Fall Sports Letter:

            Hello Dukes, welcome to another eventful sports season.  This letter will update all parents and sports participants on the details for fall sports at Marlborough School.  I would like to welcome back all of our coaches from last year.  Coach Johnston will continue his “run” as our Cross Country coach.  Coach Boswell will be the skipper for our Girls Soccer team.  Coach Crump will manage our Boys Soccer team. 

            All participants will need an updated waiver.  You can find the waiver on the school website, in the school lobby or have your athlete see Mr. Benham for one.  Also, all participants need a physical on file.  Physicals are done ONCE during each athlete’s Marlborough career.  Therefore, if you already have a physical on file with our athletic department, then you are all set.  If not, then please contact your physician to get a “Sports Physical”.  All medical offices have their own form.  What we are looking for is something from a doctor that says your athlete is cleared to play sports.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

  • The first practice for all sports, cross country, boys soccer and girls soccer will be on Thursday, August 30th.
  • Girls and Boys Soccer will have a combined practice from 3:45 – 5:15.
  • Coed Cross Country will practice from 3:00 – 4:15

Please come prepared with the proper clothing, footwear, water, sunscreen and bug spray.

            Parent Meetings:  Each coach to host a parent meeting after the first practice.  These meetings are intended to help get organized for the season.  It is a time when you can learn what the coach’s expectations are and how to communicate with the coach and vice versa.  Please plan on meeting your athlete and coach, on the field, after their first practice.

            Dual Sport Athletes……  It is always a great challenge for athletes to participate in both, Cross Country and Soccer.  We want what is best for all of our athletes.  Practice is important and athletes should be present at their team’s practices.  If this is not possible due to the schedule, then please talk to the coaches about what can be done to help your athlete be able to participate.

            After School……  We understand that this will be another challenge for our soccer parents and athletes.  Please note that athletes are not permitted to be on school grounds unsupervised.  All athletes should make after school arrangements and return to the field for their practice time.  We do have an Afterschool Program that has a schedule that will work well for our athletes.  If your athlete can’t go home and get a ride back to practice, then please consider our Afterschool Program.  That will keep them on campus so that they can play.

Thank you for your time.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Go Dukes!

J. Benham 

603 876 4465 x1241



Hello Dukes, as you enter the school gymnasium you may notice our VARSITY DUKES.  The board was created to celebrate our past Dukes who have gone on to play varsity sports in high school.  The criteria to get onto the board is: The athlete must have attended Marlborough School for at least one year and the athlete must have played a varsity sport at their high school.  

If you or your athlete are interested in being represented on the board, then please send me an email with a picture of you playing your sport.  In the email include your name, what years you were at Marlborough School, what sports you played while at Marlborough School, what high school you attended and what sports you play in high school.  

With the picture and information i will create a card and put it on the board for all to view.  Please contact me if you have any questions -  

About Our Program

Welcome to Marlborough School, Home of the Dukes.  We offer interscholastic athletics to our middle school students.  We support 10 teams for our Dukes to participate in: Boys and Girls Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Baseball/Softball.  All of our practices and home games are hosted onsite at Marlborough School.  We play in Connecticut River Valley League which includes Westmoreland, Chesterfield, Walpole, Hinsdale, Putney, Kurn Hattin, Leland and Grey, and Dummerston Schools.  We do pick up games and meets independently and will compete against schools outside of the CVL. 

Athletic programs at Marlborough School are an important and integral part of the school's program of education.  The philosophy of Marlborough School Interscholastic Sports is to ensure that students receive a rewarding competitive experience; become knowledgeable and competent in the fundamentals if their particular sport; display good sportsmanship at all times; and conduct themselves as representatives of the Marlborough Community.  A quality interscholastic sports experience will enhance academic success through development of character, commitment, pride and teamwork.   

Practices and Games:

All our programs practice and play between Monday and Friday.  This is a five day a week commitment.  Practices typically run from 3:00 to 4:30.  Games and meets are typically played on Tuesdays or Thursdays, but can be scheduled on MWF if needed.  Games will usually start at 4:00. 


To play a sport at Marlborough School, the participant will need to be a resident of Marlborough or seek an exemption.  The exemption process starts with the Athletic Director.

