Parents play a critical role in the success of the Chaminade Athletic program. Based on the commitment you and your family are making, it is apparent that you recognize as we do the value of participating in athletics. We believe that participation in athletics is an extension of the Marianist education that Chaminade is based on, and serves as a vital component to the education of the whole person. Participation in athletics is a valuable tool to teach our students the value of hard work and the essence of teamwork. Our athletic department strives to be a positive extension of the excellent Chaminade education in our classrooms, where lessons in self-discipline, self-confidence and character building through adversity abound. You as a parent play a critical role in this process. We expect our parents to model this commitment and philosophy, and be examples of good sportsmanship and Christian behavior.
The following are some things you can do to help make your child’s experience in the athletic program a positive educational endeavor.
KEEP ATHLETICS IN PERSPECTIVE
- Emphasize the right priorities: God, Family, Academics, Athletics
- Place value in the positive participation, NOT the winning or losing of a contest
- Remember you as parents of Chaminade represent the school and its Mission.
- Do not publicly demean participants in an athletic contest (Players, officials, coaches, other parents/spectators, etc.)
SUPPORT YOUR STUDENT ATHLETE
- Love your child unconditionally
- Talk to your child about how things are going with his/her sport
- Let your child select a sport based on his/her perceived ability and preferences
- Come to as many of your child’s contests as possible
- Stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle
- Do not support “quitting” as the best way to solve problems, but rather perseverance
SUPPORT THE PROGRAM
- Be supportive of the coaching staff and respect their professional judgement
- Follow the communication procedure outlined in the sports package
- Model positive Christian behavior when attending contests
- Understand the time commitment and needs of the particular sports, many involve significant commitments of time and financial resources.
- Help your child follow the guidelines of their athletic contract
- Display by your actions and words an understanding of the Mission of Chaminade, to enhance the image of our school to the community
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, Fix your thoughts on such things.
Paul, the Apostle (Philippians 4:8)