The Founders League consists of highly selective private college preparatory schools. Its members are committed first and foremost to academic excellence and believe that our athletic programs must always support our educational missions. The League stands for educational excellence, sportsmanship, and outstanding competition. Heads of school at the member institutions exercise control of athletics at both the institutional and league level to ensure that we remain true to our guiding principles.
The primary mission of the Founders League is to organize, facilitate, support, and regulate interscholastic athletic competition in a manner consistent with its member schools' shared commitment to academic excellence, integrity, well-being, and the personal growth of student-athletes. In pursuing and supporting our collective purpose, member schools strive to adhere to the same guiding principles within the League that ensure and promote our individual institutions' missions. If the athletic programs at our schools are to support our educational mission, it is essential that our interscholastic teams reflect the character of the student bodies within the League. We expect our student-athletes to grow from their athletic experiences to become national and community leaders across the spectrum of 21st century life.
One goal of our athletic programs is to identify and field the most competitive teams possible from our respective student bodies. How that task is defined and accomplished will depend on the diverse needs of each school and the climate in which it operates. However, as a basic principle, we agree that the lessons learned from fairly played athletics are of benefit to our students and serve the essential educational mission of our schools. We believe that school athletics are not a goal in themselves, but exist as an important part of each student's education.
The Founders League is an association of excellent schools with similar educational missions and educational philosophies. As a league, it aspires to hold students and teachers to standards of behavior that reflect the very highest values in society. Athletic competition should exemplify these standards and serve the broader purposes of education within our schools. We are committed to providing students with a full, rich and balanced athletic program. Important lessons are taught through athletics. Like the classroom setting, games and practices are forums for our teachers to teach.
We acknowledge that students, coaches, parents, and other spectators can, on occasion, be caught up in the intensity of a particularly heated athletic contest. This, however, is no excuse for irresponsible behavior. Just as we expect civility and self-control in the classroom and in the dormitory, we must demand it on the athletic field. Sportsmanship and healthy competition must prevail.
Accordingly, the following guidelines have been established by the heads and athletic directors of the Founders League Schools: