Philosophy & Covenant
The primary objective of a varsity team is to test its skills in competition and to compete at the highest level. Therefore, coaches use what they consider to be their best players to achieve this objective. All coaches strive to reward varsity athletes with the opportunity to play, but this opportunity is not assumed or taken for granted.
Junior Varsity teams concentrate on developing skills and improving overall athletic ability. Coaches allow all junior varsity athletes to participate in junior varsity contests unless there are disciplinary or physical impediments to participation.
Our Middle School athletics program helps young athletes develop skills appropriate for Middle School level competition and, if they have the desire and ability, to move on to varsity athletics. Games are scheduled in competitive leagues but there is less emphasis on competition and greater emphasis on all athletes participating in games during the regular season. Although this may not mean equal playing time, SAS is dedicated to providing Middle School athletes with opportunities to further their development in practice so they can improve their performance during competitive situations. During tournament play, the emphasis may shift to a more competitive approach.
SAS coaches are part of the InSideOut Initiative. The InSideOut Initiative is a statewide movement sponsored by the Tennessee Titans and TSSAA. The initiative helps coaches to understand the tremendous impact that they can have on today's youth. The focus is to build positive relationships with our athletes to help them realize their worth as individuals and valued members of society. Our goal is to win, but our purpose is to help our students understand the importance of integrity, respect, care, and empathy in their lives.
I just wanted you to know that your coaches and kids were the most respectful and courteous bunch of people that I have had the pleasure to officiate in a long time...I heard nothing but encouragement from the coaches (a rarity these days) and total respect for my partner and myself. You should commend your coaches for teaching these kids that it is not all about the winning ... Good job to all involved!
Ken Maury, Umpire