The hallmark of The Pine School's athletic program is our emphasis on good sportsmanship. When selecting their end-of-season Coaches' Award winners, all TPS coaches make sportsmanship the number one criteria.
In general, sportsmanship refers to virtues such as fairness, self-control, courage, and persistence. The key component is respect for opponents and officials. All Pine School coaches are instructed to encourage the following traits in their athletes:
1. Full commitment to participation (e.g., showing up, working hard during all practices and games, acknowledging one's mistakes and trying to improve).
2. Respect and concern for rules and officials.
3. Respect and concern for social conventions of the game (e.g., shaking hands, recognizing good performances of opponents).
4. Respect and concern for the opponent (e.g., lending one's equipment to the opponent, not taking advantage of injured opponents).
5. Avoiding poor attitudes toward participation (e.g., not adopting a win-at-all-costs approach, not displaying a temper after a mistake, and not competing solely for individual prizes).
If all Pine School athletes can display the above five facets, the program will be full of true winners!