Exeter Summer Athletics

Physical education, an important component of Exeter Summer, promotes fitness, cooperation, sportsmanship and the learning of new skills. You’ll engage in healthy competition and recreation while developing the foundation for long-term participation in athletics. Programs meet four afternoons per week for at least one hour each day. Sports are split into two 2 1/2 week sessions, and you’ll make your selections through the online application. Visit the Physical Education sections in the UPPER SCHOOL or ACCESS EXETER catalog for all choices.

Whatever your interests and experience levels might be, the Exeter campus features a complex of athletic facilities that accommodate a wide range of sports and fitness classes. In addition to the state-of-the-art Downer Family Fitness Center, indoor facilities include a 25-yard competition pool, squash courts, dance studio and multiple basketball courts. Outdoors, you’ll have access to over 300 acres of school grounds; an all-weather track; tennis courts; cross-country trails; baseball and softball diamonds; and several fields for football, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer. Housing more than 20 shells for rowing crew, the Saltonstall Boathouse is situated on the banks of the Squamscott River in downtown Exeter. There’s something for everyone at Exeter Summer.

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Optional Sports

Exeter Crew Club

Crew at Phillips Exeter Academy enjoys a long and prestigious history. Exonians have rowed for national championships, high school and collegiate teams, and have represented the United States in the Olympics and in other international competitions.

Exeter Summer offers Exeter Crew as a special, intensive program that students can select in place of the regular sports offerings. This class meets four times per week for two hours a day for the entire five weeks. We offer both a Beginner and Experienced Skills Program.  There is an additional fee for this optional course, which includes an Exeter Crew top and baseball cap. See Exeter Summer Tuition for fee information. 

Exeter Elite Soccer Club

Soccer at Phillips Exeter Academy has a long, storied history. Both girls’ and boys’ programs successfully compete in the highly competitive New England Prep School League. Players from each program go on to play collegiately at the Division 1 and Division 3 levels – including two players who have won the Division 3 National Championship in recent years.

Exeter Summer offers Exeter Elite Soccer as a special intensive program that students can choose in place of the regular sports program. Students will train with a Philips Exeter Academy Varsity coach four times a week for two hours per day for the entire five weeks of the summer program.

The program is designed to improve a player’s skill, ability, and tactical understanding. Through an assortment of drills and games, students will develop in a variety of ways including their passing range and accuracy, first touch, dribbling skills, 1v1 defending, crossing and finishing abilities, team attacking, and team defending.

This optional soccer program will take the place of regular sports for both sport sessions. Players must have a pair of cleats without metal bottoms. Turf shoes are optional.  A training shirt is given to each player. There is an additional fee for this optional course, see Exeter Summer Tuition for fee information. 

Exeter Elite Volleyball Club

The Exeter volleyball program is one of the strongest in New England and has won five girls and boys New England Championships in the last three years.

Exeter Summer offers Exeter Elite Volleyball as a special intensive program that students can choose in place of the regular sports program. The Exeter Elite Volleyball Club meets four times a week for 1 1/2 hours per day for the entire five weeks. Students will train with the Phillips Exeter Academy Varsity Head Coach.

The program is designed to increase the ability and skill of all participants. All levels are welcome. The focus is on the fundamentals and perfecting technique. Skills learned will include the pass, set, hit, block, and serve. We will cover float serving, top spin serve, jump float, and jump spin serving. The proper technique in forearm passing, overhead passing, and overlap rules of the game will be taught. We will go over blocking systems and footwork that is commonly used in the collegiate and professional game. We will learn a 3-step approach and work on hitting a variety of setting tempos. Players will increase their volleyball IQ and ball control through drills, games, and play.

Volleyball is open to a limited number of students. Players should bring proper athletic clothing and shoes; kneepads are optional. Each player will receive a T-shirt and ball. There is an additional fee for this optional course, see Exeter Summer Tuition for fee information. 

Exeter Summer

20 Main Street, Exeter, NH 03833

603-777-3488 / summer@exeter.edu