At Falmouth Academy, we have lofty aspirations for our interscholastic athletics program. We want athletics truly to serve the healthy development of as many of our students as possible, and we want to offer our students the experience of highly-competitive sports. We believe that a great school’s interest in sports must be centered on the physical and mental health of its students, in the common thread each season’s sport provides to the community, and in the lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and grace under pressure that can be learned through competitive athletics. This is no small challenge, but one we have pursued with impressive success!
Given our goals, we offer an interscholastic athletic program that is fully inclusive. There are no tryouts to participate in athletics, and no students are denied the chance to play on an appropriate team at the Middle School, Junior Varsity, or Varsity level. Our coaches, most of whom are members of the teaching faculty, strive to provide the same teaching excellence and commitment to values on the playing fields that one finds in our classrooms. This is a school where the term student-athlete has genuine meaning.
This does not mean, however, that our teams are not competitive. In fact, the level of success our teams have achieved is nothing short of phenomenal for a small, academically outstanding school. For twenty-five years, Mariner teams competed with well-known prep schools such as Moses Brown, Wheeler School and Lincoln School in the Providence-based Southeastern New England Independent School Athletic Association, winning numerous league championships and five New England prep school championships. In 2014, we became one of only a handful of independent schools in Massachusetts to join the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, which is the umbrella organization for public school athletics in the state. This coincided with our joining the Cape and Islands League with all of our varsity athletic teams. In our first year of competition, Falmouth Academy teams captured two league championships, and sent three teams into the MIAA state championship tournament. Three different Mariner athletes were named Most Valuable Player for the Cape and Islands League for Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse respectively, and two FA coaches received Coach of the Year honors on the Cape. We are surely proud of these achievements, but even more proud of attaining them the right way; FA teams have been recognized for outstanding sportsmanship by local sports officials’ associations five times, most recently for Boys’ Soccer in 2015.
Falmouth Academy is also unique in our approach to athletic offerings. We focus on a single sport per season: soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring. With well over half the school engaged in the same sport in a given season, conversations among younger and older students, girls and boys, faculty and staff can focus on yesterday’s winning goal or tomorrow’s tournament game, and serve as another shared experience to bind our tight-knit community together.