A key component of McDonogh's athletic program is teaching and reinforcing in players the values relating to wholesome competition, great sportsmanship, and fair play. It begins with our coaches who set a good example for players and spectators. Treating officials as well as the opposing team’s coaches, players, and fans with respect is expected of all McDonogh constituents--players, coaches, and parents--at all home and away competitions.
The Athletic Department encourages students to become members of teams, to be the best they can be, and to reach their personal potential. To achieve this last goal, we offer 29 varsity sports. Being a member of a team is a privilege. Students will learn life lessons such as how to work with a group, how to be selfless, how to persevere when things don’t go well, and how to be gracious winners and losers.
In most sports, we offer varsity and junior varsity teams. When student interest and numbers are high enough, we offer a third team. Sports that lend themselves easily to the possibility of a third team include boys and girls soccer, basketball, field hockey, and girls lacrosse. We encourage students to go out for a team of their choice, and if that choice doesn’t work out, then try out for a different team.
The coaches are a team within a team and we operate like a family. There is constant communication, everyone must be flexible, and we have a sense of humor. It’s what makes our players strong.