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looking for boarding school with baseball and track

8minutemile8minutemile Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
Just started researching athletics offered at boarding schools. What schools should I start considering if our family wants strong academics but also offers opportunities to play baseball or run track. Open to any state but especially interested in California schools at the moment.

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  • sparkatzzsparkatzz Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    I think most New England boarding schools have both baseball and track in the spring, but I don't know about California. In terms of track, Loomis boys had an undefeated track season and the girls' track team is very strong too.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 334 Member
    While many New England schools offer baseball, remember that it is a very abbreviated season. If you go back and look a team listings for multiple years, you will see that some years schools get in as few as 8 games. California, Virginia and even mid-Atlantic schools have a longer season.
    Some of the New England schools go to Florida to get in preseason training and games. Proctor takes a service trip to the DR.
  • CateCAParentCateCAParent Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    Cate has both, and I am pretty sure Thacher does, too. The issue for baseball is that the schools are small and the league is small, too. Cate only has a varsity squad. If you’re looking for an elite level of play, that may disappoint. If you are looking for a fun team experience with kids and coaches who love the game, then Cate is a good fit. They made the playoffs, so they are competitive. If you’re looking to be a college recruit, though....
  • 8minutemile8minutemile Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    edited May 9
    Thanks @CateCAParent. I'll look into baseball at Cate. What you mentioned is exactly the type of experience we are looking for. So what does it mean if there is only a varsity squad? What about freshmen? Do they have to tryout to get on the squad?
  • 8minutemile8minutemile Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    edited May 9
    Thanks @sparkatzz and @vwlizard . Those are good points and one more thing to consider as we look at schools in different states.
  • CateCAParentCateCAParent Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    @8minutemile - Cate’s “varsity” baseball is no cut (last year there were a couple of girls on the team - apparently quite talented. Girl power!!!!). This year was an unusually large team. 25-ish. That meant there wasn’t much playing time for freshmen unless they had mad skills. So that’s a bummer. You can look at the Cate website for the game schedule- I think they had about 15-20 games. So I figure most of the time on the field is in practices, anyway. The upside is the younger students really get to know the older students.

    The head coach won the national Positive Coaching Alliance award last year. He coaches with his son, who iirc went to Cate himself back in the day. They also coach football. They are very much a huge part of the heart of Cate. The kids adore them. The head coach is a combo of old school - sets standards and expects you to meet them — and hilarious, and very warm. He cares about the kids on and off the field. Just what you want in a coach.

    You can pm me if you want more info on baseball or anything else about Cate. I couldn’t be happier with my son’s experience so far.
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,693 Senior Member
    What is your specialty in track? I don’t know much about Thacher’s baseball and track, but can ask around. College recruiters know Thacher as a great place for cross country runners. Several were recruited to top colleges.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 20,383 Senior Member
    Are track and baseball different seasons where you live? They are both Spring sports in many places, so he would have to choose one.
  • 8minutemile8minutemile Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Thanks @CaliMex & @doschicos. DS has been playing baseball for several years but is also a fast runner and interested in trying track, most likely sprint or perhaps mid-distance. He enjoys team sports for a variety of reasons and baseball has been great, but he's also looking for a new challenge too. Looking at schools that offer both so he can have options to choose from. Will look into Thacher--good to know they have baseball and cross country.
  • 417WHB417WHB Registered User Posts: 27 Junior Member
    Most schools have cross country in the fall, and some also offer indoor track in winter, and then regular track&field and baseball are in the spring. So he could easily run for two seasons and then decide for the spring whether to do baseball or track.
  • 8minutemile8minutemile Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    This is good to know @417WHB. His current school doesn't have track and he's currently doing fall and spring club baseball. One cool thing about looking at schools is finding out about all the options available out there at various boarding schools.
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,693 Senior Member
  • CateCAParentCateCAParent Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    Thacher and Cate were quite the baseball rivals this season. They split the games 2-1. I got to see one of the games. Super fun. Thacher and Cate make great frienemies. :)

    They were amazing for each other during the fires, and they do lots of good-natured competing for fundraising, etc. They also have a really cool program they share re: college applications. They fly in like 50 different college AOs and do mock application reviews with the students from the two schools (there might be a couple of other small schools that participate, too), like they are on an actual admissions team trying to select who to admit. Gives the students great insight into the process and an opportunity to mingle with AOs.
  • CateCAParentCateCAParent Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    @8minutemile -- it is worth mentioning that California schools are very different from East Coast schools sports-wise, because the CIF (statewide regulating body) does not allow recruiting, or for students to play for 5 years of high school sports. That means few, if any, students are PGs or repeat years. California schools take sports seriously, but sporty East Coast boarding schools take it to a whole 'nuther level. One system in not better than the other, and plenty of athletes get recruited to great colleges from California bs, but there is a difference in culture that you can feel on East Coast v West Coast campuses -- at least when it comes to sports. Just something to pay attention to when thinking about fit.
  • 8minutemile8minutemile Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @CateCAParent & @CaliMex, thanks for the info about Cate and Thacher. Will start researching what both schools have to offer with regards to athletics and academics. Both seem great from what I've been reading on this board. Good to know about the CIF guidelines for sports--sounds quite reasonable from what's mentioned on this thread. Just to clarify, would the guideline means it's less likely for there to be a wide spread in age range for sports? What are PGs?
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