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Athletics

Athletics at Dawson

UPDATED JUNE 21, 2021


FOLLOWING IS INFORMATION FOR UPPER SCHOOL EARLY SEASON ATHLETICS.
* All sports are expected to start on time this fall. Dawson follows guidelines from public health agencies and CHSAA with regard to coronavirus and safety protocols. Information on this page is likely to change throughout the summer; please check back regularly for updates.
* August 9 - Golf, boys' soccer, and boys' tennis begins. See below for cross country, cyclocross, and volleyball start dates.
Middle School Athletics begins August 18, as part of their regular school day schedule.
* All Upper School students MUST have a current physical uploaded by August 9 in order to participate in fall sports.


CROSS COUNTRY:
Contact Coach Boyle at kboyle@dawsonschool.org to be added to the cross country communications and receive more information.
- Summer running will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July.
- Mandatory first practice for all runners Monday, August 16 from 3:45-5:30pm.
 
CYCLOCROSS:
Contact Coach Barker at mbarker@dawsonschool.org to be added to the cyclocross communications and receive more information.
- Summer biking will be on your own. Please click on the link (provided by Coach Barker) for some options to choose from. 
- Coach Barker will reach out in August to set up a couple informal team rides before school starts.
- Mandatory first practice for all riders Tuesday, August 31 from 3:45-5:30pm.

GOLF: 
Contact Coach Lewis at alewis@dawsonschool.org to be added to the golf communications and receive more information.
- Mandatory first practice for all varsity players and varsity hopefuls Monday, August 9 from 9-11:30am at Colorado National Golf Course.
- JV first practice Monday, August 30 from 3:45-5:45pm.

BOYS' SOCCER:
TBD until a new coach is hired. Contact AD Mike Jacobsma at mjacobsma@dawsonschool.org with questions.
- Summer training can be done independently at this time.
- August 9: mandatory practice for all players from 4-6pm.

TENNIS:
Contact Coach Benninghoff at sisu15@comcast.net to be added to the tennis communications and receive more information.
- Mandatory first practice for all players Monday, August 9 from 9-Noon.
 
VOLLEYBALL:  
Contact Coach Brandy Martin at brandy@shecounseling.com to be added to volleyball communications and receive more information.
- Mandatory first practice for all players Wednesday, August 11 from 4-6pm.
 
SPEECH AND DEBATE:
Contact Coach Hansen at ghansen@dawsonschool.org to be added to the Speech and Debate communications and receive more information.
 

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. YOGA

    YOGA:
    * Contact Katherine Roudy at kroundy@dawsonschool.org to be added to the yoga communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run January 4 - February 19 from 4:00-5:15pm.
  • Q. CANOE & KAYAK

    CANOE & KAYAK:
    * Contact TJ Alcala at talcala@dawsonschool.org to be added to the canoe & kayak communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run March 1 - May 29.
  • Q. VOLLEYBALL- CHSAA Season C

    VOLLEYBALL- CHSAA Season C:
    * Contact Brandy Martin at brandy@shecounseling.com to be added to the volleyball communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run March 8 - May 8 from 3:45-5:30pm. 
    ***Note: Winterim activities take priority over practice. There may be voluntary practices for those that can attend during Winterim and Spring Break March 15-29. 
    * There will be NO games during spring break, March 20-29.
  • Q. BOYS' and GIRLS' BASKETBALL - CHSAA Season B

    BOYS' and GIRLS' BASKETBALL - CHSAA Season B:
    * Contact Megan Carpenter at mcarpenter@dawsonschool.org to be added to the basketball communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run January 18 - March 20 from 3:45-5:30pm.
    * The basketball schedule is now updated on the Dawson School calendar and the Dawson Athletics page.
    * Specific policies, protocols, and fan information will be communicated before our first game on January 26.
  • Q. GIRLS' TENNIS - CHSAA Season D

    GIRLS' TENNIS - CHSAA Season D:
    * Contact Kathy Benninghoff at sisu15@comcast.net to be added to the girls' tennis communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run April 26 - May 29 from 3:45-5:30pm.
    * Regionals will be June 3-5 and State will be June 11-12 for varsity players.
  • Q. BOYS' LACROSSE - CHSAA Season D

    BOYS' LACROSSE - CHSAA Season D:
    * Contact Pete Devlin at pdevlin@dawsonschool.org to be added to the boys' lacrosse communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run April 26 - June 12 from 3:45-5:30pm.
    * Playoffs will be June 17 if we qualify.
  • Q. GIRLS' LACROSSE - CHSAA Season D

    GIRLS' LACROSSE - CHSAA Season D:
    * Contact Blake Fisher at bfisher@dawsonschool.org to be added to the girls' lacrosse communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run April 26 - June 15 from 3:45-5:30pm.
    * Playoffs will be June 19 if we qualify.
  • Q. BOYS' SOCCER - CHSAA Season C

    BOYS' SOCCER - CHSAA Season C:
    * Contact Dave Criswell at davecriswell@gmail.com to be added to the soccer communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run March 8 - May 1 from 3:45-5:30pm.
    ***Note: Winterim activities take priority over practice. There may be voluntary practices for those that can attend during Winterim and Spring Break March 15-29. 
    * There will be NO games during spring break, March 20-29.
  • Q. BASEBALL - CHSAA Season D

    BASEBALL - CHSAA Season D:
    * Contact Pete Chandler at pchandler@dawsonschool.org to be added to the baseball communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run April 26 - TBD* from 3:45-5:30pm. (*likely approx. June 12)
    * Regionals will be June 18-19 if we qualify.
  • Q. GIRLS' SOCCER - CHSAA Season D

    GIRLS' SOCCER - CHSAA Season D:
    * Contact Dave Criswell at davecriswell@gmail.com to be added to the soccer communications and receive more information.
    * Season will run April 26 - June 12 from 3:45-5:30pm.
    * Playoffs will be June 19 if we qualify. State finals are June 26.

Select a Team

Dawson athletics give all our students an opportunity to learn about what it takes to be successful in and out of the gym, on and off the field. Their experiences participating in team sports and class activities, individual competitions, and handling adversity and challenge are invaluable to Dawson’s educational philosophy. Students learn the value of hard work, setting goals, and bringing their best effort every day. These are all skills they will use the rest of their lives.

From their time in kindergarten through graduation, Dawson incorporates physical education into each student’s educational experience, and provides a myriad of ways to literally jump in. The school has six soccer and lacrosse fields, six tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two full gyms, a weight room, a rock-climbing wall, and an outdoor swimming pool. Beginning in kindergarten students take PE classes, and in sixth through eight grades, Dawson ensures that all students participate in at least one of the 13 team sport options. In seventh and eighth grade, all students must participate in athletics, and by upper school, many students compete on Dawson’s behalf – sometimes as three-sport student athletes. Not surprisingly, many go on to participate at the next level.

From one coach, “Because of our school’s size, Dawson offers greater opportunities to participate in a variety of sports. Come to this school with a good attitude and a willingness to work hard, and there’s no telling what you might accomplish.”