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About CMS Athletics

Purpose & Goals

It is the purpose of the Cardigan Mountain School Athletic Department to provide all students with a unique opportunity to participate in an age-appropriate, competitive athletic program. Students choosing not to participate on a competitive team are provided other noncompetitive opportunities to develop their physical skills in the pursuit of a well-rounded education in mind, body, and spirit. The Cardigan Mountain School Athletic Department is committed to the following:

  • Offering a balanced and varied program of interscholastic athletics, intramurals, and activities.

  • Teaching the value of ethical conduct, sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork through dedication to the teacher–coach model.

  • Modeling Cardigan Mountain School’s four core values: Compassion, Integrity, Respect, and Courage.

  • Using positive coaching to address teachable moments in order to develop positive character traits on the field that translate to positive interactions off the field.

  • Recognizing that a healthy athletic environment is inclusive, that every team member is equally important, and that the athletic experience should be fun for all participants, coaches, and spectators.

  • Understanding that the systematic development of all athletes’ skills is a sign of thoughtful programmatic thinking.

  • Embracing the idea that individual, team, and program success is not measured in individual awards, wins and losses, or championships, but in effort, progress, resilience, and the dedication to hard work, one’s team, and one’s school.

  • Acknowledging that commitment to the program and individual teams is essential and involves daily participation in all practices, games, and team functions while maintaining a healthy balance of the big picture and the overall well-rounded education in mind, body, and spirit.