Marin Academy’s athletic mission is to develop—in body, mind, and spirit—scholar-athletes who commit to their teams, act with integrity, and compete with sportsmanship, character, and pride.
The Interscholastic Program
Marin Academy’s interscholastic athletic program provides opportunities for students to develop and coordinate their physical, mental, and emotional skills. A number of after-school interscholastic athletic opportunities develop these skills in a team environment under the direction of qualified coaches. These teams include girls: basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo; boys: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and water polo. The majority of MA teams will practice and compete on MA’s campus. Our off-campus sites include: Marin Tennis Club (boys and girls tennis), Albert Park (baseball), San Rafael High Track (boys and girls track and field), and Peacock Gap Golf Course (golf). Students who choose to participate in athletics must understand the commitment it entails: attendance at daily practices and games (for sports offered during the winter and spring seasons, this includes attendance over some school breaks); respect for teammates, coaches, and officials; and acting with integrity.
In addition to an individual’s athletic development and team experience, the Marin Academy Athletic Program is committed to character development and good sportsmanship. Sportsmanship and fair play are critical components of the program. Coaches and athletes are expected to represent MA in a manner that is respectful to others, both on and off the field of play. This model deportment is expected of our community, e.g., our fan base, as well. Our objective is to develop and maintain the highest standards of courtesy, emotional discipline, and good sportsmanship. Simply put, to borrow the adage from Stanford’s Positive Coaching Alliance of which Marin Academy is a long-time partner, “We Honor the Game Here.” There is a separate Student-Parent Handbook for student-athletes that participants are expected to abide by in addition to the school handbook.
The athletic governing body, the North Coast Section (NCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), prohibits fifth-year high school students from competing on extracurricular teams. NCS solely determines the eligibility for transfer students.
Marin Academy recognizes that many MA students participate in club sports and acknowledges and salutes those students and their efforts. Due to our commitment to California Interscholastic Federation, North Coast Section, and Bay Area Conference regulations, philosophies, and format, and recognizing that participation in club sports is voluntary and is not supervised by Marin Academy personnel or the Athletic Department, the club program can change significantly from year to year and sport to sport depending on student interest and club availability. As such, Marin Academy cannot support or take responsibility for the actions, liabilities, and activities of club programs. Students participating in club programs assume the fiscal responsibilities connected with joining said private organizations.
Most students who participate in Marin Academy athletics are issued a team uniform. This uniform is the property of Marin Academy, and each student is responsible for properly maintaining the uniform during his or her athletic season. Students’ incidental accounts may be billed if uniforms are lost or not returned.