Thomas Sumter Academy’s athletic program is an integral part of our efforts to develop well-rounded students. Athletics play a big part in the school’s overall pride and spirit. All students are encouraged to participate in the athletic events as either a participant or a spectator. A qualified coaching staff is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals for success on and off the athletic fields.
Strength and Conditioning Program
A seventh period class has been established for Varsity athletes to lift weights and participate in speed and quickness exercises to encourage strength, speed, and desire. Most of our Varsity coaches assist in this training and special attention is given to each grade level starting with Middle School.
Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity teams are available to boys in grades 7th–12th. Normally students below 10th Grade participate at the JV level; however, 9th Graders with exceptional talents may play at the Varsity level. Emphasis at all levels is on teaching fundamentals, self-discipline, and commitment. Approximately 10 games are scheduled (eight or nine for JV) and regular season is followed by playoffs at the Varsity level. A B-Team program is available for 5th-7th Grade boys.
The Varsity Volleyball team is open to girls in grades 7th-12th Practices begin in August and matches are held in September and October. The Varsity team is involved in play-off competition after the completion of the regular season.
Tennis is available for our female students starting in 5th Grade. The JV team gives girls with little experience time to build their skills as they move through Middle School. The Varsity team is available for the girls with advanced skills prior to the start of the season. Both teams compete with other independent schools and play home matches in Sumter at the Palmetto Tennis Center. Practice is held at the Palmetto Tennis Center as well.
Students practice cross country running The Hill. This sport is open to students in grades 6th-12th.
The Swim Team practices at the Sumter YMCA and attends meets there and throughout the state. Competing with the TSA Swim Team are students from 6th-12th Grades. Meets are typically held on weekends, but occasionally during the week. Students attend the State Meet at the end of the season.
TSA Cheerleaders play a vital role in promoting school spirit and providing support for our athletic teams. Cheerleaders are athletes, and they work very hard to support our Football and Basketball teams. These girls, along with their sponsors, attend cheerleading camp each Summer. Each Fall, during football season, Varsity cheerleaders sponsor a week-long Cheerleading Clinic for Lower School girls, which culminates in an enjoyable and exciting performance during halftime at a Friday night Football game. In addition to Summer Camp and the Cheerleading Clinic, Varsity Cheerleaders plan pep rallies, paint banners, and participate in many activities that encourage school spirit. Tryouts for the football squad are held each Spring.
B-Team Cheerleading is available to 5th and 6th Graders. JV includes 7th-9th Graders and Varsity includes 10th-12th Grades.
The equestrian team is open to girls and boys in grades six through twelve. They compete within the state as a part of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, Zone 4. They compete hunt seat levels, beginner through advanced.
Co-educational soccer programs are offered for students ages seven through twelve. This program is designed to give the younger students practice and playing time with the objectives to teach fundamentals, sportsmanship, and teamwork. These teams are set up through the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department.
The excitement and electricity of General Basketball tips off in late November. Opportunities for Junior High, JV, and Varsity levels for boys and girls in grades 6th-12th are available. With lots of hard work, responsibility, and discipline, Basketball is an enjoyable and successful venture for participants and spectators alike.
Co-educational Basketball programs for students ages six through twelve give the younger students involved practice and playing time with the objectives being to teach fundamentals and sportsmanship and to give children in this age bracket the experience of participating in organized team sports.
Sporting Clays Shooting Team
The sporting clays shooting team is available for our young men and women in grades 7th-12th. Shooters compete in squads of three and competitions are held once a month on Saturdays. The season begins in December and runs through May.
In the brisk days of January, baseball for B-Team , JV, and Varsity begins at TSA. With more than 18 games scheduled from early March through May, boys in grades 6th-12th are encouraged to participate. With one of the finest fields in the area and positive attitudes towards the game, baseball draws a large fan base.
In the Spring comes an opportunity for the young ladies in grades 6th-12th to participate in TSA's very successful Softball program. One of our long-standing and most successful sports, students can participate from B-Team through Varsity as skills improve.
Tennis is available for our male students starting in 5th Grade. The team competes with other independent schools and plays home matches in Sumter at the Palmetto Tennis Center. Practice is held at the Palmetto Tennis Center as well.
Golf starts at TSA in the Spring of each year. Home matches are played at one of the finer courses in the area, Beech Creek Golf Course, located in Sumter County's historic Stateburg area. Starting in 5th Grade, both male and female students are encouraged to compete.
The fast-paced and exciting game of Soccer is enjoyed by many TSA students. Spring Soccer is offered for boys and girls in grades 7th-12th. The season begins in February and ends the first week of May and has a full schedule of games and practices. The Co-educational Soccer Team won the State Championship in 2006.
Boys and Girls Track
A Track program is available to girls and boys in grades 5th-12th. Each year students explore their opportunities in the various events open for competition. Students practice at the stadium located across the road from Thomas Sumter Academy. Competition takes the team to various locations around the Midlands.
Eligibility is determined by SCISA rules, which state the following:
A student must pass at least four core subjects or any five courses each nine-week grading period. A student must have received credit for at least for one-credit core courses or any five one-credit courses from the previous year to be eligible for the first nine-week grading period. A maximum of two summer school credits will be accepted. A student must receive credit for more than fifty percent of his/her courses in order for summer school to make them eligible in the fall. Students have eight consecutive semesters of eligibility from the time they enter ninth grade.