athletics

MISSION STATEMENT

One of the most visible evidence of our school to the community is the athletic program where our behavior is our testimony. Therefore, our desire is to provide an athletic program that is marked by excellence in its qualified Christian coaches, its focus on sportsmanship and Christian character, its reward for effort and hard work, and its commitment to integrity and fair play in the endeavor to be successful.

 

GOALS:

  • Participation in athletics contributes to good character, physical development, sportsmanship, and promotes positive school morale.
  • To recognize that academics must come first. Sport teams are a privilege.
  • To play the sport in accordance with the rules
  • Play good, solid fundamental sport and have fun (winning takes care of itself)
  • Focus on developing character, school spirit, unity, and a consistent work ethic
  • Success is a by-product of dedication, sacrifice, and hard work; developing what it takes to win, not winning itself.
  • Being part of a team requires personal sacrifice and commitment. Unselfishness will develop unity.

OBJECTIVES

Christ-centered

Christian values can be demonstrated effectively in athletics. The playing field is a lab experience for the application of Biblical principles taught in the church, classroom and home. Young men and women can be salt and light to the others through the proper use of their God-given skills and talents in the realm of athletics.

Unity

Just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

 

Rom. 12:4-5. Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

Psalm 133:1

Commitment

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Jesus Christ you are serving.

Col. 3:23

Perserverance & Dicipline

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like EAGLES. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Heb. 12:1

Sportsmanship & Respect

Everyone must submit himself to the authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established… Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Rom. 13:1-2. And athletes cannot win the prize, unless he follows the rules.

2 Tim. 2:5

TEAM SELECTION

Selection of an athletic team is a competitive process.

Each skilled sport (basketball and volleyball) will have a preseason try-out period (depending on the number of athletes that try out for each sport) during which time players will be graded on specific sport skills, overall conditioning and athleticism, knowledge and awareness of game play, attitude and work ethic, and ability to work within a team concept. Prior years play has no direct bearing on team selection as each year new players and player development differs. If all criteria are equal among players then selection goes to the higher grade level student. Players not selected are welcome to inquire about their performance during the selection process in order to have a basis for improvement for the following year. Additional players may be selected to participate based on exceptional talents and abilities to perform at level equaling that of the current program.

OUR HISTORY

Team play is a learning experience.

While we endeavor to play each athlete in each game, many factors go into the process of distributing playing time. Adherence to team rules, work ethic, skill, game situations, safety and attitude all are evaluated when selecting playing time for athletes. Everyone on a team wants to be out playing every minute of every game, but only a set number of them can be playing at any one time. The rest of the players have to expect to spend time on the bench. Some players will sulk; others will just sit and watch.

Team players will use it as a learning experience, an opportunity to pick up a lot of information that can help their game and enable them to be productive when they do get into a game. They do not view bench sitting as a negative experience. They use it positively and constructively to watch, pull for their team, and prepare to make the most out of every opportunity they get to play. By working hard in practice and keeping your team together, you will be making a vital contribution to your team that will add to your enjoyment of the game. Remember, whether you play a little or a lot, you are an important member of the team and you have to be prepared to contribute whenever called upon in any situation. Your preparedness and contributions from the bench will have a big impact upon your team’s success.