Philosophy/Mission of the Athletic Program

The Arickaree/Woodlin Athletic Department recognizes the importance of athletic activities in providing students with important opportunities for a total education. These activities teach students’ lifetime values such as commitment, discipline, hard work, leadership, teamwork, and physical fitness, all of which are the foundation for academic success. Participation in athletic activities contributes to the physical, emotional and social health of our students and promotes a sense of unity and cooperation among athletes, the student body, and the Arickaree/Woodlin community.

Our sports teams will always strive to win, but never at the expense of character, healthy attitudes and habits, and good judgment. We will always emphasize excellence, effort, improvement, and respect for coaches, teammates and officials. All Arickaree/Woodlin athletes should be known for their character and class (humble in victory and gracious in defeat). At the junior high and junior varsity levels, winning is a goal but is less important than participation and skill development. Regardless of level, however, our athletic program is designed to develop, promote and provide the following: self-esteem, school spirit and pride, good citizenship, sportsmanship, cooperation, higher academic performance, responsibility to self and others, respect, positive role models, healthy lifestyles, team-building, and lifelong wellness. We believe that the sports experience should not only be rewarding but fun.

The Arickaree/Woodlin Athletics further recognizes the unique roles and responsibilities of its coaches and parents in sports activities. Coaches’ and parents’ primary roles should be to teach the lifetime values of our sports philosophy and to always lead by example. The Arickaree/Woodlin athletic programs are an integral part of the schools and the community. Their impact is immensely important in promoting a positive school climate because they offer opportunities for adults to interact with our students in meaningful ways not available in the classroom.

Once again, we thank you for taking the time to read through this athletic handbook. We look forward to your support and involvement in our athletic program and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely, Athletic Directors

Athletic Directors