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Waterford High School

Lancer Pride!

Dear Parent and Student-Athlete,

Welcome to Waterford High School Athletics.

A comprehensive and balanced inter-scholastic athletic program is an integral part of the total educational process. While the high school athletic program serves as an arena for the student-athlete to display his/her talents, student athletes must in turn, be willing to accept the responsibility to self, to team, and to school. The value of athletics as an educational tool provides opportunities for mastery of established learning outcomes and exciting skills. The student-athlete will demonstrate self-discipline, emotional control and the ideals of good sportsmanship. The student-athlete will be given opportunities and experience to develop healthy self-esteem. The student-athlete will demonstrate ethical qualities and be capable of taking his/her place in society. These are the goals of the athletic department.
Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege, not a right.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Wendy Morris at 860.437.6956 x7420.

Chris Landry, Director of Athletics and Student Activities



A field hockey informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 5, at 3pm and last no later than 4:30pm. Please meet outside the locker room.

Mandatory tryouts for field hockey will take place on August 29 - 31. Time and location to be determined. Coach Quiles will be welcoming all returning players as well as any new freshmen or upperclassmen interested in trying out the best sport on earth!  


New players should email Coach Quiles in order to receive important information and to ask any questions. Summer conditioning practices may begin by the end of June or early July.  Players should dress appropriately for the weather and should bring all necessary equipment including cleats and sneakers, mouth guard, shin guards, eye protection approved for field hockey, a field hockey stick, and their own personal water supply.  Important! Players must sign up on Family ID as soon as possible! Physicals must be current and on file with the school nurse one week prior to tryouts. Coach Quiles may be reached during the summer at


Tryouts will take place on Thursday, 8/29 and Friday, 8/30 after school with times TBD.  Freshmen will need to report to the team locker room at a time TBD before the first tryout.  Players will have to do a mile run to assess fitness level on either day 1 or day 2 of tryouts.  There will be a morning and late afternoon session on Saturday, August 31 with times to be determined.  Players should bring shin guards, running shoes and cleats. The goal is under 7 minutes 30 seconds. Coach Ghiglia may be reached during the summer at, or at (860) 235-0041.  Updates and info may also be found using the Twitter feed @lancersgsoc.


Tryouts will take place on 8/29, 8/30 and 8/31 with times and location TBD. Make sure you bring cleats, running shoes and indoor soccer shoes (if you have them). Shin guards are required for contact drills.

Make sure you are diligent in your summer preparations. Work on your individual skills and conditioning. There will be a timed two mile run on 8/29 to assess fitness levels - the expectation is that everyone finishes in under 15 minutes. We have a lot to cover and not a lot of time before match play.

Coach Bessette can be reached this summer at


Dates and times of tryouts and summer team events were announced at the team meeting.  Over the summer, coaches will hold 60-minute conditioning sessions starting on Saturday, July 14th at Waterford High School.  Sessions start promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Tryouts officially start on Thursday August 29rd, and will last three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).  Athletes should attend all tryout days. Freshmen tryouts run from 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday, freshmen will start at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and sophomore, junior, and seniors tryouts will be 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday, they will be 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Please bring sneakers, workout attire and water. Questions may be directed to Coach Maynard at or at 860-501-2800.


Coach Arnold will welcome all candidates for the Girls’ Swimming and Diving team on Thursday, August 29, 2019. This will be on the 2nd day of school. We will start our practice with athlete check-in and then head to the pool. We will then begin our pool training (please have a one-piece bathing suit, cap, goggles and water/sport drink). Practice will be in the pool until 5pm. We will practice on Friday, August 30 from 2:20-5pm. There will also be practice on Saturday, August 31 in the morning (time TBD). Our practice schedule will be 2:20 p.m.-5:00 p.m. throughout the season once school starts and on Saturday mornings. Our dual meet competitions are generally on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will also be doing team conditioning during the summer. These will be starting on June 21st at the WHS pool. Times will be announced soon. Generally they are in the late afternoon to early evening hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Arnold by email at IMPORTANT--All parents and team members are encouraged to sign up for team text messages. We use a service called Remind. It does not allow me to see your numbers. I will only see your name. This has proved to be a valuable communication tool. Please text the number 81010 and in the message box type @waterfo and follow the directions in the return text.


Coach Strecker has announced that all candidates for Football, including freshmen, will be involved in a week of conditioning beginning on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the football locker room.  Conditioning will be held from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for the remainder of the week.  All candidates should bring both sneakers and cleats for conditioning.  The first full pad practice of the season will begin on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  Coach Strecker may be reached at or at (860) 884-6212.


Coach Gamble will welcome all candidates for Boys and Girls Cross-Country on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. just outside the doors to the pool.  Practice will end at 10:30 a.m. Candidates should come prepared for conditioning at that time with a wristwatch, running shoes, shorts and t-shirts, as well as personal water supplies.  Friday’s practice, August 23rd, will be from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., as well.  Practice on Monday, August 26th and Tuesday, August 27th will begin at 3:30 and end at 4:45.  School starts on Wednesday, August 28th.  On school days, practice will begin at 2:45.  Please email Coach Gamble if you intend on joining cross country in the fall.  This will enable him to send important information prior to the season. General practice times will be from 2:45 p.m. to approximately 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Competitions take place on Tuesdays and some Saturdays. Coach Gamble may be reached at or at (860) 442-0804.


Coach Kirsten and Coach Kennedy ask that all WHS students interested in Cheerleading during Football season contact Coach Kirsten, as soon as possible, to obtain information about tryouts and cheer camp (camp is held in July - please contact Coach Kirsten ASAP if interested).  Tryouts will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, Friday, Aug. 23 and Monday Aug. 26 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with a parent meeting on Monday, August 26th at 5:30p.m. to discuss the upcoming season. Practices will begin Tuesday, September 3rd. Regular season practices will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., with games on Friday nights.  If you cannot attend the pre-season meetings, or if you have any questions, please contact Coach Kirsten at or at 860-748-0809. 

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