Glenbrook Athletics Mission and Philosophy
Athletics at Glenbrook School play an essential role in the school’s curriculum, providing experiences that help our student-athletes physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Although student-athletes are encouraged and stimulated in many ways to excel and to win, it is imperative that good sportsmanship reign at all times to promote the educational values of competition.
Winning is an immediate objective in all athletic contests,
Participation in athletics is an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience at Glenbrook School. This participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the student-athlete’s family, team, and to the student body. Athletics at Glenbrook School contribute significantly to preparing participants to become productive, contributing citizens of our community and society as a whole. In addition, Glenbrook School offers its student-athletes the opportunity to demonstrate a willingness to accept responsibility for their actions, to express ideas and solutions to problems, and to learn the value of fair play, honesty, and teamwork.
Approved athletic attire is a great way to show school spirit and pride, but it also shows the passion and drive students have for their sport or activity; therefore, only the approved Glenbrook athletic attire may be worn on the school campus on designated days and/or events.
Athletic Program Objectives
- To develop and maintain the highest level of sportsmanship.
- To promote self-discipline and emotional maturity.
- To encourage and develop respect for fellow students throughout Glenbrook School, and for members of opposing teams.
- To develop appropriate attitudes toward winning and losing.
- To develop appropriate attitudes toward citizenship, both in and out of school.
- To orient each athletic staff member to abide by the rules, regulations, and officials’ decisions that govern the staff member’s respective sport.
- To encourage respect for authority and the rights of others.
- To enhance the student-athlete’s ability to think and work, both as an individual and as a member of a group.
Team Level Philosophies
- Form the most competitive teams through a system of “trying-out” determined by each coach.
- The best athlete, at the coach’s discretion, plays as much as necessary to win the game.
- Wins are important in varsity athletics, but do not stand alone in determining the success of a season. The amount of team unity, strong work ethic, and sense of pride that develops over the course of the season, are all factors in determining success at the varsity level.
- Emphasize participation, teach fundamental skills, and introduce game strategies.
- Allow playing time in practice and every game, at the discretion of the coach.
- Introduce and develop fundamental skills and game strategies while teaching unity, a strong work ethic, and pride.
Expectations of Coaches:
Coaching is teaching. Therefore, responsibility for supervision, preparation, and training is as essential in coaching as it is in the classroom. The coach’s classroom is found on the fields, on the courts, on the track and even on the buses transporting student-athletes. These are opportunities a coach can use to help teenagers become better citizens and ultimately better human beings.
Placed in influential positions to make an impact on young lives, coaches must understand the inherent responsibility that comes with this monumental task. We understand that each Glenbrook School student-athlete should be treated as an individual whose welfare is primary at all times. Therefore, the coach must be aware that he/she functions as a model in the education of the student-athlete and shall never place the value of winning above the value of character building. With this as a foundation, Glenbrook School coaches shall adhere to the following expectations:
- Coaches shall support and enforce school rules.
- Coaches shall actively use their influence to promote sportsmanship by working closely with administrators, athletes and parents
- Coaches shall promote the entire athletic program and direct his/her program in harmony with the school’s mission.
- Coaches shall not incite players or spectators against officials.
- Coaches shall strive to set an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct in all personal contact with student-athletes, parents, officials, school administrators, the media, and the public.
- Coaches shall develop reasonable rules and regulations specific to his/her team and communicate those guidelines to both team members and parents.
- Coaches shall inform his/her team rules to the Athletic Director.
Coaches may incur the cost of fines levied against Glenbrook School by the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), for their actions during a game or match.
Expectations of Student-Athlete:
Any student-athlete shall comply with the following rules of conduct 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year in addition to obeying the rules set forth in the Glenbrook Student Handbook. Since athletes wield a great deal of influence over the actions and behavior of spectators, it is imperative that student-athletes at Glenbrook School embrace the following expectations:
- Athletes must abide by any additional rules and/or consequences set by an individual coach for their respective sport.
- Show respect for officials and staff and show self control
- Participate in every practice, competition/performance and event required by the coach, unless the coach has granted an excused absence
- Arrive on time, properly attired and ready for every practice, competition, etc., unless the coach has granted an excused absence
- Adhere to the grooming standards set in the Glenbrook Student Handbook
- Do not possess or use an tobacco or tobacco-related products
- Demonstrate sportsmanlike behavior and refrain from profane language on and off the field, track, court, etc.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude
- Be courteous and polite to others
- Respect possessions of others
- Display academic integrity
Students will incur the cost of fines levied against Glenbrook School by the MAIS, for their actions during a game or competition.
