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Classes 6-12 Interscholastic Sports

Dexter Southfield offers a full complement of interscholastic team sports for students in Classes 6-12. Varsity and sub-varsity teams compete against other schools in the Boston area and throughout New England.

Students in Classes 6-8 are required to play a middle school sport each season. In Classes 9-12, it is recommended that each student participate in interscholastic sports.

If a student has a demonstrated interest in a specialized activity which the school does not offer, such as wrestling, fencing, or martial arts, students are allowed to pursue this interest outside of Dexter Southfield.

Varsity Team Guidelines

At the varsity level, the school's goal is to field the most competitive team while preparing athletes for possible collegiate playing opportunities. In accepting a position on a varsity team, the athlete understands that playing time is not guaranteed. A player's performance in practices and games as well as his/her attendance, cooperation, effort, and sportsmanship will all be part of the coach's decisions concerning playing time. Varsity athletes are expected to compete every day, whether in practice or in games. Dexter Southfield athletes are reminded at all times that they represent much more than their school when they wear a Dexter Southfield uniform.

Sub-Varsity Team Guidelines

Sub-varsity teams concentrate on fundamental skill development as well as knowledge of tactics and rules. The goal is to help individuals and teams improve, while providing a framework for personal growth through teamwork and competition at a level commensurate with students’ skill and physical development. Ideally, every player will participate in each game; however, playing time is left to the discretion of the coach. The determining factors are attendance, cooperation with teammates and coaches, sportsmanship, effort, the quality of the opponent, and the competitive situation of the contest.


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