The mission of the athletic program is to foster the quest for excellence by creating an educational and competitive experience within an atmosphere of sportsmanship. We strive to develop and realize individual and team potential by promoting high standards of competence, character, civility and citizenship.
“You are a member of a Middleton High School athletic squad.” This statement, to most girls and boys, is the fulfillment of an early ambition in life.
Athletics is competition and necessitates the need to prepare to win. Inclusive to this need is sacrifice – a price paid in time, comforts, and self. A life-learning experience, athletics teaches that sportsmanship – grace in victory and defeat – is essential. Working hard physically, mentally, and emotionally is a given. Great lessons to be learned from athletics are: dedication without guarantees and individual commitment to greater good.
Athletics is competition between schools – not recreation or intramurals. It requires dedication of the individual to the goals of the whole team. It does not guarantee participation, although individual development necessitates a broader base of participation at the lower grades. A filtering of talent takes place as athletes ascend to the varsity level, just as academics provides for scholastic ascension.
Coaches are the leaders and are examples to follow. They are the motivators, generating the will to prepare, inspiring the desire for overall achievement. As program directors, coaches organize practices and games, and pre-season and post season evaluation. Coaches are teachers of life lessons in hard work, ethics, and will; communicating and understanding the expectations for athletes and their roles in the program. The welfare of the athlete rises above any goal.
While it is dangerous to overemphasize winning, we cannot overemphasize winning with honor, personal integrity, stewardship, plus respect and compassion for others. Please keep in mind that participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege and not a right.