Many students participate in our three-season varsity athletics program. Participation in sports fosters school spirit, deepens student social ties, and challenges them to achieve higher levels of individual skills. Steiner athletic teams are open to all students in grades 9 through 12, and everyone is encouraged to join. The broad level of support for our sports program over the years has resulted in a tradition of excellence. As a founding member of the Independent Schools Athletic League (ISAL), we take pride in the fact that many of our teams advance to post-season play. Rudolf Steiner teams frequently represent our school and the league in NYSAIS state tournaments. Additionally, we strive to build the bond with other Waldorf schools in the Northeast through athletics by competing in Waldorf tournaments, and friendly matches with regional Waldorf schools.
One of strongest programs in the school’s athletic history, our Varsity Soccer team has developed into one of the most popular amongst Steiner students. Led by Coach Christian Perry, the team has had a tradition of success for many years, consistently advancing to the ISAL playoffs. The team practices four times a week at various fields located around Manhattan, while most games are played on Randall’s Island. Soccer season begins in the fall with preseason, which typically begins the week before school starts. The season ends in the last week of October when the ISAL playoffs are held.
Varsity Girls Volleyball
The Varsity Volleyball season, like soccer, begins the week before school starts with preseason training and ends the last week of October. Volleyball has become a tremendously popular sport at Steiner. Several past players have gone on to play on the collegiate level, as well as becoming coaches of the sport. Meeting four times a week for games and practices, the team uses various indoor facilities located on and around the Upper East Side.
Varsity Co-Ed Cross Country
Varsity Cross Country is the newest program at Steiner. Coached by fitness guru and full-time physical education teacher Doug Sklar, the team has begun to establish a strong program. Cross country trains after school four times a week, using the beautiful terrains within Central Park. Meets are held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, over a sprawling 3.1-mile course. The official season begins with its preseason held the week before school starts, and carries on until the end of October.
Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball
Both of these varsity programs occur from the first week of November through mid-February. Our coaches for both the girls’ and boys’ have built solid teams as fierce competitors within the ISAL. The teams meet four times a week for practices and/or games. Towards the end of the season, both teams attend the annual Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania, competing against other Waldorf Varsity Basketball teams. This trip has long been a highlight of the season for many of our players over the years.
Winter Running Club
Surely you’ve heard the phrase, “there is no offseason,” when speaking about high level athletes? The winter running club, which meets once a week, is the opportunity for any student-athletes, not participating in basketball, to stay active with like-minded individuals, if they so wish. While there are no actual competitions scheduled for the club, it remains an opportunity for students to stay active in a team setting instructed by a seasoned coach.
Varsity Track and Field
Competing in the ISAL, Steiner’s Track and Field season kicks off in early March and continues until mid-May. Training is four times a week. Athletes prepare throughout the season to participate in the traditional running events and select field events. Towards the middle of the season, meets begin once a week. In recent history, student-athletes from Steiner have represented the Dragons in the NYSAIS State Meet at Ichan Stadium on Randall’s Island.