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Physical Education and

Sports Philosophy


A child in today’s world needs to develop skill, knowledge, and enjoyment from human movement. Through a continuous program of physical education and sports, each student has the opportunity to perform and develop the motor skills he/she needs for everyday life and recreational activities. Interscholastic teams provide a framework for the development of team concepts, including the competitive values of winning and losing, sportsmanship, and participation as a member of a team. In order to derive the optimum benefits from physical activity, coaches structure challenging, yet satisfying experiences in an effort to help players achieve success on the court or playing field.

Upper School Athletics Program Guidelines

Playing time should be based upon skill level, work ethic, and understanding of game situations. Coaches are encouraged to play all players, but they must communicate to all players that being named to a varsity roster does not guarantee playing time in a game. Situations that may affect this type of decision may include missed practices, poor attitude, work habits, or safety concerns.

Junior Varsity:
JV coaches should play all athletes during JV games. Each player should get adequate time on the field or court based on work ethic and attitude. Playing time should be fair but does not have to be equal amounts. Attendance, attitude, or safety concerns could have an effect on playing time. 

Fifth and Sixth Grade:
At the fifth and sixth grade level, each athlete will play in the game. The amount of playing time will vary from game to game and sport to sport. During basketball season, playing time on the travel team is earned and distributed based on skill level, work ethic, and game situations.

Student Expectations:
Students are expected to participate in all practices and games. If injured, a note from a doctor should be given to their coach. If they are missing a practice or game for any other reason, the student should notify the coach as soon as possible.

Students are not excused from practices or games to make up schoolwork. If a problem arises, the athlete should contact the coach and discuss options.

When it comes to games, Valley Athletics always take priority. Students are expected to be at all games.  If they absolutely need to miss a game, the coach should be notified immediately.

Girls field hockey game
"Sports do not
build character,
they reveal it. "
                                        John Wooden

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