STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY FOR INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

The Rockville Centre School District believes that a dynamic program of student activities is vital to the educational development of the student. Interscholastic Athletics should provide a variety of experiences to aid in the development of favorable habits and attitudes in students that will prepare them for adult life.

Athletics should function as an integral part of the total curriculum. It should offer opportunities to serve the school, to assist in the development and encouragement of good citizenship and to promote self-realization and all-around growth.

Leaders should be of the highest quality and exemplify and model desired behaviors which develops citizenship among all athletes within the athletic program. Measurement of leadership success should not be in terms of the tangible evidence of the victory and defeat record, but rather the intangible personality development factors that are an outgrowth of the major objectives of the athletic program.

The Interscholastic Athletic program shall be conducted in accordance with existing Board of Education policies and regulations. While the District takes great pride in winning, it does not condone the “winning at any cost”¬Ě concept and discourages any or all pressures which might tend to neglect good sportsmanship and sports behavior. At all times, the athletic program must be conducted in such a way so as to justify it as an educational activity.

Everyone involved in the delivery of athletics possesses a unique opportunity to teach positive life skills and values. Therefore, this educational experience demands highly qualified coaches. Desire, dedication, and self-discipline need to be developed in order to ensure the commitment and personal sacrifice required by athletes. Making such a commitment helps to nurture integrity, pride, loyalty and overall character. The final outcome results in carrying these values throughout their life.