Category Archives: Athletics

Attendees at games

The DCL protocols for entering venues require that only one member of the family of each player attends the games in order to keep the number of attendees consistent with the number of people allowed to congregate at this time. The league is aware that this number may change in different communities in the future and we will communicate any changes as they become effective. Identification badges had been distributed and you have to wear them in order to come into all member schools’ events. We appreciate your collaboration.

The games had started!

This week was the kick off of the playing season. Our athletes and coaches were eager and happy to be able to compete. We want to thank our NS community for the support of the health measures and their presence at the playing fields.

Our Golf team opened their season on Tuesday by traveling to Acton Boxboro. Coach Flynn reports “The team split with AB this past week. The Lions won the home match 88-77, and lost a close one away 87-80 on Tuesday. The team was led by four-year varsity member and senior captain Maddy Small who had 21 and 16 points in her matches.”

Our boys and girls Soccer teams and the Field Hockey squad also suited against Acton Boxboro this week with their series to be completed tomorrow. We will host Girls Soccer with varsity starting at 3 PM and JV A at 11 Am. AB doesn’t have a third team this year.

Opening their season on Saturday will be the Boys and Girls XC teams. The races will take place at Cold Springs in the afternoon. Please notice that parking is limited in the area and the number of attendees is still one person per runner competing.

Strength and Conditioning Clinic

Strength and Conditioning Clinic is offered this Fall to our out of season athletes. The starting day is Thursday, Oct. 1st spanning 13 sessions until November 12.
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Sept. 30. A maximum of 30 participants per cohort will be allowed in line with MA EEA and BOH guidelines for the space provided.
Mr. Steven Matthews will be the trainer for the session. Coach Matthews is a certified Physical Education teacher at BPS and Boys Basketball coach at South.
The clinic will meet outside by the baseball cage. Wearing a fitted mask with loops behind the ears is required. Gaitors are not allowed. Social distance is also required.
The clinic will take place Mondays and Thursdays in two cohorts. The Blue group will start at 4:30 PM and the Orange group will start at 5:30 PM. We invite you to sign up for one of the two cohorts. You have to select which one works for you and you will be asked to stay on that cohort for the duration of the fall session. We will also ask you to sign in with your phone by using a QR reader in order to track daily participants as part of or COVID protocol
Athletes have to bring a “gym bag” with a spare mask, hand sanitizer, water bottle, a towel, and any other equipment they may need. The bag is their “locker”
The clinic is free of charge. Register by using the FamilyID button on our athletic page.

Guidelines for sports events regarding face covers

The districts of each DCL member school have specific guidelines for their sports events regarding face covers. The majority of them, like Newton, require fans, officials and players to wear fitted face masks. Gaitors are not allowed in these communities. Below you will find the list of our member schools and their requirements. Please plan accordingly when visiting them:


School Mask Gaiter
AB Yes Not allowed
BED Yes Not allowed
BL Yes Not allowed
CRL Yes Yes
CC Yes NOt allowed
LS Yes Not allowed
NS Yes Not allowed
WAL Yes Yes
WAY Yes Not allowed
WA Yes 2-Ply Gaitor
WES Mask Not allowed

2020 Fall 1 Athletic season

Welcome to our 2020 Fall 1 season! We are happy to see athletes and coaches in our campus enjoying each other and the sports they love!

Following COVID modifications the DCL has created an abridged schedule for the Fall. You can find your child playing schedule on our athletic page. You can add the google calendar to your phone by clicking the top corner of it and following the directions prepared by Google.

Protocols for athletic events

Protocols for athletic events   

NSHS COVID coach is Mr. Ted Dalicandro. You can reach him at if you have a COVID-19 related question.

  • Coaches will use screening questions before EACH practice and game. They record the students’ answers in the given spreadsheet and report it to the COVID coach.
  • Coaches will follow this protocol: In case a student responds affirmatively to any of these questions they will contact the COVIS-19 coach immediately and they will also call/text the Athletic Director. The student will not be allowed to participate. City Board of Health protocols for schools are activated.
  • Each student will be given an identification provided by the DCL to allow one family member to attend games home or away. Without this identification, access will not be granted at any field.
  •  NS will use QR code signing in at each home game.
  • Players, coaches, and fans are required to wear fitted masks with ear loops by BOH requirements. Gaitors are NOT permitted.

