Pre-Season Requirements for Participation in Athletics
In order to play team sports, each athlete must do two things before the first tryout date:
- Take the ImPACT* to get a baseline reading, which will be kept on file.
- Submit all medical forms to School Nurse Kathy Cunningham (email@example.com).
ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment & Cognitive Test)
All student athletes must take the computerized ImPACT before the first tryout date or they cannot compete.
The test can be taken on a home computer. It usually takes about 20 minutes to complete, and the results are submitted to Thayer electronically. This is a simple cognitive assessment that effectively helps Thayer's athletic trainers to...
- Objectively measure the existence and severity of a concussion (if an athlete should sustain a head injury of any kind)
- Determine when a student-athlete can safely return to play
Before beginning the ImPACT, you should...
- Have access to a computer with an external mouse. You have to use a desktop computer, not a laptop because TouchPad and TrackPoint mice don't work for this test.
- Close out of all applications except ImPACT and your Internet browser.
- Turn off the pop-up blocker in your Internet browser - the test will not launch if the pop-up blocker is on. (Also make sure to turn the pop-up blocker back on when you are finished.)
- Settle into an environment free of noise and other distractions. You will need to concentrate and exercise your memory. So...
- No Talking
- No cell phones
- No sound on the computer
Note: Students should be supervised by a parent when taking the test.
Steps to begin the test
- Launch the baseline test at https://www.impacttestonline.com/htmllauncher/
- Insert the Customer ID Code: E44CVM3UES (case sensitive).
- Choose the language to take the test in (English).
- From the PULL down menu select Thayer Academy.
- Note: # of years completed in school = your year in September minus 1. (So if you're entering 9th grade in September the number of years you've completed is 8.)
If you have questions about the ImPACT, please contact Head Athletic Trainer Ellen Malloy (firstname.lastname@example.org / 781.664.2273).
Off-Campus Practice Locations
Boch Ice Center
1105 East Street
Dedham, MA 02026
5 Carver Circle
Canton, MA 02021
Blue Hill Ski Area
4001 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
Blue Hills Regional Technical High School
800 Randolph Street
Canton, MA 02021
Homecoming is Thayer's most spirited and highly anticipated annual on-campus tradition that displays Thayer's fall sports teams from the Upper School. It is a day for all Thayer Academy families, alumni, and faculty to come together and celebrate. In addition to the athletic events, activities planned by Thayer's parents will include carnival games, a petting zoo, face painting and a bake sale. Thayer merchandise exclusively ordered for Homecoming will also be on sale. Parents can volunteer in many different ways to prepare for Homecoming and can volunteer to help on the day of the event.
Upper School Pre-Season Practice & Tryout Schedule
Friday, August 31
All Football 9:00-11:00 & 2:00-4:00 Main Campus/ Football Field
Varsity Field Hockey (tryouts) 9:00-11:00 & 2:00-4:00 Main Turf #2
Varsity Boys’ Soccer (tryouts) 9:00-11:00 & 2:00-4:00 Main Campus Grass
Varsity Girls’ Soccer (tryouts) 9:00-11:00 & 2:00-4:00 Main Turf #1
Boys Cross-country 3:00-5:00 Main Campus
Girls Cross-country 2:00-4:00 Main Campus
Varsity Volleyball (tryouts) 9:00-11:00 & 2:00-4:00 Memorial Gym
September 1-3 NO SPORTS
Tuesday, September 4
All Football 3:00-5:00 Main Campus/ Football Field
Varsity/ JV Field Hockey (tryouts) 3:00-5:00 Main Turf #2
Varsity Boys’ Soccer (tryouts) 3:00-5:00 Main Grass
Varsity Girls’ Soccer (tryouts) 3:00-5:00 Main Turf #1
All Cross-country 3:00-5:00 Main Campus
Varsity Volleyball (tryouts) 3:00-5:00 Memorial Gym
Wednesday, September 5
All Football 4:15-6:15 Main Campus/ Football Field
Varsity/ JV Field Hockey (tryouts) 4:15-6:15 Main Turf #1
Boys’ Varsity Soccer (scrimmage 4:15 v. BCD Main Campus Grass
JV Boys’ Soccer (tryouts) 4:15-6:15 Main Campus Grass
Varsity/ JV Girls’ Soccer (tryouts) 4:15-6:15 Main Turf #2
All Cross-country 4:15-6:15 Main Campus
Varsity/ JV Volleyball (tryouts) 4:15-6:15 Memorial/ Alumni Gym
Crew- instructional (dryland training) 4:15-6:15 Tiger Den
Tennis- instructional 4:15-5:15 Tennis Courts
Thursday, September 6
*1st day of Middle School Sports 2:30- 3:45 Main Campus Fields
