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
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.