To play a sport for Marlborough School all athletes need to provide a Sports Physical.  Marlborough School does not provide the physical form.  Each doctor has their own form to complete for their patients.  That form will be acceptable for participation in Marlborough School Athletics.  If you intend on playing a sport, then please contact your child's physician and ask for a Sports Physical.  Upon completion pass in the form to the Marlborough Athletic Office.  If you have any questions about this process, then please call the Joe Benham, Athletic Director 603 876 4465 x1241.   

Along with a physical all athletes are required to supply an annual Waiver.  This forms will give the coaches your very import contact information.  Also, it tells us that you give permission for your son/daughter to participate in sports at Marlborough School.  This form is available in the front office, athletic office and online under Quick Links - Sports Waiver.  Athletes cannot participate without a waiver and a physical on file.

Academic standing is factored when considering eligibility.  At Marlborough School we are aligning our standard with the high school's eligibility standard.  Student athletes must pass all classes.  If at any point their grade drops below a 65, in any class, the athlete will go on academic probation and be ineligible to participate in games until the next reporting period.  Eligibility runs from Friday to Thursday.  For Example: If an athlete has a 61 average in Math on Friday, then that athlete will not be eligible to play in games the following week.  On the next Friday we will look to clear that athlete if he/she is able to get the grade to an 65 or better and assuming no other classes dip to less than an 65 average.   

A student athlete's conduct will be considered on issues relating to eligibility.  Students who are suspended from school grounds are absent from school are not to participate in the afternoon events for that day.  Other consequences relating to participation will be decided by the staff/administration.  Student athletes should hold themselves to a higher behavioral standard as they are representing the school/team/community.        


Team sign ups will take place the season prior to which the sport takes place.  For example: Soccer sign ups will take place during the spring season.  The athletic director will go to each class to inform all students about sign ups and the upcoming season.  There will be postings and announcements in the school.  Also, there be a notice put online. 

Parent Meetings will take place before each season.  The purpose will be to introduce the coaches and their expectations.  If another issue comes up, then we will host a team parent meeting to inform everyone.  Along with the meeting, paper notices, emails, website postings and all calls will be used to distribute timely information.

Cancellations: In the event of a cancellation, game or practice, the office will be notified first.  We aim to make that decision by 12:00.  You are welcome to call the office to inquire about afternoon decisions.  The principal will send out an all call to inform parents of a cancellation.  The cancellation will be announced in school for the athletes to hear and in time for them to make afternoon arrangements.  Please have a plan in place in the event that a game or practice is cancelled.  Athletes should know where they are going and who they are going with.  There are times when we will host an inside practice if the fields are unplayable.  That will be conveyed in the all call and announcements.

School cancellations and holidays:  If there is no school, then no athletic events will take place on that day. 

Absences: The policy is the same as the school's.  The athlete or parent needs to notify the coach of an absence.  Unexcused absences will result in loss of playing time and removal from the team.  Please contact the coach prior to an absence. 

Hello Dukes, the time has come to conduct fall sports sign ups.  Marlborough School traditionally offers Boys and Girls Soccer and Coed Cross Country.  The sign up window is open from May 1st to May 26th.  Interested athletes must see me and declare their interest in participating on the team (or teams).  Once they have expressed interest, then i will add them to the list.  I will be going to classes throughout the month to conduct sign ups.  Athletes can see me anytime during the day to sign up.  Please contact me if you have any questions.   
Hello Dukes, the time has come to conduct fall sports sign ups.  Marlborough School traditionally offers Boys and Girls Soccer and Coed Cross Country.  The sign up window is open from May 1st to May 26th.  Interested athletes must see me and declare their interest in participating on the team (or teams).  Once they have expressed interest, then i will add them to the list.  I will be going to classes throughout the month to conduct sign ups.  Athletes can see me anytime during the day to sign up.  Please contact me if you have any questions.   

Pierce Sports Camp Application

To all present and former Dukes, students in grades 3rd - 12th have the opportunity to apply for a Sports Camp Scholarship.  Please click this link - Pierce Sports Camp Application - and print the application.  Any questions can be directed to the Athletic Director. 


Applications will be reviewed twice a year (January and May) to accommodate camp opportunities for each of the seasons.  If you are interested in using this opportunity to fund a sports camp, then we will need the application at least two months in advance of the camp. 


Consider applying, this is a great opportunity for a student athlete!     

Athletic Director

Joe Benham

603 876 4465 x 1241

Fax 603 876 4302