Tennis

The Deerfield tennis program includes four teams: a varsity and junior varsity squad for boys and girls. The boys varsity team kicks off their season with the Kingswood-Oxford Tournament and the girls varsity tennis team meets Kingswood Oxford for a scrimmage. After the opening week, the season includes dual matches almost every Wednesday and Saturday. The varsity boys and girls teams routinely qualify for the New England Championships Tournament at the end of May.

All teams practice in the afternoons on Deerfield’s 21 tennis hard-true, medium speed courts. On rainy days, teams can use the Mimi and Jay Morsman Tennis Pavilion, boasting six covered and lit courts. Practices are focused on a mix of drills, cardio-fitness, and live play.

Deerfield tennis teams have the opportunity to work hard, improve their technical skill and mental game, and have fun competing with their teammates.

Deerfield has players playing collegiately at schools like Boston College, Bowdoin, Colby, Middlebury, Princeton, and Rhodes.

Spring 2022 Athletic Awards

In the final Wednesday School Meeting of the 2021-2022 school year, the Deerfield community gathered to celebrate our spring co-curriculars and their many achievements. Mr.

Student-Athlete Commitment Ceremony

On Friday, May 20, the Big Green community gathered to celebrate 33 student-athletes and their commitment to continuing their athletic pursuits at the collegiate level

Doors of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s Doors of the Week! Girls Varsity Tennis: Olivia Waterfall ’23 and Hunter Pulliam ’22 Olivia and Hunter helped Deerfield seal its

Where we Play

Deerfield’s campus offers 21 “no fault,” medium-speed hard courts, 18 of which surround our traditional pagoda on the low level. Our newly completed pavilion – named after Jay and Mimi Morsman, a longtime coach/faculty member and a former Director of Alumni Relations, respectively– covers six of these lower courts and allows for year-round play. During winter months, the sides of the pavilion will be closed to keep the snow and cold outside. This facility provides ample space and opportunity for students to enjoy the game of tennis.

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Coaches

  1. Christian Austin

    • Head Coach - (Girls): Varsity
  2. Justin Romick

    • Head Coach - (Boys): Varsity
  3. Hadley Westman

    • Head Coach - (Girls): Junior Varsity

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

    Students are required to participate in a co-corricular 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Contact Athletics

    athletics@deerfield.edu
    413-774-1430

    Office West Gym
    Mail PO Box 36
    Deerfield, MA 01342