Athletics Handbook » Philosophy



The athletic program should be an integral part of the overall educational process of Milford High School. Our aim is to develop competitive athletes, but not to lose sight of educational values such as sportsmanship, health, and scholastic attainment. The program should occupy a position in the curriculum comparable to that of other subjects or activities and should aid in promoting school morale.


Objectives of Interscholastic Athletics

  • Provide opportunities to develop skills and to experience the satisfaction of performing effectively in emotionally charged situations.
  • Contribute to the development of a health and fitness attitude that will provide a carry-over interest during adult leisure time.
  • Satisfy the physiological needs of growing young people.
  • Contribute to the development of a wholesome appreciation for a well-developed and properly conditioned body.
  • Contribute to the development of desirable social and citizenship qualities such as responsibility, respect for authority, leadership and fellowship abilities, respect for the rights and properties of others, harmonious and cooperative group action, and respect for individual differences.
  • Help students learn to deal effectively with emotional strains and stresses.
  • Contribute to the satisfaction of certain psychological needs such as self-­understanding, self-expression, understanding of others, challenge, confidence, acceptance, recognition, and approval.
  • Contribute to the development of desirable character traits including persistence, determination, unselfishness, will-to-win, alertness, maxi­mum effort, resourcefulness and tenacity.
  • To display courtesy and respect to officials, spectators, and visiting teams.
  • Success shall be measured not by wins and losses, but by the progress and growth that the student athlete experiences as both an individual and a member of a team.