The goal of the Golden Secondary extra-curricular athletics program is to create not only well rounded athletes, but students and citizens of the Golden Community. We strive to provide the students of GSS with the opportunity to learn new sports, hone their skills and create lifelong skills and friendships that will serve them later in life. Whether these are communication skills through working as a team, hard work through rigorous training or playing for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA, we value commitment to the team, hard work and an intrinsic drive to better oneself.
As an athletics program we strive to uphold the following policies:
- Positive experience
- Opportunities for all
- Athletic Skill and Personal Development
- Enhance our school values
- Child and student safety – Ensuring student safety is always our number one priority
The focus for teams at the Bantam (Gr 8) level is primarily on skill development and maximizing participation and emphasis for equal play. The Junior level (Gr 9/10) focuses on skill development and competitive play. As the season progresses, playtime may be affected depending on individual team's goals. At the Senior level (Gr 11/12), the focus shifts to competitive play, and equal playtime may not be possible. Commitment and dedication are demonstrated by regular attendance at practice and game play. Each player should set goals that include personal development.
SPORTSMANSHIP - PLAYERS AND COACHES
Eagles Athletics has the highest of expectations for its coaches and athletes in their conduct. Above all else, athletes and coaches are expected to represent themselves and our school with respect, dignity, and sportsmanship. Whether on the playing field, or in public situations, athletes are expected to represent themselves, our school, and our community to the highest standard.
e.g. Being accepting of official’s calls, appropriate language, etc.
SPORTSMANSHIP - PARENTS AND SPECTATORS
We encourage parents and fans to cheer for our teams. While it may be difficult, it is not all right to celebrate our opponents’ mistakes. Other sportsmanship suggestions include;
• All comments should be positive and have a supportive influence on athletic play.
• Be respectful to our officials.
• Take time to learn the rules and strategy of the game. By doing so, your spectator experience will become richer.
Please note: a student-athlete who looks into the stands repeatedly for approval or disapproval during a game may be experiencing higher than normal anxiety.
COMMUNICATING WITH COACHES
THE 24/48 RULE
Sports and competition can become emotional. We love to watch our children and teams try their best and compete, but we may not always agree with how certain situations play out. For this reason, Eagles Athletics endorses the 24/48 rule. This rule states that parents and/or spectators who have a sport-related issue that requires direct contact with the coach or athletic/tournament-director wait 24 hours from the time of the incident to allow reflection and emotions to cool. The issue then must be brought to the coach’s attention in the next 48 hours, or be forever dropped. This system is used in many sports and has the best chance success rate in resolving issues. Coaches usually enjoy and appreciate feedback so long as it is done in a civilized manner. The 24/48 rule allows emotional topics to be discussed with part of the emotion removed, and also does not interrupt practice/game time.
As parents, we want to see our children succeed and be happy. As sports get more competitive, the risk of these two factors not happening increases. Coaches like to hear from you, however, please consider the following;
• Insist that your son/daughter try to work out their sport-related issue directly with their coach before enlisting your assistance. Learning to deal with authority figures is a major benefit of participating in organized sport.
• Avoid jumping to conclusions. Remember that some teenagers tend to exaggerate both when praised and criticized and that complicated decisions such as playing time are usually a product of many factors.
• Parents are encouraged to let their children experience sport for themselves. Although it may be difficult, it is often more beneficial to ‘step back’ and allow children to make their own experiences. Of course, if the case of clear physical or emotional distress arose, it would be important for parents to become involved.
In this District we focus on open communication and speaking with the direct person that is involved. To this end we ask that you following the list below in order to ensure the right information gets to the right people – for further details see SD6 policy 2710
- Coach – General team and player enquiries. If there is a potential continuous issue, please request a meeting to discuss directly with the coach first. If the coach is under the age of 19, then a teacher sponsor must be there to facilitate
- Staff sponsor/Teacher attached to the team (if applicable) – General team administrative inquires and team concerns. They are there for student wellbeing and general team organization.
- Athletic Director – Any general GSS athletics questions including volunteering process, recruitment, facility booking, injury reporting, budgets and all issues that have not been resolved at the coach or teacher sponsor level.
- Vice-Principal - All appeals, major concerns and/or issues unable to be resolved by the Athletic Director. Any serious disciplinary issues or behavior that contradicts the spirit and philosophy of school sports.
- Principal – Final School level decisions and appeals.
- School Board - Final School District level decisions and appeals of decisions made by the Principal. Please visit the Collaborative Problem Solving document at the District Website to get details of this process.