This physical activity is the start of a Saint David’s boy’s introduction to the importance of play. He will spend his Lower School years learning how to play many games while in Kindergarten, experience the wonders of the Great Lawn as well as the off Campus Gym in Grade One, participate in the time honored tradition of The Turkey Run in Grade Two, become a member of a team (and finally get to keep score!) in Grade Three and finish his “Intramural career” in Grade Four.
In Grades One through Four, we seek to develop a student well rounded in most sports. Focus is on learning the game, rules of the game, love of the game, confidence, skill building, and sportsmanship.
We have boys of all sizes, so it is important to stress “It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play.” Size is not the determining factor whether or not someone is or will be a good athlete.
The younger boys may be afraid of failure and those feelings need to be acknowledged. It’s also important to let them know that while “It’s hard to fail, it’s worse never to have tried to succeed.”
The coaches at Saint David’s use the “Roots” training or teaching from “The Positive Coaching Alliance” as a guideline to teach honor of the game.
The “R” signifies rules. Rules keep the game fair. Breaking the rules dishonors the game, even though you may win the game.
The second “O” is for officials. Without the officials the game would be unsafe and unfair. We want the boys to show respect for officials and at the same time realize that officials aren’t perfect, they’re human and they sometimes make mistakes. We want our boys to show respect for officials at all times, even when they don’t agree with a call.
The “T” stands for teammates. We encourage the boys to support one another on and off the playing field and to not do anything to embarrass one another at any time.
The “S” stands for self. We teach the boys to honor the game no matter what another individual or team does, by setting a high standard of behavior and principles, to hold himself accountable for his actions.