Sports Spotlight: Choose Your Own Adventure
A different schedule, some beautiful fall weather, and Fay’s sprawling thirty-acre main campus with proximity to the reservoir and trails presented new and welcome opportunities for Fay athletes.
As was the case for many other schools in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), there was no interscholastic competition on Fay’s fall athletic schedule. However, a different schedule, some beautiful fall weather, and Fay’s sprawling thirty-acre main campus with proximity to the reservoir and trails presented some new and welcome opportunities for Fay athletes.
The relaxed schedule allowed many Upper School sports teams to take an occasional break from soccer, field hockey, or football practice and spend an afternoon fishing in the Sudbury Reservoir, tackling the ropes course, playing pickleball, mountain biking on the trails, competing in a virtual cross country race, or setting up and playing their own disc golf course. “One of the best aspects of the fall was that the kids had the opportunity to be outside with their friends trying some different things,” says Director of Athletics Rob Feingold. “It was refreshing for them to have that normalcy.”
In fifth and sixth grade, students explored a variety of sports and activities instead of focusing on a single option. Playing in co-ed groups, students tried flag football, soccer, biking, climbing, Frisbee golf, and ultimate Frisbee, with other games peppered throughout the schedule. In fact, the multisport option has been so popular with students this fall that Rob Feingold plans to incorporate a version of it into each sports season so that students who aren’t ready to commit to a single sport can explore a variety of options.
While the fall season was certainly not typical, students appreciated the chance to try their hand at some new skills. “I was able to spend a lot more time outside than ever before,” says new student Max Linton ’22. “I also learned how to fish and got to know a lot of other students while being present in nature.”