More than 150 athletes across eight different sports arrived on campus last week to begin preparations for their upcoming seasons before the start of the academic year.
It was an exciting time for Pelican athletes and coaches after having to forego games and preseason training last fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most teams had two to three practices a day during preseason along with weight-training sessions, and athletes and teams also took time to bond and connect with one another off the field. Some of the athletes who arrived early were new to Loomis Chaffee, and preseason served as a great way for these new students to get to know the campus and meet faculty, staff, and other students before the school year began on Wednesday, September 1.
Teams engaged in a variety of camaraderie-building activities when they weren’t practicing.
The football program received a visit from former Pelican player Paul Mounds ‘03, the chief of staff for the governor of Connecticut. Paul spoke with the boys about his experiences on and off the Island, the importance of setting team goals, and accountability to self and others.
The boys cross country squad exchanged running shoes for golf balls and putters one evening, as the team visited a local mini golf course and enjoyed ice cream after 18 holes of fierce putt-putt competition.
The girls cross country runners held their annual water balloon toss competition on Saturday after a time trial, and they took a break from their workouts to roast marshmallows and enjoy s’mores on Sunday evening.
With preseason concluded and the school year kicking off, make sure to look at the Pelicans' athletics calendar and follow our teams throughout the season. The football team kicks off the competition season with a scrimmage against Cheshire Academy on September 10 at 4:30 p.m. on Pratt Field, followed by the annual boys soccer jamboree on September 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Meadows.
Check out the sights and sounds from fall preseason!