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Philosophy and Principles

We in the Gloversville Enlarged School District believe that participation in sports provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences that assist students in their education.

Principles of Interscholastic Program

Interscholastic athletics serve as a miniature model of life in that they provide opportunities for students with regard to responsibility, cooperation, concern for others, leadership, respect for authority, good citizenship, loyalty, and tolerance. Winning games has often been considered a measure of success. However, we feel that this is not so. This is not to say that the will to win is not important. It is very much the part of the total development of an athlete, but of considerably greater importance is the development of the person affording each student the opportunity of becoming all that he or she is capable of being. Thus, the athletic program which is centered around the welfare of the students is a vital part of the total school curriculum.

To utilize fully the potential in athletics for educational experiences, the interscholastic athletics program:

  • Is regarded as an integral part of the total educational experience and is conducted so that it is worthy of such regard.
  • Supplements rather than serves as substitutes for basic physical education programs and intramural athletic programs.
  • Is subjected to the same administrative control as the total education program.
  • Is conducted by persons with adequate training either in physical education or through coaching certification programs.
  • Is conducted so that the physical welfare and safety of participants is protected and fostered.
  • Is conducted in accordance with the letter and the spirit of the rules and regulations of the league, sectional, state, and national associations.