Expectations of Parents:
Students participate in athletic programs and experience some of the most memorable and rewarding moments of their lives. However, in contrast to those times, are times when things do not go the way the student-athlete wishes. These become opportunities within the educational experience for the student-athlete to talk to his/her coach and discuss the situation. Although some circumstances may warrant a conversation between the coach and parents, allowing the student-athlete to handle the situation fosters opportunities for maturation and learning.
It is the responsibility of the student-athlete’s parents and coach to maintain positive relations. Parents are entitled to answers to legitimate questions regarding their child’s performance; however, the coaches will not be subjected to verbal abuse. Should hostile feelings or arguments ensue during a meeting with a parent and coach that meeting will be terminated immediately and another meeting scheduled that include administration.
We ask that all parents support the athletic program by adhering to the following expectations:
- Leaving the coaching of the team, playing time and position played by your child, to the coach and his/her staff
- Refrain from profane language on the sidelines
- Refrain from alcohol or drugs while a spectator at a practice or competition at home and on the road
- Use your child’s role on the team as an opportunity to teach the importance of what it means to be on a team
- Avoid being judgmental of the coach in the presence of your child
- Respect game officials and their judgment
- Encourage your child to adhere to school and athletic department rules
- Do not attempt to confront coaches before, during or after a practice or game. These can be emotional moments for both parents and coaches and meeting at those times will not promote resolution.
Attending a game or competition, you represent not only yourself, but also your child and Glenbrook School. Please be a positive role model. The cost of fines levied against Glenbrook School by the MAIS, for actions during a game or competition, will be incurred by those responsible.
Glenbrook Athletic Offerings:
The Glenbrook Athletic program is an extension of the educational one. In providing these experiences, coaches are hired to teach as well as coach under the direction of the Headmaster and the Athletic Director. All students must be in good standing and registered with Glenbrook as a student to participate.
Athletic offerings include:
Boys: Football (Varsity & JV), Cross Country, Swim Team
Girls: Softball, Cross Country, Swim Team, Sundancers, Cheerleaders
Boys: Basketball (Varsity, JV and Elementary)
Girls: Basketball (Varsity, JV and Elementary), Sundancers, Cheerleaders
Boys: Baseball, Track, Tennis, Golf
Girls: Track, Tennis, Golf
Eligibility Requirements for Various Sports
The minimum required GPA for a student to participate in athletics at Glenbrook School is 1.83 counting all subjects. A student may not make more than one “F” and participate. Eligibility will be computed on the six weeks grades and/or the semester/final grade.
To be eligible to play Varsity football, a football player must be in grades 8-12 and must be academically eligible. Students currently in the 7th grade may try out during spring training of their 7th grade year, if they are academically eligible. Students transferring from another school, who are not academically eligible, will be given to the end of the six weeks in which they transfer to become eligible.
To be eligible to play Varsity Basketball, a student must be in grades 8-12 and be academically eligible.
Varsity Baseball & Softball:
To be eligible to play Varsity Baseball or Softball, a student must be in grades 6-12 and be academically eligible.
In order to try out for the Tennis team, a student must be in grades 6-12 and be academically eligible. A pre-season tournament is held to determine the number of team members if more than eight boys or eight girls try out. The number of players in individual season matches is limited to the number of players on the opposing team. District tournaments are limited to seven male and seven female players. Through district tournament level of play, the tennis coach determines who will represent the school on the team. The winners and runners-up in each division of the district tournament advance to the MAIS Finals.
In order to try out for the golf team, a student must be in grades 6-12 and be academically eligible. The coach sets a qualifying score and the number of six-player teams is determined by how many players attain the qualifying score. Male and female students may have several teams (A, B, C) but only the A team players may qualify for regional or state tournaments. If the school has more than one six-person team, the coach determines on a tournament-to-tournament basis, which players are on the different teams.
Students in grades 6-12 may tryout for the track team. The coach will set a qualifying time. The number of runners will be determined by these times and the number of eligible individual and team races allowed by the MAIS.
