Middle School Athletics
The Athletics Program in the Middle School seeks to serve each unique athlete, just as Pennington itself serves each unique student. From the most experienced players to those participating for the first time, the athletic experience is rooted in the belief that every member of a team plays a contributing role. Our “everyone plays” policy supports that belief. Participants take pride in being a Pennington student-athlete by preparing and competing to the best of their abilities and by setting the standard of sportsmanship both on and off the field, court, and pool.
Every Middle School student is asked to participate in at least one of the three extracurricular athletic seasons, and to play a minimum of one team sport each year.
Practices: Everyone is expected to practice to the best of his/her ability and take pride in individual and team accomplishments, regardless of talent. Practices are opportunities to improve skill level, knowledge of the game, and teamwork. Don’t just practice, practice well. (Extra Help is an acceptable reason to be late to practice - athletes are simply expected to bring a note from the teacher.)
Games: Games are opportunities to compete and to execute what has been practiced. The goal of each game is always the same - give 100% effort, motivate, support, and encourage your teammates, and always represent your School with pride, win or lose.
Cancellations: The need to cancel scheduled games or practices is typically made by the Athletic Department and communicated to coaches, students in those teams and parents via Schoology, word of mouth, the website, Stainton Hall TV, and Twitter between noon and 1:00 P.M.
Absence: Anticipated absence from practice due to outside appointments must be communicated directly to the coach by the athlete as well as the parent in advance. Unforeseen absences must also be communicated directly to the coach within 24 hours of the absence.
Uniforms: Uniforms and other school equipment will be distributed before each contest and collected immediately after. All uniforms are then cleaned and prepared for the next contest. It’s an honor to wear a Pennington uniform, so let’s care for them.
Locker Room: All athletes are expected to change in the School locker room. Lockers are available for each athlete as a place to store clothes, equipment and any other personal items. While Pennington is a safe and honest community, the only way to fully ensure protection of your personal items is to bring in a lock. Under no circumstance should any athlete touch or tamper with any other athlete’s personal items, in or out of a locker. Lastly, Pennington encourages behavior that respects, values, and protects each individual and personal possessions.
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