We are leaders—and team players
Bancroft’s athletics program exemplifies the principles of collective learning and healthy competition. Starting in Lower School, physical education classes teach collaboration, cooperation, and sportsmanship. Team sports begin at the Middle School level, with a program that focuses on skill development, participation, and team camaraderie. In the Upper School, our students compete in a wide variety of sports, building character, resilience, and leadership skills through competition.
- Alpine Skiing - Varsity Boys & Girls
- Basketball - Varsity Boys
- Basketball - Varsity Girls
- Basketball - JV Boys
- Basketball - JV Girls
- Basketball - Middle School Boys White
- Basketball - Middle School Boys Blue
- Basketball - Middle School Girls Blue
- Basketball - Middle School Girls White
- Swimming - Varsity Boys & Girls
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- Required Medical Forms
- COVID-19 Return to Play Policy
- Concussion Management Protocol
- Middle School Athletics
- Awards and Honors
- Directions to Bancroft
- Campus Map
Required Medical Forms
Medical Forms and Concerns
In order to understand each student's needs, the cooperation of parents or guardians is of primary importance. Any health concerns should be shared with the staff of the Health Center, and Health Center staff must be kept aware of any changes in the student’s condition. When appropriate, and unless otherwise requested, medical concerns are shared with the faculty so that they are aware of the needs of each student.
Downloadable Medical Form
- Health Physical Examination — Must be updated every 12 months for all students (Middle & Upper School) participating in team athletics.
COVID-19 Return to Play Policy
Bancroft School Return to Play/Activities After COVID Policy
Bancroft School seeks to provide a safe return to activity for all students after injury or illness, particularly after a COVID-19 diagnosis. Due to the potentially serious nature of COVID-19, Bancroft has adopted a conservative and proactive approach for the management of students who are diagnosed with the virus. These guidelines are to help ensure that students are fully recovered prior to returning to activity.
In order to return to athletics and/or other Fitness/Athletic activity including fitness and yoga, a student must;
Present clearance documentation from their diagnosing physician or pediatrician.
Complete a 7 day return to play protocol that includes following the ‘Gradual Return to Play’ sequence outlined below. The Gradual Return to Play sequence can be adjusted or reduced at the discretion of your physician or pediatrician.
Gradual Return to Play
(Adapted from Elliott N, et al, infographic, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2020; copied from AAP Policy statement)
Stage 1: Day 1 and Day 2 – (2 Days Minimum) – 15 minutes or less: Light activity (walking, jogging, stationary bike), intensity no greater than 70% of maximum heart rate. NO resistance training.
Stage 2: Day 3 – (1 Day Minimum) – 30 minutes or less: Add simple movement activities (eg. running drills) – intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate.
Stage 3: Day 4 – (1 Day Minimum) – 45 minutes or less: Progress to more complex training – intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate. May add light resistance training.
Stage 4: Day 5 and Day 6 – 2 Days Minimum) – 60 minutes: Normal training activity – intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate.
Stage 5: Day 7 – Return to full activity/participation (ie, contests/competitions).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our return to play protocol, please contact Bancroft School Head Athletic Trainer Wayne Penniman (DPT, ATC, CSCS) email@example.com.
Concussion Management Protocol
Bancroft School follows the ImPACT® Concussion Management Model for assessing and treating student-athletes before, during, and after a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). From preseason baseline testing to post-injury safe return to play, this model ensures the highest level of care for our student-athletes. Return-to-play decisions are based on post-injury ImPACT test results combined with input of healthcare professionals, Certified Athletic Trainers, parents, and the student-athlete, which helps limit the likelihood of long-term injury.
- Students suspected of having a head injury are immediately removed from play for evaluation by a Certified Athletic Trainer or school nurse. These individuals are trained to make the determination if the student will need to see a physician or emergency medical services (EMS).
- The Certified Athletic Trainer or school nurse will notify the parent if a student-athlete has a suspected mTBI and will inform them of the next steps in the concussion protocol.
