Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Lee A. Plourde

Second Committee Member

Osman Alawiye

Third Committee Member

Don B. Woodcock


The Wenatchee School District in Wenatchee, Washington instituted a new middle school athletic program in response to the construction of a new middle school. The new dynamics in the district provided the opportunity to reassess the goals, objectives, and philosophy of their middle school athletic program. Visitations to several of these programs and interviews with many of the administrators, coaches, teachers, and student athletes revealed many of the strengths and weaknesses of the various programs. This information was presented to Wenatchee School District middle level administrators, community leaders, and middle school staff in order to develop the criteria that met with Wenatchee's philosophical needs. Four athletic model proposals were presented to the school board. An in-district model of intra-scholastic competition was adopted. Five sports seasons and two traditional sport placement switches were implemented. Increased participation, appropriate competition, and program continuity with the high school were a few of the program objectives.