The athletic program at South Pasadena Middle School is an integral part of the educational program. It is meant to provide learning experiences for the students who participate. It should help develop habits, attitudes and ideals necessary for ethical competition and cooperation in our society. It should also provide our students with the unique opportunities for self-discipline, self-sacrifice, loyalty to the team, the school and to the community.
Interscholastic athletics is a voluntary program. Thus, competition is a privilege and not a right. Along with that privilege is the responsibility to conform to standards established for the School athletic teams. This privilege may be revoked when the athlete fails or refuses to comply with the established rules, policies and norms.
The Athletic Department as a unit is dedicated to practice good sportsmanship in our practices and ultimately in contests. Therefore, we are asking each athlete to make sportsmanship their personal goal. South Pasadena Middle School is making sportsmanship a major goal. We then, are taking a harder look at the way in which our athletes represent our school community. Our expectation is that after we beat our opponent soundly we will shake their hand and congratulate them for good competitive effort. We also expect that our athletes and coaches will accept a loss with dignity.
The student athlete shall learn.....