Interscholasticathletics at the Horace Mann School is a component of the physical education program where credit is given for completion of a sport season. Therefore, all policies governing academic requirements shall be extended to athletics. Participation in athletics promotes a positive self-image, development of physical, mental, and social skills,understanding of team cooperation, and a sharing of personal experiences.
A well-coordinated program is vitally important to the morale of the school. 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 to ensure commitment and personal sacrifice required by athletics. Making such a commitment helps to nurture integrity, pride, loyalty and overall character. The final outcome is a better citizenry carrying these values throughout their lives.
It is the nature of athletic competition to strive for victory. However, the number of victories is only one criterion for measuring 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 to reach maximum potential, to be modest in victory and steadfast in defeat.