Recreational Activities

All recreational activities are coed and meet twice a week.

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

We travel to Mount Snow (about a 40­ minute drive) on Wednesdays and Sundays.This activity is open to individ­uals of all skill levels. Mount Snow main­tains over 100 trails and has excellent snow making. Rentals and lessons are available and there is also a half-pipe for snowboarders. A minimum number of lessons is required to ensure that partici­pants can negotiate the mountain safely. The fee for the coming winter is $ 450 for the lift passes and $ 190 for equipment rental and $ 25 for helmet rental. Financial Aid will be readily available for those that qualify. Contact Daniel.

Badminton

The Badminton activity started at the initiative of an enthusiastic and proficient group of students from China, where this sport is very popular. It is a recreational activity where basic badminton skills are taught through a few drills and a lot of fun practice and games.

Dance - Ballet

Jessica Batten

Ballet I & Ballet II
In a supportive environment, technique classes focus on physical aspects such as core strength, flexibility, placement and alignment, articulation and coordination. Musicality is stressed as an integral part of combining Ballet's physical demands and artistic requirements. Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability.

Dance - Ballet

In a supportive environment, technique classes focus on physical aspects such as core strength, flexibility, placement and alignment, articulation and coordination. Musicality is stressed as an integral part of combining Ballet's physical demands and artistic requirements. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Pointe, variations, and partnering may be offered, as appropriate.

Basketball Skills

We will hone basketball skills such as shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and boxing out, as well as learning offensive plays and defensive positioning. Along the way, we will also improve our conditioning. Players of all levels are welcome, including those who have never played organized basketball before!

Basketball Skills

We will hone basketball skills such as shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and boxing out, as well as learning offensive plays and defensive positioning. Along the way, we will also improve our conditioning. Players of all levels are welcome, including those who have never played organized basketball before!

Snowshoeing

Snowshoers enjoy scenic tours through the snowy woods, taking advantage of the school’s rural campus and miles of trails. If the snow is limited, the group of 10 or 15 students will go hiking instead. The school supplies snowshoes and students learn how to use them and main­tain them. Participants learn to appreciate the pace of snowshoe travel, the beauty of the winter landscape, and the ability to travel through areas normally inaccessible the rest of the year, such as wetlands.

Chumash and Lacross Skills

Chumash is a 3 on 3 lacrosse-like sport named after the First People of what is now southwest California. Students will participate in Lacrosse skills drills in this CO-ED activity. Students will also learn other games to hone their lacrosse skills-- stick handling, shooting accuracy, quick moving passes, and strategic defense. Each week will focus on a different core area and will include several different variations of the game.

Circus Arts

Welcome to circus! Try out the flipping, flexing, friend-building fun that is circus arts. This class has it all, giving students a chance to learn skills on a variety of circus equipment all while building strength, flexibility, coordination, and confidence. The activity will take place in the studios of NECCA - the New England Company for Circus Arts. We'll focus on aerial fabric, with additional time on trapeze, partner acrobatics, juggling, trampoline, german wheel, and hand balancing. All body types and skill levels are welcome - you don't have to be strong or flexible or confident with heights to try it out as there are skills and activities for everyone.

Climbing

Michelle Dedishew, Abby Verney-Fink

This activity meets for a 3 hour period and will both go outdoors to explore a wide range of rock types demanding a variety of climbing styles as well as make extensive use of the climbing wall in the Field House. At the wall, we’ll focus on building strength, endurance, and technique, making our climbing outdoors more productive and also helping to reduce the risk of injury. Students in the climbing program will help develop routes and problems on the climbing wall, learn about safety systems on the wall and outside on natural rock, and gain new skill and confidence at all levels of ability.

Creating Outdoor Spaces

We will work on creating and maintaining outdoor classrooms and meeting spaces. This might include (but is not limited to) surveying community wants and needs, weed whacking, weeding gardens, clearing trails or walkways, lighting and sound solutions, painting and installing signs, making a map of all the outdoor classrooms, and building simple stools and tables. There is room for creativity!

Expeditionary Endeavors

This course is designed to push students physically and mentally. Through a series of outdoor activities we will learn our limits and push our boundaries. There will not be room in this course for “I can’t”. We will find our selves through facing challenges together.

Renaissance-Style Fencing

Renaissance-style fencing is a historical martial art that aims to re-create the techniques of dueling taught by the masters of the 16th century with the addition of modern safety equipment. In practice, it looks like a cross between modern fencing and the stage combat techniques used in popular movies. We will start with basic positions and foot­work, learn how to use the blade in attack and defense and, finally, practice actual duels against one another.

AM Fitness Conditioning

Sarah Nelson & TBD

Get your heart rate up before morning classes! Research indicates this improves focus, mood, and overall energy levels for the day. Morning exercise with a focus on cardio and varied intense workouts, both indoors and outdoors. Highly recommended for students who experience difficulty staying engaged in morning classes. The Fitness and Conditioning activity, a.k.a. Gymrats, "afternoon" runs from 7-7:30AM M-F and will meet this spring on the large gym floor to allow for social distancing. It counts for a full afternoon credit.

