Athletics

Athletics at Church Farm School

Athletics are an integral part of the Church Farm School curriculum, with benefits that are both immediate and enduring.
Our outstanding coaching staff, consisting primarily of academic and residential faculty, serve as teachers and mentors for our boys, working closely with our student-athletes to pursue excellence while developing leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork and an appreciation for lifelong fitness. 

Since athletic participation is a required part of the CFS experience, we provide a diverse selection of competitive, developmental and recreational options. Whether a student is a varsity-level athlete or a beginner, we offer programs that are both challenging and rewarding. CFS fields multiple levels of competitive teams, listed below, well as non-competitive options such as intramural sports and strength and conditioning. We have four soccer fields, six tennis courts, a running track, a basketball gym and a multi-purpose field house used for wrestling, basketball and much more.

Every student at Church Farm School, regardless of experience, will find a team where they are able to explore interests and gain confidence and skills that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives. Go Griffins!

List of 3 items.

  • Athletic Requirements

    All CFS students are required to participate on interscholastic teams a minimum of two seasons each year. The third season may be spent on an interscholastic team, as a manager or with an afterschool club. Club options may vary by year. Seniors who are unable to participate on two interscholastic teams due to roster limits may apply for a waiver of the two-season rule with the Director of Athletics.

    Students must attend all team practices and competitions, including Friday afternoon and weekend obligations. Any student choosing to take part in a non-school program (evenings or weekends) must still attend all Church Farm School practices and contests. Interscholastic athletes are subject to all PIAA eligibility rules.
  • Levels of Interscholastic Play

    Church Farm School offers varsity and junior varsity for all sports; basketball also includes JV B and Freshman teams. 
  • Sports and Club Offerings

    FALL

    Soccer: Varsity, JV and JV B Cross Country: Varsity and JV Golf: Varsity and JV
    Club Options: Strength/Fitness, Community Service, Career Experience, Team Sports, Theatre

    WINTER

    Basketball: Varsity, JV, JV B and 9th Grade Wrestling: Varsity and JV
    Winter Track: Varsity Bowling: Varsity and JV
    Club Options: STEAM, Strength/Fitness, Community Service, Robotics

    SPRING

    Baseball: Varsity and JV Tennis: Varsity and JV
    Track & Field: Varsity and JV Lacrosse: Varsity and JV
    Club Options: Strength/Fitness, Community Service and Team Sports
ATHLETICS GAMEDAY PROTOCOLS
 
Please note the following information as you arrive at Church Farm School:
  1. Drop Off: Buses should enter the campus at Valley Creek Boulevard and Shreiner Way, and can drop teams off at the Pavilion (follow signage). After dropping off, buses MUST park in the Greystock (Main) parking lot. 
  2. Masks: Every individual that arrives on Church Farm School’s campus MUST be wearing a mask.
    1. All coaches and players MUST wear masks on the sideline during competitions.
    2. Masks are optional while officials and players actively participate in competition and during pregame warm-ups.
    3. Monitoring masks on the sideline is the head coach's sole responsibility; officials are not responsible for enforcement but can stop the contest if there are persistent problems.
  3. Balls (if needed for sport): The visiting team will provide their own balls during warm-ups.
  4. Warm-ups: Teams will be on opposite sides of the fields during warm-ups.
  5. Pre-Game Conference: The pre-game meeting will occur at center field.
  6. Official's Table (if needed): The official's table will be limited to essential personnel only. Only the official clock operator/scorekeeper and home bookkeeper will be labeled as essential personnel. Away team personnel who keep their book, and all other stats, must do so from the away team bench or bleacher area.
  7. Locker Rooms: Locker Room use WILL NOT be permitted. Teams should arrive dressed and ready to compete.
  8. Hydration: Officials and visiting teams should bring their own water bottles. Water coolers will be provided for hydration.
  9. Spectators: All spectators 12 years of age or older MUST be fully vaccinated and wear masks while on Church Farm School campus for sporting events. Spectators 11 years old and younger must wear masks as well. Spectators not following our protocols will be asked to leave.
  10. Restrooms: Indoor bathrooms WILL NOT be available for public use; there are portable bathrooms on-site for spectators and visiting teams' restroom use.
  11. Benches (if needed): Team bench areas will be extended to permit physical distancing.
  12. Sportsmanship: No personal comments shall be directed at officials, opposing coaches or players. Such action will lead to ejection from the contest site.
  13. Trainer: Church Farm School will have a certified athletic trainer on site.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the athletic department.
 
Suni Blackwell, Director of Athletics: 267-971-0870 or sblackwell@gocfs.net
 
Tom Johnstone, Assistant Director of Athletics: 610-613-1514 or tjohnstone@gocfs.net

Contacts

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Suni Blackwell

    Suni Blackwell 

    Director of Athletics
  • Photo of Thomas Johnstone

    Thomas Johnstone 

    History Teacher/Assistant AD/Cottage Faculty
  • Joseph Bentivoglio 

    Athletic Trainer
    610-363-5387
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.