Athletic Program
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Athletics

Athletic Policies and Information

Athletic Philosophy
Spiritual Development of Athletics

The goal of CCS athletics is to develop athletes who consistently display the fruits of the Spirit in their lives both in and out of competition to the honor and glory of God. The coaches and staff are intentional in modeling Christ-like character which we desire our athletes to possess. Athletics is an opportunity to not only train physical bodies but also an opportunity to train in godly character qualities which are to be expressed openly through participation. Love, humility, boldness, diligence, responsibility, fortitude, tenacity, endurance, courage, self-control, honor, and respect name just a few of these Christ-like character qualities.

Ministry to Others

In the athletic arena, our students represent the Lord Jesus Christ and CCS to our opponents. Our desire is to glorify God by leaving a positive impression of the God we love and serve and the importance of His role in our lives before, during, and after competition. “Every tree is known by its fruit . . .” (Luke 6:44) and we are responsible for the fruit we show.

Excellence

CCS’s commitment to a high standard of achievement in all areas includes the athletic department. We strive to assist athletes in maximizing their potential in order to bring honor to the Lord. As Christians, we are to do our very best unto the Lord in everything we do. Wins are to be received with humility giving God the glory, and losses are received with graciousness and integrity.

Enjoyment

Athletics are intended to be fun for all participants. The excitement and enthusiasm in our players is fueled by the excellence and dedication of our coaches.

 
 
 
Athletic Eligibility

Students who participate in an athletic program must maintain passing grades in all classes to remain eligible for all athletic competitions. Students are also required to be in attendance for at least half of the attendance day in order to participate in practices and/or games on the same day.

The following requirements must be met for participation in a competitive sport at CCS.
  1. The student must have no less than a C- in any class and receive no less than an S- in any conduct area (Grades 4 and 5 only).
  2. The student must have a current physical (within the year) on file in the office before he/she can practice or play and compete.
  3. The athletic fee must be submitted by the deadline established by the school. This fee supports the athletic budget and is used to purchase things such as uniforms, equipment, awards and is used to pay for officiating expenses.
  4. Students must be in attendance at school for one half of the attendance day in order to participate in a game. If the game is played on the weekend, the student must be in attendance for one half of the school day prior to the weekend game
  5. Students must be in attendance at school the day after any co-curricular activity, unless an excused notice, signed by parent, is given to the office.
    • The excuse “I was too tired” is not an excused absence.
    • If a student receives an unexcused absence for the above reason, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the next game.
  6. Parents must agree to be responsible for getting their athlete to the games and home from the games.
  7. The parent/guardian and student must complete a CCS Statement of Commitment and medical release form.
  8. The parents must attend the pre-season parent meeting or make arrangements with the coach for that sport. Any student assigned to after school detention will not be allowed to practice or play in a game on that day.
  9. Any student suspended from school will also be suspended from practice and games during the time of suspension.
  10. The use of alcohol, cigarettes, non-prescription drugs, and/or the possession of any weapons, is strictly prohibited and will result in the removal of the player from all athletics for a minimum of 30 days. The use and/or possession of the above list are a violation of student honor code and school policy which will result in suspension.
 

If circumstances concerning a student’s eligibility are not covered by the stipulations listed, the school administration will make the final decision concerning eligibility.

Athletic Eligibility

Student athletes must maintain at least a grade of C- or higher in each academic subject to be eligible to participate in CCS athletic programs. A grade below C- in any subject or an S- in behavior in Grades 4 or 5 on a report card will disqualify the athlete from participating in the athletic program for two calendar weeks from the date the grade drops below the minimum requirement. At the completion of two calendar weeks, the grade must improve to at least a C- or higher in the academic subject or S- in behavior for grades 4 or 5. The report card from the 4th quarter of the previous school year will be used to determine eligibility for the fall season. Two calendar weeks will start when the season of the athletic program officially begins. Teachers will check all athletes’ grades every two weeks and report to the principal and coach any student whose average has fallen below the C- level in any subject or any student who is in danger of receiving a U in conduct. Parents and students will then be notified of the two week ineligibility. The student will remain ineligible until the two weeks are completed and the grade returns to at least the C- or S- status.

Communication

Parents with athletic questions or concerns should contact the school office to make an appointment with the head coach. If the issue cannot be resolved with the head coach, the principal will participate in the next meeting.
Practice times, game schedules, directions, and arrival times to games will be available online on the athletic page.
Athletic events that are cancelled or changed on the day that they are scheduled will be announced via email as well as updated on the athletic web page listed above.

 
 
Equipment

Equipment is to be used properly. Replacement of damaged or lost equipment will be at the expense of the student to whom the equipment is issued at the beginning of the sport season. School equipment is not to leave the school without authorization from the principal. Students accepting responsibility for the care of team equipment (as designated by the head coach) will be expected to distribute equipment to teammates and/or return equipment to the school, as directed by the head coach.

Fees

The athletic fee must be submitted by the deadline established by the school. Athletes will not be allowed to participate until all of the forms are submitted and the fees are paid. Athletic fees are non-refundable after the first competitive event of the season.

Injuries/Illness

All injuries must be reported to the coach immediately to ensure administration of proper first aid. In the event internal body fluids (blood, etc.) are present on an athlete’s body or uniform, the athlete will be removed from the competition and may return once the injury is cleaned and bandaged and/or the uniform has been replaced.

