Stone Corral School Sports Program Goals
We aim to increase student participation and improve academics, while strengthening communities.
- Improving academics. Support academic achievement by capitalizing on the benefits that participation in athletics programs provides to student-athletes, such as improved attendance, increased parental involvement, and expanded social experiences to learn critical life skills.
- Increasing participation. Provide a safe, structured sports experience for all 5-8thgrade elementary school students who want to participate on a team, and introduce youth to caring coaches to instill lifelong skills and positive values.
- Strengthening communities. Create conferences of neighboring elementary schools and use the local high school for weekend games to create a safe community social center that attracts the entire family and promotes stronger linkages between elementary and high schools.
- Expanding partners. Develop a public-private partnership that promotes collaboration between CPS and alumni, sister agencies, sports organizations, professional sports teams, and the corporate community to create a lasting, life-changing impact for students and to allow CPS to keep tax dollars in the classrooms.
STATEMENT OF GENERAL PHILOSOPHY
Youth, by inherent nature, are active physically and have a zest for adventure. Most young children are interested in playing games, and have a strong desire to compete.
School athletics are a potential educative force of tremendous power in meeting many of the needs of youth. Competition and cooperation are prized in our California culture, and both are fostered by well-conducted athletic games under competent leadership.
Athletics which are regulated to meet educational objectives can provide a major contribution to fitness of the participant through (1) development of an appreciation for health and physical fitness; (2) learning the “give and take” essential to environmental adjustment and appreciation of the values of sportsmanship and cooperation in good citizenship; (3) acquiring skills, knowledge, and attitudes which can result in life-long recreational values; and (4) gaining self-reliance and understanding the necessity for hard work and self-discipline in order to be prepared for the task ahead.
Historically, California has believed in the value of competition in athletics as part of the educational experience. We are dedicated to pursue this principle by directing and encouraging an athletic program, which will give our youth the best possible chance to benefit in full measure from their participation.
CODE OF ETHICS
- To emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
- To eliminate all possibilities which tend to destroy the best values of the game.
- To stress the values derived from playing the game fairly.
- To show cordial courtesy to visiting teams and officials.
- To establish a happy relationship between visitors and hosts.
- To respect the integrity and judgment of sports officials.
- To encourage leadership, use of initiative, and good judgment by the players on a team.
- To recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well-being of the individual players.
- To remember that an athletic contest is only a game – not a matter of life and death for player, coach, school, officials, community, state, or nation.
- To insure that opportunities to participate in sports shall be provided equally for both boys and girls.
Key Goals of Sports Programs
- Ensure the program is inclusive and provides all interested 5-8th grade students the opportunity to play and practice.
- Build a conference structure to foster a sense of community between schools that are geographically near each other.
- Host contests to drive engagement and involvement.
- Solicit student, family and community volunteers to serve as game day staff (e.g., scorekeepers, timekeepers).
- Leverage public-private partnerships to facilitate the implementation, administration and funding of the program.