Strong Rock Christian School is committed to providing a diversified, participatory and successful athletic program that is available to all students. Our school believes that such a program is a vital and integral part of the total school environment and plays a key role in the overall development of each student who is involved in the athletic program. It is our belief that the athletic program at Strong Rock Christian School should assist students in developing courage to build confidence and the qualities of good citizenship, as well as in impacting the world for Jesus Christ.
It is the purpose of this handbook to set forth the operating procedures for the students, parents and athletic staff at Strong Rock Christian School. It is designed as a reference source that will facilitate the process of seeking and clarifying information concerning administrative and athletic policies and procedures as well as promote a framework that will lead to the effective and efficient application of those policies and procedures.
- Mission, Vision & Motto
- Program components
- What is a Patriot?
- Sports Offered - Fall/Winter/Spring
- Tryouts & Team Placement
- Game-Day & Practice Guidelines
- Parental Support & Responsibilities
- Parent Communication Process
- Transportation Rules
- Medical Policies & Procedures
- Athlete's Code of Conduct
Technical - To develop the fundamental sport skills needed to progress to compete.
Tactical - To develop the strategic understanding of the game and competition, the sports IQ.
Physical - To develop movement patterns, relative strength, power, speed, agility and fitness to play more and play better.
Social - To develop positive interaction with students, faculty, parents & the community.
Spiritual- To develop and foster growth through spiritual and biblical character development and a service mindset.
Leadership - To develop skills and provide opportunities to lead others to get to difficult but desirable destinations.
PASSION "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” - Colossians 3:23
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25
"I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment." 1 Corinthians 1:10
RESPECT FOR THE GAME - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
We will strive for excellence as coaches by teaching solid fundamentals, building leaders, and developing the best offensive and defensive schemes to fit our personnel.
We will always strive for excellence as players by giving our best and encouraging others to give their best.
We will strive for excellence as fans by modeling Christ in promoting an environment that is rich in sportsmanship.
"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity," Proverbs 2:6-7
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8
Strong Rock Elementary athletics program is based on participation. There will be a try-out period to determine student’s level of play. Students will be placed on either a Red or Blue team for that season of sport to compete in. Students on a Red team will have equal playing minutes divided among all members o the team. Students on a Blue team will get as much equal playing time as possible in an athletic event with the coach determining who will play in the last few minutes of a close contest. Competition may be intramural or extramural depending on sport and season.
Red Team – This team is for the beginning athlete just learning the concepts and skills of the game.
Blue Team – This team member should have an intermediate knowledge of the rules and strategy of the game. This athlete should have an intermediate skill set, such as completing passes on target 50% of the time or sometimes able to serve over the net.
Red Team – This athlete is still working toward a better understanding of rules and strategies, while improving on basic skills.
Blue Team – This athlete should have knowledge of the rules but is still developing strategy and skills. For example; they can dribble well with dominant foot but still working on non-dominant foot or have the ability to pull flags 5 out of 10 times.
Red Team – The Red team member could be a first timer, or a return player with intermediate skills.
Blue Team – This team member has the knowledge they need, but are working on consistency in their skill set.
* The coaching staff and sport directors may progress or regress a student athlete team placement as needed to provide better opportunities to learn a skill or improve understanding of a sport. Some athletic offerings may or may not have multiple teams depending on athletes available or the competitive demands of the athletic activity involved
- All parents, students, and fans MUST remain in the stands or behind designated areas. Designated areas can be identified by barricades, ropes, or banners. Parents should not be in team areas at any time during practice or games except when asked by team officials, a coach, athletic trainer, or student manager.
- Athletes must wear the issued uniform/attire for all games.
- Athletes must follow team rules and guidelines established by the head coach.
- Strong Rock Christian School will not tolerate profanity, inappropriate behavior, or poor sportsmanship from players, fans or coaches. Players and fans may be subject to suspension from the game or team if in violation.