All Football 3:45-5:45 Main Campus/ Football Field
Varsity/ JV Field Hockey (tryouts) 3:45-5:45 Main Turf #1
Varsity/ JV Boys’ Soccer (tryouts) 3:45-5:45 Main Campus Grass
Varsity/ JV Girls’ Soccer (tryouts) 3:45-5:45 Main Turf #2
All Cross-country 3:30-5:00 Main Campus
Varsity/ JV Volleyball (tryouts) 3:45-5:45 Memorial/ Alumni Gym
Crew- instructional (dryland training) 3:30-5:00 Tiger Den
Tennis- instructional 3:30-4:30 Tennis Courts
Friday, September 7
All Football 3:30-5:30 Main Campus/ Football Varsity/ JV Field Hockey (tryouts) 3:30-5:30 Main Turf #2
Varsity/ JV Boys’ Soccer (tryouts) 3:30-5:30 Main Campus Grass
Varsity/ JV Girls’ Soccer (tryouts) 3:30-5:30 Main Turf #1
All Cross-country 3:30-5:30 Main Campus
Varsity/ JV Volleyball (tryouts) 3:30-5:30 Memorial/ Alumni Gym
Crew- instructional (dryland training) 3:30-5:30 Tiger Den
Tennis- instructional 3:30-4:30 Tennis Courts
Saturday, September 8 (ACT Day)
All Football 1:00-4:00 Main Turf #2 & Football Field
Varsity Field Hockey (scrimmage) 2:30 @ Milton
Varsity Boys’ Soccer (scrimmage) 1:00 @ Cushing
Varsity Girls’ Soccer (scrimmage) OFF
Boys’ Cross-country 9scrimmage) 2:30 @ Nobles
Girls’ Cross-country 1:00-3:00 Main Campus
Varsity Volleyball 1:00-3:00 Memorial Gym
Sunday, September 9
Varsity Girls’ Soccer (showcase) 10:00 @ Lawrence
*Upper School Team Roster typical practice schedule will begin for all students Monday, September 10.
*Upper School After School Activities will begin for all students Monday, September 10.
Athletic Department Staff & Coaches Contact Information
You can also find all coaches' contact information on each team's page.
|Athletic Director||Rick Foresteire P '19, 'email@example.com||781.664.2247|
|Middle School Athletic Director||John Reidfirstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2289|
|Associate Athletic Director||Kristin Parnellemail@example.com||781.664.2246|
|Assistant Athletic Director||Brad Peterson 'firstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2327|
|Head Athletic Trainer||Ellen Malloyemail@example.com||781.664.2273|
|Athletic Trainer||Garett Butkussfirstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2244|
|Athletic Trainer||Anne Lallyemail@example.com||781.664.2250|
|Equipment Manager||AnnMarie Leonard P '03, 'firstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2234|
|Strength & Conditioning Coach||Sophie Browne 'email@example.com||781.664.2245|
|Fall Sports - Upper School Coaches / After School Activities|
|Football||Jeff Toussaint 'firstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2333|
|Field Hockey||Nate Coolidgeemail@example.com||781.664.2324|
|Boys' Soccer||Jim Felixfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Girls' Soccer||Nick Rugnetta '07||NickRugnetta@FCBoston.org|
|Boys' Cross Country||Joe Pelletieremail@example.com||781.664.2228|
|Girls' Cross Country||Jeff Browne P '04, 'firstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2237|
|Crew - Instructional||Emma Taylor 'email@example.com||781.664.2335|
|Tennis - Instructional||Betsy Bloomfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Strength & Conditioning||Sophie Browne 'email@example.com||781.664.2245|
|Winter Sports - Upper School Coaches|
|Boys' Hockey||Tony Amonte '89, P '16, '18, '19, 'firstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2505|
|Girls' Hockey||Brian Cibelliemail@example.com||781.664.2326|
|Boys' Basketball||Brandon Odom 'firstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2229|
|Girls' Basketball||William O'Dwyer 'email@example.com||781.664.2332|
|Co-Ed Skiing||Bryan Morrissey
|Co-Ed Wrestling||Bobby Lewisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Co-Ed Swimming||Samantha Tayloremail@example.com|
|Co-Ed Diving||Brooks Donnellyfirstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2287|
|Spring Sports - Upper School Coaches|
|Baseball||Rick Foresteire P '19, 'email@example.com||781.664.2247|
|Boys' Lacrosse||Ben Rubeorfirstname.lastname@example.org||781-664-1618|
|Girls' Lacrosse||Anni Zukauskas 'email@example.com||781.664.2295|
|Co-Ed Track & Field||Jeff Browne P '04, 'firstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2237|
|Co-Ed Crew||Emma Taylor 'email@example.com||781.664.2335|
|Girls' Tennis||Cathy Turpelfirstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2255|
|Boys' Tennis||Mike Davisemail@example.com||781.883.9044|
|Co-Ed Golf||Jamie Bourquefirstname.lastname@example.org||781.664.2285|
- What is a team parent?
