Quote Worth Sharing

“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.”

~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Casey Cota, Strength and Conditioning

Vermont Academy Boys Basketball is the definition of College Preparatory Program.  Our program will get you ready to be the best basketball player you can be at all levels from Division 1 through Division 3.  Getting you prepared now for the daily grind of what college sports will be is imperative for your success at the next level.  You will learn the core building blocks for success in the NEPSAC that will carry over to a demanding college program.  Number one you will learn accountability for yourself, your teammates, and for your team.  Second, Academics are the cornerstone of our program, but most of all your future for success.  Third, you will learn that strength training and conditioning will be the tool that will set you apart from other players in the league.  Our Strength and Conditioning component takes the approach of giving you a solid base for technique and challenging you to be strong, balanced, and focus on injury prevention.  Our goal is to make you strong mentally and physically.  We believe that "the only easy day was yesterday”, so we have to get stronger everyday.  


Strength and Condition Coach


Casey Cota

Principles of Adult Behavior by John Barlow, 1977

Saw this in Drew Millikin's office and had to post it.  

Adult Principle #1: Be patient. No matter what.

Adult Principle #2: Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.

Adult Principle #3: Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.

Adult Principle #4: Expand your sense of the possible.

Adult Principle #5: Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.

Adult Principle #6: Don’t ask more of others than you can deliver yourself.

Adult Principle #7: Tolerate ambiguity.

Adult Principle #8: Laugh at yourself frequently.

Adult Principle #9: Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.

Adult Principle #10: Try not to forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.

Adult principle #11: Give up blood sports.

Adult principle #12: Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Do not endanger it frivolously. And never endanger the life of another.

Adult principle #13: Never lie to anyone for any reason.

Adult principle #14: Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.

Adult principle #15: Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.

Adult principle #16: Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.

Adult principle #17: Praise at least as often as you disparage.

Adult principle #18: Never let your errors pass without admission.

Adult principle #19: Become less suspicious of joy.

Adult principle #20: Understand humility.

Adult principle #21: Forgive.

Adult principle #22: Foster dignity.

Adult principle #23: Live memorably.

Adult principle #24: Love yourself.

Adult principle #25: Endure.

2017 NEPSAC AA Saylor Points

As promised, we wanted to follow up on the Saylor Points that we alluded to in the last post.  Vermont Academy took care of business and had another undefeated week. Go VA! 

So, if you follow prep school basketball at the Class AA level, you may have heard of the Saylor Ranking System. While many basketball enthusiasts have heard this terminology, very few understand exactly how it works.  Here is a look at the system's breakdown:

Category 1 is against Class AAA teams with a win/loss percentage above 75%.

A win against Category 1 gives you 600 points, and a loss gives you 200 points.

Category 2 is against Class AAA teams with a win/loss percentage above 50% and below 75% OR against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage above 75%.

A win against Category 2 gives you 500 points, and a loss gives you 150 points.

Category 3 is against Class AAA teams with a win/loss percentage above 25% and below 50% OR against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage above 50% and below 75% OR Class A team with a win/loss percentage above 75%. 

A win against Category 3 gives you 400 points, and a loss gives you 100 points.

Category 4 is against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage below 25% OR Class AA above 25% and below 50%.

A win against Category 4 gives you 300 points, and a loss gives you 50 points.

Category 5 is against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage under 25% OR Class A teams with a win/loss percentage under 50% and above 25% OR Class B teams with a win/loss percentage over 50% and under 75%.

A win against Category 5 gives you 200 points and 0 for a loss.

Category 6 is against Class A with a win/loss percentage under 25% OR Class B below 50% and above 25%.

A win against Category 6 gives you 100 points and 0 for a loss.

Category 7 is against Class B programs with a win/loss percentage under 25%.

These wins give you 50 points and 0 for a loss. 

Now that we got through that, here are the calculations for the top 3 programs.

Tilton School: 13-3 in NEPSAC AA and 3-4 in NEPSAC AAA

Total Saylor Points: 7700/25 = 308 (average)

Head to Head--> Tilton defeated Vermont at home, but lost at Cushing.

Vermont Academy: 12-3 in NEPSAC AA and 3-3 in NEPSAC AAA

Total Saylor Points: 6750/22 = 306.8 (average)

Head to Head--> Vermont defeated Cushing at home, but lost at Tilton.

Cushing Academy: 10-1 in NEPSAC AA and 2-2 in NEPSAC AAA

Total Saylor Points: 6300/21= 300 (average)

Head to Head--> Cushing defeated Tilton at home, but lost at Vermont. 

3 NEPSAC AA games under the committee rule minimum of 14.


Here is what was reported for points by the selection committee of St. Andrew's, Gould, MacDuffie, and Worcester: 

Tilton 310

Cushing 300

Vermont 300

Proctor 280

Cheshire 267

St. Andrew's 244

Lawrence 205

Gould 180

MacDuffie 175

Now, we were told that Cushing received the 1 seed because they beat Tilton. The top 3 teams all went 1-1 against each other.  Tilton finished with 308 points, while Vermont had 307 points, and Cushing at 300 points. Tilton's score was rounded up 2 points and Vermont was rounded down 6.8 points, and Cushing stayed as is. 

It's also worth understanding that MacDuffie and Gould didn't get into the tournament because they were below .500, and the rule is pretty firm on this. However, the Class AA minimum for games is 14 and we have consistently had teams under this number. We find it fascinating that one rule for the tournament is enforced while another is not.  

Let's put the analytics away now because the New England Tournament starts on March 1 and here are the pairings! 

#1 Cushing received a BYE.

#2 Tilton will host #7 Lawrence Academy (the teams split in the regular season).

#3 Vermont will host #6 St. Andrew's (their regular season game at St. Andrew's was cancelled due to a St. Andrew's snow day)

#4 Proctor will play #5 Cheshire at Cushing Academy (these teams did not play in the regular season)

Semifinal games will be hosted by the higher seeds on Saturday and the Championship will be played in Providence, RI on Sunday. 

It's time to toss out the records, everyone is 0-0 in the tournament. It should be a great week of basketball and we are elated to be participating in it for the 7th year in a row. 

Go VA!