Overview

At MacLaren, the student athlete is first and foremost a student. Coaches, team captains and faculty work hard to promote excellence on the court or the field and not produce an athletics subculture in the school. An unhealthy preoccupation with athletics can produce an athletics elite, which would ultimately be divisive and detrimental to the community of learners. While always secondary to the academic life of the school, a healthy athletics program is nevertheless an important aspect of life at MacLaren. 

The athletics field or court is a kind of classroom where students learn lessons about teamwork, fair play, healthy competition, honorable victory, gracious defeat, respect for opponents and courtesy. The goals and objectives of the athletics program are:

· To seek victory through skill, teamwork, stamina, courage and commitment.

· To develop healthy bodies, agility, strength, endurance, mental discipline and athletic skills.

· To foster the growth of personal character by demanding the highest standards of good sportsmanship, by teaching loyalty and perseverance and by encouraging personal sacrifice for the sake of the team. 

As a small school, our program is modest and will grow over time. The types of sports that we offer are directly linked to what parents and teachers are able to volunteer in the way of coaching and organizational expertise.

Eligibility

All students are encouraged to participate in the MacLaren athletic program and/or the other organizations that sponsor organized activities. However, academic responsibilities are always the top priority. In addition, student athletes and students taking part in non-athletic activities are public representatives of MacLaren, which makes disciplinary matters relevant. Students may be removed from teams or clubs for academic or disciplinary reasons. For example, students who accumulate 1.5 hours of detention in one semester may become ineligible for extracurriculars that semester, including athletics. The Head of School oversees this process.

Moreover, students involved in any MacLaren extracurricular club or sport need to remain academically eligible for participation. Faculty members will review group rosters weekly and advise the Head of School of any student they are concerned about. Several factors may be taken into consideration when determining student eligibility, including academic standing and effort to improve deficient grades. If a student becomes ineligible, this status will be under review weekly.

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