 
Parent Responsibilities

Parents are expected to encourage their sons or daughters to perform to the best of their ability, both academically and athletically. Parents should be a source of support for the student and the program in which they are participating.
Parents are role models for students and representatives of CCS. As such, they are expected to exemplify good attitudes by treating all players, coaches, fans, officials, and other parents with respect and dignity. Parents must make sure that students abide by rules established by CCS, the coach, and the league in which is played. Everyone is advised to be positive and in support of their own team, as well as recognize the achievements of the opposing team.
Parents should allow their students the benefit of enjoying competition. Students must keep in mind that not everyone can be the star, be on the first team (A Team), or have equal playing time. They must remember that athletic activities are primarily designed for students to learn, develop skills, and have fun. Students are advised to keep winning and losing in proper perspective. Participants who put forth their best effort are to be commended.

Physicals

All CCS athletes must have a physical form on file prior to participation in any CCS sport. No athlete will be allowed to participate with an athletic team prior to submitting this form to the athletic office. This form requires the signatures of a physician, a parent/legal guardian, and the athlete. This form is in addition to the health form required by the school prior to the beginning of the school year. Physical forms are available in the school office or online.

Play Time

Determining how much playing time each team member earns is at the discretion of the head coach. Playing time is a privilege and must be earned. During practices and competitions, a student’s attitude, work ethic, obedience to rules and directions given from coaches, punctuality, attentiveness, self-control, respect for authority, and attendance along with skill and ability are factors that affect playing time. The head coach must be notified in advance when a student will miss practice.

Grades 4 through 6

Proper instruction, skill and character development, and active participation are goals for every athlete involved in a CCS sports program. Coaches are expected to play all eligible players in each game; however, this does not mean that every player will receive the identical amount of playing time. Each athlete earns the privilege of playing time based criteria listed above.

 
Grades 7 and 8

Concepts of competition, skill, and ability along with the above listed factors have an even greater role in the decision regarding playing time and may result in some athletes not playing in some contests. Coaches are encouraged to play all eligible players in each game during the regular season.
Players will be paired in practice and competition according to age and ability levels. Because of size discrepancies in growing young bodies, A Team members must be those in grades 6 through 8. If not enough players are available to play on the A Team in this age category, a B Team will be established which will allow students from Grade 5 to participate. At no time will students from Grades 4 or 5 play in A Team competition unless permission is granted by the principal.

 
Practice

All athletes that participate on an athletic team are required to attend all scheduled practices and games. Failure to attend all practices and games, unless excused by the head coach, gives the coach the ability to suspend athletes from future practices and competitions. In some cases, this could warrant dismissal from the team. Captains are to be exemplary in this area. Failure to comply could result in loss of captain responsibilities.
Students must be in attendance at school for one half of the attendance day in order to participate in a game. If the game is played on the weekend, the student must be in attendance for one half of the school day prior to the weekend game.
Students must be in attendance at school the day after any game, unless an excused notice, signed by parent, is given to the office.

  • The excuse "I was too tired" is not an excused absence.
  • If a student receives an unexcused absence for the above reasons, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the next game.

Schedules

Practice times, game schedules, directions, and arrival times to games will be available online on the athletic page.
Athletic events that are cancelled or changed on the day that they are scheduled will be announced via email as well as updated on the athletic web page listed above.

Team Selection

Coaches determine which players will make up a particular team. The school realizes that the selection of players is a very difficult experience for the athlete, parents, teammates, and coach. A maximum number of players have been determined for each team. In rare circumstances, “cuts” will occur when more than the maximum number of players tries out for a team. This decision is handled with the utmost care, sensitivity, and compassion.
In the pre-season parent and athlete team meetings, goals and specific criteria are communicated by the head coach in the event there will be possible team cuts. These consist of skills, attitude, work ethic, team play, position availability, etc. Coaches will evaluate and assess players on an individual basis using these criteria. To guarantee the fairness of conditions, athletes will have equal access to equipment, facilities, and coaches. Every measure will be taken to insure that coaches are objective in their evaluation. Coaches will conference individually with players who are being cut. Parents will be contacted prior to the conference meeting. The athlete will be thanked for trying out, informed of what they could work on with suggestions how to improve, and have questions answered.

Transportation

Parents/guardians are responsible to transport their student athlete to and from competitions. Parents will also be responsible for transportation to practices when they are not held immediately after school.

 

 
Uniform

One uniform set will be issued to each athlete per sport season prior to the first competition of the season. Uniforms are for competition only and may not be worn on spirit days with the exception of cheerleaders in Grades 6 through 8. Uniforms are to be clean and in good repair at all times. Damaged uniforms are to be properly repaired or returned to the coach immediately for replacement at the athlete’s expense.
Cheerleaders are required to purchase specific items to accompany the school-issued uniform. Information will be distributed prior to the cheer season listing additional costs that may be incurred.
Athletes are responsible to bring the appropriate uniform(s) to each competition. The school will not “lend” replacement uniforms. Athletes without the appropriate uniform will not be allowed to participate in competition or the pre-game warm-ups (where applicable).

Laundering Uniforms
  1. Wash uniforms in warm water with mild soap.
  2. Do not use chlorine-type bleaches.
  3. Do not wash with other colors.
  4. Do not leave with garment in a damp condition for any length of time, especially in a crumpled state; colors may run or stain.
  5. Tumble dry in medium heat/permanent press cycle or hang to dry (Follow uniform directions).
Booster Club

The CCS Booster Club is a parent-led group with the objective of supporting and improving all sports and fine arts programs at CCS by raising financial support. All funds raised will go directly toward improving these programs at CCS.
Any parent interested in helping with athletic events at CCS is advised to contact the school office. The office staff will provide contact information for the Booster Club so information is obtained about how they can volunteer.

 
Summer Sports Camps

Opportunities for additional athletic training and recreation will be available during summer months. Detailed information and registration forms can be obtained in the school office.