Athletic activities are an important part of the school experience and student development for all grades. Appropriate use of this developmental tool varies with age. Academics remain the priority for a student’s time and attention. The parent and child should make choices about athletic participation together, keeping academic priorities in mind. We seek to give honor to God by implementing a philosophy consistent with His character and will. The goal of Northpoint Christian School athletics is to instill within our student athletes the pursuit of Christ and to honor Him through athletic participation.
All athletes must read and sign the following handbook to participate in any sport. Every year a medical release form must be completed.
Mission Statement and Philosophy
The mission of Northpoint Christian School athletics is to honor God, reflect excellence, and develop champions for Christ.
Northpoint Christian School athletics is committed to maintaining the goals and standards set forth by the school and its administration. We believe athletics is an excellent tool to be used for God’s glory. Northpoint Christian School’s approach to athletics will stem directly from God’s Word. As a result, we are seeking to develop the physical and the spiritual life of the athlete.
Northpoint Christian School athletics honors God by:
- bringing glory to the name and reputation of Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 6:20, Matthew 5:16)
- growing in Christ through competition. (II Chronicles 15:7)
- ministering to a team member or opponent. (II Corinthians 6:20, I Timothy 2:1, I Peter 5:2)
- submitting properly to all authority. (Romans 13:1, I Peter 2:13)
- being humble in victory. (Philippians 2:3, Luke 14:11)
- bringing attention to team – not self. (Philippians 2:4)
- leading someone to Christ as the result of their testimony on the field or court. (Isaiah 55:11)
- exercising respect toward the facilities with which we have been blessed. (Matthew 25:21)
Northpoint Christian School athletics reflect excellence by:
- presenting genuine Christian testimony to fans and opponents. (I Thessalonians 4:12)
- giving the maximum effort mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually in every competitive experience. (Galatians 6:4)
- exhibiting Christ in our daily lives. (I Peter 2:9)
- knowing that our actions in competition affect the reputation and testimony of our school and Jesus Christ. (Colossians 4:5, Proverbs 20:11, Psalm 69:6)
- conducting ourselves as role models to exhibit leadership that honors Christ through appearance, actions, and attitudes. (I Timothy 4:12, I Peter 2:12)
- providing and maintaining our facilities. (Proverbs 21:20, 24:3-4, Matthew 25:21)
Northpoint Christian School athletics develops champions for Christ by:
- reaching the unsaved for Christ. (Acts 1:8)
- building Christ-like character. (Romans 8:29, II Corinthians 3:18)
- teaching the principle of team support and care for team members and opponents. (John 13:35, Philippians 2:2)
- training our athletes physically that they may possess a “healthy temple” for God’s glory. (I Corinthians 6:19, 9:27)
- integrating spiritual growth through competition. (Romans 8:29, James 1:4)
- introducing our students to the fun and joy of participation. (I Corinthians 12:26)
- developing life principles through athletics. (I Timothy 4:8, Hebrews 12:1)
Purpose of Athletics
Participation is the key for athletics at this level. We set goals of excellence but don’t assume anything about skill levels. We encourage all students with an interest to participate and, with certain activities, simply structure it to include every student in a grade.
Lower Middle (5th-6th)
This level is transitional between goals of participation and competitive excellence. They key word is developmental. We maintain and sharpen goals of excellence while acknowledging that these students are in rapid changes of maturity and ability. We want to develop their interest while also developing their skills in those activities.
Upper Middle (7th-8th)
This next transitional stage will begin to focus more on the competitive side of the sport. We will honestly communicate with students about their current ability level by having tryouts to determine distinctions. This level is preparing the athlete to advance to the high school level with a correct understanding of the competitive nature of sports but keeping in mind the skills that need to be sharpened. Playing time is not guaranteed, but as coaches, our desire will be to give every participant an opportunity to participate in the games.
High School (9th-12th)
The primary goal at this level is competition. Programs are structured to encourage individual skills development along with team play. Teams will be kept at a manageable size. Should tryouts be inevitable, coaches will prepare criteria to support final decisions. Expectations for team membership will be clearly articulated prior to final selection of the team. Every effort will be made to be as positive as possible with the students during the tryout period. Playing time is not guaranteed, but as coaches, our desire will be to give every participant opportunity to participate in the games.
Pursuit of Excellence
- We are deeply committed to presenting Christ to each of our athletes so that, by God’s grace, they might grow in Christian character. This is our first priority because we are more concerned about the eternal destinies of our athletes than any other single factor.
- We desire that our athletes perceive a godly concept of success. While winning the contest is the object of planning and preparation on the part of both coach and athlete, it must not be considered as the sole measure of success. Other values, which are being built into the athlete, must be the ultimate criteria on whether or not we are truly successful.
- The criteria for determining the success of our athletes will be seen in the qualities they are developing in their lives. Such things as loyalty, respect for others, proper manners, perseverance, commitment, integrity, diligence, servant-hood, suitable response to crises, humility, handling victory and defeat, encouraging others, demonstrating unconditional love, developing a work ethic, despising self-glorification, and knowing the joy of play are worthwhile standards.
- We know that athletics is not an end in itself. It may be used either to glorify God or bring Him into shame and derision in the world’s eyes. We desire to instill in our athletes this God-centered attitude toward athletics. This will encourage them to be well-rounded student athletes who are developing interests and abilities in other areas.
- We as coaches acknowledge our ministry. It is a calling – unique and dynamic in its implications. We have been entrusted with the lives of young men and women; therefore, we cannot take on the task of mere hirelings. The trust is sacred; we know that, and we commit ourselves to it.