Embracing Pinewood's value of providing limitless opportunities to our students, Pinewood Athletics offers a highly competitive sports program that welcomes all students to participate.
Athlete Spotlight, Coaching Edition
Matt Irvin, Head Football Coach
At pinewood, we strive to provide the best coaching staff possible. Our coaches are carefully hand picked based off of their experience, talent, and love of the game.
Student Athlete SPOTLIGHT
Pinewood's Student Athlete Spotlight recognizes a student who: competes at a high level during both games and practices, is a supportive and uplifting teammate, shows leadership on and off the playing field/court, holds high academic standings, and is well-rounded outside of the athletics program.
- Practice + Game Scheduling
- Team Structure
- Coaches + Parent Volunteers
Practice and game scheduling is a complicated endeavor that involves league facilities, inter-school communication, and other resource considerations. Junior High teams will meet three to four (3-4) times per week for practices and games. High School teams may meet up to six (6) times per week. Practice is mandatory; it is a time for the team to become a cohesive unit, and this is a valuable part of the program. Practice schedules are available well in advance, so families can schedule appointments, tutoring, etc. All game schedules are posted on the main athletic calendar and individual team pages.
Most junior high and high school practices and home games take place in the Upper Campus gymnasium. In addition, some teams may also practice at Pinewood School’s Activity Center on Fabian Way in Palo Alto. Practice times and game schedules are dependent on availability of the facilities, which are split to serve both the high school and junior high teams. The Athletic Director will make schedules available as soon as they are determined.
At the junior high level, Pinewood typically fields one team per sport. Basketball and volleyball may have two teams depending on sign-ups; those teams will be delineated by skill, as A and B teams. Grade has very little bearing on an A or B team as athletes are placed in the best position to grow, improve, and play as much as possible.
High school varsity and JV teams are typically non-cut unless there are a large number of athletes signing on for the sport. In general, Pinewood tries to accommodate all interested students.