Students in grades 6-12 may tryout for the track team. The coach will set a qualifying time. The number of runners will be determined by these times and the number of eligible individual and team races allowed by the MAIS.
In order to try out for Varsity Cheerleading, a student must be in grades 10-12 and be academically eligible. A Junior Varsity student must be in grades 7-9 and be academically eligible. Students are judged by qualified past or present college cheerleaders or cheer coaches not associated with Glenbrook School and are selected according to an overall point system.
In order to try out for Sundancers, a student must be in grades 8-12 and be academically eligible. Sundancers are judged by trained past or present dancers or danceline sponsors/teachers/coaches not associated with Glenbrook School and are selected according to an overall point system.
To be eligible for Swim Team, a student must be in grades 1-12 and be academically eligible.
To be eligible to play on the JV football team, a player must be in the seventh, eighth or ninth grade and be academically eligible. If a student is a ninth grader and player’s only varsity football, he may not play on this team. An exception may be requested from the MAIS on a week-to-week basis if sufficient varsity players become injured.
This sport is played with fifth and sixth grade students only. This sport is played only when sufficient games can be scheduled. The coaches are approved by the administration.
Additional Guidelines for Student-Athletes
Dressing Rooms/Locker Rooms:
Only student-athletes involved in that athletic event are allowed in the dressing/locker rooms and dugouts before, during and after the athletic event.
If an athletic activity is held on a school day, a student must attend all of his/her classes that day to participate in the activity. This also applies to a practice or a rehearsal for such an activity. Exceptions to this rule will be determined by the administration
No participating student will be allowed to drive to any athletic event not held on the Glenbrook campus. JV and Varsity will travel to and from athletic events on the athletic bus unless the coach has made other arrangements.
Weight Room Policy:
Only Glenbrook students who are currently enrolled as a Glenbrook student will be allowed to lift in the weight room. A Glenbrook staff member who has received training in the weight-lifting techniques and delegated by administration will supervise them. The weight room will not be leased to individuals or groups.
All athletes will be required to obtain annual physicals prior to participation in any sport. Written permission to play in that sport and agreement to follow the MAIS rules must be given by parents. These forms are kept on file in the Athlete Director’s office.
If a student-athlete decides to quit a sport after the first game that he/she was eligible for, that student-athlete cannot participate with any sport until the sport that he/she chose to quit is completed (post-season included). When the JV season is completed, the student-athlete may choose to move up to the Varsity team, with the recommendation of those coaching-staff members.
To qualify for a letter in any Varsity sport at Glenbrook, a student must attend Varsity practices, games, and must remain on the team until the end of the season of that sport. The Athletic Director must verify the qualification. (Exception would be an injury with a doctor’s excuse).
A student must participate in some facet of the athletic program for two consecutive varsity years, at Glenbrook, in any sport he/she wishes, before he/she is eligible for an athletic jacket. If an eighth grader participates and qualifies on a varsity team for the entire season, he/she will have a qualifying year towards an athletic jacket. The two-year rule may be waived for a first year participating senior.
No student will receive an athletic jacket until the end of his/her sophomore year. He/she must be attending Glenbrook at the time the jackets are awarded in order to receive an athletic jacket. An exception to this rule is an athlete who has qualified for a jacket and his/her parents are transferred to a city where he/she is unable to attend Glenbrook, then he/she may still receive his/her athletic jacket.
Females will receive a jacket with a collar. Males will receive a jacket with leather sleeves.
The Booster Club will be responsible for purchasing the athletic jackets and the letter “G”, if the funds are available. Parents will be responsible for the sport and bar and/or any additional name, number or patches they wish to put on the jacket and collars. The Athletic Director must verify the athlete’s eligibility.
Four-Year Letter Blankets:
A student must participate four consecutive Varsity years (9-12) in the same sport to qualify for a four-year letter blanket, He/she must be attending Glenbrook at the time the blankets are awarded in order to receive one. If an athlete had qualified for a blanket and his/her parents are transferred to a city where he/she is unable to attend Glenbrook, then he/she may receive his/her blanket. In the event of an accident/injury, the Athletic Director and Headmaster will jointly consider eligibility for a four-year letter blanket. The Athletic Director must verify the athlete’s eligibility.
The Booster Club will be responsible for purchasing these blankets, if funds are available.
