ULTIMATE

At Deerfield Academy, we welcome players of all genders to play Ultimate Frisbee. We compete against boys teams, girls teams, and mixed, all-gender teams. With many nationally-ranked teams in New England, Deerfield competes against some of the best programs in the country. While competing at the highest level, we seek to build and develop character, community, discipline, and leadership skills. Focused on equity and inclusion, everyone – regardless of background or ability – is encouraged to join and will enjoy being a part of the unique ultimate community. Deerfield ultimate players not only form lifelong friendships with teammates, but also with opposing players, thanks to the friendly dynamic between opposing teams facilitated by Spirit of the Game.

Rosters & Schedules

Who we Play

Ultimate Frisbee began as a recreational sport at Deerfield Academy in 2012. Since then, the program has grown quickly and improved significantly. Deerfield has earned the Spirit of the Game Award twice (2018, 2015) at the New England Prep School Ultimate League championship tournament. In 2018, Deerfield’s girls team competed in its first girls tournament, joining with Williston, they earned 2nd place in the B Division of the NMH Girls tournament. In 2019, Ultimate Frisbee will begin its first season as a varsity sport at Deerfield.

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Coaches

  1. Mary Ellen Friends

    • Head Coach - (Coed): 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