Hiking

Libby Holmes, Marie Derouault - Mon / Thurs
Sue Brearey, Zoe Parker - Tue / Fri

Hiking invigorates the body, calms the mind and stimulates the senses. Most of our walks will be on trails through the woods and fields in the vicinity of the school. Come prepared to walk with comfortable walking shoes, sneakers or boots, a water bottle, jacket and hat (optional). We will walk in all weather. Walks will be designed to bring us back to campus by the end of the activity period.

Horseback Riding

Cara Stickney

Riding at Putney can be custom fit to each individual rider’s needs. The focus is on the basics of dressage and stadium jumping and cross country jumping, along with miles of trails to explore. The stable is filled with wonderful school horses of various breeds and levels of training. From riding a school master to working with a green horse, students have many opportunities for development. The riding program focuses not only on riding but horsemanship and animal husbandry. Students learn to care for, tack up and evaluate their horses for confirmation, soundness and general behavior. They get to see the veterinarians and farriers care for the horses. There is the opportunity for leasing if a student develops a special relationship with a school horse. Students may also choose to bring their own horse as room in the stable allows. There is an extra riding fee for this program and need-based scholarship money is available. It is open to riders of all levels from beginner through advanced. Students need to have their own helmets, riding boots and safety vest. Helmets must be less than five years old and never had a fall.

Dance - Modern Jazz

One day a week, dancing to live percussion, we focus on Modern Dance, combining elements of the Horton, Graham, and Limón Techniques, influenced by other diverse styles. On the other day, following a vigorous workout focusing on full-body strength, flexibility, and technique, students explore contemporary styles of jazz and improvisation with an emphasis on rhythm, energy, and fun! Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Partnering and advanced performance techniques may be offered, as appropriate.

Dance - Modern Jazz

One day a week, dancing to live percussion, we focus on Modern Dance, combining elements of the Horton, Graham, and Limón Techniques, influenced by other diverse styles. On the other day, following a vigorous workout focusing on full-body strength, flexibility, and technique, students explore contemporary styles of jazz and improvisation with an emphasis on rhythm, energy, and fun! Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Partnering and advanced performance techniques may be offered, as appropriate.

Lacrosse - Recreational

Noah Hoskins

Open Rec Lacrosse will build skills in the game of High Schools Girls Lacrosse. It is a two day activity focusing on conditioning, skill building and scrimmages using the rules and equipment of High School Girls Lacrosse.
This activity is open to all genders.

Dance - Modern Jazz

One day a week, dancing to live percussion, we focus on Modern Dance, combining elements of the Horton, Graham, and Limón Techniques, influenced by other diverse styles. On the other day, following a vigorous workout focusing on full-body strength, flexibility, and technique, students explore contemporary styles of jazz and improvisation with an emphasis on rhythm, energy, and fun! Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Partnering and advanced performance techniques may be offered, as appropriate.

Dance - Modern Jazz

Jessica Batten

Modern Jazz I & Modern Jazz II
One day a week, dancing to live percussion, we focus on Modern Dance, combining elements of the Horton, Graham, and Limón Techniques, influenced by other diverse styles. On the other day, following a vigorous workout focusing on full-body strength, flexibility, and technique, students explore contemporary styles of jazz and improvisation with an emphasis on rhythm, energy, and fun! Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Partnering and advanced performance techniques may be offered, as appropriate.

Dance - Modern Jazz

One day a week, dancing to live percussion, we focus on Modern Dance, combining elements of the Horton, Graham, and Limón Techniques, influenced by other diverse styles. On the other day, following a vigorous workout focusing on full-body strength, flexibility, and technique, students explore contemporary styles of jazz and improvisation with an emphasis on rhythm, energy, and fun! Level I: All are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Level II: For dancers with previous experience, offering the opportunity to further expand movement vocabulary, strength, and ability. Partnering and advanced performance techniques may be offered, as appropriate.

Mountain Biking

Kristin Dawley, Matt Dall

The group rides on school trails and local dirt roads.There is one long ride each week, and one shorter ride that focuses on technique and other specific skills. Each student is encouraged to ride at other times of the week to best develop their skills and fitness. Occasionally, when the weather is inclement, we’ll take time to clean and perform routine maintenance on our bikes. Students need to bring their own bike helmet.

Recreational Basketball

Pond Hockey

In a fun and invigorating activity, skaters of all levels will learn the basics of the classic, wide-open sport of Pond Hockey. The emphasis is on having fun, learning teamwork, improving skating and stick handling and most importantly getting outside on the ice for some winter exercise. The school provides helmets and sticks, students use their own skates. When not on ice we will be either hiking or playing floor hockey indoors.

Recreational Rowing

Kristin Dawley

The spring rowing program is a two-day activity. Participants start the season with dry land training focusing on using the indoor rowing machines as well as developing basic fitness. Once river rowing conditions allow, we transition to practices on the Connecticut River where the focus is on sculling and students have the opportunity to row in a single, double, or quadruple sculls. Students maintain our fleet of boats, the boathouse, and installing our docks.

