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A Message From Your AD
Greetings Williamsburg Northside Community,
As Northside expands into a Middle School this academic year, I’m beyond excited and honored to Head the Athletic Department. At Northside, we believe that academics and athletics are co-curricular. Being a member of an athletic team provides ample learning opportunities, just as the classroom does, so we challenge our student-athletes to learn equally in both environments. We view the field as an extension of the classroom. Many of Northside’s Core Values will be emphasized throughout their experience, especially that of collaboration, resilience, and compassion. They will also experience concepts such as leadership, confidence, integrity, communication, time management and respect as we look to develop character amongst our athletes.
Additionally, we aim to introduce our students to a variety of sports so they can become more well rounded athletes and better people. This will be accomplished by teaching sport-specific skills designed to encourage learning and to emphasize the ‘why’ in the decision making process. Ultimately, the Athletics program will be a cornerstone of the Williamsburg Northside educational experience as we encourage them to develop a lifelong appreciation for sport and activity.
I look forward to working towards these goals throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact the Athletic Office with any questions.
Director of Athletics and Physical Education
League Information and Sport Offerings
In our inaugural year of the athletic program, Northside will be joining the Confederation of New York Schools and Team Sports (CONSAT) league. Below are the league’s sport offerings, which are subject to change and may be supplemented as we grow as an athletic program.
Soccer (futsal – indoor soccer)
Track & Field
The league is comprised of a number of other, similarly-sized schools and CONSAT preaches “Participation, Fair play, and Respect.” All teams will be coed and the schedule will be updated weekly, primarily using a ‘Swiss-System’, which groups opponents who are closest in the standings. Additional information can be found on their website at consatny.com.
As an approved site, Northside will be host to a number of games this season, which will usually be played on Thursdays at 4:30pm. Tryouts for the fall season will be held during the first week of school. The practice and game schedules will be posted to the website as well as to each student’s schedule.
Being on a team is a serious commitment, it requires ones time and devotion. As such, attendance on an athletic team is key, and missing practice time is very similar to missing a day of class; athletes fall behind quickly and it becomes very difficult to catch up. We expect athletes to be present as often as possible, and any absence should be communicated to their coach well in advance of the missed event so they can properly management the team.
If an athlete misses three team practices/games combined, a conversation with the athlete and their coach will take place to understand the various absences. The Director of Athletics will also be involved and will loop in the parent(s) in order to understand the problem and to brainstorm solutions. If the issue persists, the athletes standing on the team may be at risk.
In accordance with the Absentee Policy noted in the Parent Handbook, any student who is absent for a day of school will not be allowed to attend practice/game on that particular day. If the student misses half a day, they are still eligible for participation as long as they were at school by 12:00 pm.
Spectator Code of Conduct
Being a fan, a supporter and a spectator of our athletes comes with some responsibilities. Northside has adapted the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Spectator Code of Conduct for our Athletic Events.
The mission of the NYSAIS Athletic Association is to foster the quest for excellence by creating an educational and competitive experience within an atmosphere of sportsmanship. Successful programs develop individual and team potential by promoting high standards of competence, character, civility, and citizenship.
NYSAISAA promotes standards of fair play and ethical behavior. We encourage all athletes, coaches, parents, and spectators to support teams and game personnel in a positive manner at all times. We ask that you show your support for all involved in athletic competition by cheering for your respective teams, in a positive manner and by abiding by the following Code of Conduct.
- I understand that the ultimate goal of interscholastic athletics is to provide an enjoyable experience for all.
- I will be a positive role model by encouraging good sportsmanship.
- I will respect the game officials by refraining from addressing them or questioning their decisions.
- I will support the coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
- I will respect the rules of the venue of the athletic contest.
- I understand that I may be asked to leave the athletic contest if I do not adhere to this Code of Conduct.
Special Note: On a serve in volleyball games and free throws in basketball games, the crowd is to refrain from loud sudden noises.
Uniform Return Policy
As a member of an athletic team, students will receive a team uniform at the start of the season. This uniform should be brought with them to all athletic competitions, and is the responsibility of the athlete throughout the duration of the sport season. At the completion of a season, uniforms are due back to the Athletic Department within one week of the last team meeting.
Returned uniforms should be laundered and in a playable condition for use in subsequent seasons. Students with unreturned uniforms will be billed at the cost of the uniform so that a replacement can be ordered.
Athletic Consent and Transportation Release
If your child participates on an athletic team, please make sure to sign the Athletic Consent and Transportation Release forms on Veracross.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find the schedule?
The schedule can be found on the Williamsburg Northside webpage by visiting https://www.willnorth.org/athletics
Who is eligible to partake in the athletic program?
For the 2019-2020 school year, students in 5th grade and above will be eligibile to participate on the cross country and track and field teams. For soccer, basketball and volleyball, participation will be limited to students in 6th grade and above. If a 5th grader is interested in participating on one of those teams, they should reach out to our Director of Athletics, Jesse Schulman. To be considered, they will be expected to demonstrate they are physically fit to participate and can compete with those athletes in the older grades. Student-athletes will also be expected to remain in solid academic standing; should a students’ academic performance drop significantly, their standing on a team may be reevaluated.
