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Philosophy of Interscholastic Athletics

Interscholastic athletics in the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District is a component of the health and physical education program and therefore is an integral part of the districts total educational program. Athletics should be a broadening experience in which harmony of mindbody functions is created through striving for physical and mental excellence. This value building experience should be offered to as many students as possible. A well-coordinated program is vitally important to the morale of the school and our community.

Everyone involved in the delivery of athletics possesses a unique opportunity to teach positive life skills and values. Therefore, this educational experience demands highly qualified coaches. Desire, dedication, and self-discipline need to be developed in order to ensure the commitment and personal sacrifice required by athletics. Making such a commitment helps to nurture integrity, pride, loyalty, and overall character. The final outcome is better citizenry, carrying these values throughout their life.

It is the nature of athletic competition to strive for victory. However, the number of victories is only one criterion when determining a season’s success. Guiding the team to attain maximum potential is the ultimate goal. To this end the coaching staff must teach student/athletes to prepare their minds and bodies in order to reach maximum potential, and then to be modest in victory and steadfast in defeat.