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Program Standards Overview

This page and the philosophy contained within it has been a work in progress for several years.  It started with the development of our Cannon Athletics Mission Statement and then the Core Values were developed through discussions with many of our Cannon Athletics Leadership Counsel members.  Our coaching staff has continued the process by discussing what should be basic, fundamental expectations or Standards of Behavior for Cannon’s coaches, athletes and parents.

These elements work together to help define what is important within Cannon Athletics.  They also provide a set of minimum standards that each constituent group can count on as they move from team to team or season to season.  Coaches are also given the opportunity to work on their own or with their athletes to develop additional standards that will aid in defining their program’s unique culture.

Our hope is that through the sharing and discussing our mission, values, and standards in this way we will highlight many of the essential tenets that exist within the Cannon Athletics Handbook, but in one manageable document.

Cannon Athletics Department


  • Be present, be prepared, be passionate.
  • Be knowledgeable in your sport and always looking for and sharing ways to improve.
  • Communicate clearly and often with players, parents and athletic department.
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships which further your athletes to be better players AND better people.
  • Empower team leaders and team members to help create a positive team culture.
  • Be good stewards of facilities, equipment and resources.


  • Be present, be prepared, be passionate.
  • Possess a growth mindset.
  • Communicate with coaches and advocate for yourself.
  • Take care of yourself physically and mentally. Eat well, get enough sleep, take care of your academics and limit technology.
  • Hold your teammates accountable to team standards and expectations.
  • Have respect for and show pride in the name on the front of the uniform and everything it stands for.


  • Let your child know that you love them and are proud of them no matter what.
  • Support your child’s commitment.
  • Encourage your child to advocate for themselves.
  • Let the coach be the coach. Trust that the coach has your child’s and the team’s best interests in mind.
  • Avoid approaching a coach out of anger, frustration or with an issue right before or after a game.
  • Invest yourself in your child’s team and Cannon Athletics.

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779