How many days a week will I have afternoon activities?
Everyone will have activities five days a week. Some varsity athletes and students in theater will have a sixth day. All students will take two activities—one for three or four days a week and the other for two days a week.What will Athletics look like this fall?For four days of the week, we will provide our typical fall athletic offerings (cross country, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball), as well as the Groton Zebra Combine on the gridiron. These workouts and development, geared toward the varsity-level athlete, will run Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will have practices with head coaches for winter or spring varsity programs. The Tuesday/Thursday program will be for spring sports the first five weeks of the term and for winter sports the second five weeks (if indoor play has been approved).If you do not have varsity aspirations this year for any of our fall sports, you will be able to sign up for an intramural level of a fall sport or one of many other afternoon activities.What is the Groton Zebra Combine?
State regulations do not allow traditional football until further notice. We have created the Zebra Combine, which concentrates on many of the skills associated with the sport to help with player development.
Can I still play my club sport?
Not if you plan to be on campus. To minimize the risk to all members of our community, Groton students who wish to play club sports off campus or participate in jamborees or showcases, whether they are boarders or day students
, must study virtually. This policy will apply not only to athletes, but also to students who wish to participate in drama, debate, music, or other events off campus.
What intramural sports will be offered on campus this fall?
For the JV- or thirds-level players, there will be field hockey, girls soccer, boys soccer, tennis, rowing, cross country, Ultimate Frisbee, and Frisbee golf. Will there be tryouts for varsity teams?
Because we are not competing in interscholastic competition this fall, varsity rosters will be larger than normal. The teams will consist of those currently playing at the varsity level and those who aspire to play varsity at some point in their Groton career. Coaches may ask a student to participate in the intramural program instead of varsity only if they believe it is in the best interest of the student.I am new to the sport, but I am generally a varsity-level athlete; what should I do?
Sign up for the varsity team. Because this season is more of a developmental year, this is the perfect time to join that program and learn.Can I sign up for a fall varsity sport as well as its intramural equivalent on Tuesday and Thursday?
No. Tuesday and Thursday intramurals are for students who would like to engage in a recreational activity without the pressure of varsity-level play. There are many other Tuesday/Thursday offerings from which to choose.Will we ever scrimmage/play games on campus?
Yes, after we have the approval of our health authorities. At that point, teams will be allowed to begin scrimmage-like activity and eventually—if COVID protocols allow—progress to intra-squad games.I aspire to play collegiate athletics in my fall sport. What do I do?
We understand that some students aspire to continue their athletic careers beyond Groton. Coaches will have the option to film certain practices, and students may use that film if needed. Can I sign up for Conditioning five days a week?
No. Students who sign up for Strength and Conditioning as their primary activity will need to sign up for a different activity on Tuesday and Thursday. If your primary activity is not Conditioning, you may sign up for Tuesday/Thursday Conditioning. Only Fifth and Sixth Formers may sign up for Conditioning. If I sign up for Strength and Conditioning as my primary activity in the fall, can I continue that class in the winter?
No, students will not be able to take the three-day-a-week Conditioning class for multiple terms. If students only condition on Tuesday and Thursday, they will be allowed to sign up for Conditioning as their primary activity in another term.Will dance still be offered?
Yes, dance and folk dance will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. What are the new afternoon activities?
Yoga, Meditation, Open Studio, Literature and Photography, Outdoor Photography, Folk Dance, and Calligraphy. In addition, Jazz Band, Open Music and Choir, and Select Chamber Music will be offered in the afternoon. Debate and Outdoor Fab Lab are options as well.Are there ways to enjoy the outdoors and nature?
Outdoor opportunities that fulfill the afternoon requirement include Conservation Corps (field walks and trail maintenance), fishing, mountain biking, and birdwatching.I signed up for an activity and I realize I do not like it. Can I switch mid-season?
We want all Groton students to enjoy their afternoon experience; however, this is an unusual term for all of us. Because of our hygienic and COVID-19 safety protocols, students will not be able to switch afternoon activities after the academic drop-add period at the start of the term. Will there be athletic laundry?
Yes. Washing clothes daily is critical. Each student will be given laundry bags to keep a rotation of clean practice clothing available. Every day, students will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their laundry at designated areas outside the Athletic Center.Will I be allowed in the Athletic Center?
Only day students and Athletic Department staff are allowed in the Athletic Center, to gain access to the locker rooms. No showering is permitted. Mr. Harper will have a fitness tent set up outside, and Ms. Wall will have a sports medicine tent outside—both behind the athletic center.