- What are team dinners?
- What is an End-of-Season Team Banquet?
- Where can I find team rosters?
- Where can I find my child’s team schedule?
- How do I sign up for Athletic Alerts for my phone and computer?
- Does Thayer provide uniforms?
- How do I buy sports-specific athletic gear?
- Where can I buy Thayer merchandise?
- Does Thayer provide transportation to and from games?
- Does my child have a locker in the locker room?
- Does Thayer wash uniforms?
- Does Thayer provide snacks and drinks for the practices and games?
- How do I find information about spring trips?
- Does Thayer have an athletic trainer available if my child gets hurt or needs advice?
- What are the Athletics Policies and Requirements?
Historically at the varsity level, captains’ parents plan team events and organize a food/drink schedule. However, these events and schedules are welcome at all levels (JV and Thirds) so that these athletes can have the same bonding experiences. If a parent is interested in helping the team in this manner, please reach out to the coach. Click here to read about Team/Captain's Parent Guidelines.
Team dinners are a wonderful tradition at Thayer in which team members gather at a student’s house, a restaurant, or Thayer as a team bonding experience. Often organized at the varsity level, they are welcome at the sub-varsity level as well. If you are interested in hosting or simply coordinating a dinner, please reach out the team parent or coach. Events include potluck dinners, pizza or pasta parties, and team breakfasts before a game. Please feel free to reach out to all parents for their assistance or contributions.
Please note that team dinners are not TA sponsored events. Thayer does not organize these dinners or transport students back and forth.
These are banquets arranged by team parents to celebrate the season. They are held at local restaurants, students’ homes, or at Thayer. Most often organized at the varsity level, they are welcome at the sub-varsity level as well. If you are interested in helping with a banquet, please reach out to the team parent or coach. Please feel free to reach out to all parents for their assistance or contributions as these should not be a financial burden to team parents.
Please note that banquets are not TA sponsored events. Thayer does not organize these dinners or transport students back and forth.
Team schedules can be found on each individual Team Page. You can access all Team Pages via the Parents Section, under Athletics (thayer.org/parents/athlettics), or in the main Athletics section of thayer.org under “Teams, Schedules & Results” (thayer.org/athletics/teams-schedules-results).You can set up Athletics text alerts to receive a text whenever there’s a change in the schedule, and you can also subscribe to Team schedules to pull into the calendar app you use on your phone or computer.
Your child will be assigned a team uniform. If he/she would like sport-specific athletic attire in addition to this, they can find descriptions of what is available to purchase on their Team Page. You can access all Team Pages via the Parents Section, under Athletics (thayer.org/parents/athletics), or in the main Athletics section of thayer.org under “Teams, Schedules & Results” (thayer.org/athletics/teams-schedules-results).
Your child will be transported by Thayer to and from their sporting events. If you wish to drive your child or have them drive themselves, you must ask the AD and the coach for permission. You are allowed to drive your child home from a game or your child can leave with another student after informing the coach.
Sport-specific information regarding spring trips is found on each Team Page. You can access all Team Pages via the Parents Section, under Athletics (thayer.org/parents/athletics), or in the main Athletics section of thayer.org under “Teams, Schedules & Results” (thayer.org/athletics/teams-schedules-results).
Yes. The athletic training room is located on the ground level of the Sawyer Athletic Complex, adjacent to the Fish Center for Physical Fitness. There are three satellite Athletic Training Rooms, at the South Athletic Complex, at the Boch Ice Center, and at the Canton Sportsplex.