Athletics Philosophy

Athletics can be an integral part of a student’s experience here at Pascack Hills High School and should be an essential component of the overall educational process.  Participation in athletics develops the alert, responsible, well-informed, and well-adjusted individual, which should serve as a vital component of the overall learning experience for our students. 

We at Pascack Hills will win with pride and grace and lose with dignity and sportsmanship.  Participation and winning should be a byproduct of doing things “With Hills Pride'' rather than the belief that it is important to win at all costs. Doing things in this manner gives student-athletes the opportunity to become the best version of themselves, through hard work and dedication.  

Traditionally, interscholastic sports were essential for those students who had average to superior athletic skills, however, no student shall be denied the opportunity to participate in any program at Pascack Hills

Coaches are educators first and should be enthusiastic, energetic, and well-prepared for each day. They should strive to make each of our athletes reach their fullest potential by establishing standards of conduct and sportsmanship that are beyond reproach in their relationships with members of their teams and opponents.  Coaches serve as role models for the young student-athletes they lead and will conduct themselves as such each and every day.

The Pascack Hills athletic programs should cultivate and nourish attributes, such as but not limited to, loyalty, respect, unselfishness, courtesy, and sportsmanship. Our student-athletes also act as role models, both on and off the athletic fields, for our Hills community and will conduct themselves as such.  The athletic program, overall, should accomplish the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of students in an equitable and inclusive manner.

Every student in the school, whether through active participation or spectator interest,

should benefit from our sports programs. Our opponents should be selected based upon compatibility in size, basic philosophy, competitiveness, and region.

Those students who participate in athletics are entitled to a positive experience, through coaching, gameplay, and relationships with their fellow athletes.  Student-athletes who participate in our athletic programs are entitled to the best protective equipment available, the best facilities possible, adequate insurance coverage, proper medical care, and excellence in coaching.  

The Pascack Hills athletics program requires the cooperation, commitment, and support of the Board of Education, administration, coaches, parents, students and our Hills community.  

Finally, and most importantly, we will strive to be the best we can be at all times and always display our “Hills Pride.”

Below is important information regarding expectations at sporting events and the Sportsmanship Contract all of our student-athletes agree to prior to participation.

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