Athletics at Compass
Athletics at Compass School
Physical activity is an essential part of health and wellness. All students are expected to participate in some form of physical activity throughout the year. Through exploratory time, students have the opportunity to engage in both competitive and non-competitive athletic activities. Non-competitive offerings include yoga, winter survival, mountain biking, hiking, Frisbee, ball games, winter sports and challenge course. Compass also has competitive sports teams in soccer, basketball, and our state championship Ultimate Frisbee squad. In addition, through a partnership with local public high schools, Compass high school students play on various sports teams. Most recently, Compass students have played on soccer teams with Bellows Falls Union High School, Nordic Skiing with Brattleboro, basketball with Leland and Gray, and cross country running with Springfield.
We encourage all students to participate on our sports teams. The purposes of our competitive sports teams are to help students develop athletic skill, improve physical well being and coordination, learn the value of teamwork, goal setting, and dedication to work, become more sportsmanlike in victory and defeat, and last but not least, have fun along with peers and faculty.
We try to maintain a balance between being competitive in interschool games and encouraging widespread participation of all team members in competitive games. While we don’t guarantee equal game time for each student, we try our best to involve each individual fully in all aspects of the team and to find a place in which each student contributes to the team and can also achieve personal success.
While we aim to perform our best in interschool competition and we certainly enjoy winning, the overriding goal for the sports program is to have students learn to strive for their personal best as individuals and as a team. While we expect to learn to win and lose graciously, we won’t measure our success by our won-loss record. We will, however, push our students to aim for personal greatness, team development, and continual growth.
The weekly schedule is adjusted in Winter to accommodate winter sports at Okemo and Grafton Ponds and skating at Vermont Academy. All students are required to participate in this program and be engaged in an outdoor activity at this time. Details of the program will appear in the newsletter in December. There is a minimal fee for Winter Sports charged by the ski areas.