Athletics teach students important lessons about life and what kind of people they want to become. Lessons learned through athletics – discipline, self-confidence, teamwork – are never limited to just the sport itself. As student-athletes prepare for the “big game,” they also learn how to prepare for the major challenges in their lives, events much bigger than sports contests. Many of our students are varsity athletes who aspire to play in college and our coaches guide them as they discover how athletics might fit into their futures. While we realize that not every student will be a varsity athlete, we want all students to experience the values and learning experiences that are part of athletics. Students who come to Robinson School thinking of themselves as non-athletes often find that they learn from sports in ways they never anticipated or even thought possible. As participants and as fans, all students enjoy the sense of community that comes from participating in athletic contests. They experience firsthand the power of practice, perseverance, and teamwork.
The Physical Education department is committed to the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, moral and social development of each student. Physical fitness and basic health principles are promoted through the development of coordination and balance, spatial awareness, problem-solving, group games, primary sports skills and interscholastic competitions. A positive attitude toward athletic and recreational activities is encouraged as a means to increase the student´s self-esteem, to develop a respect for physical well-being and to ultimately lead active and productive lives.
Athletics Philosophy and Goals
Robinson School believes that the opportunity for participation in a wide variety of selected activities is a vital part of a student’s educational experiences. Such participation is a privilege that carries with it a responsibility to the school, to the activity, to other students, to the community and to the athletes themselves. Athletics provide a balance of experiences that contribute to the development of learning and emotional skills that enable the student to achieve maximum benefit from his or her education.
Hawk Athletic Goals
We believe and are fully committed to “Pursuing Victory with Honor” while developing character in our students, which includes qualities such as trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship. In the past five years, we have won the league’s sportsmanship award. To have done this, we are dedicated to:
Competing with sportsmanship and respect for the opposition.
• Winning and losing with humility and dignity.
• Teaching the importance of fulfilling commitments.
• Teaching the values of hard work, competition, cooperation, and perseverance.
• Developing a sense of self-worth and self-control.
• Developing an attitude which will contribute positively to lifelong health and enjoyment.
• Six Pillars of Character
We subscribe to six pillars of character in all that we do:
• Always pursue victory with honor.
• Demonstrate and demand scrupulous integrity.
• Observe and enforce the spirit and letter of rules.
• Don’t compromise education and character-development goals.
• Don’t engage in or tolerate dishonesty, cheating or dishonorable conduct.
• Treat the traditions of the sport and other participants with respect.
• Don’t engage in or tolerate disrespectful conduct including verbal abuse of opponents and officials, profane or belligerent “trash talking”, taunting or unseemly celebrations.
• Win with grace and lose with dignity.
• Be a positive role model on and off the field and require the same of your athletes.
• Further the mental, social and moral development of athletes and teach life skills that enhance personal success and social responsibility.
• Maintain competence including basic knowledge of 1) character building; 2) first aid and safety principles; and 3) coaching principles, rules and strategies.
• Adhere to high standards of fair play.
• Treat players fairly according to their abilities.
• Never take unfair advantage.
• Be open-minded.
Assure that the academic, emotional, physical and moral well-being of athletes is always placed above desires and pressures to win.
• Avoid gamesmanship and promote sportsmanship by honoring the rules and goals of the sport.
• Establish codes of conduct for coaches, athletes, parents, and spectators.
• Safeguard the health of athletes and the integrity of the sport by prohibiting the use of alcohol and tobacco.
• Demand compliance with the laws and regulations, including those relating to gambling and the use of drugs.