Tempe Elementary School District middle schools, Laird School and Ward Traditional Academy participate in two athletic conferences: the Tempe Athletic Conference (TAC) and the All City Athletic Conference (ACAC).
Tempe Elementary School District provides all students in grades K-5 Physical Education classes two times a week for 30 minutes. At our 6-8 Middle Schools, Physical Education is offered as a semester elective class. The elective classes are five days a week for one period per day. All instruction is aligned to Arizona Physical Education State Standards. Tempe Elementary Physical Education teachers in the Tempe Elementary School District are appropriately certified and provide the physical and gross motor needs to our diverse student population.
Tempe Athletic Conference Sports (TAC - Competitive League)
The TAC has both Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity teams. The Varsity team consists of highly skilled athletes in sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade. The Junior Varsity team consists of the most skilled athletes in sixth- and seventh-grade.
Note: Any students trying out for any sport, must have a completed Athletic Participation Packet on file with the school Athletic Director prior to participating in tryouts. This packet can be obtained from the school Athletic Director or downloaded below.
All City Athletic Conference (ACAC - No cut league)The City of Tempe Recreation Department runs this league. Practices and games are held at Connolly, Gililland, Fees College Prep, and Ward Traditional Academy. Any student who tries out for these teams will make the team. This is a no cut league. Please call the City of Tempe Recreation Department at (480) 350-5267 for more information.
ACAC Sports offered by Season:
Girls volleyball - Sixth-grade team and seventh-/eighth-grade team
Boys flag football - Sixth-grade team and seventh-/eighth-grade team
Boys basketball - Sixth-grade team and seventh-/eighth-grade team
Girls softball - Sixth-grade team and seventh-/eighth-grade team
Girls basketball - Sixth-grade team and seventh-/eighth-grade team
Note: Students cannot play in both leagues