The official game day in school attire for Monday – Friday is:
- School uniform
- Elementary sports program practices are after school (generally Tuesdays) as scheduled by the Head Coach and last for no longer than 60 minutes.
- Students are not allowed access to any facilities without proper supervision. Practices may not begin without a coach present.
- Cleats are not allowed in the gym, sports court, or athletic training facility. Muddy shoes are to be removed before entering any building. Only appropriate shoes are to be used on gym floor.
- No unsupervised playing in the gym or sports court at ANY time. All athletes must abide by posted rules.
Strong Rock Elementary Athlete Participation Requirements:
A student is ineligible to participate until the following requirements have been completed:
- A physical exam or doctor’s release must be on file in the athletic or nurse’s office.
- All academic or behavioral eligibility requirements are satisfied.
- The medical and authorization release forms must be on file in the athletic office.
- A signed handbook sheet is on file with the athletics secretary.
- Support your student athlete’s athletic experience by taking an interest in the experience of the whole team.
- Model good sportsmanship for your student athlete by respecting opponents and officials. Cheer for Strong Rock’s teams and not against the opponents.
- Let your student athlete know that, win or lose, he/she is loved and his/her efforts are appreciated.
- Respect the coach. Do not coach from the stands. Do not raise concerns with the coach immediately before or after a contest. (This is not a time when issues can nor should be resolved.)
Team Parent Responsibilities:
The team parent will be the main line of communication between the coach and the other parents of team members. Team Parents will be contacted about game changes, as well as other pertinent information; they in turn will pass on these communications to the rest of the parents. The team parent will also be responsible for organizing the team snacks.
- The athlete should meet with her/his coach first.
- Next, the parent should talk to their child’s coach. However, never meet with the coach immediately before or after a contest. Please contact the coach at least 24 hours after by phone or email to arrange an appropriate meeting.
- Meeting with the Elementary Athletic Director, please contact the Assistant to the Athletic Director to arrange a meeting time.
- If your issues are still unresolved, contact the Elementary office to meet with the Principal.
* Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches are: (1) mental and physical treatment of your child; (2) ways to help your child improve; and (3) concerns about your child's behavior.
* Issues that are not appropriate to discuss with coaches are: (1) team strategy; (2) play calling; and (3) other student athletes.
* Following these steps will demonstrate respect for the game and all individuals involved and allow our student athletes to see proper methods and means of conflict resolution.
Fans (both students and adults) are an important and integral part of every athletic contest. They serve to authenticate the positive values learned through athletics and to support the personal efforts and successes of individual players. Occasionally, fan behavior can harm an athletic event. The following is to provide clarity about inappropriate behavior. At all Strong Rock athletic events, it is inappropriate to engage in:
- Verbal abuse of officials, coaches, players, or opposing fans Any obscene gestures
- Throwing objects
- Signs or posters that degrade teams, officials, or players Vandalism
- Consumption of drugs or alcohol
Events on and off-campus on Saturday will require the family to procure travel to the competition site. If for some reason a student needs to leave with his/her parent, a coach must be notified prior to leaving. Students may only leave with their parent unless authorized in writing and approved by the Head Coach and Athletic Director ahead of time.
*Parents transporting students other than their own need to contact the Director of Human Relations to become an approved carpool driver.
- Athletes must report all injuries to their coach and the Athletic Trainer (if available) as soon as possible. When a student athlete has an accident or is injured during practice or competition the coach must complete an accident report form to turn-in to school officials. The forms can be obtained at the school office. These forms are very important if insurance claims are filed later. The originals of these forms will be kept on file in the Athletic Director’s office. When a student athlete consults with a physician to determine playing status, documentation from the physician’s office must be provided to the school. Furthermore, appropriate documentation must also be provided before the student will be allowed to resume participation in athletics.
- Any athlete unable to complete a practice due to injury will be required to obtain clearance from the Athletic Trainer (if available) or a physician to return to practice or games.
