The purpose of our athletic program is to complement, not compete, with our academic program. We reject as a false dichotomy the idea that either the academic must serve athletics or vice versa. Our goals and vision statement state the educational mission of our school, and we seek to use both academics and athletics as instruments to help us accomplish those goals.
Our athletic and physical education activities are considered an important component of our classical and Christian curriculum. We recognize that the training of the body has been part of the classical approach to education from the very beginning. Further, our understanding of the Christian worldview does not permit us artificially to limit a course of training to the mind only. Our goal has always been to educate our students in all aspects of life, with the Scriptures at the center of all things as the point of integration. We have the same standard for our athletic program and physical education classes, and see this point of integration as particularly important.
Boys Athletics- Vision Statement
We affirm that God created us male and female from the beginning. We further affirm that the inherent differences between men and women touch every aspect of our lives. Therefore, we desire to cultivate biblical masculinity through our boys’ athletic program. We aim for our young men to behave in such a way as to proclaim their masculinity to a fallen world – that is, to learn and practice godly leadership and reject all forms of male abdication. We aim for the boys to put others before themselves and not seek after personal gain or glory; balancing the behavior of a gentleman with the art of intense competition. We desire our young men to act humbly on the court, on the field, and on the track. We aim for them to consciously prepare themselves, through athletic rigor, for becoming men of God in their future vocations. We desire the young men to model godly masculinity to the younger boys and to be living temples of Christ at home and away. Finally, we desire our young men to glorify God through their abilities and attitudes, and to further glorify Him through their relationships with other teammates, coaches, and spectators.
Girls Athletics- Vision Statement
We affirm that God created us male and female from the beginning. We further affirm that the inherent differences between men and women touch every aspect of our lives. Therefore, we desire to cultivate biblical femininity through our girls’ athletic program. We aim for our young ladies to behave in such a way as to proclaim their femininity to a fallen world -that they reject that which requires them to become masculine. We aim for the girls to learn the difference between feminine strength and masculine strength, balancing a gentle and quiet spirit with the spirit to compete. We desire our young ladies to be modest on the court, on the track, and in the locker rooms. We aim for them to consciously prepare themselves, through athletic rigor, for becoming better servants of Christ. We desire the young ladies to model godly femininity to the younger girls and to be living testimonies of the gospel at home and away. Finally, we desire our girls to glorify God through their abilities and attitudes, and to further glorify Him through their relationships with other teammates, coaches, and spectators.
Participation and Sacrifice
We want to instill in our athletes an attitude of sacrifice on and off the field of competition. This is exemplified in phrases such as: “My life for yours;” “Death, burial, and resurrection;” Take up your cross and follow me;” “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Contrary to this, we want our athletes to diminish the importance of the following when compared to their concern for their teammates: “How many points did I score?” “How much better am I than others on the team?” “How much playing time did I get? I may quit if I don’t get enough.” “Do I get to play the role that I want on the team?” “Am I having fun?” “Does this warm-up music pump me up?” “Do I look cool?” Sacrifice may mean:
- not playing as much as you wanted.
- playing in the back row when you think you are a better hitter than the one up in front.
- setting a good pick for a teammate or passing the ball away from yourself to the open man.
- running the third leg of the 4X400 when you just finished running the mile.
- It always means loving your teammates more than yourself and giving yourself up for them.
Activities and Membership
Extracurricular Activities Policy: Provided there is sufficient student interest, Calvary Christian Academy will seek to offer the following programs as part of the activities program (10.2):
Southwest Christian Athletics Association Activities: Cross Country, Track, Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer
Calvary Christian Academy is a full member of the Southwest Christian Athletics Association Activities.
Objectives and Guidelines for Participation
Calvary Christian Academy participates in four levels in the fourth through twelfth grades: (1) Upper Elementary (4th – 6th Grade, (2) Junior High, (3) Junior Varsity, and (4) Varsity. Each of these levels has specific objectives and purposes to maintain clear performance of the school’s primary goals and objectives. (Please see Goals and Philosophy of Calvary Christian Academy and Philosophy of Extra-curricular Activities).
The objectives of junior varsity athletics are to reinforce basic skills, to develop advanced athletic skills, and to encourage maturity in Christian character, at an increased competitive level. Junior varsity athletics is more competitive and requires greater skill than junior-high athletics. At this level each athlete will experience a more intense, organized level of play. Each athlete will play regularly (although not necessarily in every game). The amount will be determined by the players’ skill, work ethic, and attitude as viewed by the coach.
