Message from the Athletic Director
Athletic Directors Message:
Our Athletic Department is committed to the total development of our Student-Athletes. We will be committed to the WOLF WAY in all aspects. At Deltona High School, we offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities and our coaches and staff are committed to developing a well-rounded student athlete. “The Wolf Way”
Participation in athletics plays an essential role in teaching students to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity, strive for excellence, preserve through adversity, and compete to their highest level with dignity and pride while developing a commitment to team and the Wolf Family. We strive to be part of a team comprised of family members, educators, and community partners to assist our young people in achieving their goals while growing into healthy and productive young adults. Our expectation is that all individuals associated with Deltona High Athletics will demonstrate excellent sportsmanship in victory and defeat and support the Deltona Athletics only way we know how to. That is the Wolf Way.
As a member of the DHS athletic programs, you represent yourself, your family, your teammates, your coaches, but most of all, you will be considered and ambassador of Deltona High School.
Hopefully, the use of this website will answer some of the questions you may have and help you better understand policies, procedures, and traditions at Deltona High Athletics and the FHSAA. If you have any further questions, please contact the athletic office at 386-575-4153 ex 44106 or email Gary Meadows at [email protected] .
BIO – Gary Meadows has been involved with High School Athletics for 32 years in various roles, as a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and as Assistant Athletic Director. Coach Meadows has a beautiful wife and is the father of 3 children of his own. In Coach Meadows 32 years in High School Athletics, he has been blessed to be around some incredible student athletes who went onto pro careers and have made a tremendous impact on our society today and also he has been around some outstanding coaches and administrators.
Athletic Philosophy: The Wolf Approach to Successful Athletic Participation
A Guide for the Deltona High Student-Athlete, Coach and Parent
The contents of this guide are designed to help establish standards of behavior and provide direction for the student-athletes, coaches, and parents during their athletic experience as Deltona Wolves. The student-athletes’ learning and development will always be the central focus throughout all aspects of their educational experience. Deltona High student-athletes have an opportunity to challenge themselves through sport and to build upon characteristics of leadership and citizenship, while cultivating teamwork, self-discipline, and physical fitness.
The Deltona High Athletic Program will be built on a tradition of winning with honor. We desire to field champions at the varsity level, but only by maintaining the integrity of our athletes, our school, and our community. At the sub-varsity levels, we strive to develop champions and teach the fundamental skills of the sport in conjunction with the lessons of sportsmanship, responsibility, and teamwork.
The Coaches’ Role
Deltona High coaches are teachers of their sports. The professional behavior of each coach continues from the classroom to the athletic fields and courts.
Deltona High coaches strive to:
- Provide a safe, positive environment for all athletes.
- Communicate team goals, schedules, and expectations to players and parents.
- Possess current knowledge and skill to instruct players competently and to assess their
- Treat all athletes consistently and fairly—especially in administering consequences for failure to follow policy.
- Be positive role models on the sidelines as examples for players, parents, and other coaches to follow.
- Assist and counsel athletes and parents in the college recruiting process.
The Athletes’ Role
Young people who elect to participate in athletics at Deltona High are voluntarily making a commitment to be student-athletes. This responsibility to a team, coach, school, and community assumes great responsibility, yet provides immense personal rewards.
Deltona High student-athletes strive to:
- Commit to academics while fulfilling their commitment to Deltona athletics.
- Represent their team, family, Deltona High, and community in a positive manner at all times.
- Abide by the sport’s training guidelines and Deltona High’s student handbook.
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
- Communicate with their coaches regarding any issues of team obligations or rules.
The Parents’ Role
Deltona High parents have an opportunity to observe their children in an athletic setting and be supportive fans of their children, team, sport, and school.
Deltona High parents strive to:
- Guide their children as they take on tasks of time management, sport-specific skill development, and responsibility.
- Support the team and coach from the stands.
- Encourage their children to communicate with the coaching staff.
- Encourage their children to commit to a team and program.
Steps to a Successful Experience as a Wolf Athlete and Parent
Athletics can be an emotional endeavor and occasionally conflicts will arise. If you have an athletic issue concerning your student-athlete, please consider the “24-hour rule” – that is, please wait 24 hours before contacting the coach. We have found that if all parties involved with an athletic conflict take time to reflect on the situation, the ensuing conversation will be based less on emotions and more on facts. While the “24-hour rule” may not resolve your concern, it might prevent a misunderstanding from escalating into an adversarial situation.
If after 24 hours you still feel that the situation merits attention, please follow the grievance procedures listed below:
- The student-athlete should communicate concerns or issues first with the coach of that specific team.
- If the issue is not resolved from the coach/player meeting, the Head coach of that sport, if not part of the first meeting, will meet with the coach and player.
- The parent can also be in the conversation after the second communication if the issue remains unresolved.
- The Athletic Director will be invited to join the communication/meeting if the parent, head coach, team coach and player are not satisfied with the resolution.
- The final step to resolution of an issue will take place with the Principal, the Athletic Director, Head Coach, team coach, parent, and player.
One of the primary sources for conflict in athletics is the issue of playing time. Please keep the following distinctions in mind as you consider your athlete’s experience.
Every student-athlete at the sub-varsity level, who fulfills his or her academic and team commitments, will be given the opportunity for competition playing time. The amount and time of play will always be determined by the coach, but the focus will be on developing skills and fundamentals necessary to be successful on the varsity level.
On varsity teams, there are no guarantees of playing time for any student-athletes. Playing time will be determined by the coaching staff with the focus on competing for championships. Athletes at all levels should have an expectation that their development will be evaluated, and coaches will communicate areas for improvement.