Sports Mission Statement
The staff of the Waverly Central School District believe that interscholastic activities are essential to the education of most youth, and, therefore, are an integral part of the school curricula. We consider interscholastic activities to be opportunities for developing human relation skills as well as contributing to physical and emotional development.
All booster clubs are unaffiliated with the school district.
Physical Education Excuses
All students are required to take physical education. Requests to be excused from physical education classes for one week or less for physical reasons may be made with a note from the parent or family physician.
Requests for exemptions beyond one week must always be made by a physician in writing.
Participation, even in a modified role, is imperative to physical education success at the middle and senior high school levels.
JV and Varsity Scholastic Code
- Scholarship has precedence over athletics. Academic achievement and athletic success are linked by commitment and effort.
- An athlete must display satisfactory achievement, attitude and effort to participate in interscholastic athletics as predetermined by the building principal.
- Once a student's name is placed on the eligibility list by a teacher, that student has two weeks to improve performance or become ineligible until released by the teacher.
- Ineligibility will not begin until Monday, following the two-week grace period. Removal from ineligibility can take place at any time by the teacher.
- Practice for students who are ineligible will be left to the discretion of the individual coach.
Goals of All Concerned With School Athletics
- To emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
- To eliminate all behavior that destroys the positive nature of the game.
- To stress the values derived from playing the game fairly.
- To show courtesy to visiting teams and officials.
- To establish a constructive relationship between visitors and hosts.
- To respect the integrity and judgement of the sports officials.
- To achieve a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game and standards of eligibility.
- To encourage teamwork, leadership, initiative and good judgement by the players on the 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 or death for players, coaches, school, parents, officials, fans, community, state or nation.
Athletic Objectives for Middle School-Level Students
- The school will encourage all students wishing to participate to do so within the scope of the resources available in any particular year.
- Fundamental skills will be taught.
- Sportsmanship will be taught.
- Importance of attending practice and developing good work ethics will be encouraged.
- Personal hygiene will be encouraged.
- Cuts may be made if necessary. Everyone will get playing time at the coach’s discretion.
- Team play will be developed.
- Complete athletic program (number of interscholastic games) will be established to stay competitive with league opponents.
- Students will be encouraged to participate in a variety of sports.
Athletic Objectives for Junior Varsity-Level Students
- Fundamental skills will be improved.
- Cuts may be made if necessary. Everyone will get playing time at the coach's discretion.
- Winning will become more of a priority.
- The athlete will develop an understanding of what it takes to be an athlete and part of a winning program (hard work, weight training, summer camps, participation in other sports, year-round work).
- Player roles will be developed according to individual abilities and team needs.
- Good hygiene and personal health (diet, rest, etc.) will be encouraged.
- Work ethic at practice and in games will be encouraged.
- Team play will be further developed.
Athletic Objectives for Varsity-Level Students
- Individual and team skills will be refined.
- The team will work toward winning the league or sectional championship.
- Cuts will be made if necessary. Playing time for those kept on the team is not guaranteed.
- Top-skilled athletes may be members of the team, regardless of age or grade, but physical, emotional and social development will be given careful consideration.
- The team will play to win within the context of the mission and goal statements.
- The team will make every attempt to be competitive with league opponents.
- Athletes will be encouraged to participate in other varsity sports and out-of-season programs to achieve excellence (camps, future programs, AAU camps, YMCA teams, weight training, summer leagues). Coaches may wish to outline various activities that may help an athlete improve his or her performance (a training prescription).
- The athlete will respect the decision of the coach. It is the coach's responsibility to determine the make-up of the team on the field or court at any given time.
- Non-league opponents will be scheduled to provide the best competition possible within reason (larger schools, known quality programs or teams).
- The athlete will gain a further understanding of what it takes to be in a winning program.