Hello SLA Families, We hope you are enjoying your summer and gearing up for the start of school. If your child is interested in participating in a FALL SPORT at SLA, please take some time to read the message below.

I wanted to share our first week of pre-season information. All teams will have two weeks of pre-season with some (soccer, volleyball) sports kicking off their competitive seasons with games the week of August 28th (note: this is the week before school starts for students. Please plan accordingly.)

All athletes MUST have a fully completed (sections 1-6) and signed PIAA physical form in order to try out, practice and/or compete. Even if you have submitted it electronically, please bring a fully completed PAPER copy to the first day of tryouts or email it directly to the coach beforehand. Please be sure that you have your doctor complete the appropriate form. A traditional physical form does not take the place of the PIAA form and will not give your child clearance to participate.

We understand that some tryout dates/times may interfere with 9th grade Summer Institute—we are more likely to see cooler weather in the morning hours. Please be assured that no freshman will be excluded from a team due to attending Summer Institute and freshmen should prioritize their attendance at Summer Institute. However, they should be sure to attend any practices that occur outside of SI days and hours and communicate with the respective coaches.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions about athletics at SLA.

Go Rockets!

Ms. Siswick, Athletic Director


Girls Soccer

When: August 14th-18th, 9:30-11:30am

Where: Columbus Square Park, 12th & Wharton

Info: All players must bring a soccer ball, shin guards, cleats and water

Coach/Contact: Zoe Siswick - zsiswick@scienceleadership.org

Boys Soccer

When: August 14th-18th, 10am-noon

Where: Columbus Square Park, 12th & Wharton

Info: All players must bring a soccer ball, shin guards, cleats and water

Coach/Contact: Jimmy O’Karma - jgokarmajr@philasd.org


When: August 7th-11th, 3-6pm

Where: Clemente Playground, 18th & Wallace

Info: Bring plenty of water

Coach/Contact: Aleem Medley - amedley@philasd.org


More info forthcoming

Girls Volleyball

When: August 14th-17th, 10am-noon

Where: SLA/Franklin Gym

Info: all players should bring water bottles. There are refill stations at school

Coach/Contact: Terry Ward - tward2@philasd.org

Co-Ed Cross Country

When: August 15th-16th, 9:30am-11:30am; August 17th, virtual meeting

Where: Meet in SLA commons (1st floor by entrance)

Info: Wear running shoes, light clothing and drink plenty of water prior to practice

Coach/Contact: Brian Kelly - brikelly@philasd.org

Co-Ed Golf (through co-op with Constitution)

More info forthcoming

Ultimate Frisbee

The season will begin fully once the school year starts however there may be pickup games at the conclusion of Summer Institute each day. Bring sneakers and comfortable clothing if you would like to participate. A PIAA physical is encouraged but not required for Ultimate.

Students Run Philly Style

If you have been practicing with your middle school during the summer, please continue to do so and reach out to Coach Jeremy (jspry@scienceleadership.org.) Otherwise, new runners can begin at the start of the school year. Medical forms are required for races; PIAA form is encouraged.