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!

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  • 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
WINTER ATHLETICS PROTOCOLS 
 
Guidelines for Spectators at CFS Indoor Athletics 
CFS has created game day safety guidelines following Church Farm School’s COVID safety protocols. To hold these events in a safe and orderly manner, we need the cooperation of parents/guardians and families. Spectators not adhering to CFS guidelines will be asked to leave the CFS campus. Thank you in advance for your willingness to work with us to provide safe venues for our scholar-athletes to participate in their seasons. 
 
The following are the parameters for events held at Church Farm School facilities: 

1. Gathering limitations will be restricted to the following groups: 
  • Players
  • Coaching Staff
  • Officials
  • Athletic Medical Staff
  • CFS Employees
  • Home spectators ONLY (must be pre-approved; see below) 
2. Gathering, spectating and tailgating in parking lots is PROHIBITED. 
3. All spectators MUST present proof of COVID vaccination with photo ID. 
4. All spectators MUST wear masks and engage in appropriate physical distancing.
5. If spectators are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, awaiting COVID-19 test results or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. 
6. Restrooms will be available for home spectators.  
7. No personal comments shall be directed at officials, opposing coaches or players. Such action will lead to ejection from the contest site.

Spectator Parking
Park in the Greystock (white building in center of campus) parking lot. You will enter the campus on Shreiner Way. Spectators will walk to the gym or pavilion from Greystock parking lot.

Indoor Sport Specific Spectator Guidelines 

Basketball
  • Only HOME spectators (on the player's guest list) will be allowed to attend CFS athletic competitions.
  • All spectators MUST present proof of COVID vaccination with photo ID.
  • All spectators MUST wear masks and engage in appropriate physical distancing.
  • No Away cheerleaders will be allowed at games.
Wrestling
  • Only HOME spectators (on the player's guest list) will be allowed to attend CFS athletic competitions.
  • All spectators MUST present proof of COVID vaccination with photo ID. 
  • All spectators MUST wear masks and engage in appropriate physical distancing.
Guests not following protocols will be asked to leave the event.

Live Stream
We encourage all fans (home and away) to view contests via the CFS Athletics YouTube livestream when available. 

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 Athletic Director
  • 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.