The mission of the Metro Association for Adapted
Athletics is to provide youth with disabilities the same opportunity
as other students to enjoy the benefits of a quality high
school sports program.
ABOUT INTERSCHOLASTIC ADAPTED ATHLETICS
Interscholastic sports are the most competitive
of all sports programs at the high school level and are the
only sports sanctioned by the Minnesota
State High School League (MSHSL). Adapted Athletics are
interscholastic sports that are just as competitive as football,
hockey or any other high school varsity sport. Adapted Athletics
emerged and developed to this point over the last 20 years
with considerable input from many sources including coaches,
educators, former players and high school league officials.
In fact, it was the players themselves that wanted an opportunity
to play in a sports program that was "just like the programs
offered to their classmates".
The goal of the program has always been to provide
sports experiences for high school athletes with disabilities
in the same manner that they have been provided for non-disabled
athletes. The organization wanted to provide interscholastic
sports opportunities where none previously existed. This has
been achieved in the state of Minnesota. Minnesota is the
first state where adapted sports have been officially sanctioned
by a state high school league. The following indoor sports
are offered by the MSHSL:
Adapted Soccer (Fall), Adapted Floor Hockey (Winter), Adapted
Softball (Spring) and Adapted Bowling (Spring).
November 1992: "In an emotional
and unanimous vote, the Minnesota State High School League
welcomes athletics with disabilities into its family."
- StarTribune, Minneapolis/St.
The organization is very proud of the accomplishments
that have been made on the behalf of athletes with disabilities!
of Participating Teams]
VALUE OF ADAPTED ATHLETICS
Interscholastic adapted athletics is definitely an important
dimension in the education of the whole person. Students with
varying types of disabilities compete co-educationally while
representing their school district or combination of school
districts. Students who participate on a school team assume
an obligation to model exemplary behavior not only for themselves,
but also for those whom they represent. Athletic awards earned
by an athlete with a disability, represent not only participation
by the student in a specified amount of interscholastic play,
but also good citizenship which is expected of all athletes.
Interscholastic athletics are intended to give student athletes
the opportunity to discover and/or improve the following:
Pride and self-confidence
Leadership and teamwork
Graciousness (win or lose)
Concentration and intensity
A sense of community and belonging,
Commitment and dedication
It is the belief of the MAAA Board that the mental and physical
attributes that student athletes acquire through participation
will help them lead more productive and well-rounded lives.
Within the context of this competitive program, we encourage
coaches to play as many players as possible. However, coaches
have the discretion to manage their teams in whatever way
they see fit. Players gain playing time by demonstrating the
ability to play the game at a high level of skill that comes
from: (1) participating in all practices; (2) developing a
strong work ethic that may include work outside of the scheduled
practice times; (3) displaying an ongoing dedication to the
sport; (4) being a team player whether playing in the game
or supporting their teammates from the sidelines; (5) willingness
to do whatever they can to enhance the teams success.