Academic journal article Physical Educator

Model High School Athletic Handbook I

Academic journal article Physical Educator

Model High School Athletic Handbook I

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Philosophy

Mustang Athletics is committed to the mission statement of Meath Park Public School, which states:

Our mission is to empower students to positively influence their own life paths and the lives of others. We will accomplish this by providing students with meaningful, engaging, and challenging learning experiences. Additionally, we will support change, remain flexible, and respect each child's individuality. Within a focused community of learning, our students will become responsible contributing members of their communities.

Meath Park Public School recognizes that extracurricular athletics promote sportsmanship, team building, good citizenship, high academic standards, and community responsibility. Extracurricular athletics provide an opportunity for students to explore their unique talents and interests outside of the classroom setting. These activities demand a high level of commitment, excellence, and self-motivation, which will help prepare students for the challenges they will meet outside the school community.

We believe that participation in this program is a privilege of all students and that subsequent to their participation is the acceptance of the responsibilities that accompany this privilege. We are committed to making this participation a positive opportunity for personal growth athletically, academically, and socially. Participation is voluntary and is not a requirement, nor is it an entitlement. Therefore, extra time and effort are required of those who participate. Since the reputation of the school is often judged by its extracurricular programs, high standards must be maintained.

Athletics are an extension of the school day. Our volunteer coaches are charged with the responsibility to teach the values of accepting success graciously, accountability, citizenship, sportsmanship, confidence, tolerance, handling disappointment, leadership, organizational skills, participation within the rules, performing under pressure, persistence, work ethic, physical well-being, responsibility, sacrifice, self-discipline, social skills, striving toward excellence, taking instruction, and teamwork.

Participation in extracurricular athletics is open to all students provided they meet the general requirements as outlined in this handbook, and any requirements specific to the activity of their choice as governed by SHSAA bylaws.

Governing Bodies

Meath Park Public School must follow guidelines, policies, and bylaws as set out by the following governing bodies:

1. Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division #119

* www.srsd119.ca

2. Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association

* www.shsaa.ca

3. North Central District Athletic Association

* www.ncdaa.ca

4. Prince Albert and Area Athletic Association

* https://sites.google.com/a/students.srsd119.ca/p4a/

Programs

The following athletic programs are offered at Meath Park Public School. These programs will be offered on the basis of the following criteria:

1. A qualified teacher-coach or community coach to operate the program

a. Has up-to-date knowledge of the sport

b. Has the ability to commit to regular practices and games

c. Has taken all SHSAA courses as required by policy

2. A sufficient number of committed students to the particular program

3. Teacher sponsor (if community coach)

4. Approval by administration and the athletic director

Elementary athletics are open to students in Grade 5 and 6, while junior athletics consist of Grade 7 and 8 students. Both these categories compete in P4A leagues as well as local tournaments, meets, or bonspiels.

The senior teams are made up of students in Grades 9 to 12 and compete in the most competitive leagues or tournaments.

Meath Park Public School supports the following athletic activities:

Any start-up team must have the approval of school administration before the season of play begins. …

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