Middle School Sports



VMS Athletic Department Philosophy

In keeping with Vail Mountain School’s mission, the athletic programs at VMS provide a positive and inclusive atmosphere where participants will grow emotionally, intellectually and physically. Athletic programs are an extension of the classroom at VMS; important characteristics and skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, integrity, and grit are ingrained through team building, practices or workouts, and games. 

Middle School Sports & Activities

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are encouraged to participate in athletics and activities at VMS, and with outside teams or clubs. The intention is to provide a fun, safe, inclusive environment where athletes of all skill levels are given a platform to improve their skills or explore a new sport.  The middle school program is informed by the experience of our upper school program to create practice and game plans that build the skills necessary to compete at the high school level. All offerings (other than rock climbing and Nordic skiing) will compete against other middle school teams regionally. As in upper school, the Athletics Department is committed to working with students with athletic or artistic interests outside the school to help them pursue their passion. VMS students also have the opportunity to play sports we do not offer for other middle schools in the area, i.e, football, cheerleading, track and field, etc. If you would like more information on this, please reach out to Athletic Director Bobby Ecker at Becker@vms.edu. 

Fall Sports (Late August– Early October)

  • Cross Country (coed)
  • Rock Climbing (coed)
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys Soccer

Winter I Sports (Mid October – Mid December)

  • Boys Basketball
  • Rock Climbing (coed)

Winter II Sports (Mid December – Early March)

  • Nordic Skiing (coed)
  • Alpine Skiing (coed)
  • Girls Basketball
  • Rock Climbing (coed)

Spring Sports (Mid March –June)

  • Rock Climbing (coed)
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Lacrosse