Program Goals

The athletics program encourages and empowers students to strive for excellence in leadership, sportspersonship, and interpersonal skills, and teaches them that the integrity they develop in sport can carry over to other aspects of their lives.

We provide opportunities for all students to participate, and this openness is one reason athletics is a core component of Catlin Gabel culture. In a typical academic year, 80% of Middle School students and 75% of Upper School Students participate in at least one sport. 

We strive to foster a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle that will help students succeed in many pursuits. We do not condone "winning at all cost," but we do encourage a highly competitive attitude within the athletic program and take great pride in winning.

Our coaches are teachers, role models, and a source of inspiration and support. And they're integral to what a student takes away from their time playing sports as an Eagle. Just as Catlin Gabel has high academic expectations, our athletics program teaches life lessons and builds skills while expecting the very best. We offer each student the opportunity to experience growth, accomplishment, and success at his or her skill level. 

Character Development

Students develop mental discipline, self-control, cooperation, and perseverance through the experiences inherent in victory and defeat. Individual and team success is a by-product of character, commitment, practice, effort, and teamwork.

Preparation for Life

Students learn to choose among competing opportunities, establish priorities, and make commitments to the outcome of their decisions. Healthy habits for life are emphasized; weight training, proper nutrition, and cardiovascular fitness are fundamental to every sports training program.

Leadership and Sportspersonship

All student-athletes have an opportunity to build leadership through the support, attitude, and motivation they bring to the team. Leadership has an important corollary: cooperation and the ability to look beyond personal interests to support team goals and objectives.

Teamwork and Selflessness

Athletics at Catlin Gabel is vehicle for teaching and learning the the value of goal-directed teamwork and cooperation. Students in our program understand that their success is shared with teammates, and tied to the community-wide support they receive and to which they contribute.