2 STUDENT ATHLETIC HANDBOOK I. Athletic Philosophy A. Statement of philosophy The Okemos Athletic Program should provide a variety of experiences to aid students in the development of favorable habits and attitudes that will prepare them for a successful and productive adult life. The interscholastic athletic program shall be conducted in accordance with existing Board of Education policies, rules and regulations. While the Board of Education takes great pride in winning, it does not condone “winning at any cost.” At all times the athletic program must be conducted in such a way as to justify it as an educational activity. B. Athletic objectives The student athlete shall learn: 1. To work with others - In a democratic society a person must develop self-discipline, respect for authority, and the spirit of hard work and sacrifice. The team and its objectives must be placed higher than personal desires. 2. To be successful - Our society is very competitive. We do not always win, but we succeed when we continually strive to do so. You can learn to accept defeat only by striving to win with earnest dedication. Develop a desire to excel. 3. To develop sportsmanship - To accept any defeat like a true sportsman, knowing we have done our best; we must learn to treat others, as we would have others treat us. We need to develop desirable social traits, including emotional control, honesty, cooperation and dependability. 4. To improve - Continual improvement is essential to success. As an athlete, you must establish a goal and you must constantly try to reach that goal. Try to better yourself in the skills involved and those characteristics set forth as being desirable. 5. To enjoy athletics - It is necessary for athletes to enjoy participation, to acknowledge all of the personal rewards to be derived from athletics, and to give sufficiently of themselves in order to preserve and improve the program. 6. To develop desirable personal health habits - To be an active, contributing citizen, it is important to obtain a high degree of physical fitness through exercise and good health habits, and to develop the desire to maintain this level of physical fitness after formal competition has been completed. C. The Capital Area Activities Conference (CAAC) Okemos High School is a voluntary member of the Capital Area Activities Conference (CAAC). The Capital Area Activities Conference was established for the primary purpose of promoting selected interscholastic activities among member schools and the assurance of such advantages as may be gained by a union of effort. The object of the Capital Area Activities Conference shall be to promote sportsmanship, to foster a spirit of wholesome rivalry, and to determine championships in high school sports or other activities in which member schools shall participate.