- An injured athlete is still considered a part of the team and expected to be present at games and practices, unless requested by the parent and released by the coach.
- Athletes should check their equipment daily for proper fit and report any issues to coaches.
The mission of Strong Rock Christian School is to glorify God and partner with families in educating and inspiring their children to impact the world for Jesus Christ – The Strong Rock.
- Questionable language or “slang” words will not be tolerated. The athlete will never engage in any language that can be termed "trash talking" or use profanity or questionable slang. Example: In basketball, chants of “air-ball” or screaming while the opponent is on the free-throw line shows poor sportsmanship. In baseball, making noise while an opponent is at bat shows poor sportsmanship.
- The athlete will address the coach and the officials with respect. The athlete will address the coach as “Coach” or “Mr., Miss or Mrs.” and will take concerns or complaints directly to the coach. Insubordination and divisive speech or behavior will not be tolerated. The athlete should address the officials with “Yes Sir” or “Yes Ma’am”
- Never criticize the officials or coaches. These people represent the authority figure, the “supervisor, the parent, the teacher and the “Law”. Obedience to authority is not optional and is not predicated on whether you agree with it. All authority is God-given and disobedience to authority is disobedience to God.
Colossians 4:6 let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt...
- Develop relationships and a good rapport with teammates and coaches. God has placed you in this situation for a purpose. You have an opportunity to develop life-long friendships. If sports become all about you, you need to not participate.
- Develop relationships and a good rapport with classmates. Do not attempt to set yourself up on a pedestal. Your classmates will not respect you or support you.
- Develop relationships and a good rapport with students from other schools. Never miss an opportunity to share Jesus Christ with others.
John 15:12 this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
- Develop unity within your team. “It is amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.” John Wooden
- Develop unity within our school family. God has called each one of us to this school. Each of us has different abilities and different roles. Never be jealous or envious of another person’s role. Be busy filling your role.
- Develop unity within the Kingdom. Our opponents are not our enemy. We will compete to win but will treat the opposition with respect and a positive attitude at all times.
I Corinthians 12:12,13 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body...
- Be Motivated by the Love of God. Live for Him because He died for us.
- Strive for victory in order to Glorify God. Athletics is just a means to an end and not an end unto itself.
- Demonstrating Christ in our lives by abiding by the rules of the game in letter and in spirit. Tactics that promote unfair “gamesmanship” will not be tolerated.
- Committed to excellence. In all areas – Faith, Practice, Academics and Game Preparation; Play and Act like a CHAMPION!
I Corinthians 10:31 ...do all to the Glory of God.
- The athlete will maintain a good reputation. The athlete’s character will be in good standing with the administration, faculty, staff and church.
- The athlete will meet all eligibility requirements.
- The athlete will know and understand all requirements. The athlete will know all the expectations of their team and will follow them both in action and in spirit.
- The athlete will show respect for all coaches, trainers and all staff personnel. This includes the game plans, methods and philosophies.
- The athlete will show respect for their teammates. The athlete will respect the seriousness of their commitment by attending all practices, meetings and games as prescribed at the beginning of the season and by working together to accomplish a common goal. Help to hold your teammates accountable for their actions.
- The athlete will maintain a high standard of appearance. Both in and out of the arena the athlete will adhere to the strictest interpretations of the school dress code and the team dress and uniform code.
The athlete will demonstrate Christ-like character. Both in and out of the arena, the athlete will show respect in speech and actions for game officials, opponents and all those associated with our opponents.
The athlete will never engage in fighting. The athlete will always maintain self-control. Un- sportsman-like conduct penalties will not be tolerated and will have consequences. Consequences include, but are not limited to, suspensions or dismissal from the team.
The athlete will know and understand our philosophy. The athlete will respect the seriousness of the eternal effects of their responsibilities as they represent themselves, their families, their school, their church and ultimately their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I John 2:6 “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”