At the elementary level, UNO Athletics offers six team sports available to academically eligible 5th-8th graders:
o Boys soccer
o Co-ed volleyball
o Boys basketball
o Girls basketball
o Co-ed flag football
o Girls soccer
Each season lasts between 8-12 weeks and consists of weekly practices and organized games. Student-athletes are taught the fundamentals of the game. The focus is on skill development and teaching valuable life lessons through sport (e.g., sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and commitment).
UNO schools play in their own league – the UNO-CSN League. All coaches at the elementary level are volunteers (e.g., staff, parents, community leaders) and must complete a required background check. Parents are expected to support their student-athlete(s) in their sports activities and be present at workshops, team meetings, games and end-of-season awards ceremonies. A student fee is charged for participation in each sport. These funds help to offset costs associated with programming (e.g., officiating, equipment, uniforms, rental of facilities for games,
etc.). Uniforms will be provided to all participating athletes and must be returned in the condition received at the end of season.
In addition to the elementary sports identified above, UNO Athletics offers bitty soccer to K-5th graders. This takes place both indoors (VMC gym) and outdoors in three distinct seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring). The purpose of the program is to engage students and parents, and introduce the game in a recreational setting focused on participation, skill development, general fitness and positive character development.