Important Fan Letter 2023-24

Greetings Rebel Nation,

I hope you are all settling into the new school year and are ready for the upcoming sports seasons.  Some of our teams are already off to a hot start and Friday Night Football is finally here. Many of us will be attending these games to support our teams and athletes and in doing so will have the opportunity to represent our school and community in a Christ-like manner. And since the intensity and tension can get high at times (not just with our teams and coaches on the field but also with each of us at times) we are tempted to be someone that we do not (and should not) want to be. Here are a few reminders as we kickoff the 23/24 season:

Officials: Every year before each season begins, our head coaches must attend a rules meeting. This meeting lets our coaches know what rule changes have been made before the season begins. For the last 7-8 years I have attended those meetings as Athletic Director and as a Head Softball Coach. The TSSAA has mentioned over and over that they have a crisis on their hands when it comes to hiring officials/umpires. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of those who actually want to do it.  As fans, we need to make sure we continue to be respectful of officials and let our coaches deal with them. Leviticus 19:18

To combat this, the TSSAA handed down legislation this summer that states the following:

For fans ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct during a contest, the school will be fined a minimum of $250.00. In addition, other non-monetary disciplinary action may occur, including but not limited to probation and/or restrictive probation for the entire athletic program

I know that is not easy but it is doable since we are all made in the image of God. Remember, those officials are someone's father, mother, son or daughter. I ask us all to please refrain from making any personal remarks that can be hurtful. The last two years we have received recognition from the TSSAA for having no fan, player, or coaching ejections so thank you ALL for being respectful.

Opponents (Spectators): I understand that we will host and visit schools whose demeanor will not be to our liking. I try my best not to let someone else's actions lead me to being someone I do not want to be but I also know that at times that is easier said than done. As Athletic Director, I love the opportunity to host at Tipton-Rosemark because it gives us the opportunity to show our our wonderful facilities as well as our hospitality. I ask that we all strive do our best to represent not only our own families but also TRA in a way that is pleasing to God. Romans 12:17-21, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

Coaches:  Across the board, I believe we have assembled one of the best coaching staffs around to lead our athletes.  They spend countless hours teaching, coaching and caring for our athletes in order to give them the best sports experience possible.  Many spend more time with your children than they do with their own families because they love them and their respective sports.  I would ask that we all be supportive of our coaches and allow these leaders to do what they do best.…LEAD.  Will they always make the right decision on the field?  Of course not.  But please know they genuinely care about your children and want them to become the best version of themselves they can be.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this email. I look forward to supporting all of our Rebel and Lady Rebel teams as their seasons begin. My prayer is that we all be strong and represent each other, win or lose, in a way that is pleasing to God. Thanks again and GO REBELS!!!

Johnie Sanfratello, Athletic Director

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”