- Parents are also provided with the Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan, Physician Clearance for Return to Play form, and the Graduated Asymptomatic Return to Play (RTP)Protocol. Click buttons below
ACE FORM PHYSICIAN CLEARANCE FORM RTP FORM
All Bancroft coaches are required to complete online concussion training from either the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) annually and review the School's athletic department concussion protocols prior to each season with the Director of Athletics and Certified Athletic Trainer. These policies include information about
- Recognition of symptoms of head injury
- The biology and short-term and long-term consequences of a concussion
- Second impact syndrome
- Rules for return to play after a head injury or concussion
Parents are strongly encouraged to complete this free online concussion training program as well. Links to these online resources can be found below.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion or mTBI include, but are not limited to:
Loss of consciousness
Feeling “zoned out” or “in a fog”
Sensitivity to light/noise
Middle School Athletics
Middle School (MS) Athletics
The Middle School (MS) athletics program emphasizes skill development and participation. Students are placed on teams based on skill level and positive attitude. Bancroft offers interscholastic MS teams in Boys/Girls Cross Country, Boys/Girls Soccer, and Volleyball (Fall Season); Boys/Girls Basketball (Winter Season); and Baseball, Boys/Girls Lacrosse, Softball, Coed Tennis (Spring Season).
MS student-athletes may sign up for their selected sports here:
All students participating on Bancroft Athletics teams must complete and submit to the School Health Center all required medical forms.
Physical exams must be updated every 12 months in order to participate in the Bancroft Athletics program.
MS athletics practices take place Monday – Thursday from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m.
Game days are typically Tuesday and Thursday, but games may be scheduled on any day of the week.
It is expected that students will make a commitment to their team for the entire season, and make every attempt to be at all practices and games. Please make every effort to arrange appointments and carpools to accommodate this. While we do not discourage participation on outside athletic teams, Bancroft student-athletes must be prepared to make their Bancroft team their first priority, if there are conflicts.
Awards and Honors
The Bancroft Bulldogs compete in both the Eastern Independent League (EIL) and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).
Baseball: 2014, 2006, 2005, 2002
Basketball, Boys: 1999-2000, 1996-97, 1995-96, 1994-95
Basketball, Girls: 1992-93, 1991-92
Cross Country, Boys: 2003, 2002, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1990
Cross Country, Girls: 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1992, 1991, 1990
Field Hockey: 2005, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991
Lacrosse, Boys: 1999, 1996
Soccer, Boys: 2004, 1995
Soccer, Girls: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1992, 1991
Softball: 2009, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1990
Swimming, Boys: 2022
Tennis, Boys: 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1992
Tennis, Girls: 2013, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
Volleyball: 2012, 2011, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-9, 2007-8, 2006-7, 2005-6, 2004-5, 2003-4, 2002-3, 2001-2, 2000-01, 1999-2000
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- Boys Cross Country
- Girls Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Boys Lacrosse
- Boys Soccer
- Girls Soccer
- Boys Tennis
- Girls Tennis
Boys Cross Country
Girls Cross Country
EIL COACH OF THE YEAR
- Charlie Aleksiewicz
- Kirk Effenger
- Russ Enlow
- Jane Gerhardt
- Frank Heavey
- Steve Kelley
- Mara Lappin
- Gail LeBlanc
- Don McMillan
- Mark O'Brien
- Gary Patch
- Jamie Paul
- Jim Powell
- Dan Rocha
- Paul Salit
- Kevin Spreadbury
- Bob Stein
- Mark Taylor
Directions to Bancroft
For Navigating by GPS
- Bancroft School Main Campus: 110 Shore Drive, Worcester, MA 01605
- Bancroft Field House: 100 Shore Drive, Worcester, MA 01605
Note: Despite the street numbering, Bancroft's Main Campus and Field House are immediately adjacent to one another and connected by walkways.
From The Mass Turnpike
From the West: Take Exit 10, Auburn. Bear left onto I-290 East toward Worcester. Follow directions below from I-290.
From the East: Take Exit 11A onto 495 North toward Marlborough. Take Exit 25B onto I-290 West toward Worcester. Follow directions below from I-290.
From I-290 (East or West)
Take Exit 19 onto I-190. Take the very first exit (Exit 1) onto Route 12 North. At the bottom of the ramp, immediately merge over to the left lane and take the first exit on the left (access road to I-190). Immediately take the right fork onto Norton Drive. Turn left at traffic lights onto Shore Drive. The Bancroft Field House entrance is the second driveway and parking are on the right, opposite the YMCA. Continue on Shore Drive to the main Bancroft School campus entrance on the right.
From the North on 190
Take Exit 2, Ararat Street. Go straight through the 1st set of lights and follow signs for Shore Drive. Turn right at 2nd set of lights onto Shore Drive. The Bancroft Field House entrance is the second driveway on the right, opposite the YMCA. Continue on Shore Drive to the main Bancroft School campus entrance, also on the right.
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Director of Athletics
Wayne Penniman (DPT, ATC, CSCS)
Head Athletic Trainer