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The Mount Royal Academy Athletic Department is very pleased you have chosen to become a member of one of our athletic teams. Interscholastic athletics provide many opportunities for you to grow and develop as a young adult. We hope the friendships you make, the challenges you face, and the excitement you generate will make this season a memorable experience.
It is crucially important to remember that you are above all a student-athlete. Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, you must maintain good academic standing in order to be part of any athletic program.
As an athlete, your actions on and off the field reflect on the entire school community. Your behavior helps to shape the perceptions of those who make decisions that will impact the future of Mount Royal. The School Administration, and the school community, cherish the values associated with competitive athletics and support our program accordingly. We expect our athletes to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the school’s values and formative philosophy.
“Knights” Athletic Teams take tremendous pride in their preparation and performance. Our athletes work long and hard, compete intensely, and treat opposing teams with respect. Our athletes are not interested in selfish gain or personal popularity, but in the greater good of the team and wider community. We strive above all to bring Christ to others in an athletic setting. No social situation prevents us from serving our Lord and each other. We are counting on you to continue this successful tradition of using athletics as a path for personal growth, but more importantly as a way to contribute to the happiness of teammates, opponents, coaches, and parents alike.
We encourage you to set high goals and commit yourself to their attainment. The rewards will not come quickly or easily, but when you do succeed, the sense of accomplishment will be well worth the effort. One athletic season is loaded with a series of life lessons. Adversity ought never to cause you to quit the team, and therefore let your teammates down.
Interscholastic Athletics can be a fun, rewarding, and memorable part of the high school experience. While academics offer the primary source for formal education, athletics can contribute to the total value of that education in many different ways. Building upon the concepts of teamwork, fair play, sportsmanship, and self-esteem, athletics can help to provide a well-rounded educational experience.
To those who strive to succeed in the classroom comes the privilege to compete outside of it. Student-athletes earn playing time through good work ethics in practice, skill development, sportsmanship, and overall team attitude.
Activities held in the off season, whether it be for weight training and conditioning, team camps, summer/fall leagues, specialized training, or any other type of out of season participation, can in no way affect an athlete’s ability to try out for or participate (playing time) on an in season team. Participation in any out of season activity is strictly voluntary on the part of the athlete. Coaches may not mandate nor pass judgment based upon out of season participation. A parent reserves the right to send his/her child to any out of season source for the purpose of conditioning, training, or specialized instruction.