The St. Mark’s Athletic Department enhances the school community by providing competitive athletics and fitness activities for all students. Our entire school community embraces athletics as an integral component of our students’ overall education, designed to teach resilience, teamwork, goal-setting, and a life-long commitment to health and fitness. Our program is proud to challenge students of all abilities and to prepare competitive athletes for the next step in their athletic career. Student athletes are taught to embrace sportsmanship, demonstrate integrity, and commit themselves to the ideal of Age Quod Agis (Do and Be Your Best)!
The motto of the Independent School League presents the guiding and shared philosophy of our community of distinct secondary schools: Striving together through athletic competition to achieve the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, fair play and mutual respect in preparation for good citizenship and leadership in society.
Article V, Section F, Part 2 of the Bylaws of the Independent School League presents the following Code of Conduct:
The ISL is proud of the behavior and sportsmanship displayed by its players, coaches and fans. We value spirited and fair play as well as positive support for our players and teams. In order to ensure that our expected level of decorum continues each season and each game, we ask that all members of the ISL continually renew their efforts to abide by the ideals of our league.
Players and coaches shall at all times represent themselves and their schools with honor, proper conduct and good sportsmanship. They shall understand that competitive rivalries are encouraged but that disrespect for opponents is unsportsmanlike and lessens the value of the rivalries. They shall confine the competitiveness of the game to the field, and in particular behave properly on the sidelines and in the locker rooms both before and after games. Players and coaches shall comply fully with the rulings of the officials. In no way, either by voice, action or gesture, shall they demonstrate dissatisfaction with the decisions made. They must never forget that they represent their school.
ISL schools will not tolerate at their contests any spectator, either student or adult, whose behavior is disrespectful toward players, officials, coaches or other spectators. Nor will ISL schools permit any type of behavior that either detracts from the proper conduct of the game or disadvantages a player or team. In order to bolster our deeply valued association and strengthen our commitment to our motto and code of conduct, ISL Heads of School endorse the following essential understandings: