Athletics at Altamont
Athletics are an important part of life at Altamont. Over half of Altamont's student body competes on one or more of the almost 30 teams we have each year.
The goals of the Department of Athletics align directly with the mission of the school. The three components of the program – Competitive Sports, Wellness, and Physical Education – integrate aspects of the physical, intellectual, and spiritual to teach students how to live more balanced, and thus more productive, lives.
- Through the challenges of Competitive Sports, Altamont athletes learn to give their best effort, to work well with others in achieving a common goal, to respect opponents, and to conduct themselves graciously on and off the playing field. Participation in our competitive athletics program allows our Student Athletes to learn and apply the skills and reinforce the principles that will help them improve the fabric of society: Character, Leadership, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Collaboration, Sacrifice, and Discipline.
- The Wellness Program, which is geared to the entire Altamont community, serves to improve the understanding of the requirements of physical and mental health from youth through the decades after graduation. We provide knowledge, facilities, and opportunities for students, faculty, parents, and alumni to develop a deeper understanding of their bodies both through exercise and study.
- The Physical Education program blends the above two components by teaching students the basic technical skills required to participate in a variety of interscholastic sports and provides them with a platform to develop those skills almost daily in a competitive team setting. At the same time, recognizing that not all students will go on to play interscholastic sports on the varsity level or beyond, the program introduces students to the requirements and importance of a healthy lifestyle, nurturing them from their first day here to what will become a lifetime of wellness.
A member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Altamont competes with public and private schools from around the state. The school fields the following varsity sports that compete in sanctioned state championship programs against other school from throughout Alabama.
Varsity Sports - Boys
|Track & Field|
Varsity Sports - Girls
|Track & Field|
Junior Varsity Sports
Junior Varsity teams serve as the training ground for aspiring varsity athletes, and players are often brought up from the JV teams to compete on the varsity team in the middle or at the end of a season. Whether or not Altamont fields a team is contingent on the number of students interested in participating. Any students in grade 7 or above is eligible to participate on a junior varsity team.
Middle School Sports (5th through 8th grades)
The Middle School athletics program emphasizes participation. A no-cut policy allows students to play any number of sports, determining which one(s) appeal to them, and in which sport(s) they excel. Students in the 5th through 8th grades can join teams that compete in community-based leagues, such as the Central Alabama Soccer League or the North Shelby Basketball League. Coaches from the Physical Education classes encourage students to join our middle school teams where they often get their first experience with a competitive sport.
|Fall||5-8 Soccer||5-8 Soccer|
|Winter||5/6 Basketball||5/6 Basketball|
|Spring||5-8 Soccer||5-8 Soccer|
Beginning in the 7th grade, students are eligible to participate in AHSAA sports on the varsity level or to join some AHSAA-sanctioned sports specifically offered for the 7th and 8th grade students. Altamont teams compete against other AHSAA schools in the following sports:
|Winter||7/8 Basketball||7/8 Basketball|
All students in grades 5th through 9th participate in daily physical education classes, divided by gender. Each class begins with a ten to fifteen minute dynamic warmup especially designed by Altamont Athletic Trainer Matt Kirkpatrick. This warmup focuses on four different areas to improve functional performance in our athletes and allows them to get quicker and more explosive as they get older:
- decrease injury in movement
- increase functional strength
- increase overall joint stability and movement
- improve coordination
The school year is divided into units of specific sports. The basic technical skills required of the sport are taught at the beginning of the unit, then the students compete with each other in that sport for an average of three weeks, often culminating in a class-wide tournament. Some of the sports played include volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, badminton, floor hockey, track and field, archery, golf, weight training, ultimate frisbee, and flag football. Additionally, the Presidential Physical Fitness Test is administered to students each year.