Roeper's Athletic Program - Frequently Asked questions
Q: What sports are offered?
A: In the Upper School, there are 7 sports.
- Fall: Boys Soccer, Volleyball and Cross Country
- Winter: Boys and Girls Basketball
- Spring: Girls Soccer, Track & Field, Baseball, Boys Golf
In the Middle School, the same sports are available except Golf
Q: What athletic facilities are available?
A: There is a state-of-the-art indoor facility for basketball and volleyball (located on the Bloomfield Hills campus) with an immaculate wood floor; indirect lighting; cameras for training; locker and training rooms; and concessions. The outdoor fields are rented.
Q: What schools does Roeper compete against?
A: Roeper is a member of the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference (MIAC), with a total of 16 schools. Travel time can range from 15 to 55 minutes. Roeper also competes against much larger, local public high schools, and in Class D State tournaments.
Q: Can a small school have a strong athletic program?
A: Yes. Recent team successes include #1 in State and 41 consecutive wins for girls’ basketball, #1 in State for boys’ soccer, State runner-up in volleyball, and #4 in State team meet for track & field. Recent individual successes include 2 State Champions and 29 All-State 1st team.
Q: How does playing a sport benefit a student’s development?
A: Playing a sport helps a child understand the importance of self-discipline, work ethic and commitment. The importance of sportsmanship, leadership and exercise is learned. The need to take pride in your efforts and do your best is reinforced.
Q: What is the focus of the Upper School sports program?
A: Upper School students are offered the opportunity to engage in a serious, competitive sports program. The focus is on playing with integrity and good sportsmanship, concurrent with trying to maximize number of wins. For JV and Varsity sports, there are no tryouts or cuts (no-cut policy).
Q: What is the focus of athletics at the Lower and Middle School?
A: In the Lower School, the focus in on teaching basic skills, discover of talent, and values. In the Middle School, there is a transition to building a stronger competitive spirit, strengthening physical and mental skills, and learning that improvement is accelerated by the priority placed on a sport.
Q: Are Roeper athletes active in sports after graduating?
A: Roeper Athletics fosters a positive attitude towards sports and an understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In college, alumni participate in Varsity/Club sports and received scholarships. Some have pursued paths such as Olympic athletes, sports reporters, and yoga instructors.
Q: How can parents get involved?
A: Parents can nurture their child’s interest in sports; encourage development of physical and mental skills; and help in managing the balance of academics and sports. Parents can support teams (i.e., watch events and assist the coach) and join the Booster Club. Parents are asked to attend parent informational meetings at the beginning of each sports season.
Q: What is the Booster Club?
A: The Booster Club builds community spirit through athletics by sponsoring community-wide events; raising funds; operating Concessions and Roughrider Spirit Shop; and working on strategic issues. Events are organized through the parent informational meetings at the beginning of each sports season.
Q: Where can Roeper merchandise be purchased?
A: Roeper clothing and accessories can be purchased at the Roughrider Spirit Shop located in the Community Center. Hours of operation are listed in the Roeper News. A limited selection is available online (http://roeper.promoshop.com).