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The Norfolk Academy Athletic Program is an integral part of the school’s overall educational experience. It contributes to the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of every student-athlete in a manner consistent with Norfolk Academy’s overall Philosophy and Objectives.

Athletics is powerful because it can bridge gaps, bring people together who otherwise might not interact, and provide opportunities not available elsewhere. The culture of Norfolk Academy Athletics enhances each student’s overall educational experience and character formation.

We have strived to continue to offer athletics even amid COVID-19. During the summer, student-athletes from a variety of teams took part in socially distanced workouts at Wynne-Darden Stadium. From September through early November, we offered after-school team training camps that included fall, winter, and spring sports. Several hundred student-athletes across Middle School and Upper School participated in these socially distanced activities, which improved their conditioning and skills.

Wearing masks, student-athletes in grades 9-12 began varsity and JV winter team practices on November 10. We began practices for grades 7-8 on November 23. Basketball teams began intramural competitions in December, as swimming and diving began virtual competitions against other schools. 

The Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools, in which NA competes, met early this school year to finalize details for athletics. All schools in the TCIS have agreed, per a joint statement, “to adhere to risk mitigation protocols, to prioritize participation over competitive standings, and to maintain mutual trust and communication among our schools in the interest of serving the health and safety of our student-athletes.”

Fall teams began January 25, with a mix of interscholastic and intramural competition. Spring teams began practices in late March. We anticipate interscholastic competition for all teams in most of these sports. 

Spring Sports Update

Spring Sports Spectator Policy


The Spring Sports Season continues into early May

Spring Sports Offered:

  • Baseball (V, JV, MS)
  • Boys Tennis (V, JV)
  • Crew (V, Novice, Junior Novice)
  • Girls and Boys Lacrosse (V, JV, MS)
  • Girls and Boys Track and Field (V, JV)
  • Girls Soccer (V, JV, MS)
  • Golf (V, JV)
  • Softball (V, JV)
  • Sailing (V)

*If you have any question contact our Director of Athletics, Chad Byler 757-452-6733

By the Numbers


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Different Sports


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Athletic Teams


Gill '18 playing Field hockey for UVA

Graduates currently competing in college


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Multi-sport varsity athletes


Boy playing soccer

Middle and Upper School students on a school team


Athletic Fields

Athletics fields


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Faculty members who competed in college athletics


Students broadcasting games

Average number of games broadcast on NA-TV each season


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Lanes in the indoor pool with 2 diving boards

Coach assisting football player

Norfolk Academy’s teacher-coach model builds cohesion and continuity throughout our Middle and Upper Schools. With classroom teachers coaching nearly all of our competitive athletic teams, students come to know and appreciate one another on multiple levels. Trust earned in the classroom continues to build on the field, and lessons learned on the court—about teamwork, about patience, about strategy and tactics—find applications back in the classroom.

Class of 2021 College Commitment Ceremony

Congratulations to these Committed Student-Athletes! 

Name Sport Commitment
Cullen Campbell Golf UNC Wilmington
Jack Elliott Lacrosse Washington & Lee
Justin Green Golf Howard Univ
Will Inderlied Lacrosse Univ of Virginia
Michela Jones Basketball Haverford College
Kalli Meagher Equestrian Univ of Georgia
Max Pollio Football Kenyon College
Franklin Reid Track Roanoke College
Mark Southern Swimming Bates College
Ellis Stedfast Lacrosse Rutgers Univ
Matthew Wetmore Lacrosse Williams College


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