The Oakland Athletic League recognizes that interscholastic athletic activities are an integral part of a student’s educational experience. Therefore, our vision is to create a league where all students, regardless of their playing level, gender, sexual orientation, or physical handicaps, have a safe and nurturing environment to develop as a whole person through sports.
OAL Safe & Nurturing Sports Best Practices:
✓ Provide exemplary athletic oversight through swift, fair, consistent, and impartial regulatory rulings.
✓ Operate with an openness that generates trust with strict fiscal accountability with equitable funding practices.
✓ Provide neutral, responsive, and inclusive leadership.
✓ Honor our ultimate purpose, which is to foster lifelong values, good citizenship, ethics, and a fair-play approach among student-athletes while promoting safe athletic environments.
The Mission of the Oakland Athletic League “OAL” Middle School Sports League is to provide all students with a robust sports program that is inclusive and equitable for all students to develop self-confidence, interpersonal skills, teamwork, and leadership by providing quality athletic educational programs.
Our league priorities are:
✓ To enhance member schools’ abilities to offer safe and fair interscholastic athletic programs.
✓ Increase opportunities for participation for students and member schools through expanding sports programs, divisions, and levels of play.
✓ To promote healthy, safe, and fair interscholastic competition and develop programs that will increase academic achievement toward high school completion.
Why We Do It
Student-Athletes who partake in sports within the school community get to experience unique and life-changing moments in their lives, thanks to the athletics department of the Oakland Unified School District. Sports are an excellent way for individuals to make lasting friendships, unbreakable community bonds, and extraordinary memories, showing students how to lead each other and work together toward a common goal. Sports teach leadership and teamwork that will carry through the rest of a student’s life, providing for further successes in the future.
Sports bring communities together, help to create pragmatic and inventive individuals, and even chemically alter the way that students process information through exercise. The Oakland Athletic League (OAL) goal is to make sure that all students are cared for, and student-athletes are a critical aspect in our community.
Student athletics are an important factor in any school, and the Oakland Athletic League strives to provide effective and supportive programs for student-athletes, such as necessary concussion provisions, the information needed for annual physicals, and access to school’s coaches, athletic directors, and athletic trainers.