Mission Statement

The mission of Oregon School District 220 is to educate students to be lifelong learners who are productive and responsible citizens. It is our belief that the lessons learned through athletic participation and competition fully complement and reinforce this mission. The following information clarifies and explains the focus, goals, and basic philosophy of athletics in Oregon C.U.S.D. #220 at the various levels of competition:

COACHES:

  • District #220 coaching staff will strive to teach and positively motivate student-athletes in an effort to maximize each athlete’s potential. Coaches will convey an honest assessment to athletes in regards to skill set in an effort to identify areas for improvement and growth

JUNIOR HIGH ATHLETICS:

  • To develop basic skills, fundamentals, and technique in the sport
  • To develop an understanding of the role academics plays in school sports
  • To develop and instill responsibility and accountability
  • To develop a knowledge base of good sportsmanship and respect towards teammates, coaches, and opponents
  • To master an understanding of rules specific to the sport
  • To allow maximum participation by athletes contingent on district staffing/funding levels
  • In team sports where positions are limited (volleyball/basketball), efforts will typically be made to allow all athletes on a roster to receive playing time in a majority of regular season “non-tournament” contests (unless being disciplined). Coaches may take into account the competitive level of the opposition when determining playing time.  Allotted time however, may not be equal and may be limited due to skill differential, practice effort, and other observations by coaching staff.
  • All athletes should receive instruction in a variety of skills specific to the sport. Since athletes at this age will likely change physically between grades 7-12, skill instruction should not be limited to that of a single position or skill set.
  • Terminology being used by coaches and skills being developed by athletes should mirror that of the high school program
  • Individual and team improvement is targeted more than winning games and contests. However, the competitive nature of sport is introduced.
  • Enjoyment of the activity by athletes is paramount so as to encourage future participation at the HS level.
  • Introduce the connection between the school team and the role/responsibility of community representation.
  • Encourage multi-sport participation
  • Build a foundation of school pride and team spirit

FRESHMAN LEVEL ATHLETICS

  • To build on the skills, fundamentals, and techniques of the sport that were learned in JH
  • To further the understanding of the role academics plays in school sports and to develop self awareness and self-monitoring of their own academic performance in regards to eligibility and academic goals
  • To develop an understanding of the strength and conditioning requirements needed for long term success in their chosen sport(s)
  • To further develop and instill values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work
  • To further promote and develop good sportsmanship and respect towards teammates, coaches, and opponents
  • To begin to identify and help develop leadership capabilities of athletes
  • To create a demanding and vigorous practice environment while keeping participation positive and enjoyable
  • At this level, athletes should begin to have a concept of the term ”coachability” – meaning that they learn to be receptive to constructive criticism and/or views, ideas, and opinions that may differ from their own
  • Roster cuts at this level will only be made if the number of athletes going out for a sport exceeds the coaches capacity to hold and organize effective practices (see S.O.P.’s)
  • In team sports where positions are limited, efforts will typically be made to allow all athletes on a roster to receive playing time in a majority of regular season “non-tournament” contests (unless being disciplined). Coaches may take into account the competitive level of the opposition when determining playing time. Allotted time will likely not be equal and may be limited due to skill differential, practice effort, and other observations by coaching staff.
  • Similar to junior high, individual and team improvement is targeted more than winning games & contests. However, a basic competitive element is present.
  • Terminology being used by coaches and skills being developed by athletes should mirror that of the varsity program
  • In team sports, freshman athletes identified by the varsity coach who exhibit a preponderance of skills better than upperclassmen may be promoted to the varsity roster with athlete and parent approval. (* approval not needed in individual sports, i.e. golf, wrestling, track, etc.)
  • To remain on the varsity roster, a freshman should be consistently playing in at least half of the minutes of varsity games/contests.
  • Coaches will continue to build on the athlete’s foundation of school pride and team spirit and begin to create a sense of ownership and belonging to the program(s) the athlete is involved with
  • Encourage multi-sport participation

SOPHOMORE & JV LEVEL ATHLETICS

  • To enhance skills, fundamentals, and techniques of the sport needed to pursue championships (“varsity ready”)
  • To further promote self awareness and self-monitoring of the athlete’s own academic performance in regards to eligibility and academic goals
  • To create an understanding the strength and conditioning requirements needed for long term success in an athlete’s chosen sport(s)
  • To further develop and instill values of responsibility, accountability, hard work, good sportsmanship and respect towards teammates, coaches, and opponents
  • Continued development and identification of leadership potential
  • To develop mental toughness and emotional control
  • To create a demanding and vigorous practice environment while keeping participation positive and rewarding.
  • To increase the completive level in practice and begin to focus towards a targeted goal of winning games/contests
  • Skills, attitude, and work ethic from practice will be a major factor in playing time allotted during games/contests. Coaches will attempt to allot playing time for most rostered athletes, but this will not be guaranteed due to the increased completive nature of the games/contests and skill differential among players.
  • Depending on number of athletes interested in participating, roster cuts may be made for sports with limited positional opportunities (i.e. basketball, volleyball)
  • Terminology being used by coaches and skills being developed by athletes should be nearly identical to that of the varsity program
  • Athletes will continue to be taught on being receptive to constructive criticism and/or views, ideas, and opinions that may differ from their own. An honest assessment should be given to athletes in regards to their skill set, deficiencies, and strengths.
  • In team sports, sophomore athletes identified by the varsity coach who exhibit a preponderance of skills better than upperclassmen may be promoted to the varsity roster.
  • To remain on the varsity roster, a sophomore should be consistently playing in at least half of the minutes of varsity games/contests.
  • Exhibit school pride and team spirit
  • Continue to create sense of ownership and belonging to the program(s) the athlete is involved with
  • Encourage multi-sport participation

VARSITY LEVEL ATHLETICS

  • To compete for championships while displaying sportsmanship, respect, citizenship, and fair play
  • To help prepare for life after high school
  • To put developing leaders in a position to lead
  • To teach and master advanced concepts in game strategy, teamwork, and competition
  • To help athletes develop and exhibit mental and physical strength and conditioning
  • To maximize individual and team potential
  • Winning will be highly valued each and every season. Rosters should be constructed in a manner that
  1. enables the most highly skilled players in the school (regardless of grade level) to work together at the varsity level and, 
  2. rewards and recognizes senior students who have made positive contributions to the particular program for their first three years of high school and,
  3. gives Oregon High School the best opportunity to win the given game or contest being played
  • Skills, attitude, and work ethic from practice will be the primary factor in playing time allotted during games/contests. Participation and playing time in contests is not guaranteed.
  • Depending on number of athletes interested in participating, roster cuts may be made for sports with limited positional opportunities (i.e. basketball, volleyball)
  • Create and showcase outstanding community representatives
  • Create ownership of the program by the athletes and instill pride and desire to leave a legacy and tradition at OHS