NSHS-Specific Guidance

  • Sport Specific Guidelines-The MIAA sports have been modified to keep athletes safe and all the modifications to the specific sports are listed on the MIAA COVID Taskforce site.
  • Our remote learning classes finish at 3:55 pm. Practices will not start before 4:30 PM due to transportation issues.
  • Restrooms. We will be using Porta-Potties facilities in each field. These are not changing rooms or to be used in such a manner.
  • Physical. You must have an updated and in-person physical (within 13 months), per Massachusetts law, and there are no exceptions to this. You can mail physicals to the Athletic Department at 140 Brandeis Road, Newton MA 02459 or email them to Gail Kramer or to Kristen Hoffman at
  • Transportation. Coaches will be in touch with their team around transportation. We are asking that whenever possible, students/their families provide their own transportation to practices and/or games. Please let your coach know if transportation is a concern for you and we will work to provide accommodations on an individual basis but may be limited by available resources.
  • Transportation Waiver.  Parents must complete this NPS Transportation Waiver in order to transport their child to games. Please notice that we need the note three days in advance in order to secure a bus. Please send the Waiver form to David Pagett at

DCL school protocols will be shared ahead of our traveling to their sites. Schools will connect before the first day of competition to check the last health reports for their respective districts.

The State of MA 50 people in attendance rule is in place at each venue.

Thank you for your help in making this season possible for our athletes.

Today is Last Day to Register & Fall Sports Tryouts Start 9/21

CLICK to view Fall sports tryouts schedule.

All students that want to participate in Fall Sports must register with FamilyId by Friday, Sept. 18th, including annual physical.  Athletics Fees need to be paid after team assignments.  Thank you.

Click here to view to find important information for the Fall Sports Season.

For the latest updates, please visit NSHS Website – Athletics

Please review these modifications with your student prior to registering for athletics

Thank you,
Pat Gonzalez, Director of Athletics

Fall Sports Approved – Register by Fri, Sept 18th on FamilyID

Fall Sports Season was approved on September 14, 2020 by the School Committee. See details from Newton South Athletic Director Pat Gonzalez below.

FALL TRYOUTS SCHEDULE will be posted shortly at NSHS Website – Athletics

All students that want to participate in Fall Sports must register with FamilyId by Friday, Sept. 18th, including annual physical.  Athletics Fees need to be paid after team assignments.  Thank you.

Dear Newton South Athletic Community,

I am happy to announce that the Newton School Committee has approved our participation in interscholastic athletics for the modified Fall 1 season. A lot of work still needs to happen, but NS Athletics is excited to see our kids back in action and continues to prepare for the return of sports on September 21st. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) provided sports modifications for the fall 2020 sports season. This guidance was created in alignment with guidelines set forth by Governor Baker, MA Department of Health (DPH), and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Please review these modifications with your student prior to registering for athletics.

Click here to view to find important information for the Fall Sport Season.

As we continue to try to navigate uncharted territory, many things remain outside our control.  The things we can control include being kind and supportive to one another; doing our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; and being patient with each other as we participate in the re-opening of the state, schools, and athletics.

We will all get through this, as long as we work together as one team.

Thank you,
Pat Gonzalez, Director of Athletics

Fall 2020 NSHS Girls Volleyball Update

Incoming and returning NSHS Girls Volleyball Players,

We hope this letter finds your families doing well in these unprecedented times. As summer is beginning and restrictions are lessening, we are looking forward to returning to fall sports in a new and safe manner for COVID-19. Joining a fall sports team is a fantastic opportunity to become a part of the Newton South community and have a great start to the new year. Enclosed is information about the Girls Volleyball program at Newton South, so please read if you have a daughter who is interested in fall sport opportunities.

Please complete this form to opt-in on future communication about NSHS Volleyball program (girls and boys),  if your child is interested in playing volleyball (Girls season Fall 2020, Boys season Spring 2021). This is not a commitment to play, but the way to continue to receive information about the upcoming NSHS volleyball program/season: please sign up with this link: Volleyball

Girls Volleyball Tryouts: Please note that the district has not set a date for the return to sports for Fall 2020 yet. Typically we would have tryouts on August 24th-25th-26th in the Newton South Fieldhouse.  Opt-in on the form above to get updates on tryout and Fall 2020 season. 

