PHILOSOPHY OF ATHLETICS

Interscholastic athletics is an integral part of the total education process. Student-athletes gain valuable skills that foster positive attitudes, build self-esteem, create positive relations, and develop life-long skills that will serve as a vehicle to enhance total growth and development. The competition of athletics is viewed as a valuable experience because it challenges each student-athlete to strive for excellence, help each student-athlete discover their physical limits, and requires each student-athlete to work cooperatively as a member of a team. North Central High recognizes the value of extracurricular and co-curricular programs as significant tools that enrich the academic experience. Sports for boys and girls are given equal emphasis and the desired quality of competition is similar in all sports. Students are supported in their efforts to reach high levels of performance by providing them with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities with students from similar institutions.

Program Goals

  • Provide an opportunity for each student-athlete to learn how to function as a member of a team.
  • Encourage athletes to display good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Instill the desire to prepare for success.
  • Encourage student-athletes to react in a positive manner, both in victory and defeat.
  • Encourage student-athletes to learn the values of responsibility, dedication, loyalty, teamwork, desire, humility, confidence, and other desirable traits of good character and citizenship.
  • Encourage student-athletes to attempt to influence younger students in the community in a positive manner.
  • Provide opportunities for growth and development through athletic competition that will contribute to a successful adult life for each student-athlete.

Success Factors

  • Culture– A successful program is a family that has trust among the members. It is what drives the program habits, beliefs, and expectations. The entire athletic department must know and believe in the mission and vision.
  • Communication– Coaches need to communicate with the team collectively and individually while knowing how to effectively communicate with parents and community members.
  • Leadership– Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new.
  • Community Involvement– Create a schedule for the student-athlete to include 15-20 hours per semester for helping community members or organization to serve meals on wheels, trash pickup, or help with habitat for humanity.