ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY
The experience of playing on a competitive athletics team is a uniquely valuable one that our students may not have elsewhere in their lives. In accordance with Hawken’s central beliefs, athletics is an integral component of the studentathlete’s overall educational experience. The major objective of the program is to provide wholesome opportunities for student-athletes to develop positive habits and attitudes. Hawken students learn the lifelong value of involvement in sports, the values of good sportsmanship, personal commitment, physical activity, teamwork, skill development, sacrifice, decision-making and an appreciation for the notion that participation in athletics is a privilege. Hawken offers 21 varsity level teams and 14 sub-varsity level teams. Interscholastic contests provide an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and friends to gather and promote fair play, friendship, community, good sportsmanship and positive interaction. Participation on a team builds community spirit by providing an ideal arena for students to learn and understand the values of cooperation, sharing, teamwork, sportsmanship, motivation, responsibility, respect and discipline. Students learn what it means to work towards a common goal. Recognizing the intrinsic educational value inherent in sport, the athletics department gives every student the opportunity for team competition. To that end, Hawken School makes every effort to provide appropriate team opportunities for students with a wide-range of athletic abilities willing to make the necessary personal commitment. Although Hawken teams and players will always strive fairly to win, the primary emphasis of freshman and junior varsity teams is to nurture talent and develop athletic skills. Depending on the degree of competition in any given contest, varsity coaches will decide which students will play and which may not have that opportunity.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY
Hawken School, in conjunction with the Chagrin Valley Conference, expects all of its students, athletes, coaches, and spectators to behave in a sportsmanlike manner at all contests. The guidelines mandate that spectators must remain in designated areas, must not use obscene cheers or offensive actions, must not throw objects onto the playing surface and must not exhibit violent behavior or make threats of violence to others. Parents and students must understand that any violation of these guidelines may result in removal from the game, disciplinary consequences, and/or conceivably in an egregious circumstance, legal prosecution. Every member of the Hawken community must treat opponents with respect; respect the judgment of officials; abide by the rules of the contest; display no behavior that could incite fans; cooperate with officials, coaches, and fellow participants to conduct a fair contest; and accept seriously the responsibility and privilege of representing Hawken by behaving positively and appropriately at all times. Opposing teams and the supporters must be treated hospitably as our guests at Hawken. Spectators should only cheer for their team and not against the opponent, and should not interact negatively with the other team or its fans. If provoked by opponents or their fans, members of the Hawken community should walk away and communicate the problem in the most appropriate manner possible to the Athletics Director or Administrator on duty.