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Athletics

  • Can students try out for a sport they have never played?

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    Deerfield students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. If a student wishes to play a new sport, then he/she can participate in tryouts along with the other athletes, and will be placed according to their skill level. Most sports at Deerfield have multiple teams, so those new to a particular sport will usually have the opportunity to play at an appropriate level. Beginners should be sure to notify the coach if they require guidance in navigating a new sport.

  • Are students required to play a sport each term?

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    Students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity each term. “Co-curriculars” do not necessarily have to be an interscholastic sport. Other options include community service, dance, theater, recreational sports, or even managing a sport. Additionally, students with talents in certain areas such as the arts may apply for a co-curricular exemption, in which they pursue their talent under the guidance of a Deerfield faculty member. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to participate in at least two terms of interscholastic athletics per year.

  • Are there laundry services available for athletic clothing?

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    Deerfield does provide laundry services for athletic clothing. Students should be aware that due to turnaround time they may want to have multiple sets of clothing to avoid any problems.

  • Do varsity athletes need to arrive earlier at the start of the year?

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    Varsity candidates will typically have preseason tryouts before school begins, and therefore should plan on arriving three or more days early. Coaches notify candidates during the summer if they should arrive early, and arrival dates are posted on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

  • Who has access to the athletic trainers?

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    All students, faculty, and staff can seek help from Deerfield’s skilled athletic training staff regardless of their involvement in Deerfield athletics.

  • How are athletes placed on teams at appropriate skill levels?

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    Each sport holds tryouts at the beginning of the season to determine appropriate placement for students trying out. Deerfield does its best to put all of its students in the position to succeed and grow as athletes, and these efforts are reflected in the composition of its teams.

  • What do managers do?

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    Those who wish to be involved in Deerfield’s interscholastic athletic program but do not want to compete as an athlete may decide to serve as a manager. Many varsity teams require one or more managers to help them out during the season. Managers’ duties vary by sport, but typically involve equipment management and scorekeeping, as well other jobs the team requires.

  • Who can use the athletic facilities?

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    The athletic facilities, including the gym, pool, tennis courts, and squash courts, are open to all students, faculty, and staff during their hours of operation. At the beginning of the year all students participate in an orientation that walks them through proper use of the fitness center, and all new students take a required swim test before they can use the pool. Hours for athletic facilities are posted online.

  • Who coaches Deerfield teams?

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    Deerfield teams are typically coached by classroom teachers and other members of the staff, although occasionally Deerfield will hire additional coaches to provide outside expertise. Having coaches who are also students’ teachers, hall residents, and advisors promotes deeper connections between students and faculty.

  • Who can participate in recreational sports?

    Recreational sports are typically open to juniors and seniors as a co-curricular option, but some may allow underclassmen to participate with the coach’s permission.

  • Do students need to provide their own athletic equipment?

    Certain equipment, including game uniforms and practice clothing, is provided by the Athletic Stockroom. Some non-clothing items are also available for loan upon request, or available to purchase through the Athletic Store. Because each sport has varying equipment needs, students should be in touch with their coach or the stockroom staff when they arrive on campus. If students need to purchase athletic equipment or clothing not found in the Athletic Store or stockroom, they can usually find it at any one of several local retail stores.

  • What are Deerfield’s playing fields like?

    Deerfield is fortunate to have some of the most well-maintained athletic facilities in the state. Lacrosse and field hockey teams compete on either of Deerfield’s two turf fields, and soccer and football play on the pristine playing fields on the lower level. Please see the Athletics Facilities Page for more information.

  • Does Deerfield have athletic trainers?

    Deerfield employs two full-time athletic trainers, who work in the Athletic Training Office, located in the Athletic Center. Trainers work with injured athletics and coordinate a weekly Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Clinic staffed by an orthopedic surgeon.