Running and Fitness

Lynn Brennan - Mon / Thurs
Nathan Zweig - Tue / Fri

Students will combine running on our beautiful trail system and local roads with stretching and strengthening exercises. The combination is guaranteed to leave you feeling fit and healthy. And it’s a great way to work up an appetite for dinner.

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. Limited equipment is available to novice and recreational skiers. The school provides waxing facilities and waxes for racing and training. Opportunities beyond inter­scholastic racing are available for serious competitive skiers. There will be a user fee charged for the use of Putney School nordic ski equipment in early January. Members in the recreational xc ski activities will be charged a non-refundable $50 user fee to cover the cost of wear and tear of ski equipment. This includes use of skis, boots and poles.

Financial aid is available for students who qualify.

Self Defense

The Martial Arts/Self Defense Afternoon Activity will be a collaboration of styles and mindsets designed to unify participants as a team, while encouraging independent strength and growth. We will focus on training both students’ physical and mental selves to become confident in their bodies and self defense capabilities. Self reliance is our goal.

Ski/Snowboard Campus Terrain Pk

This year's alpine program is, like many other things in 2020/2021, a little different. This winter we will meet on Wednesday afternoons for an on-campus skiing and riding activity. Our primary focus will be on designing, building, and using a terrain park to be located somewhere on campus. On days when the weather does not permit skiing/riding, students will work on design and fabrication of features for the park. This activity in not appropriate for beginner skiers and riders; you should be able to link a series of turns and stop reliably in order to participate. We may be able to arrange rental equipment for participants, depending on what is available from our local rental shop. There will be an additional charge for rentals; financial aid available if needed.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoers enjoy scenic tours through the snowy woods, taking advantage of the school’s rural campus and miles of trails. If the snow is limited, the group of 10 or 15 students will go hiking instead. The school supplies snowshoes and students learn how to use them and main­tain them. Participants learn to appreciate the pace of snowshoe travel, the beauty of the winter landscape, and the ability to travel through areas normally inaccessible the rest of the year, such as wetlands.

Soccer - Recreational

Andrew Ferry, Patrick O'Connor

Open Rec Soccer is a two day activity open to all levels focusing on skill building and scrimmages. This activity is open to all genders.

Conditioning

In Sports Conditioning, we spend the trimester working to develop a comprehensive individual level of fitness for each student. We gear our workouts towards increased strength and flexibility and utilize an approach which features personal goals, safe stretching techniques, and functional training to prepare students for an active spring!

Tai Chi

Cai Silver

This class offers students an opportunity to explore a variety of Chinese martial arts and culture. Practices integrate body and mind in relation to nature, to animals, and to the universe. The class environment cultivates the spirit of self discipline and respect of self and others, exercising inner strength and endurance. Students will study the principle of yin and yang balance that is embedded in the movement: slow and fast, soft and determined, inner energy and outer energy. Forms are introduced through animal poses, sword practice, and calligraphy. The class traces the tradition, history, and philosophy of kung fu by viewing historical footage along with learning Chinese language.

Recreational Ultimate Frisbee

Emily Dixon, Michael Vercillo

Discover your inner athlete with Recreational Ultimate! Our primary mission will be to run around and play with the amazing flying disc. As we learn the game of Ultimate, we will focus primarily on developing throwing and catching skills, as well as some fundamental strategies that are universal to the game. In the Spirit of the Game, the more the merrier! (For all skill levels, recreational Ultimate is a 2 day activity.) This activity is open to all genders.

Volleyball

Gaby Salazar

We will meet two afternoons a week and will work to successfully volley with and against each other. The main components of the game: passing, setting, hitting, digging, and serving, will be the central work of our time together. This activity is all-gender, and welcome to beginners as well as volleyball players of all skill levels. The goal is to learn the game and have fun!

Weights and Fitness

Students participate in a variety of resist­ance activities.The weight room offers free weights, aerobic exercise machines (rowing, running) and strength-training machines.Abilities range from athletes who are training for other sports to people who just want to get in shape. Individualized programs are designed to meet all fitness needs.

Wilderness Skills

Learn the necessary skills and self confidence to operate in the wilderness with minimal equipment. We will learn shelter construction, how to build and maintain a safe campfire, back country cooking, and identification of edible plants. The activity will culminate with a camping trip and the opportunity to stay in a debris shelter overnight. We will be outside every day, rain or shine, and will alter our tasks based on the weather and season, including fire building in the rain.

Yoga

Mikaela Marmion

Students will learn basic Hatha yoga pos­tures in the Kripalu and Ashtanga traditions. Each class will begin with a flowing series of strengthening and balancing postures, followed by slow stretching and a long relaxation period. We will also learn partner postures. With good weather we will meet outdoors and otherwise in the Calder Hall to allow for appropriate social distancing.

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