Athletic Department Philosophy
The Brandywine Heights Area School District believes that the purpose of an interscholastic athletic program is to provide learning experiences that will contribute to the personal, physical, and psychological development of the individual student-athlete. These learning experiences will be consistent with the educational goals of the Brandywine Heights Area School District and will complement its academic program.
The Brandywine Heights Area School District interscholastic athletic program is both voluntary and competitive and will be designed to meet the needs of student-athletes. In order to participate, students must be physically healthy, academically qualified, and willing to make a significant personal commitment to maximize the development of their knowledge, skills, and attitudes relative to the particular sport.
All athletic teams will operate under the leadership and supervision of an effective coaching staff committed to accomplishing the educational goals of the school system. Members of the coaching staff will employ safe and educationally sound techniques designed to actively promote the development of the student-athlete as a whole person. Also, coaches will be expected to continually improve their coaching techniques through participation in appropriate professional development programs.
The school administration, especially the athletic director and the principals, will provide a supportive environment for the coaches and athletes at all levels. All district administrators are committed to the philosophy stated herein.
The interscholastic athletic program will be increasingly competitive as students progress from the middle school through the junior varsity to the varsity levels. The earlier levels will serve as developmental programs for the more advanced levels. Team goals will reflect these goals. Varsity coaches will work with junior varsity and middle school coaches to coordinate the developmental aspects of the program in each particular sport.
At the middle school level of interscholastic competition, coaches will place a strong emphasis on instruction and on maintaining sufficient levels of participation in that sport to allow the individual student-athlete to develop his/her athletic potential. Participation and development of skills in a sport will be valued above the winning of contests. The needs of the team will be balanced with the developmental needs of the individual team members. The number of students accepted for membership on a team, however, must support this commitment to high levels of instruction and participation.
At the junior varsity level, instruction and the development of individual skills for all athletes will continue to be emphasized. However, team success in inter-school competition will also be valued. Athletes will become increasingly aware of the importance of teamwork and a positive attitude toward team success. The number of athletes selected for the team will allow the coaches not only to instruct and assist the participants in their individual development but also to teach teamwork as an important factor in interscholastic competition.
At the varsity level of interscholastic competition, coaches will have the dual responsibility of fostering individual skill development and achieving team success. To achieve this end, the most effective student-athletes as judged by the coaching staff, regardless of grade level, will be given the opportunity to further develop their athletic abilities and to participate at the most advanced levels of interscholastic athletic competition. Coaching emphasis will be placed on helping the members of the team to work together and to develop a strong desire to attain the highest possible levels of team success.
Many Brandywine Heights Area School District student-athletes participate at the interscholastic levels after going through the various athletic associations in the District which act as feeder programs for the middle school and high school athletic teams. Coaches are encouraged to acknowledge and work in cooperation with all athletic associations and clubs within the District.
Although achieving success and training students in a sense of fair play are important, they are only part of the training provided to the young men and women who attend Brandywine Heights Area School District. The Brandywine Heights athletic program will focus its efforts on the development of each individual student as a person within the context of a sense of fair play and a good win-loss record.