The Chestnut Ridge School District believes that a dynamic program of athletics is vital to the total educational development of the student. The athletic program should provide a variety of experiences to enhance the development of positive habits and attitudes that will prepare them for life in a true democratic society. Athletics should function as an integral part of the total curriculum. It should offer opportunities to serve the district, to assist in the development of positive relationships and good will, to promote self-realization, all-around growth, and good citizenship qualities.

Athletics play an important part in the student life of the Chestnut Ridge School District. Students learn a great deal from participation in interscholastic athletics. The lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition, and how to win and lose gracefully are integral parts of our athletic program. Athletic participation also plays an important part in helping students develop a healthy self-concept as well as a healthy body. Athletic competition also improves school spirit and helps develop pride in their school.

The interscholastic athletic program shall be conducted in accordance with existing Chestnut Ridge Board of Education policies, rules and regulations. While the Board of Education takes pride in winning, it does not condone "winning at any cost" and discourages any and all pressures which might tend to neglect good sportsmanship and good mental health. At all times the athletic program must be conducted in such a way so as to justify it as an educational activity.