All three days of tryouts are mandatory. Missing tryout dates may impact team placement decisions. For further questions, contact head coach Lucas Coffeen.

  • Varsity Coach: Lucas Coffeen
  • Varsity Assistant Coach: Eileen LeBlanc
  • Varsity Captains: Abby Matthews, Hannah Balcanoff and Maddie Xerras
  • JV Coach: Hailey Teich
  • Freshman Coaches: Sally Lee and Shannon Steinman

Impact testing:

In order to be eligible to play a fall sport, impact testing is required for all 2020 Freshman and Juniors. Players must have completed their impact testing before tryouts in order to be able to tryout. 

Players must also have an updated physical that is submitted on family ID. Physicals are valid for one year, and any physicals completed in October 2019 will be valid through the 2020 season.

Fall Sports Registration on Family ID, specific times of the tryout schedule, and the link to schedule impact testing will be posted at this page when MIAA releases information:

For Players:

  • Follow us on Instagram: @nshsgirlsvolleyball
  • Join our Facebook group for updates: NSHS Girls Volleyball 2020 (private group)

Summer Opportunities:

No experience is required to tryout, but for new players who gain some experience before the season or experienced players who want to freshen up their skills, summer clinics are highly recommended opportunities. Although COVID-19 has prompted a lot of clinics and camps to close, here are some clinics that are continuing to run this summer.

Tuesday & Thursday Night Doubles at Oak Hill Fields
Highly recommended for Newton South volleyball players. Starting June 30th at the Oak Hill/Brown fields, every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8 pm players can participate in a doubles clinic to strengthen skills and gain playing experience. This program lasts for six weeks, ending August 6th.

Sessions will meet all state and city guidelines for COVID-19 safety during sports camps to ensure the safety of players and coaches.

Learn more about the clinic and sign up here while spaces are available:

Owls Volleyball Sand Doubles Camp
This full-day doubles camp is running at the indoor sand courts at Joust Volleyball in Norwood. All safety guidelines will be followed, including screening and disinfectant stations.

There are a six-week camp and a three-week camp option, but availability is very limited. Learn more and sign up here:

Further questions? Contact:

PHD Volleyball Clinics in July & August
For traditional skills training, PHD Volleyball is offering skills clinics for all experience levels throughout the summer. Clinics are run at limited capacity and hours according to COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more & sign up here:

Any Questions? Contact us directly! We look forward to a great season and a safe return in the fall.

Lucas Coffeen (Varsity Coach):
Abby Matthews (Varsity Co-Captain):


Volleyball Camp/Clinics Opportunities -June 30th…

NSHS Volleyball Player:

For those of you that are comfortable getting back into the ‘swing’ of things, this is a great opportunity to knock off the rust, improve your game, and get ready for the Fall season!!

For incoming freshmen players, please sign up for future communication from NSHS Volleyball about tryouts, clinics, etc. here.

CAMP: Tue & Thr Night Doubles at Oak Hill Fields
Highly recommended for those interested in Newton South volleyball players. Starting June 30th, a top program is happening right in our backyard at the Oak Hill/Brown fields. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8pm, participate in a doubles clinic that will involve a lot of learning and even more playing. This program lasts for six weeks, ending August 6th.

Nothing accelerates your learning like playing lots of doubles! We will be meeting or exceeding all state and city guidelines for Covid-safety in sport camps to ensure this is the safest we can make it.

Sign up soon while spaces are available (8 player limit per court). Learn more about the clinic and sign up here:

CAMP: Owls Volleyball Sand Doubles Camp
This is a full day doubles camp running at the indoor sand courts at Joust Volleyball in Norwood. There is a six week camp and a three week camp.

All safety guidelines will be followed, including screening and disinfectant stations. This is an opportunity to play a ton of sand doubles in a camp + tournament setting, and really accelerate your game. Spots are very limited. Learn more and sign up here: If you have any questions about the Owls Volleyball Camps, send an email to