Brimmer and May athletes practice hard, play competitively, and show spirit. The excitement and camaraderie our teams generate on campus can be felt every season. Through athletics, students learn the important lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, and discipline. They come to understand the meaning of both leadership and cooperation. Because of the belief that athletics is integral to a Brimmer and May education, it is a central piece of the curriculum and of school life. A comprehensive physical education program in the Lower School prepares students for participation in competitive team sports in the Middle and Upper Schools.
|Lower School - Grades Pre-K - 5|
The physical education program stresses the enjoyment of exercise in a supportive atmosphere. In the early grades, the P.E. faculty focuses on developing basic motor skills through a variety of activities that stress movement, manipulative abilities, and age-appropriate games. Students discover their athletic interests in a non-competitive environment that provides for safety and success. Physical education classes meet twice a week in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. In grades 1 through 5, classes meet three times a week. Starting in grade 3, the intramural program introduces students to different team sports, including basketball, lacrosse, football, field hockey, and track and field. A graduated approach allows students to progress to a more sophisticated level of play and to build athletic skills as they become more mature physically and emotionally.
The Lower School program seeks to prepare students with the skills needed for a wide range of sports and to instill a lifelong love of exercise. Brimmer and May students are encouraged to see physical fitness and the practice of a healthy lifestyle as a goal now and in the future.
|Middle School - Grades 6-8|
Middle School students participate in team sports and prepare for the more advanced competition levels of the Junior Varsity and Varsity interscholastic program in the Upper School. In these important years, students have the opportunity to try a wide range of sports and to solidify their athletic skills. Students in grade 6 have the option of taking physical education or participating in an interscholastic team sport in the fall, winter, or spring. Middle School students in grade 7 and 8 are required to participate in interscholastic team sports two seasons a year. If they choose not to play a third season, they can participate in physical education.
Through participation in athletics, all students have the chance to experience what it means to work with their teammates toward a common goal. Regular practice sessions build fitness and stamina. The athletics program instills leadership skills and confidence. It is also a source of school pride and spirit shared by students, faculty, and parents alike.
|Upper School - Grades 9-12|
In the Upper School, Brimmer and May fields teams in nine different sports. A strong program and competitive teams give all students the opportunity to excel in their chosen sports while also allowing them to try ones they may not have played previously. Brimmer and May offers thirds, junior varsity, and varsity teams in most sports. This allows every student to participate and insures that students get playing time. Coaches work closely with students to see that they learn the skills they need to progress to the next level. Brimmer and May also employs two professional trainers to assist athletes at all levels.
Upper School students are required to participate in sports two seasons a year, or a sport for one season and alternative activities for two seasons. Often students elect to compete in athletics all three seasons. Intramural activities, including recreational tennis, recreational golf, downhill skiing, fitness, and dance are offered each year.
Brimmer and May has a proud record of fielding winning teams that go on to compete in league and regional championships. Our teams compete in the Massachusetts’ Bay Independent League (MBIL), the Independent Girls’ Conference (IGC), and the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC), in addition to invitational matches. In recent years, the boys’ varsity basketball, baseball, and soccer teams and the girls’ varsity basketball and soccer teams have gone on to compete in tournament play. The girls’ varsity softball team has also posted outstanding records.
|Brimmer and May fields teams in the following sports: |
Field Hockey, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Curling, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis
Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Curling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Tennis
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Brimmer and May Athletics
Athletics Director, Coach
Jeff has been the Athletic Director at Brimmer and May since 1993. He also teaches Physical Education, and he coaches baseball. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Miami, where he was also named All-Campus Intramural Tennis Champion. Jeff has been in education field for 30 years, including participating in the Northfield Counseling Institute at the Northfield Mount Herman School and being the Assistant Director of a boys’ camp in Maine for over twenty years. He likes working at Brimmer and May because the teachers take a sincere interest in all the students and appreciate everyone’s differences and learning styles.
Assistant Athletic Director, PE Teacher, Coach
Abbey became Brimmer and May’s Assistant Athletic Director in 2011. Her roles include teaching Lower School physical education and Upper School adolescent issues, coaching soccer and lacrosse, and working in the athletic department. Abbey graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2005 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. During her time at UConn, she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team and earned All-BIG EAST and IWLCA recognitions for her play on the field. Following her career as an undergraduate, Abbey earned a master’s in Sports Management and Sociology from the University of Connecticut School of Education while serving as the Assistant Coach for the women’s lacrosse team. She served as an Athletic and Residential Intern and as Athletic Director at Miss Hall’s School. Abbey enjoys working at Brimmer and May because of the dedicated and diverse faculty, staff, and students.
|In addition to the playing field on campus, Brimmer and May teams use the Orr playing field and field house owned by the school (on Dedham Street). The full-size gymnasium and fully equipped fitness center serve teams and physical education classes on campus. Teams also make use of facilities off campus for practice and interscholastic competition.|