Athletics at Fay School
Supporting the Development of Skills, Sportsmanship, and Lifetime Fitness
thletics is an integral part of Fay’s winning tradition and our commitment to educating the whole child. You can see our core values of Earnest Eﬀort and Wellness of Mind, Body, and Spirit in action every day on our courts and playing ﬁelds. Every student at Fay participates in the athletics program, which focuses on skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, and competing with vigor and integrity.
Opportunities to Grow and Excel The upper school athletics program (grades 7-9) offers options for athletes at all levels of skill and experience. Each term, every student chooses a sport, and the weekday afternoon hours from approximately 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. are devoted to practices and games. With 36 interscholastic teams and 10 intramural programs in 20 different sports, Fayâ€™s program is designed to give all students, from beginners to mavens, the opportunity to compete at an appropriate level that offers the right combination of challenge, success, and fun. Students may select sports with which they already have experience, and they are also encouraged to try something different and build new skills.
The Joy of Competition Fay athletes play (and win!) against a competitive group of peer schools, which includes Fenn School, The Fessenden School, Shore Country Day School, The Rivers School, and Dana Hall School, among others. Teams play one or two games each week, and weekend tournaments are always a season highlight for our players. Fay teams enjoy respectful rivalries with other schools and look forward to games when they can show their school spirit while striving for victory or a personal best. Many Fay alumni go on to compete at an elite level at secondary schools and colleges, including Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, Deerfield Academy, Noble and Greenough School, Amherst College, and Harvard University.
Athletics for Pre-K through Grade 4 Physical education classes in Pre-Kindergarten through grade four encourage a lifelong appreciation for physical fitness, health, and sport. In the earliest grades, students participate in warm-ups, games, and activities to build cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and motor skills. In grades three and four, students learn more about the rules and strategies of specific sports in preparation for team sports in fifth and sixth grade.
5/6 Athletics Fay’s fifth and sixth graders benefit from an athletics program that is tailored to their developmental needs. The program features three components: instruction, intramural games, and interscholastic competition. As in the Upper School, students choose a sport each term, and the bulk of each week’s practices focus on instruction and intramural play. Through the season there is interscholastic competition once every week or two against well-matched opponents from peer schools. With permission, exceptional sixth grade athletes may try out for Fay’s varsity teams.
“The 5/6 athletics program is phenomenal because it allows the students to be themselves. You can tap into their energy and excitement and build their skills so they can get to the next level.” —Nell Reynolds P’15,’17,’19 and 5/6 field hockey coach
ATHLETIC OFFERINGS INTERSCHOLASTIC Soccer Football Field hockey Cross country Volleyball Basketball Ice hockey
Wrestling Squash Lacrosse Baseball Softball Track and field Tennis
INTRAMURAL Fitness Golf Outdoor adventure Swimming Skiing/snowboarding Tennis
Honoring the Game Fay’s coaching staff is composed of Fay faculty and staff as well as outside specialists. All of our coaches are committed to meeting the needs, interests, and abilities of the athletes— not just in terms of teaching rules, strategy, and sport-specific skills, but also to build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership skills, and a love of the game. Fay has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to “transform youth sports so sports can transform youth.” Together with PCA, Fay supports the “double-goal” coaching model—one that focuses on learning life lessons as well as winning. To this end, Fay offers parent workshops, training for teachers and coaches, and leadership workshops for student-athletes that focus on creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment.
Facilities Fay’s athletes have access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities. Our 30-acre main campus features six full-size athletic fields, four basketball courts, a cross-country course, a fitness center, and an indoor rock climbing wall. Just 1.5 miles north of our main campus, our 36-acre athletic campus offers five full-size athletic fields, a baseball diamond, and three batting cages.
“At Fay, I was on the most tightlyknit team of my athletic career. I had everything I could ever want in a coach, and the relaxed, fun atmosphere is something I’ll never forget.” —wrestler Jeff Ott ’09, (Belmont Hill School ’12 and Harvard University ’16), three-time National Prep All-American, 2010 National Prep Champion, and member of Fay’s 2007-2008 undefeated wrestling team
“While there’s no better place to develop the mind than a Fay classroom, there’s no better athletics program than Fay’s, which focuses on developing physical fitness and developing the character of each and every student.” —George “Monk” Foreman III ’98 (Rice University ’05), professional heavyweight boxer
About Fay School Fay School is an independent co-educational school serving students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade nine. Fay offers a broad and balanced academic program that provides enduring skills for a changing world. The boarding program, an option for students in grades seven through nine, is an integral part of school life, uniting students from across the United States and around the world in a lively, diverse, and truly multicultural community. Fay School admits students of any race, color, religion or creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic background, age, or with any disability that can be reasonably accommodated by the School, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Fay School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of such factors in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics, or other school administered programs.
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Athletics at Fay School, a day and boarding school for Pre-K through Grade 9 in Southborough, Massachusetts.