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

List of 3 items.

  • Varsity

    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

    The fifth and sixth grade years at Valley School are designed for developing sports skills and learning about the strategies and rules of the game. Green and Gold games (Valley players only) are sometimes an option for coaches and all games include every player. At the fifth and sixth grade level, students are not involved with travel games.