MHS Department Philosophy
Middletown High School Athletic Department Philosophy
The Middletown Athletic Department is designed to provide an environment in which each student is given the opportunity to become a morally, intellectually, and physically stronger person. MHS focuses on each student as a complete person and encourages him to explore all aspects of human experience. It is the goal of the MHS Athletic Department to foster an atmosphere that enables the student-athlete not only to be coached the intricacies of his individual sport but to learn important values and lessons of life.
Middletown has a lasting and well-known reputation of fielding teams that honor the traditions and high standards of each individual sport. Our student-athletes have competed with determination, desire, and integrity. Due to their efforts, they have brought pride to their school and have earned the respect and admiration of their opponents.
Middletown has a long tradition of excellence in the Monocracy Valley Athletic League. Since the inception of the league, MHS has continuously competed for league titles in both male and female sports, while holding onto certain values that set us apart from the others. It is the aim and the desire of this conference that students develop and maintain the highest standards of courtesy, emotional discipline, good sportsmanship, and the ability to act as good hosts and guests. Nor are these objectives to be confined solely to the participants of these contests. They are the goals of the student bodies, for their parent groups, and for all who attend these contests. Thus, all concerned will have the opportunity to look forward to these contests and to enjoy them to the fullest extent.
These schools, of a generally comparable size with similar educational objectives and high academic standards, believe that athletics and athletic competition form an integral part of their school’s curriculum. Designed for all students, the athletic programs of the member schools are vigorous in nature and are planned to help each individual develop their physical skills and coordination in the fullest extent.
Parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to our student-athletes. As parents, when your child becomes involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s team.
Communication you should expect from the Athletic Department
- Game schedules
- Directions to athletic events
- Athletic department philosophy and procedures
- Training Room Procedures
Communication you should expect from your child’s coach
- Philosophy of the coach
- Expectations the coach has for your child as well as the other players on his team
- Locations and times of all practices and contests/travel information
Communication coaches should expect from parents
- Advance notification of any schedule conflict
- Specific concerns in regard to coaches’ expectations or philosophy
- As your child becomes involved in the athletic program at MHS, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their life. However, there will be times when your child will encounter adverse situations that may affect their attitude. It is at these times that we encourage you to speak with the coach.
Appropriate concerns to discuss with the coach
- Ways to help your child improve
- Concerns about your child’s behavior or academic progress
- The mental or physical treatment of your child
- It is extremely difficult to accept that your child is not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professionals; they make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be in the best interest for the team and your child.
Concerns not appropriate to discuss with coaches
- Playing time
- Team strategy
- Play calling
- Other student-athletes
- There may be situations that require a conference between the coach and parent. These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s positions. When these conferences are necessary, the procedures listed below should be followed to help promote a resolution of the issue or concern.
- First, have your child speak with the coach.
- If the issue has not been resolved, make an appointment to meet with the coach.
- Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach.
If the issue is not resolved, call and set up an appointment with the Director of Athletics to discuss the situation.
Since research indicates a student involved in athletics has a greater chance for success during adulthood, MHS strongly supports the athletic program. Many of the character traits required to be a successful student-athlete are exactly those that will promote a rewarding life after high school. We trust the information provided here will make both your child’s and your experience with the MHS athletic program more enjoyable and less stressful.
Director of Athletics: Mike DeSimone
Phone Number: 240-236-7420