Rivendell Academy offers middle school and high school students the opportunity to participate in competitive athletics which include basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, soccer and softball. Students also have the opportunity to participate in football at Oxbow High School (Bradford, VT); hockey at Hartford High School (Hartford, VT); and Track & Field at Thetford Academy (Thetford, VT).
Competitive athletics play an integral part in the educational process at Rivendell Academy. A player's drive, determination, confidence, mental approach, and emotional control are tested daily. The educational value of athletics is embedded in how an athlete copes with these challenges. Coaches stress commitment, dedication, responsibility, and the importance of displaying a solid work ethic and work closely with the players as they face these obstacles. With good leadership, athletes will learn self-discipline, self-motivation and display good sportsmanship regardless of the outcome of an event. They learn to plan, prepare, perform, evaluate, and try again. Our teams play to win, but winning is only a by-product the aforementioned values.
By design, athletic participation is a blend of successes and failures, setbacks and triumphs. Parents can have an impact in how their child(ren) responds to individual and team experiences and results. Parents who encourage their child(ren) to communicate with their coach to seek clarification, understanding, and counsel are contributing to their normal growth, development and maturity.
It is important that one understands with success comes failure. One must prepare for success by investing the necessary time and energy into preparing for the activity. At Rivendell Academy, we encourage you to set high goals and commit yourself to their attainment. Work long and hard, compete intensely, and treat opposing teams with respect. It is not if you win or lose. but rather how you win and lose that determines a teams' character and moral fiber.