Rob Davis, CAA
Welcome to the Sedalia School District 200
Understanding 'Why We Play'
Welcome to another exciting year of Smith-Cotton Athletics and Activities. I am looking forward to watching our students flourish within their respective programs under the love and leadership of our programs' coaches and sponsors. I truly believe we have the most dedicated staff of any athletic/activities department in the state.
The 2017-18 school year marks the last year of involvement in the West Central Conference, which means we are in for some changes during the next few years. Our immediate goal is to have another successful year within the conference in order to bring home the WCC All-Activities Award for the third straight year. Our goal beyond that is to continue searching for a conference for us to call home in the future. At this time, we are preparing to be an Independent for the next two-year cycle (2018-19 and 2019-2020 school years). Obviously, there are positives and negatives to this situation, but many of our coaches and sponsors are excited about the possibilities this opens up for us in regards to scheduling.
There is a discussion taking place with schools in Central Missouri which could lead to the formation of a new conference starting with the 2020 school year. I look for negotiations to continue for the next several months but at this time, things are progressing in a positive way. As details become available, we will keep the community as informed as possible.
Finally, I'd like to update you on our school's commitment to the Missouri State High School Activities Associations's "WHY WE PLAY" initiative. In short, it is our promise as coaches and sponsors to return the focus of high school activities back to its original intention; the educational, emotional, and physical development of our student-athletes and participants. Too much of what we see and hear about in regard to athletics is negative (pressure on coaches to win, coaching burnout, player burnout, abuse of officials, sport specialization, pressure to earn scholarships, etc.).
Winning on the court, field, and stage is very important to us and our school. Our coaches/sponsors and participants spend a tremendous amount of time, effort, and sacrifice on the goal of winning contests. However, that is not why we play. We play as a means to provide our students with the tools necessary to win at the game of life once they leave the doors of Smith-Cotton High School. We play to develop young adults who will become productive, confident, resilient members of our ever-changing society.
I look forward to seeing you out there supporting our programs in a positive way!
Rob Davis, CAA