KLAA Middle School Athletic Philosophy

The total development of the student is the focus of a responsible athletic program. Successful programs provide for physical, mental, social, and emotional growth.

We believe that:

· Development, being able to learn from experience, making choices about future sports involvement, and having a positive learning experience are important priorities.

· Participation for as many youngsters as possible is desired.

· The program emphasis should be directed toward skill mastery, team concepts, cooperation with peers, and the fun of involvement and fair play.

· Athletics are an extension of the classroom.

The learning outcomes we seek for our athletes:

· The development of confidence and poise

· Game concepts

· Learning from winning or losing

· Total effort

· Friendships and positive behavior

· Sportsmanship

The Coach’s Role

Is the most important in forming positive attitudes about sportsmanship to students, spectators, and the community.

· Live the KLAA philosophy and follow the KLAA rules.

· Set a positive example for athletes, fans and the community.

· Abide by the rules of the game in letter and spirit.

· Teach good sportsmanship to athletes and parents, and reward those who abide by the coach's high standards.

· Treat opposing players and coaches with respect.

· Respect the officials; understand that their contribution to athletics is an admirable one.

· Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.

· Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior, and leadership

The Fans’ Role:

· Compliment student athletes in their attempts to improve and learn.

· Realize that admission to observe the contest is a privilege, not a license to verbally assault others or be (generally) obnoxious.

· Respect both players and fans of opposing teams.

· Know and understand the rules of the game.

· Respect the decisions of officials, and admire their willingness to publicly officiate student athletes, in the best interests of inter- scholastic sports.

· Cheer good performances, regardless of uniform color.

· Recognize and compliment the efforts of coaches, officials, and league and school administrators for their interest in expanding education.

The Athletes Role:

An athlete is respected by the student body, the spectators, and the community. It is a role filled with responsibility.

Athletes should always:

· Follow the KLAA philosophy and rules.

· Live up to the standards of sportsmanship established by the league.

· Learn the rules of the game and discuss them with parents, and fans so all can have a better appreciation of the game.

· Remember that you are representing yourself, your school, family, and community.

· Respect your opponents.

· Respect the integrity and judgment of officials.

· Display positive actions in public at all times.