Elementary-Middle School Athletics

NEW: Elementary-Middle School Athletics Program to host Golf Registration, 2nd Annual Boys Basketball Gymboree & Baseball Coaches Clinic

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 7th and Sunday March 8th for a series of exciting events being presented by our Elementary-Middle School Athletics Program!

K-8 Golf Program

On Saturday, March 7, registration will open for the K-8 Golf Program, hosted by Hollywood Golf Institute. If parents would like for their children to learn the game of golf, please encourage them to attend the registration event on March 7 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Renaissance High School. Download the Registration Form

2nd Annual Boys Basketball Gymboree

The Elementary-Middle School Athletics League will also hosts its 2nd Annual Boys Basketball Gymboree on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Renaissance High School. Basketball teams from Bates, Thirkell, Emerson, Bunche, Durfee, Hutchinson, Pulaski, Spain, Blackwell, Paul Robeson-Malcolm X and Henderson will compete in the Gymboree for a chance to take home the Elementary-Middle School Championship Title!

Baseball Coaches Clinic

On Sunday, March 8 from 2-5 p.m., a Baseball Coaches Clinic will be held at Western International High School. The clinic is open to all individuals interested in coaching Elementary-Middle School Baseball. *The clinic is mandatory for ALL current Elementary-Middle School Baseball Coaches. Download the Coaches Clinic flyer

K-8 Sports Team Registration

DPS Staff/Principals: If you would like to have an Elementary-Middle School Athletic Program at your school, please complete the Registration Form by March 9, 2015.

Spring 2015 K-8 Sports Offerings

  • 5th-6th Baseball
  • 7th-8th Baseball
  • 6th-8th Track
  • K-5 Track
  • K-5 Soccer
  • K-2 Basketball
  • 3rd-8th Flag Football

Schools may sign up any of our Spring 2015 K-8 Sports Offerings. If your school is also in need of a coach, please email edward.tomlin@detroitk12.org.

About Our Program

The Detroit Public Schools Elementary-Middle School Athletics Program offers all DPS students in grades K-8 an opportunity to play in an organized sport.
One of the driving forces behind the creation of the Middle School Athletics Program, newly implemented in the Fall of 2013, was that statistics show children fare better in school when they are involved in sports.
Participating students in grades K-5 will be taught the fundamentals of a variety of sports, including proper technique, skill development and character building within a fun and inclusive atmosphere.
Students in grades 6-8 will continue to sharpen skills and character building, with a dose of healthy competition.

Recent News

K-8 sports programs build healthy bodies & minds for district’s youngest learners

soc7NEW city-wide “Goal Detroit” soccer league endorsed by Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit PAL
Detroit Public Schools’ K-8 Sports League kicked off September 22 with six athletic programs for the fall season aimed at building healthy bodies for the district’s youngest learners and developing self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.
DPS’ Fall sports lineup included the new city-wide “Goal Detroit” soccer league endorsed by Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League).
The range of K-8 2014 Fall sports included:

  • Girls Basketball (grades 7-8)
  • Co-Ed Basketball (grades 3-4)
  • Co-Ed Soccer (grades K-5)
  • Flag Football (grades K-2)
  • Boys Tackle Football (grades 6-8)
  • Co-Ed Golf (grades K-5)

Parents must verify that the sports program of their interest is offered at their child’s school prior to registering. Registration forms must also be completed at the child’s school.
Duggan announced the new citywide elementary school soccer league in partnership with Detroit PAL on September 4. “Goal Detroit” soccer was held each Saturday in the Fall with 700 students from 44 different teams including more than 20 DPS teams. Weekly games were played at Coleman Young Park, Farewell Park, Patton Park and Milan Park.
Read more about DPS’ 2014 Fall Sports offerings

How to participate

Parents who wish their children to participate must complete the following forms.

Recent News

DPS and Hollywood Golf Institute host first-ever Golf Clinic for K-5 students

On Saturday, October 4, Detroit Public Schools partnered with the Hollywood Golf Institute to host the district’s first-ever co-ed Golf Clinic open to all K-5 students at the Rouge Park Practice Center, 22340 Plymouth Rd.
The free Golf Clinic is part of the district’s K-8 sports programs offered to all elementary-middle schools students. Golf is a district-wide program that provides an introduction to the sport and individual instruction at the K-5 level.
Download the Fall Golf Clinic Registration Form

Elementary-Middle School sports leagues busy emphasizing healthy competition, good sportsmanship

IMG_9367DPS strategic initiative adds after-school, Saturday enrichment to hundreds of kids’ lives
On the football and soccer fields behind Bates Academy on a late Monday afternoon in October — and on a recent wintry Saturday afternoon inside the Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School gymnasium, and on countless other occasions after school and on weekends — parents of students on teams from kindergarten through eighth-grade filled the sidelines and the stands this year to attend programs that, in large measure, did not even exist a year ago.
Not only parents, but aunts, uncles, friends and other supporters watched the young students showcase their playing skills as well as their ability to communicate and work effectively as a team.
The new K-8 Sports Leagues will rev up even further with a spring sports lineup of soccer, golf, baseball, flag football, track and basketball with registrations underway. Yet already, 900+ kids played in fall soccer, basketball and football, and another 750 are finishing winter boys and co-ed basketball and cheerleading programs.

UAW-Ford, Ford Motor Fund, DPS Foundation support

With direct support from UAW-Ford, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the DPS Foundation and experienced providers such as Healthy Kidz Inc., the district deployed its new strategic initiative in 2013-14 to offer all DPS students in grades K-8 an opportunity to play in an organized sport.
“Statistics show that kids do better in school when they are involved in sports,” said Edward Tomlin, named this year as Director of DPS Elementary-Middle School Athletics.
View the K-8 Sports Feature!
Read the Michigan Chronicle Feature: Sports Programs Teach Life Lessons

Video: K-8 Sports Feature

2013-2014 Offerings

  • All sports coed; Basketball (K-2), Golf (K-5), Flag Football (3-8), Soccer (3-8), Track & Field (6-8) and Baseball (6-8).
  • Fall 2013: Soccer, Basketball and Football
  • Winter 2014: Boys Middle School Basketball, Coed Basketball (K-5) and Cheerleading
  • Spring 2014: All sports coed; Basketball (K-2), Golf (K-5), Flag Football (3-8), Soccer (3-8), Track & Field (6-8) and Baseball (6-8).

Winter Boys Middle School Basketball/Cheerleading

  • Service Provider Partner:  Healthy Kidz
  • Start Date: Saturdays, January 10, 2014-February 22, 2014
  • Sites: TBD
  • Registration fee: $10.00 per child with a maximum of $30.00 per family.
  • Team Information: 15 basketball players and 10 Cheerleaders

IMG_0943Coed K-5th Grade Basketball

  • Service Provider Partner:  Healthy Kidz
  • Start Date:  Saturdays, January 10, 2014-February 22, 2014
  • Sites: TBD
  • Registration fee: $10.00 per child with a maximum of $30.00 per family
  • Team Information: 15 basketball players and 10 Cheerleaders

Elementary and Middle School Athletics Brochure.

Coaches IMG_9349

Coaches include:

  • Parent volunteers
  • Teachers
  • Service providers


  • UAW- Ford
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • DPS Foundation
  • Healthy Kidz Inc.
  • The Horatio Williams Foundation
  • Courageous Inc.


Edward K. Tomlin
Director of Elementary-Middle School Athletics
Detroit Public Schools
Phone: (313) 873-6336

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