Athletics at SJA
Athletics update: Fall practices are still slated to begin on September 8. At present, some fall coaches are offering optional summer workouts on Academy campus fields through the week of August 31 (in accordance with VPA policy which has permitted extended summer workouts). We have adopted the safety protocols to be used during fall practices for these workouts, including athletes and coaches wearing facial coverings during workouts and the implementation of state-identified safety and health protocols. Any athletes at home, wanting to stay fit and prepare for practices, are encouraged to use the TrainHeroic app to find workouts generated by strength coach, Rich Plonski. Contact the athletic department with any questions or for information on how to access TrainHeroic.
Athletics are an important part of daily life at St. Johnsbury Academy. A large number of our students participate in at least one sport each year and many are three-season athletes. Eligible varsity sports are played at the Division I level, pairing our teams against the most competitive opponents in the state.
Statement of Philosophy
Our interscholastic athletic program is an extension of our academic program; we view participation in interscholastic athletics as an honor and privilege and we demand commitment and a strong work ethic. Therefore, our student athletes should expect that their involvement in athletics to be an intense educational experience. We recognize that excellence is not easily developed, but we believe that with encouragement, support, hard work, and motivation our student athletes will succeed, not only in competition, but also in life. All student athletes should recognize that involvement in interscholastic athletics, as in life, is a competitive atmosphere, where some excel, and all will benefit by being a member of a team. Student athletes should be able to say they are proud to be a part of St. Johnsbury Academy athletics.
To promote good sportsmanship and ethical conduct by modeling and fostering responsible decision-making, honesty, and respect for self, team, coaches, and opponents.
To provide the enthusiasm and energy to engage athletes in the pursuit of specific knowledge and skills of the sport; to set high but reasonable goals and to know and appreciate their individual talents and unique abilities.
To encourage each individual athlete to understand his or her relationships, rights, and responsibilities within a team that is itself part of the larger community.