ABOUT SPALDING ATHLETICS

Purpose

The purpose of the Athletic Program at Archbishop Spalding High School is to promote, direct, and conduct interscholastic athletics in such a manner as to further the aims of general education, promote friendly relations with other schools, to encourage participation by students, and to teach good sportsmanship.

Philosophy

The Athletic Department is an integral part of the total educational process of Archbishop Spalding High School.  Being involved in athletics provides our students with opportunities to develop leadership skills and to learn the ideals of fair play and ethical behavior which are necessary for competition and cooperation in our society. It should also provide our students with the unique opportunities for self‐discipline, self‐sacrifice, and loyalty to the community, the school and the team. Archbishop Spalding High School encourages all students to participate in athletics by offering a well‐rounded program of interscholastic athletics for both young men and women. Competition and cooperation are prized in our culture, and both are fostered by a well conducted athletic program under competent leadership. Athletics which are regulated to meet educational objectives can provide a major contribution to the physical and moral development of students.

Interscholastic athletics is a voluntary program. Students are not obligated to participate and participation is not required for graduation. Thus, competition in high school athletics is a privilege and not a right. Accompanying this privilege is the responsibility to conform to standards established for the high school athletic program. This privilege may be revoked if the athlete fails or refuses to comply with the rules.

Sportsmanship and Code of Conduct

Sportsmanship is defined as a person who can take a defeat without complaint, or victory without gloating, and who treats his/her opponents with fairness, courtesy and respect. Sportsmanship is a primary goal of this school and of the Central Coast Section. Good sportsmanship does not happen accidentally. It takes a lot of hard work, a great deal of courage and dedication to stand up and tell people when they are wrong or take the extra time to make sure things happen right. As coaches this is one of our most important responsibilities and if we are successful in this, we will have attained a more lasting mark than any championship could bring. Because the values we seek from athletics cannot exist without good sportsmanship we can insure support from educational institutions only if those involved in high school athletics promote the highest sportsmanship possible. Good sportsmanship is expected at all games from all coaches and athletics. This includes respect for other teams, their fans, and the officials. The MIAA policy states that the following behavior is unacceptable at all MIAA/IAAM high school contests.

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