Competitive Athletics

Our teams are open to everyone and we promote an inclusive environment.

Competitive sports meet five times a week and compete against other schools in the River Valley Athletic League (RVAL) and the Lakes Region League. No tryouts, no cuts. Everyone is welcome.


Over the past few years, the boys and girls basketball teams have grown in numbers, skills, and enthusiasm. Both teams have packed schedules with games multiple nights each week. The teams emphasize participation, good-spirited play, and aerobic activity.

Cross-Country Running 

The cross-country team emphasizes overall fitness and an appreciation of the beauty of fall in Vermont. Practices are mostly on dirt roads and trails, which the team helps maintain. All participants are expected to commit to high levels of individual effort as well as support of teammates. Workouts are tailored to the fitness and ability of each runner. The runners compete weekly in the Lakes Region League throughout the fall.

Cross-Country Skiing 

Putney offers both a recreational and competitive cross-country ski program on its 40 kilometers of groomed trails. Skiers of all levels have the opportunity to learn skills and technique. Skiers are expected to provide their own equipment, learn how to take care of it, and how to wax skis. The school provides waxing facilities and waxes for racing and training. Opportunities beyond inter­scholastic racing are available for serious competitive skiers.


Anyone who is willing to work hard can be on the lacrosse teams. The first weeks are usually spent getting into shape after a long winter and reviewing the basics of throwing, catching, and cradling. Each member of the team is guaranteed playing time in interscholastic contests and the group works hard to build a team ethic.


The fall rowing program provides an opportunity for novices to learn how to row, and for experienced rowers to continue to develop their strength and technique in a boat. Putney’s rowing program focuses on sculling, and students have the opportunity to row in a single, double, or quadruple scull boat. Emphasis is placed on participation and cooperation rather than competition for a seat in the boat. Advanced rowers are encouraged to compete in fall races such as Putney’s own Green Mountain Head. Throughout the year, students maintain our fleet of boats and the boathouse, install and remove the docks, and assist with hosting our local race.


The soccer teams welcome players of all abilities and emphasis is on learning the game. All who sign up may play. Coaches seek to instill the values of participation, fun, sportsmanship, and competition against a background of fundamental athletic training and skills development. The teams train four or five days a week and play a full schedule of home and away games against other schools. Although extensive soccer experience is not a requirement, all players must be committed to improve their skills and fitness, to become part of a spirited team, to compete in games, and to show up to practice regularly, on time, and focused.