New England Eight-Player Football Expansion

For Immediate Release
January 14, 2019

For Additional Information
Mike Marich
Athletic Director, The Gunnery

The four schools that founded the New England Independent School Eight-Player Football initiative – The Gunnery, Millbrook School, Pomfret School, and Forman School – are pleased to announce that after Holderness School and Perkiomen School joined for the 2018 season, four additional schools have announced their intention to join for the 2019 season. The four schools are:
Dwight-Englewood School of Englewood, New Jersey
Kents Hill School  of Readfield, Maine
Hebron Academy of Hebron, Maine
Hyde School of Bath, Maine
With this expansion, the 10 schools are planning to create Northern and Southern divisions, with the winner of each division playing in a season-ending championship game, and the second through fifth place teams within each division squaring off in intra-division, season-ending games.
The purpose of this initiative was to provide independent school students with a full-contact football option that celebrates the original spirit and intent of independent school sports. By introducing eight-player football to New England, the schools hoped to bring a viable, sustainable, and mission-appropriate version of the sport to their athletic offerings. Eight-player football focuses on student experience and access to all comers and provides a counterpoint to the win-at-all-cost athletic culture that pervades society. It more closely resembles sport at independent high schools prior to the advent of specialization and professional athletic advisors. The initiative has thrived because of the enthusiasm of the coaches and players involved, and will continue to be driven by the age-old desire for adolescents to have fun, learn, and compete, both individually and as part of a team.
For more information, please visit ne8playerfootball.com or contact The Gunnery's Athletic Director, Mike Marich, at marichm@gunnery.org.

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