The Newton Local School District believes that participation in athletics provides a wealth of opportunity and experience that assist students in personal growth, self-expression, mental alertness and physical growth. Not everyone can be in athletics. Athletics is extracurricular. Participation in athletics can therefore require great personal sacrifice of time me and energy. It also requires a desire on the part of the individual athlete to improve as an individual as well as a team. It should be understood that participation is a privilege and not a right. Participation does not constitute playing time. As a team member the athlete will learn his/her role on the team and how that role fits in the framework for the common cause of the team. Newton athletes represent the best our school and community have to offer. This responsibility cannot be taken lightly. Athletic opportunities are an excellent complement to the academic course of study and help to provide the student athlete with a well-rounded education.