Athletic Specials are awarded when the applicant has demonstrated outstanding ability [among the elite in New England] in a sport that we offer. In addition to being highly skilled, the candidate must submit a detailed and intensive plan that includes proper supervision and, minimally, a five-day a week commitment.
Some of the outside activities students have participated in have been dance, gymnastics, ice hockey, and horseback riding. These alternatives have been added, as Suffield tries to respond to many of the diverse interests of its students.
Each request will be evaluated by the Athletic Council. A person’s involvement with Suffield’s athletics program and his or her experience and grade level will be taken into consideration by the committee as part of the approval process. All requests must be submitted in writing, and the alternative program must be carefully described.
We do, however, offer some non-competitive alternatives, as well as an occasional exemption from our traditional athletic policy. Some students opt to participate in a community outreach program [working in soup kitchens, as tutors, etc.]. We also allow some students to participate in art, music, theatre, or academic projects supervised by faculty or an outside professional. In addition, we excuse a few students from our interscholastic program so they may participate in an external athletic option. These few students must have a prior history of involvement, accomplishment, and instruction in these external activities. Details of these different options are listed below.