Deerfield has a long tradition of attracting and nurturing student-athletes who bring energy, talent, and enthusiasm to both the classroom and the hardwood. Whether you are likely to begin on our freshman-sophomore or junior varsity levels—or jump right into varsity competition, Deerfield coaches will work hard to support your development as a player, competitor, and teammate.
On the varsity level, we play in the NEPSAC “A” League, which is highly competitive, and a good platform for exposure to college coaches and scouts. Most teams in our league will have multiple college-bound players on their squads. We currently have several alumni on the rosters of NCAA Division I and Division III programs. We have recently had a player nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team. Another former player earned NESCAC defensive player of the year honors as a starter for Amherst during the 2011-2012 season. Typically, some of our strongest players are multiple-sport athletes who have gone on to great collegiate careers in other sports such as football, lacrosse, and baseball. The varsity squad in any given year will include players who have moved up through the ranks of our program as well as two to four postgraduates.
The basketball team works hard to come together as a team both on and off the court. We pride ourselves on our collective effort at the defensive end, while focusing on the fundamentals of smart, unselfish offensive play. Our team motto is “Hard, Smart, Together,” ideals we have successfully used to earn a reputation as a gritty, resilient squad willing to go toe-to-toe with any teams in New England. We expect the highest standard of sportsmanship from our players and coaches, and promote a spirit of camaraderie and love of the game at every turn. Each season, the whole team attends a couple of local college games at UMass, Amherst College, or Williams College. We often follow up these games with a trip to our favorite local dive, “The Hangar,” for some of the best boneless chicken wings you’ll find anywhere in the world. Once a season, we hold a basketball clinic for kids at the local YMCA–our team has a blast and feels good about spreading enthusiasm for the game of basketball to the local community.
Varsity Teams Go Undefeated in 2017 Openers
Deerfield varsity teams went 4-0 yesterday to start 2017 undefeated. The girls varsity basketball team got a road win at Ethel Walker by a score of 57-50. At home, the boys varsity basketball team defeated an athletic Pomfret team, 68-55. On the ice, the boys varsity hockey team...
Winter LIVE Stream Schedule Announced
Catch more LIVE streamed Deerfield games this year! Even if you can’t make it to campus for a game, you have the opportunity to stay connected and watch the Big Green sports teams in action. Preview the upcoming LIVE stream game schedule below; Team – Date – Time –...
Holiday Tournament Preview – Basketball & Hockey
The final academic week of 2016 is in the books. The Big Green basketball and hockey teams are shifting their focus from the classroom to their holiday tournaments. This weekend the boys and girls varsity basketball teams will travel to Exeter and Miss Porter’s respectively for their tournaments. Boys...
Winter Season Varsity Team Preview
Boys Varsity Basketball The boys varsity basketball team will begin their 2016-2017 campaign with only a few practices under their belt as they open their season today, Wednesday, 11/30 as they take on Nobles at home. The team returns a nucleus of starting players and will be led by...