Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Department shares the philosophy of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) in promoting “important education and cultural values, attitudes, appreciations, and skills…including high standards of good sportsmanship and effective citizenship…” for its student athletes.
While encouraging coaches to create an atmosphere of competition and excellence in each sport, athletic administrators established Tiger S.T.R.I.P.E.S. to instill attributes within young BA athletes that go beyond the game.
“We have high expectations for our student athletes when it comes to displaying good character, and we want our coaches to model that behavior,” said BAPS Athletic Director Ken Ellett, who developed Tiger S.T.R.I.P.E.S. “I am extremely proud of the way our coaches conduct themselves on the field, in practice and in the community.
“Those character qualities our coaches display are then instilled in our student-athletes. I believe that our coaches and student-athletes are tremendous ambassadors for Broken Arrow Public Schools.”
Throughout the year, coaches recognize players for demonstrating the traits of Tiger S.T.R.I.P.E.S.: Service, Trust, Respect, Integrity, Positive Attitude, Excellence, and Self-Discipline. The following is an explanation of each of the seven pillars of the Tiger S.T.R.I.P.E.S. acronym:
Service – Work done for the betterment of school and community
Trust – Rely on one another by creating healthy, dependable relationships.
Respect – Display good manners and compassion, and expect it in return.
Integrity – Character is what you do when no one is looking.
Positive Attitude – Be a role model of optimism in action.
Excellence – Set high standards of excellence in both athletics and academics.
Self-Discipline – Use restraint as a tool for self-improvement.
For more information on Tiger S.T.R.I.P.E.S., read the article by former Assistant Athletic Director Steve Dunn that was published in the December 2015 edition of Coach and Athletic Director. He also offered a presentation on the development, implementation, and benefits of Tiger S.T.R.I.P.E.S. at the National Athletic Directors Conference in Orlando, Fla. that same month.
Broken Arrow Athletics: Grades 8-12
1,400 Student Athletes
22 Varsity Programs
91 Competitive Teams
55 State Champions