ATHLETICS & TEAM SPORTS
NorthStar Athletic Philosophy
We recognize that sports influence young men profoundly and provide opportunities to learn about developing values such as respect, responsibility, reliability, teamwork, and character. These values don’t happen by themselves, they are taught and mentored by coaches, volunteers, and parents / guardians. Together we can instill these values in our young men’s lives through athletics.
Safety First – Where needed, we have modified the sport to avoid injury as much as possible. We offer top facilities and playing equipment. We ask you to gradually develop player’s fitness levels so they are conditioned for the sport, to supervise the players and stop any unsafe activities.
Positive Competition – We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory is kept in the right perspective. Learning to compete is essential, but learning to cooperate in a competitive world is a life lesson.
Family Involvement – We encourage parents to be involved either by volunteer coaches, assistants or team parents and to reinforce the values we bring from the gym, to the schoolyard and playground and home.
Sports for All – NorthStar sports programs are inclusive. We offer programs for kids regardless of their race, gender, religious creed or ability. We ask our coaches to encourage and appreciate the diversity of children in our society, however different they may be.
Sport for Fun – Sports are naturally fun for kids. They love the challenge of mastering the skills of the game, playing with their friends and cooperating among their peers.
Fair Play – Fair play is about playing by the rules. It’s about you and players showing respect for all involved and being a role model of good sportsmanship. We are more interested in developing children’s character through sports, rather than grooming superstars.
We have five primary coaching objectives which we believe are important.
- Help players develop the skills necessary to be successful at this level and to prepare them for next level.
- To have fun and have the participants develop a love for the game.
- Learn about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
- Give positive reinforcement based on effort rather than results.
- Provide a safe and healthy environment for all players on the team.
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