Detroit Country Day School’s Athletics program is an integral part of the school’s total educational experience. Our athletic philosophy emphasizes the development of our student-athletes physically, psychologically, socially and personally, while teaching them to strive for excellence, and to understand that adversity and defeat are merely opportunities for personal growth. A broad range of athletic activities for both male and female students provides each with the opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports.
Vital to the success of the athletic program is our ability to develop healthy lifestyles and encourage the “pursuit of physical well-being.” We strive to teach commitment, self-discipline, self-sacrifice, self-respect, sportsmanship, cooperation, leadership, responsibility, loyalty, and pride in one’s self and school community.
The Detroit Country Day School’s Athletics program is dedicated to the development of the entire student-athlete: mind, body and spirit. Young men and women who experience interscholastic competition command an understanding of life that will help shape their own personal philosophies and enhance their lives in the future.
The Detroit Country Day School mascot is a yellow jacket but we are the Yellowjackets.
The Detroit Country Day School motto, Mens Sana In Corpore Sano (A Sound Mind in a Sound Body) is the hallmark of both the Lower School’s physical education program and the Junior Jacket Sports Program. With the two programs working together, students are able to explore a wide range of activities that encourage the development of gross motor coordination, visual motor coordination, muscle strength, endurance and social skills, along with teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility, and enthusiasm for athletics. Each program fosters these qualities in the belief that early familiarity and understanding of these traits contribute to growth and success as elementary students mature into adolescence.
While the Junior Jacket Sports Program is intended to provide students in the Lower School an opportunity to enhance their athletic experiences, this program is also available to children who do not attend Detroit Country Day School. Each year, more than 1,200 children, ages 4 to 12, from Detroit Country Day School and its surrounding community participate in the Junior Jacket Sports Program.
The Junior Jacket Sports Program offers the following camps: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, martial arts, soccer, speed stacking, and volleyball. Along with its camps, the program hosts a basketball and flag football league.
When students enter the Junior School, they not only participate in a physical education program that is focused on motor skills development, physical and aerobic fitness, cognitive skills development and affective skills, they also continue their roles in the Junior Jacket Sports Program. It is this combination of learning that helps the students develop teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility and enthusiasm for athletics, while also increasing athletic skill development.
As elementary students mature, it is important to provide an environment in which they can grow and progress comfortably while gaining the necessary training to enhance their athletic abilities. Because our students are exposed to sports activities at an early age and receive continued coaching and guidance along the way, many develop unmatched skills that carry them throughout their athletic careers at Detroit Country Day School and beyond.
The Junior Jacket Sports Program is not only available to Detroit Country Day School students, but also any child aged 4 to 12 in surrounding communities. The Junior Jacket Sports Program offers the following camps: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, soccer, speed stacking, and volleyball. Along with its camps, the program hosts a basketball and flag football league.
A unique aspect of athletics at Detroit Country Day School is that it is a co-curricular requirement of all students and plays an essential role in the education of our student body and the overall well being of our school community. The Detroit Country Day Middle School athletic program is committed to developing teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility and leadership in its ongoing pursuit of excellence while not requiring perfection. The Middle School currently offers 20 sports programs for both boys and girls.
Please direct all inquiries regarding teams, individual players, or coaches to the Middle School Athletic Department at (248) 430 -1672.
Detroit Country Day School is a member of the Michigan School Athletic Association (MSAA). The athletic program consists of over 23 sports with 34 Varsity and 17 Junior Varsity teams. The school has a strong tradition of athletic excellence, winning 100 State Championships in sports including men's and women's basketball, football, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, men's golf and men's hockey.
Many of our students continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level playing at top Division I, II and III schools.
Please direct all inquiries regarding teams, individual players, or coaches to the Upper School Athletic Department at (248) 430 - 1295.