Welcome back to the second semester at LHS. I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas and New Years and had a relaxing time with your family and friends over break.
I want to take a moment and thank each of you for your continued support of the Lutheran High School Activities Department. Our 22 programs, 42 teams, over 250 athletes, dedicated group of 50+ coaches and the school administration appreciate all that you do! Your support, as a parent, is critical for our success as a department. Whether it be attending games, being a member of the Booster Club, supporting our upcoming Trivia Night, etc. we appreciate your partnership!
Lutheran High School considers sportsmanship a top priority. It is the expectation that all coaches, players, officials and spectators respect the integrity and judgment of everyone involved in all contests, including opponents and game officials. In accordance with our philosophy and goals, the promotion of sportsmanship is integral to the functioning of the AAA Conference and to Lutheran High School. Sportsmanship is a concrete measure of the understanding of and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity. Our sportsmanship and behavior at contests also allows others to see Jesus in the way that we act and react to adversity, our overacting priority about all other things!
Realize there is enough pressure on athletes to perform as it is. Added pressure from reacting to mistakes and being critical and negative to coaches, players, and officials create unneeded stress and take away from the fun of sport. LHS has made a commitment to promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators at all athletic events. Profanity, degrading remarks, and intimidating actions directed at officials, competitors, and other fans will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the event site.
To make this cooperative effort the most rewarding it can be for parents, athletes, coaches, officials, and visiting fans; the following is our “Sportsmanship High Fives”:
-Show respect for the opponent at all times
-Show respect for the officials
-Know, understand, and appreciate the rules of the contest
-Maintain self-control at all times
-Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of team
It is important to realize that each school has their own vision of what good sportsmanship entails. Ensure that you understand OUR philosophy. There will be some schools that visit LHS or when we are on the road, which do not have the same ideals that we have and will not conduct themselves accordingly. We know what we stand for and will act accordingly.
I look forward to seeing you as we all join together to encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials, and fans at every game. We count on you, our fans, to cheer loudly for great play and to be a positive factor in the success of all our programs.
Winning is an Attitude!
Dr. Doug Kuhlmann, CMAA
Director of Development and Activities