Competitive Athletics

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.


winter; boys and girls

With the addition of our Net-Zero/LEED Platinum Field House in 2009, the boys and girls basketball teams have grown in numbers, skills and enthusiasm. The teams emphasize participation, good spirited play, and aerobic activity.

Cross-Country Running

fall; coed

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 in the Lakes Region League weekly on Wednesdays throughout the fall.

Cross-Country Skiing

winter; coed

Students who participate in the nordic ski program as a 5-day sport have prior ski experience and embrace a greater level of commitment to conditioning, technique, and overall improvement in the sport. This includes learning to wax and care for their skis. In addition to skiing on the Putney course, the group has access to some of the many other kilometers of trails in the local area. This program is splint into two parts. The novice group is not yet ready to race, but will practice four days with the team and prepare for that next step. The race team will compete in a series of Wednesday races in the Lakes Region league. Skiers have use of school equipment which includes race quality classic and skate skis, boots and poles. There is a rental deposit and a user fee for equipment. Financial aid is possible. Though it is not required, participants are encouraged to purchase their own equipment, especially boots. There are highly experienced coaches that can guide the process of choosing the appropriate gear. Students must have their own proper outdoor winter clothes in order to ski. 


spring; boys and girls

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.


fall; coed

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, the boathouse, install and remove the docks, and assist with hosting our local race.


fall; boys and girls

The soccer teams welcome players of all abilities and emphasizes learning the game well. All who sign up may play. Coaches seek to instill the values of hard work, fitness, participation, fun, sportsmanship, and competition against a background of fundamental athletic training and skill development. The teams train four or five days a week and plays 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 improving 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.