SOUTH ALBANY HIGH SCHOOL
OUR GOALS AND CORNERSTONES
The Primary Goals of the South Albany Athletic Program are to:
- Offer student/athletes a fun, positive, and successful experience;
- Coaching for Significance – each program is aligned to values, cornerstones, and virtues that create success;
- Connecting students to the school through our athletic programs;
- Student/Athletes will increase their knowledge and skills in regard to their sport;
- The overall athletic program goals are aligned to the 4C's - competence, competitiveness, character, and civility (see below).
The 4 C's were developed to help develop character through sport. Beyond the basic skills taught it is our goal to develop the character of our youth through our athletic program: We know that less than 2% of high school athletes go on to play team sports at the college level. Therefore, we understand that high school athletics provide a unique opportunity for the development of not only physical conditioning and athletic skill, but also character traits essential for success in life. To that end we challenge every athlete to strive for the following:
Competence – the necessary level of knowledge and skill to sufficiently train and compete.
- To develop the skills necessary to participate competently in the game.
- To demonstrate knowledge of the rules and conventions of the game.
- To demonstrate knowledge of the strategies of the game.
- To demonstrates a level of physical conditioning and fitness sufficient to participate competently in the game.
- To demonstrate knowledge of healthy behaviors including nutritional issues.
- To understand the necessity of abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in order to achieve the positive benefits of interscholastic athletic.
Competitiveness - we desire a program of excellence and strive to win every contest in which our teams compete.
- To have the desire to win; don't accept losing.
- To prepare mentally and physically for every contest.
- To never give up; no matter the situation.Always persevere!
- To do whatever it takes to be competitive (i.e., train, look at film, improve skills, attend camps, etc…)
- To possess a strong work ethic before, during, and post season.
- To reach your maximum potential.
- To improve – Continual improvement is essential to success.As an athlete you must establish a goal and you must constantly try to reach that goal.Try to better yourself in the skills involved and those characteristics set forth as being desirable.
- To be successful – Our society is very competitive.We do not always win but we succeed when we continually strive to do so.You can learn to accept defeat only by striving to win with perseverance. Develop a desire to excel.
Character - the pattern of beliefs, attitudes and therefore behavior that relates to moral strength, constitution and essential qualities that embrace the positive values of South Albany High School and the Community.
- To be dependable in fulfilling obligations and commitments.
- To accept responsibility for consequences of actions and not to make excuses or blame others.
- To strive to excel.
- To be committed.
- To persevere, give 100% effort and not give up in the face of setbacks.
- To demonstrate truthfulness.
- To play by the rules of the game and not cheat.
- To control anger and frustration and refrain from displays of temper and bad language.
- To accept losing and winning graciously; to congratulate opponents, not sulk, or display other negative behaviors.
- To work with others – In a democratic society a person must develop self-discipline, respect for authority, and the spirit of hard work and sacrifice.The team and its objectives must be placed higher than personal desires.
- To develop sportsmanship – To accept defeat knowing we have done our best, we must learn to treat others as we would have others treat us. We need to develop desirable social traits, including emotional control, honesty, cooperation and dependability.
Civility – to demonstrate behavior that exemplifies appropriate respect and concern for others.
- To practice dignity and class on and off the field.
- To refrain from trash talk and other put- downs of opponents and teammates
- To treat all persons respectfully regardless of individual differences
- To show respect for legitimate authority (e.g. coaches, officials, captains)
- To be fair and treat others as one wishes to be treated
- To listen to and try to understand others
- To be compassionate and sensitive to others
- To actively support teammates and others
Playing Level Philosophy
We believe that athletes competing on the freshmen level are still learning the fundamentals and developing the skills that will become increasingly important as they mature and progress athletically.Opportunities for participation are weighted more heavily upon skill development than upon the importance of winning and losing.
Players selected for participation at the junior varsity level have already demonstrated levels of skill development and commitment that allow greater emphasis upon team concepts and competitiveness.Though the development of skills and fundamentals will remain a primary focus on the junior varsity level, the balance between playing time and demonstrated skill begins to shift to the formulas that will offer the team the greatest competitive advantage.
Athletes selected for participation at the varsity level understand that varsity sports are the most demanding in terms of the levels of ability, athleticism, commitment and competitiveness.Much greater emphasis is placed upon fielding teams that are highly competitive and decisions for participation are based upon the competitive abilities and contributions that individual athletes can offer which will enhance the team's chances of winning.