Athletics FAQ

What programs are offered at Cheshire Academy?

We offer 17 interscholastic programs at the varsity level, with many of those having sub-varsity level teams. In addition, we have 10 non-competitive, non-interscholastic programs offered throughout the year.

What are the afternoon and athletic participation requirements for students?

All students are required to participate in an Afternoon Activity for all three terms – fall, winter, and spring.

Afternoon Activity Guidelines

For underclassmen (9th/10th): Competitive Afternoon Activity offerings must comprise two out of three seasons.

For upperclassmen (11th/12th/PG): Competitive Afternoon Activity offerings must comprise one out of three seasons.

*Full IB students are allotted one independent season per school year.

Please note the following:

Managing a sport DOES complete a competitive requirement.

You can request to participate in an Independent Activity, however, Independent Activities MUST be in line with the Annual Competitive Activities Requirements Guidelines. An Independent Activity must also be approved by a Parent/Guardian, advisor, and the athletic department. An Independent Activity DOES NOT count as a competitive athletic offering even if you are participating in an independent sport.

Who do you compete against?

Cheshire Academy is a member of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference and compete against some of the top regional prep schools within our greater region, as well as throughout the Western portion of New England.

What athletic facilities are there at CA?

Cheshire Academy features a newly resurfaced multi-purpose turf field, a six-lane track, three multipurpose grass playing fields, new softball field, new multi-purpose turf field, baseball field, a two-court basketball and volleyball gymnasium, a 50M six-lane pool, nine tennis courts, a fitness center and a comprehensive weight room and athletic training facility.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Questions related to athletics and the Afternoon Program can be directed to Athletic Director Jim McCarthy at James.mccarthy@cheshireacademy.org.

Does Cheshire Academy offer Athletic Training support?

We are staffed full-time with two certified athletic trainers who cover our home games and work with athletes on their rehabilitation programs, as well as offer general strength and conditioning support to athletes.

I've never played a particular sport, what should I do? Are there tryouts?

We encourage students to try something new and give it a shot. Many sports have tryouts for the varsity team, but our numbers generally allow a spot for all who are interested at the sub-varsity levels. Competitive team sports are an important part of the Cheshire Academy experience and teach life skills like teamwork, good sportsmanship, and commitment. 

I heard all of your uniforms are Under Armour, is that correct?

We have entered into an All School Agreement with Under Armour to outfit all of our varsity teams in Under Armour uniforms. As of the 2015-2016 school year, all varsity programs wear Under Armour. We also offer plenty of Under Armour products in our school store.