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Philosophy

We believe that interscholastic activities shall supplement the secondary curricular program, and as such become a vital part of a student’s educational experience. The emphasis for Lakeland Athletics is on Sportsmanship, Character, Commitment, and Teamwork. The high school athletic experience contributes to the development of learning and social skills that maximize a student’s education. It is important to note that participation is a privilege, not a right; however, we invite all students to participate fully in our programs.

Good Sportsmanship Code

Lakeland R-III School District encourages and expects its players, coaches, faculty, parents, and fans to:

      1. Maintain pride in self and school
      2. Strive to keep high standards of conduct
      3. Cheer for one’s own team is always encouraged
      4. Respect opponents as fellow students who are also trying to do their best
      5. Respect the rules of the game and the officials and their decisions
      6. Follow the directives of the school staff at home and away events
      7. Accept victory or defeat graciously