All students in 6th and 7th grade will be required to participate on at least one team during the school year, and can play during all three seasons if interested. Students are permitted to play on multiple teams during a particular season as long as it’s approved by their advisor and the Director of Athletics.
When do teams practice/play?
Please see the schedule for all dates, times, and locations, but generally:
- CONSAT league games will be played on Thursdays at 4:30pm
- Practices will aim to be on Mondays and Wednesdays, but are subject to change
- We try our best to keep the schedule consistent but sometimes changes are unavoidable
- Please note that if a practice/game has been changed, it is often due to not being able to secure a field/court/space, or our opponent or coach needed to make the change
What forms do we need to fill in?
An athletic and transportation consent form will be required prior to participation on an athletic team. These can all be found on veracross.
What happens if my son/daughter cannot make a practice or a game?
Communication is key! We encourage our athletes to advocate for themselves so if your child is unable to make a practice or game, they should reach out directly to their coach (cc’ing their parent) well in advance of the team event when possible. This will allow for the coach to properly manage their team.
What league are we in?
Northside will be joining the Confederation of New York Schools and Team Sports (CONSAT) league. Below are the league’s sport offerings, which are subject to change and may be supplemented as we grow as an athletic program. The league is comprised of a number of other, similarly-sized schools and CONSAT preaches “Participation, Fair play, and Respect.” All teams will be coed and the schedule will be updated weekly, primarily using a ‘Swiss-System’, which groups opponents who are closest in the standings. Additional information can be found on their website at www.consatny.com. As an approved site, Northside will be host to a number of games this season, which will usually be played on Thursdays at 4:30pm.
Do you have support for my son/daughter in case of injury?
Our coaches will all CPR/First Aid Certified and should be able to address any minor injuries. Additionally, we’ll do our best to secure coverage from an outside vendor for all home games. The vendor provides a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), who is professionally trained to handle all types of injuries. We also have a nurse on staff, who will also be available for treating injuries.
My son/daughter takes the school bus, what should we do for late events?
Please note that you are responsible to make alternative arrangements to ensure he/she gets home after the game or practice. We suggest coordinating with other parents if needed to make arrangements such as going home with another family.
How do athletes get to away games and is there a cost associated?
Northside will determine the travel arrangements for all away games. Possible options are walking, taking the subway, riding in a taxi, or taking a chartered bus. Families will not incur a cost for transporting our athletes.
It is not convenient for my child to come back to Northside after an away competition. Can he/she leave from off-site?
Students will be required to come back to campus after games, unless he/she is picked up by an authorized guardian.
If I have questions or concerns about the team or season, what is the procedure?
Your first point of contact should always be their coach as they will be the best person to answer any team specific questions. The most effective way to reach them is via email, which you can find on the Athletics page of the website. If you need to reach the athletics department directly, you can email the Athletic Director, Jesse Schulman, or call 718-599-9600 ex. 6401.
Jesse Schulman – Director of Athletics and P.E.
Jesse comes to Northside after two years at Avenues: The World School, where he was the Assistant to the Director of Athletics. At Avenues, Jesse was the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Basketball team, and also Assisted the Boys Middle School Basketball team. Prior to his time at Avenues, he coached at Trevor Day School as the Assistant Coach for the Girls Varsity Basketball team. Before his transition into athletics and academia Jesse was an Advisory Consultant at the firm KPMG for almost seven years. He comes with a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from the University of Miami and obtained his undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo. An avid sports fan, Jesse remains very active and plays a number of sports recreationally, most notably flag football and basketball. He also spent two years as a volunteer Flag Football coach through the non-profit organization, Caring Kind. Jesse is excited to be a member of the Northside community and looks forward to creating a robust Athletic program.
Tyler Nadolny – Physical Education Teacher
Cross Country Co-Head Coach
Tyler returns to Northside for his fourth year as a Health and Physical Education teacher. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Kean University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Adventure Education from Plymouth State University. Tyler was previously a substitute teacher for five years in the Manchester Township school district of New Jersey and also volunteered as a high school Wrestling and Cross Country coach. Tyler is looking forward to expanding upon the Phys. Ed. program as well as building out Northside’s athletics program. In addition, he is particularly excited to be coaching the Northside Cross Country team.
Angela Hiner – Cross Country Co-Head Coach
Angela joined Northside upon the opening of the middle school as the English teacher. She previously taught for three years at an elementary school in Williamsburg. She has lived in New York City since 2009, practicing law before becoming an educator. She holds degrees from Michigan State University, Georgetown University Law Center and New York University. Angela is excited to work toward the continuing development of the middle school through the new athletics program. Running has been important to her since she joined a track and field program while in fourth grade. She ran throughout middle school and high school, transitioning to longer road races during college. Angela is a member of New York Road Runners and races frequently in the city. She is excited to coach the athletes on the Northside Cross Country team toward a lifelong love of running.