Glenbrook Booster Club
The athletic program at Glenbrook School is supported by the Glenbrook Booster Club. Members of the Booster Club support the players, coaching staff, and administration in any way they can. They also focus on assisting with the constant maintenance and/or improvement of Glenbrook’s athletic facilities and programs.
Glenbrook School is established for, and has the goal of providing to its students, a well-rounded college-preparatory education. Toward that end, Glenbrook has established and maintained many extra-curricular activities. The academic and character requirements to participate in certain activities are well established either by the school or by a national or regional governing body. However, all students must maintain a 1.83 G.P.A. to participate, have no more than one “F,” and must be current in all tuition and fees due. Participation in some activities is left to the discretion of the Sponsor or the Headmaster. Other activities are strictly competitive in nature with winners proceeding to the next higher level of competition.
No participating student will be allowed to drive to any extra-curricular activity that is not held on the Glenbrook campus. Transportation will be provided.
The attendance policy concerning all day attendance is applicable for any extra-curricular activities/events.
Dances and Social Events:
A police officer will be present at extra-curricular activities events at the expense of the sponsoring organization. The Headmaster must approve all school-sponsored events.
Each club is responsible for a constitution and must have a faculty sponsor. Clubs will have as a part of their membership requirement a service component. Club meetings will be held twice a month on Friday for 30 minutes. The schedule for which clubs will meet varies. All students are encouraged to participate in two (2) clubs.
The following clubs and organizations will be sponsored by Glenbrook. Those with an asterisk (*) designate a GPA, current account, or another requirement:
|Astronomy||Glenbrook Glee Club|
|Book Club||History Club|
|Boy Scouts (Ventures & Explorers)||Junior Quiz Bowl|
|Brick 4 Kids||*Junior Varsity Cheerleaders|
|Chess Club||Journalism Club|
|Christian Club||Kids in the Kitchen|
|Creative Writing||Music Club|
|Coding/Games||*National Honor Society|
|Dance||No Fear, No Future|
|4-H (Elementary, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12)||Scrabble|
|Girls on the Run||*Sundancers|
|Glenbrook Glee Club||*Varsity Cheerleaders|
Apache Princess: Each year the Headmaster determines how candidates for the pageant are selected. This is based upon the number of eligible, interested girls in grades nine, ten, and eleven. Applications to participate must be submitted by the girls by the close of the school day on a pre-selected date. Any girl whose application is not received on time will not be allowed to participate. Since the girl chosen as Apache Princess represents the school at area pageants, parades, and festivals, the Headmaster has the absolute right to reject any girl’s application for reasons of character. Candidates must be re-registered for the following year and current in all tuition and fees due.
Astronomy: The Astronomy Club introduces students to the planets and stars of the cosmos by giving them an up close encounter while using telescopes. The goal of the club is to create new methods to observe the night sky while promoting interest in astronomy.
Book Club: The Book Club meets in the library once a month. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to join. The club will encourage students to read the assigned book for each six weeks and to share ideas and opinions about the book. The club will also have invited speakers who will broaden students’ knowledge of different authors and literary genre.
Boy Scouts: Explorers is a youth development program for students who are in the eighth grade. Its purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. The Ventures Club which is for boys and girls gives students the opportunities to build character, develop citizenship, and foster personal fitness.
Bricks 4 Kids: A hands-on club where students in grades 4-6 build machines, buildings, vehicles, and other structures out of LEGO bricks, using one-of-a-kind model plans designed by Bricks 4 Kids.
Chess Club: The Chess Club will meet once a month to enjoy time to play the game with community leaders.
Christian Club: The Christian Club is an organization devoted to maintaining high moral standards at school and at athletic events. Devotions are arranged weekly and many lecturers are welcomed during the year. The club meets on Tuesday and Thursday during lunch in the biology lab.
Close-Up: This program is a one-week Washington, D.C. Government Study Program is open to students in grades 11-12 who are interested in American history and government.
Coding/Games: Kids love creating and customizing their code through our interactive interface. And when they’re done, they with web pages and projects that they have built themselves.
Creative Writing: The club creates a safe place for students to write and share ideas which results in the publishing of student work in either a hard format or electronic format.
Dance: Dance Club is an organization that allows it members to experience the wonder and joy of dance.
