The elementary schools of School District No. 73 are committed to providing a quality athletic program for our students. The program allows for student participation across a wide range of individual and team activities at various levels. The elementary athletic program in our district maintains focus on fair play, participation, sportsmanship, skill-development, and fun. We believe that sports promote many positive qualities and always strive to keep those qualities as a focus for our programs.
The School District No. 73 Elementary Sports Council sets and maintains the guidelines for all intra-elementary school athletic programs. The Council (with the assistance of the Executive Committee) strives to ensure that the purposes and objectives of the program are kept at the forefront.
Principles of the Elementary Athletic Program
- To ensure the well-being of the student-athlete.
- To ensure the well-being of all school and district athletic programs.
- To ensure a program consistent with the goals of elementary education.
Purposes/Objectives of the Elementary Athletic Program
- To provide students with the opportunity to explore and express themselves through athletic competition.
- To provide students with the opportunity to represent their school and community.
- To contribute to the development of school spirit.
- To provide students with opportunities to participate in activities that promote healthy living.
- To provide a wide range of individual and team activities and allow students of all ability levels to participate.
- To allow as many student-athletes as possible to participate.
- To satisfy the need to socialize and broaden student experience.
- To teach the concepts of teamwork and work ethic.
- To teach the concepts of fair play and sportsmanship.
- To allow students to develop life-long skills and abilities.
- Promote the Code of Conduct for Elementary Athletics for players, spectators, parents, coaches, and teachers.
Overview of Athletic Activities
Cross Country Running (September – October)
- Grades 3 to 7 are able to compete.
- Each year there are typically 5 meets.
- Approximately 500 students participate in the cross country events.
Volleyball (October - December)
- Grades 4 to 7.
- Boys and Girls Tier 1 Competitive volleyball.
- Boys and Girls Tier 2 Competitive volleyball.
- Boys and Girls Tier 3 Recreational volleyball.
- Approximately 96 teams and 1,200 students participate throughout the district.
Basketball (January – February)
- Grades 4 to 7.
- Boys and Girls Tier 1 Competitive Basketball.
- Boys and Girls Tier 2 Competitive Basketball.
- Boys and Girls Tier 3 Recreational Basketball.
- Approximately 105 teams and 1,300 students participating throughout the district.
Flag Football (April – May)
- Grade 4 to 7.
- Most recent addition to the program (2005).
- 25 elementary schools participating in the league in 2010.
- Co-ed with major focus on football basics and participation.
- Season culminates with the Flag Football Jamboree at McCarthur Island.
- Approximately 500 students participating throughout the district.
Track and Field (March – June)
- Grade 4 to 7.
- Indoor Relay Fest, Run Jump Throw Mini Meet, Parloff, So You Think You Are Fast.
- Zone Track Meets and District Track Meet.
- 2,000 - 2,500 students participating throughout the District.
- Initiatives taken to allow as many students as possible from each school to participate in events.
- Skating, skiing/snowboarding, swim meet.
Executive Committee of the Elementary Sports Council
The purpose of the Executive Committee is to provide recommendations to the Sports Council regarding the following:
- Schedules and rule changes that improve the program.
- Methods of increasing teacher, student, and parent participation in elementary athletics.
- The coordination of release time for teachers and transportation for various events.
- Communication of roles for Zone and District Sports Coordinators.
- The coordination of Zone and District playoffs.
- To ensure that School District No. 73 athletics policies and practices are consistently being followed in all school athletic programs.
School District No. 73 Elementary Sports Council
The Sports Council is made up of one representative from each elementary school in the district (teachers and/or administrators). The roles of the Sports Council are:
- To serve as the advisory body for elementary athletics in School District No. 73.
- To develop, maintain, and continue to carry out the philosophy of elementary athletics.
- To discuss and make decisions regarding the various athletic events.
- To serve as the liaison with the Secondary Athletic Council.
The Nature of the Elementary Athletic Program
Each elementary school in our district administers their own athletic program based on several key factors. Student interest is the drive of athletic programs in our elementary schools. Another factor is the availability of teachers and administrators who are willing to become involved as coaches and/or who have the interest and expertise to do so. Location within the district is another factor as intra-mural programs can be difficult when travel between schools is difficult. It is important that all schools strive to give students the opportunity to participate in the programs offered by the Sports Council.
The Elementary Sports Council continues to provide activities that motivate students to participate. With the assistance of School District No. 73, the Elementary Sports Council is continuing to work on providing resources for schools, teachers, and administrators that allow for quality athletic programs in our elementary schools.