Avon High School
Department of Athletics
Dear Parent/Guardian and Prospective Student Athlete:
As Director of Athletics, I would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. I am looking forward to watching our student athletes compete in our sixth year as a member of the Central Connecticut Conference. We had tremendous success all around last year and I am confident that our coaches and players will continue to strive for excellence once again.
This year will obviously look a little different at the start due to COVID-19. The CIAC has sent out guidelines to all schools in the state about how we are to proceed with practices and games for the fall season. You can access the link to our guidelines on the athletic home page or at the following link http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/CIACOfficialFallSportsPlan.pdf . If you have any questions about these guidelines, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s coach or the athletic office.
Successful athletic programs have specific goals. They include: a positive experience for every athlete and a great sense of camaraderie and unity within their team; an environment that ensures high ethical standards and expectations for fairness, equity, and sportsmanship for all of our student-athletes and coaches. Here in Avon, we pride ourselves in demonstrating that “Character Counts.” A successful athletic program also includes dedicated coaches, active support from the student body, outstanding leadership from school administrators, and most importantly, a great sense of pride fostered by the entire community. It will be our mission to facilitate all those facets together to create the best athletic programs possible. Athletes: Play hard, play fair, and dedicate yourself to be the best you can possibly be, but most importantly, have fun! The rewards will stay with you for the rest of your life.
In creating a positive athletic experience, we must understand that both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. In establishing an understanding of each other’s position, we are better able to understand and accept the actions of those involved in high school athletics. By being better able to accept the actions of each other, we will provide greater benefit to our athletes.
As a parent, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of the respective team. Communication from your child’s coach that you should expect is:
• Philosophy of the coach
• Location of practices and events
• Team requirements
• Team discipline and behavior Communication that coaches can expect from parents/guardians:
• Concerns expressed directly to the coach and in a professional manner.
• Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
• Use of the athletics website provided, in securing the information readily available to parents/guardians and their child.
As your child becomes involved in the programs at Avon High School, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments in their life. It is important that your child understands, that just like life, there may be times when things do not go the way they expect. At these times, discussion with the coach by your child is highly encouraged.
There may be times that it is very difficult to accept your child’s lack of playing time or the position(s) they have been asked to play. The coaching staffs at Avon High School are professionals. They make judgments based on what they believe to be best for all athletes involved. Certain things can be discussed with the coach but other things, such as team strategy, other players, playing time, etc., should be left to the discretion of the coach. There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the athlete’s position. The following procedures should be followed to help promote resolution following communication between player and coach:
Have your child set a meeting with the coach to discuss the issue at hand. Students should always advocate for themselves. This is a required first step.
• Contact the program head coach to set up an appointment after your child has had a meeting with the coach to discuss any issues that may be unresolved. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before, during, or after a game. This time can be emotional for all. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution. The 24 hour rule usually works best.
• If the meeting with the coach did not provide satisfactory resolutions, then a meeting with the Athletic Director and Coach is the next step.
I hope that you are excited as we approach another year of Avon Athletics. This privilege extended to your son or daughter will lay the foundation for future success in life. I am honored to be associated with Avon High School Athletics. And I will work hard on your child’s behalf to promote and strengthen the values of our programs.
I wish you all a safe and successful year. Play hard and have fun!
Timothy P. Filon
Director of Athletics
Avon High School
Avon Athletics Mission Statement
To encourage every Avon student-athlete to become a champion. To foster an environment where academic integrity, social responsibility, and competitive athletic excellence are highly valued. To discover and nurture the “total person” who enriches the world and brings honor to Avon, now and throughout life.
Our core values align with the district’s “Nine” learning expectations. These values are what we expect all of our student-athletes to strive for during the course of the season and school year.
We will maintain a positive attitude in everything we do both on and off the playing field. We will approach our daily tasks and activities with optimism and confidence. Developing a positive attitude requires replacing negative thinking with positive in an effort to create a successful outlook on life and experiences. A person with a positive mental attitude aims for high goals and constantly strive to achieve them.
We follow the intent and the letter of each rule by which we have agreed to abide. We are honest is our dealings with student-athletes, coaches, staff, opponents, and governing bodies.
Academic and Athletic Excellence
We aspire to achieve success at the highest level of competitive athletics consistent with our resources. We serve young people who aspire to succeed at the highest levels of both academic and athletic performance.
Avon Athletics fields disciplined and competitive student-athletes and teams committed to the highest level of sportsmanship. We are resolved to creating an atmosphere of respect, fairness and graciousness among all of our constituencies including our own student-athletes, coaches, opponents, staff, alumni, supporters, fans, and community.
The Avon Athletic Department is committed to enhance the interpersonal relationships in the lives of student-athletes, enabling and empowering student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities, promoting respect for and appreciation of diversity, and encouraging the development of leadership skills.
The Avon High School Booster Club was founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We are an organization of parent and other community volunteers dedicated to supporting all Avon High School Athletic programs, promoting positive sportsmanshjp among student-athletes and inspiring Falcon Pride within the community.
Since 2010, the Avon Booster Club has invested over $225,000 in Avon Athletics in resources, programming and scholarships, benefiting over 4,000 student-athletes. We frequently purchase sports-related equipment, desired by the coaches and/or the athletic department, which fall outside of, or are in addition to, regular school athletic budgeting.
Through donations, we have provided additional equipment and resources for sports teams, weight room enhancements, video equipment, rental of lights for Spirit Week, fan buses, roster boards, completion of Athletic Records Boards and SO much more.
The Booster Club also awards multiple scholarships averaging $12,000 per year to outstanding senior student athletes who have exceled in their sports(s), classroom and community. Booster Club Scholarship applicants’ eligibility requires membership by January 31stof the school year.
We are a volunteer organization with an Executive Board consisting of a President, Treasurer/ Vice President – Membership, Secretary, Vice President - Communications, Vice President - Events and Vice President – Volunteers. Other formal committees include Nominating and Scholarship. Volunteers are also needed to help promote and organize the Migli Golf Tournament, our largest fundraiser, as well as our Senior Athlete Recognition night.
We typically meet the second Monday of the month in the Community Room at the High School at 7:30 PM unless school is officially out of session that day. Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage attendance from our members and anyone with an interest in promoting athletics at Avon High School. The current meeting schedule is posted on the Avon High School Booster Club website as well as the Avon Public School District Calendar.
If you have an interest in volunteering in any capacity, please contact us at avonhighschool firstname.lastname@example.org. There are plenty of ways to get involved and make a difference! We are only as strong as our members and patrons. People with a passion to support our student-athletes and promote Avon Sports are welcome. Come to a meeting to see what we are all about!