Philosophy of Andover Athletics

The philosophy for the athletic program at Phillips Academy can be stated simply—opportunity and exercise for all. Ted Harrison, in his book Athletics for All, states that the Andover administration in 1858 believed that students would be better equipped to handle the rigors of the Andover curriculum with a dose of daily exercise. That requirement and rationale have remained consistent throughout the years. As expressed in the Academy’s Statement of Purpose, the athletic program is a legitimate and desirable part of the educational mission of the school. The program shares in the charge set by Andover’s 1778 Constitution to prepare youth to understand that “goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble; yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous.” This obligation challenges students in mind, body, and spirit to see beyond self and to go beyond what is familiar. The athletic program shares with the other elements of an Andover education to contribute to the development of the whole child. Transcending this is the hope that the regular and informed pursuit of a physically active life is accepted philosophically and incorporated into the life of every student.

At Andover, we embrace the notion that the team is more powerful than any individual—and that the most successful team is one that is grounded in commitment, family, and fun.

Lisa Joel Director of Athletics, Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach

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Coach Lisa Joel talks with her Soccer team.

About Andover Athletics

Phillips Academy’s athletic program provides a unique educational setting, offering an array of intramural, instructional, and lifetime exercise options in addition to a stellar interscholastic program. These offerings do not exist apart from the total experience but as an essential part of a holistic approach encompassing the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual elements of each student.

Andover offers 67 interscholastic teams in 21 different sports. Students can also participate in intramural options each season like soccer, basketball, and ultimate as well as wellness activities like dance and yoga. Upperclassmen may consider three flexible options: Flexible Fitness Options (FFO), Supervised Approved Sports Exemption (SASE), and Independent Exercise Option (IEO) for students to pursue individual academic, artistic, and/or personal interests.

Andover coaches build trust and teach compassion, accountability, and gratitude—life lessons we hope will serve our students well.

Coach Martha Fenton Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse; Cluster Dean of West Quad North

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Lacrosse, Field Hockey, and Football all play games in Phelps Stadium.

Fans Code of Conduct

Phillips Academy strives to encourage good sportsmanship throughout our athletic program, and this includes good fan behavior. We expect all spectators at our contests to be respectful of players, coaches, officials, and other spectators. Fans are encouraged to applaud the efforts of their team and should not engage in any behavior that is critical, distracting, or derogatory toward opponents or officials. We believe it is imperative to let the players, coaches, and officials play the game. Fans can be an "extra person" for their squad, supporting and cheering on their side, but our school will not permit any behavior that detracts from the proper conduct of the game or disadvantages a player or team.

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Fans pack Memorial Gym during Andover-Exeter Weekend.