TFS Athletics

MISSION & VISION

The mission of TFS athletics is to develop GREAT character, competence, and competitiveness, to host GREAT events, and to create a Season of Significance. GREAT character evidenced through behavior and performance (stamina, speed, strength, skill, and strategy) will determine our success!   

This vision is so much more than typical sportsmanship responses of shaking hands after games. It is also NOT simply an external plan or program that we are forcing on the kids. It is a way of life that we keenly structure for, be creative with, and intensely seek to inspire in those entrusted to our care. We will raise the BAR: Our BELIEFS will compel ACTIONS that lead to positive RESULTS! We will be Together and Fierce as we Sacrifice for the betterment of the school, program, and team It is the active promotion of planned and purposeful GREAT character development that will be our signature, our constant guide and assessment, our very core, our brand!

We believe:

  • Safety is a prerequisite for optimal development
  • GREAT character is the foundation of all that we do. Gratitude and Generosity, Respect, Responsibility, Role development, Enthusiasm, Effort toward Excellence, Accountability, Ambition, Attitude, and Thinking and Trustworthy are guiding principles in which we will make all of our decisions
  • Competence results from a disciplined work ethic and a focused state of mind to enhance skills, strategies, strength, speed, and stamina
  • Competitiveness is integral in society so we will compete to the very best of our abilities with a great attitude while setting team victory over individual goals

Our priorities: School > Athletic Program > Sport Program >Team > Individual

Being a “Light in the Mountains” means we are ambassadors. Others will judge TFS based on our appearance, attitude, conduct, speech, and performance.  In all that we do, we seek to be GREAT! Shine on!


THE TRIBE

The mission of The Tribe is to heartily support the TFS athletic program, coaches, teams, and team members with our presence, by being role models of GREAT character, by promoting the teams in our community, by assisting in FUNctional tasks, by learning about athletic issues, and by FUNDraising to provide excellent and memorable resources. SUPPORT/FAN PLEDGE/MORE


YEARLY THEME

2019-20 Tallulah Falls School Athletic Theme: Toughness

Toughness is enhanced by making choices in the moment for the greater good, for the team above self, for the long term before immediate satisfaction. Choosing quality, sacrificing the unimportant, setting appropriate priorities to pursue worthy goals, contributing to the life of the team, and creating and fulfilling roles all require tough decisions.

Tough is not rough, it is not selfish, it is not inconsiderate, it is not arrogant or haughty. Instead, toughness creates significant connections from a genuine, deep, active sense of GREAT. It unites a team, rallies a community, provides a positive competitive environment and enhances the individual growth of our student-athletes.

We want each team from middle school to high school to directly structure and plan for the practical, daily, and lasting influence of being GREAT by developing toughness in practice, in games, and in life by choosing with conviction the greater good.

Everyone on every roster should develop a team role, measurable responsibilities, and assessable growth. We want to connect with each other, with the skills and strategies that inspire excellent performance, with officials who professionally govern our contests, with our community by serving, and even with peer opponents in a respectful manner.    

"Be Tough" is meant to be a cue, an accountability reminder, a rallying call, a process and a quest in all that we do this year as we continue to seek to Be GREAT!


ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

It is the desire of Tallulah Falls School for every student to achieve high academic standards. Tallulah Falls School also believes that students should be well rounded. We encourage our students to participate in many educational activities including athletics. The following guidelines are to assist student academic success.


Middle School

All grades will be reviewed after the first three weeks of school. The Academic Dean, teachers, and coaches will meet regularly concerning any student with a grade of 70 or below in one or more classes. Students will be given a set time (often one week) to raise their grade. 

If after the set time, the student’s grade has not improved to a passing grade, the following conditions will apply:

  • 1 week-Students will not travel with their teams.
  • 2 weeks-Students will not travel or participate in team games.
  • 3 weeks-Students will not participate in practices or games.


Upper School

All grades will be reviewed after the first three weeks of school. Students will be given a set time (often one week) to raise their grade. 
If after the set time, the student’s grade has not improved to a passing grade, the following conditions will apply:

  • 1 week-Students will not travel with their teams.
  • 2 weeks-Students will not travel or participate in team games.
  • 3 weeks-Students will not participate in practices or games.

Grades will be reviewed weekly throughout the season. If at any point a student’s grade is above a 70, the student will resume normal team activities.

The Academic Dean and the Athletic Director may review students on a case by case basis and make any changes that benefit the student’s academic success.


Athlete Absentee Policy

Athletes must attend at least half of the day’s classes (four classes) to participate in that day’s practice or contest.  Any variation must be approved by the Academic Dean.  Excused from this are medical or emergency appointments that are communicated ahead of time.


DEPARTMENT NEEDS

Volunteers Needed

  • TFS Tribe Parent Leader needed to help develop our TFS Tribe to better serve parents and friends of TFS athletics. Contact Scott Neal
  • Team Parent Leaders for each sports team to help with team activities/snacks. Contact coach
  • Concessions helpers for all home contests, Contact Tom TIlley

Items or equipment wish list

  • Go Pro (preferably Hero 3 or Hero 4)
  • IPad 3,4, or mini (preferably with a Lifeproof, Griffin, or similar hard case)
  • Flags with new athletic logo