The objective of the varsity level is to exhibit impeccable sportsmanship and excellent athletic skill. Varsity athletics is highly competitive and advanced. At this level the athlete will be scrutinized more thoroughly in his character, ability, attitudes, and skills. He will compete before many witnesses, including the Lord. The most qualified athletes will be on the varsity team. Playing time will be at the discretion of the varsity coach.
Seniors participating in athletics will generally not be allowed to play at the junior varsity level. If sufficient numbers of athletes turn out for the junior varsity and varsity teams, seniors should be placed on the varsity roster if they can make the team. Most of the playing time on the junior varsity level is reserved for younger players. Early in the season, coaches are encouraged to meet individually with seniors who will receive limited playing time and tell them how much playing time they can expect. Coaches should ask the athletes to consider whether they are willing to cheerfully accept their role on the team and if they are willing to seek to make a positive contribution to the team.
Practices and Events
A student who is absent from school more than one-half day may not participate in extra-curricular activities that day, either in practice or in games, unless permission to do so is given by the director.
Coaches, directors, and players are representing the name of Christ during all public events. Therefore, compliance with the following guidelines will be expected from all participants.
- Comments by coaches, directors, and participants should be uplifting, positive, encouraging statements.
- Verbal abuse of athletes or referees is forbidden. The activities director will determine whether or not such abuse has occurred.
- Actions of coaches, directors, and athletes should set a positive, encouraging example for spectators.
- Conduct judged to be improper by the coach, administrator, or activities director may result in immediate removal from the activity, as well as further disciplinary action.
Athletes and Physicals
All CCA athletes must provide proof having passed a physical examination within the last 12 months.
All policies for student behavior adopted by the Calvary Christian Academy Board apply to extra-curricular events. The following policies are included: academic probation (10.1), and discipline (10.4). The same consequences for disobeying the discipline standard of the school will apply toward misbehavior during extra-curricular activities.
When discipline is necessary, the coach may administer any of the following options:
- Suspension from part or all of practice(s).
- Suspension from one or more events.
- Suspension from the team with approval of the activities director.
Parents will be notified of all major disciplinary actions. The coach is responsible to notify the activities director of any discipline. The coach should then notify the parents (after he has notified the director).
All CCA students participating in extra-curricular activities must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above with no F’s (CCA board policy 10.2.4). For the good of the rest of the participants in any activity, students who are ineligible for the beginning of a season remain ineligible for participation during the entirety of that season, regardless of the grade point average for the following quarter. Similarly, if students are eligible to begin a season, they remain eligible until the end of that season (10.2.6).
High-school athletes may receive cloth letters for meeting the requirements outlined below. Athletes not eligible for letters (i.e. junior varsity athletes and those not meeting the specified requirements) will receive a certificate of participation.
- The athlete must finish the season as part of the team to be eligible for a letter and be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of the presentation. (An injured athlete is still part of the team.)
- An athlete enrolling late in the season must participate in at least fifty-percent of the season in order to be eligible for a letter.
- The athlete must attend ninety-percent of the practices.
- If injured, the quarter requirements will be pro-rated. The injured athlete must attend all competitions.
- The athlete’s attitude and work ethic must conform to the expectations of the coaching staff.
Athletes who have already received one letter will receive a certificate of participation.
Specific sport requirements for earning a letter:
The athlete must participate in all of the meets in the varsity division (they may miss only one meet for the season).
The athlete must participate in all of the meets in the varsity division (they may miss only one meet for the season) and earn an average of at least four points per scheduled scoring meet.
These are general guidelines for recognition beyond a letter award. Coaches have some discretion in making decisions on whether or not to present individual awards. Individual awards should be given when participating athletes have earned them. If a team doesn’t have anyone who qualifies for the award, no award should be given.
- If the team has a Team Captain, then he should be recognized. Team captains will receive a “Captain” pin for their letter.
- Coaches may award Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and/or a Defender Award if they so choose.
- A Defender Award may be given to the player who best exemplifies the ideals of the Christian athlete.
- The Most Valuable Player should exhibit good athletic ability, use his talent in a team effort, and show leadership in helping the team grow in confidence.
- The Most Improved Player should show consistent improvement in skill, knowledge, and appreciation of the sport.