After School Sports Program

Toronto Waldorf School belongs to the SSAF (Small Schools Athletic Federation) which enables our Grades 7 to 12 students to compete in team sports against other schools of the same size and competitive ability.  

Toronto Waldorf School High School Boys Volleyball Team winning the SSAF championship 

Joining a Team

Playing on a team can be an excellent experience for students and is seen to be beneficial in many ways. For some, this may also be the first time experiencing a fuller schedule and it may be a challenge to balance all of their commitments.

To join a team,each student must make a firm commitment, attend and be punctual for all practices and games and be reminded that participation in this league is contingent upon students meeting their school responsibilities in regards to academics and conduct.

Team Philosophy / Coaching Staff  

The TWS sports program strives for the highest level of achievement possible.  Players work diligently with their coaches to develop and improve their skills, physical abilities and understanding of the game while working with each other to build a strong team dynamic based on mutual respect, cooperative play and universal support and enjoyment. Playing time is at the discretion of the coaches and is based on player’s seniority, effort, commitment and performance (not necessarily in that order). Our elementary program places a stronger emphasis on skill development through game playing always bearing in mind that our league is a competitive, not recreational format. 

Please note that league teams are limited to 15 players being dressed for a game, as per league regulations so not all players may end up playing in all games depending on the total number of students interested in playing on a team.

Our coaches are a mix of faculty and staff, volunteer parents and students.  Some give freely of their time and we are most grateful for their participation.    

 Toronto Waldorf School High School Girls Basketball Team winning the SSAF championship

Practice and Game Schedules / Forms  

Students are given game schedules along with the parental permission form and team contract and are posted at the following locations:  

  1. TWS website
  2. Athletic Council Bulletin Boards – Large gym and top of high school stairs  
  3. Grade 7 and 8 Classroom Bulletin Boards  



Games are held at both TWS (home) and other participating schools (away).  For away games students usually leave the school at 2:45 pm (missing 7th period class).  A chartered bus is used for transportation.

In order to participate on a team, players must return their SIGNED permission form and team contract by the stated due date (phone/verbal permission will not be accepted).

Students are also required to inform the coach or Athletic Director, by phone or e-mail, if they will not be attending a practice or a game and the reason for the absence. Missed practices may result in a player not participating in the next game. 

Please see the document TWS 2016-17 TEAM CONTRACT regarding goals, players’ and coaches’ roles and responsibilities regarding practices, conduct, preparation, uniform and playing time.


Grade 7 students and younger are welcome to watch home games when actively supervised by a parent.  Students must be picked up from TWS immediately following the sports event, or join the After-School Program at no charge.  Grades 8-12 spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer our teams.  No child may be supervised by a student who is playing on a team.

Grade 7 students playing on teams must be picked up immediately following the event.  Anticipated times for home games are listed on the players’ detailed schedules; players return from away games between 5:30 and 6 pm (basketball) and can be as late as 6:30 to 7 pm (volleyball).


TWS Sports Program asks that all players and spectators follow the Code of Ethics. Please do not bring any food or drink other than water into the gym. Please remove all street shoes, boots before entering the gym and adhere to running shoes only on the gym floor.

All practices are closed to spectators, including parents and other students. If you are waiting to pick your student up please wait outside the gym until practice is finished. Benches are available outside the hall windows outside the big gym and chairs are available in the lower foyer.  

Read the Code of Ethics for players and spectators here...

 Students and Staff Cheering for Toronto Waldorf School Sports Team

Fall Season

For the latest game schedules, school directions, maps, and results, please visit SSAF's website.


Cross Country Running (Grade 6 and up; Coed)

Practices begin Tuesday, September 13th             Meet at the back door by the Handwork Room

Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays                            7:30 – 8:15 am

Meets:  To be announced

Cross Country running is great training for all; participation in a meet is not required.  Join us for the training and the fun.


Boys’ Volleyball:

Practices begin Monday, September 12th

Practices:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 

  • High School: 3:45 – 6:00 pm  
  • Elementary: 3:45 – 5:30 pm

Games:  Mondays and Wednesdays, schedule to be announced

Girls’ Basketball

Practices begin Tuesday, September 15th 

Practices:  Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • High School: 3:45 – 6:00 pm  
  • Elementary: 3:45 – 5:30 pm

Games:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, schedule to be announced


Winter / Spring Season  

Boys’ Basketball

Practices begin Monday, December 5th (tentative)      

Practices:  Mondays, Wednesdays and some Fridays     

  • High School: 3:45 – 6:00 pm
  • Elementary: 3:45 – 5:30 pm

Games:  Mondays, Wednesdays and some Fridays, Schedule to be announced


Girls’ Volleyball

Practices begin Tuesday, December 6th (tentative)  

Practices:  Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • High School: 3:45 – 6:00 pm
  • Elementary: 3:45 – 5:30 pm

Games:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, Schedule to be announced


Co-ed Badminton

Practices begin Tuesday, March 28th                        

Practices: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

  • High School & Elementary: 3:45 – 5:30 pm

Games: See below for tournament dates


Special Events & Tournaments (as known at this time)

Annual Grade 7 & 8 Boys’ & Girls’ Waldorf Basketball Tournament

February 3rd and 4th, 2016 (Fri/Sat)

The annual tournament will be held at the Toronto Waldorf School this year. Schools involved are TWS, Aurora Waldorf School, Halton Waldorf School and Waldorf Academy. Teams arrive on Friday after school and are accommodated in the school overnight.  Friendly games take place on Friday night and all day Saturday. A dance will take place for players on Friday night.  Anyone interested in attending to cheer the teams is welcome at any time.

Any student or parent interested in volunteering to help the Athletic Department with organizing/chaperoning the tournament may contact Mary Jo Clark at 905-881-6137 ext 311 or by email.

Annual Waldorf Varsity (High School) Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Kimberton Waldorf School, Pennsylvania

February  4 - 7, 2016 (Thurs-Sun)

The annual tournament for Waldorf High School teams from the eastern U.S. will take place again this year at the Kimberton Waldorf School, about an hour east of Philadelphia. 

The TWS Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams leave on Thursday morning at 8:30 am and arrive Thursday night.  They traditionally play the first game of the tournament on Friday at noon. Friendly games are played all day Friday and Saturday and a Three-Point Contest and Social are held on Saturday night. A boys’ and girls’ all star game is played on Sunday morning. The students head straight home and arrive in Toronto about 10 pm on Sunday night. 

Schools participating usually include Green Meadow Waldorf School (New York), Rudolf Steiner School (New York City), Garden City Waldorf School (New York City), Washington Waldorf School, High Mowing Waldorf School (Massachusetts), Kimberton Waldorf School and Toronto Waldorf School (the only Canadian participant).



Round 1 SSAF Badminton Tournament hosted by TWS

April 18, 19, 2017 (Tues, Wed)

Final SSAF Badminton Tournament hosted by TWS

May 2, 3, 2017 (Tues, Wed)

TWS hosts the SSAF Badminton tournaments for three different age categories. U12 (Grade 5&6 / TWS does not participate), Elementary (Grade 7&8) and U20 (High School).  Any player who places in the top 4 of their category in the first round advances to the final round. Space is limited for spectators and is usually reserved for players and coaches only.

Badminton tryouts may begin two or three weeks before the March Break and continue after the break. Only 16 players are allowed on a team as per league regulations. Notices will be posted and announcements made to all classes when practice days are decided.