Athletic Philosophy


In 2004, an ad-hoc task force was formed to develop basic tenants and philosophy for the athletic programs of the Greencastle-Antrim School District. Input by interested community members was taken by written correspondence. The suggestions of the task force were approved by the board of education, not as a board policy, but as district guidelines.

As a result of the task force recommendations, standards were established for parent/coach communications in the form of a pamphlet (currently in use) and fan decorum. Also, the coaches' handbook was reviewed and updated with additions being made to reflect the results of the task force recommendations.


The primary directive for the task force was to define the different types of athletic programs that exist in the district.

Note: All three types of program share the following descriptors-- instructional, improving skills, preparing for life through competition, expanding socially and developing character. Additional descriptors were developed for each program, with the descriptors in no particular order.

Interscholastic: win, playing the best players, scholarship

Developmental: developmental, incremental, age appropriate, winning is secondary

Participatory: show up and play, intramural

It was agreed upon that middle school athletic programs are developmental, while from Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity programs are incrementally Developmental to Interscholastic.


Through the years after the task force recommendations, the following items have been added to the tenants and philosophy:

  • Winning is not the most important component of any athletic program. But playing to win is important.

  • The district’s athletics program mirrors our educational program in such a way that if a student-athlete is capable of moving up a level of competition, regardless of the grade, he or she may do so, as long as the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association regulations are followed. This mirrors the district’s effort to place younger student who may well be ready for advance courses, in those courses, regardless of the grade he or she is in.

  • All participants in athletic programs represent the Greencastle-Antrim School District as well as the community and must strive to do their best and show good character at all times. Participation in these and all extra-curricular activities is a privilege, not a right.