely to Get more...

Training Websites:

5 Ways to Get an Awesome Outdoor Workout more..

We have a lot of depth this year. Everyone coming off the bench has a lot to offer. We also work very hard, both in practices and in games