Monta Vista Sportsmanship Letter

As we enter the school year it is important to identify the character we expect our students and children in all areas of academia and athletics to exhibit in victory or defeat. Two key aspects involved in supporting Monta Vista High School’s academic and athletic community are: parental support and character development. We trust that together we will forge a strong union to support our students and children.

The role of the parents in the education of students is critical. The support shown in the home is often manifested in the ability of students to accept the opportunities and challenges presented to them at school or in extra and co-curricular activities preparing students for life.

There is an ethical value system, established in the home, nurtured in the school, which young people are developing. Their involvement in classroom and co-curricular activities and athletics contributes to that development. The Central Coast Section has adopted a set of values that all student-athletes are expected to follow. Pursuing Victory with Honor, developed by the Josephson Institute (CHARACTER COUNTS!) promotes the following set of values: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Each are ethical values taught through activities and athletics. These are the principles of good sportsmanship and character. With them, the spirit of competition thrives, fueled by honest rivalry, courteous relations and graceful acceptance of the results.

As a parent, please keep the following thoughts with you when preparing for contests/events and while in attendance:

  1. Realize that co-curricular activities and athletics are part of the educational experience, and the benefits of involvement go beyond a single performance or the final score of any game;
  2. Encourage students to perform at their best, just as we would urge them to do well on a classroom assignment or exam;
  3. Participate in positive cheers that encourage our co-curricular students; and discourage any cheers that would detract from the environment such as comments taunting or intimidating opponents, fans, and officials;
  4. Learn and understand the rules of the game; respect the game, the officials who administer them, and their decisions;
  5. Support our coaches as they are teachers striving to educate our youth;
  6. Respect our opponents as students acknowledging them for striving to do their absolute best; and
  7. Develop a sense of dignity and civility under all circumstances.

You can have a major influence on your child’s attitude about academics and athletics. The leadership role you take will help influence your child, and our community, for years to come.

We look forward to serving you in the year ahead, and appreciate your continued support.


MVHS Athletics and Administrative Team