Browning recognizes the important place of athletics and athletic competition in the lives of boys and provides a number of team options each season. Dedicated to the moral and character development of their players, coaches strive to instill in each boy an abiding commitment to good sportsmanship coupled with a sense of responsibility both to himself and the team.
Browning teams compete in interscholastic soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, and track. Interscholastic team sports are open to students in Forms I through VI in good academic standing. Interscholastic competition in basketball begins at Grade Five. There are also intramural opportunities at Browning in the fall, winter, and spring. With special permission, a student may substitute an Interschool athletic class for one 50-minute P.E. class. Finally, fencing is available at the Chapin School as a team sport through Interschool.
In anticipation of the soccer and baseball seasons, coaches provide preseason training to support boys in the honing of their game skills. Preseason soccer camp takes place in the Berkshires at the end of August.
The athletic department makes use of both facilities at school and those of New York City. The soccer and baseball teams practice at fields on Randall’s Island. The track team makes use of Randall’s Island and Central Park. In addition to the Upper and Lower gyms at school, the basketball teams take advantage of the gymnasium facilities at Chelsea Piers for practices and games. The tennis team practices and plays a number of its matches at the National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, in Flushing, Queens. Golf team practices are held at the driving ranges on Randall’s Island and Chelsea Piers; matches are held at Van Cortland Golf Course.
Information regarding upcoming athletic events, including game times and locations, is available through the Athletic Hotline at 212-888-5012, which is updated regularly.