South Whidbey Middle School is committed to a co-curricular, developmentally appropriate athletic program. Participation in athletics allows students to develop many desirable characteristics, such as pride, skill development, self-esteem, teamwork, service, self-confidence, moral courage, leadership, commitment, and respect. Students who participate in school athletics do better in the classroom, and have a lower incidence of getting into trouble outside of school. We therefore encourage and support as much participation in interscholastic athletics as possible.
Middle school athletics occur at an important time in the lives of participants. Students at this time are undergoing profound physical and emotional changes. At the same time, many students are determining their future in interscholastic athletics. Some are content to participate at their current level of effort and commitment, while others are anxious to commit to a more rigorous and demanding level of participation. Accordingly, South Whidbey Middle School is committed to providing an excellent athletic program designed to meet the wide range of student abilities and needs.
Here is the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) statement on middle school athletics (in italics):
Recognizing the unique developmental needs of the middle level student, the WIAA promotes activities that build student success through active participation, increased skill building, and positive sportsmanship.
Emphasize participation over win/loss records
- Provide opportunities for everyone to participate
- Balance competition with cooperation
- Encourage lifelong participation in activities
- Emphasize having fun
- Develop age appropriate skills
- Focus on fundamental
- Develop skills as a foundation for improvement
- Develop a positive team attitude
- Encourage, cooperate and collaborate with peers
- Present positive adult role models that demonstrate self control and respect
All athletes will be required to pay a sports fee for each sport they participate in. They also need to be an ASB member. Sports fees are $50 per sport with a one time $20 ASB fee. They will receive an ASB ID card. There is a family maximum of $150. Families qualifying for reduced lunch the sports fee is $15, for families qualifying for free lunch there is no charge to participate.
Communication between all parties involved is important. Students and parents should feel free to communicate with coaches and administration regarding concerns, however it is important that this communication be respectful and appropriate. Parent concerns should be voiced privately, in an appropriate place, and at an appropriate time. Directly before, during, or after a game or practice is not the best time for such a conference. We encourage parents to make an appointment with coaches and administrators if there is a concern
South Whidbey Middle School provides its students with a wonderful array of co-curricular athletic activities. Our talented and dedicated coaching staff is committed to making the most of these opportunities for our students. We look forward to working with all involved for the continued growth of our student athletes.
Thank you for supporting our students in this important part of their education here at South Whidbey Middle School, and Remember....