Drama: Drama club exists for the purpose of providing our students the opportunity to explore all aspects of theatre. Our students learn the skills of stagecraft, including all areas of acting and stage production. We also take part in workshops to learn acting and improvisation skills, as well as going together to see performances and shows throughout the area.
Environmental Club: The goal of this club is to raise awareness of ecological concerns through education.
4-H Club: Every month 4-H agents meet in the school for the regular 4-H meeting. Some popular projects include computers, public speaking, animal science, personal development, foods and nutrition, home environment, automotive, and many others. Local, district, and state competition is made available for 4-H members. Thousands of dollars in local scholarships are available to outstanding 4-H members as well as numerous awards, trips, and camps. The 4-H program is a part of the LSU Agricultural Center.
FBLA: The FBLA is a national organization, focusing on preparing students for business, office, or business education careers. Members must be presently or previously enrolled in a business course. Members compete with their colleagues on local, district, state, regional, and national levels. Dues are required.
Film Club: Film Club is open to all students who would like to broaden their awareness of the cinematic arts, as well as learn more about film in general, not only as an entertainment medium, but also as an art form.
Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Girl Scouts: An organization for girls in grades K-6 that meets once a month after school.
Journalism: So you think you have something to say? Say it in the Glenbrook Yearbook! Become part of the written voice of Glenbrook School and showcase your communication talents in news, feature, sports, humor stories, and computer talents with layout and design. It is a yearlong commitment for students that is challenging and fun.
Junior Quiz Bowl: The Jr. High Quiz Bowl team is a competitive academic team open to students in grades 7-9. Students answer questions about mathematics, science, social studies, English, history, culture, etc. in a Jeopardy-like team setting.
Junior Varsity Cheerleaders: The same rules that apply to varsity cheerleaders apply to junior varsity cheerleaders. Junior Varsity Cheerleaders will be chosen from girls in grades 7-9.
Louisiana History Trip: The LA History Trip is an annual extended field trip for all 8th graders.
Math Counts: Math Counts is a national enrichment, coaching and competitive program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades who are selected by their math teacher and who show interest in being a member are invited to join.
Music Club: Activities similar to Circle of Drums
National Honor Society: To become a member of the National Honor Society, a student must have a 3.5 GPA for induction. The person must exhibit leadership, character, and community service.
No Fear, No Future: The focus of the club is not only on drinking and driving, but also on impaired and distracted driving as well as promoting responsible decision making.
Prom: This annual event is sponsored by the Junior Class. At the event, junior students are presented their class rings, and seniors are honored with a video presentation which highlights their participation at Glenbrook.
Quiz Bowl: Quiz Bowl meets and prepares for tournament matches that include questions takes from a variety of subject matters, including history, art, literature, languages, mathematics, and science. The club is limited to 10 members, invitation only with a required teacher recommendation.
Robotics: 4-H has developed a comprehensive robotics program to inspire young people and develop an early interest in robotics engineering and technology.
SCRABBLE CLUB: Students meet and play Scrabble. Traveling to tournaments is at the discretion of the sponsor.
Scrapbooking: The goal of this club is to explore the different aspects of scrapbooking; including photography, both film & digital, cropping and editing photos, and creative writing.
SMILE: Students Making Individual Lives Easier at Glenbrook (SMILE) members provide encouragement for students.
Spanish Club: The Spanish Club has as its purpose to increase awareness and knowledge about Spanish speaking countries and to practice conversation Spanish.
Sundancers: The same rules that apply to varsity cheerleaders apply to Sundancers. Sundancers will be chosen from girls in grades 7-12. There is no maximum number of girls chosen, however, a qualifying score is set and the number of dancers is determined by how many attain the qualifying score.
Varsity Cheerleaders: Varsity Cheerleader try-outs are held each spring. To be eligible to try out, a girl must be re-registered, tuition, and fees accounts current, have a 1.83 GPA for the six-week period prior to tryouts with no more than one “F”, and must be in grades 10-12 the following school year. Cheerleaders will maintain a 1.83 GPA each six weeks while serving. If she fails to maintain a 1.83 GPA for two consecutive six weeks, she will be removed from the squad.
The governing body of Glenbrook consists of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian, and representatives from grades 7-12. Each is elected from the student body. Requirements are put forth by the Headmaster yearly. Activities for the year are Alumni Homecoming Reception, blood drive, and Teacher Appreciation Week.