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Core Values

Opportunity

The athletics program provides opportunities for student athletes to participate in a broad and diverse array of sports.

Each student has the opportunity to participate in a sport each season. Grade level does not guarantee varsity team membership.

The athletics program strongly encourages multiseason participation. Students learn to balance their commitments because they are making choices among competing priorities.

Weight training, proper nutrition, and cardiovascular fitness are fundamental to each sports training program. These activities provide an opportunity to effect proper conditioning for athletics and to establish positive lifelong health habits.

Choice and Commitment

The athletics program values students’ learning to choose among competing opportunities, establishing priorities, and making commitments to the outcome of their decisions.

Curriculum-based commitments supersede athletic commitments.

Coaches have the responsibility to communicate clearly their expectations and time commitments so that students are able to make informed choices and decisions.

Varsity participation involves rigorous competition and an intensive commitment to training, practices, and games.

Students will not be barred from varsity team membership because of school or family commitments. A starting position on a team is an earned privilege based on demonstrated readiness for competition as assessed by the coach.

Competition

The athletics program values competition as an opportunity for students to develop mental discipline, self-control, cooperation, and perseverance through the experiences inherent in victory and defeat.

Rigorous, appropriate competition is a priority of the program, particularly at the varsity level. Individual and team success is a by-product of character, commitment, practice, effort, and teamwork.

Positive sportsmanship in competition includes fair play and respect for coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, and spectators.

At the Middle School and Upper School junior varsity level, if a student is healthy, has been attending practice, and displays a positive attitude, he or she will play in contests.

At the varsity level, coaching strategy focused on team competitiveness determines individual playing time. Playing time is not guaranteed.

Teamwork

The athletics program values the life lessons learned through teamwork and shared commitments.

All athletes have an opportunity to build leadership through the support, attitude, and motivation that each member brings to the team. Leadership has an important corollary—cooperation, the ability to support team goals and objectives above personal goals and objectives.

Respect, fair play, cooperation, effort, loyalty, self direction, and perseverance are some of the outcomes of student participation in the athletic program.

Teaching and Learning

The athletics program values sport as a vehicle for teaching and learning the attributes of an ethical character, the skills and strategies of sport, and the value of goal-directed teamwork and cooperation. Athletes understand that they are students in the athletic setting. From coaches and teammates they learn the values, skills, and strategies that are the underlying purposes for participation in the athletics program. Team captains and other student leaders are intentionally taught the skills they will need to contribute to a cohesive, supportive team focused on shared goals and readiness for competition.

Coaches understand that they are teachers and role models. They teach skills so students can grow in their competence and competitiveness over time. They view each practice and game as an opportunity to teach ethical values and conduct within the context of sport. They model this behavior by their conduct towards their athletes, parents, officials, and opponents, on and off the field.

Parents understand that they are role models. Parents view each practice and game as an opportunity to model ethical values to their children. They exhibit this behavior by their conduct towards all athletes, coaches, officials, fellow parents, opposing athletes, coaches, and other parents, on and off the playing fields and in the stands.