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Athletics are vital to the success of Northland Christian School. With 27 interscholastic teams and 12 different sports, students can find their athletic interest and niche quite easily. Northland supports a competitive athletics program that teaches discipline, teamwork, leadership, and competition.
We are fortunate to be part of an involved campus that gets excited about the success of our teams. At Northland, athletics foster camaraderie and school spirit. Many of our faculty members are involved through coaching at all levels, which allows the entire community to connect in unique ways. We value this sense of community and share a common goal of creating lifelong leaders.
Athletics play an important role in a student's development, whether it is making the game winning shot, or simply making the team. Teamwork, persistence, overcoming failure, good sportsmanship and respect are all learned through team and individual sports. Northland Christian offers numerous sports at both the middle school and high school level for fall and spring.
Middle School's focus is skill development and teamwork. They meet before school four days a week to practice, leaving the evenings free for games and studies.
High School sports are practiced following school each day. Most High School athletic teams also practice on Saturdays. Team building is huge at this level as is the realization that a single player is never as strong as an entire team.
Northland competes in the TAPPS 3A division.
In addition to physical development, we believe athletics provides unique opportunities for our students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. As a part of our educational process, athletics serves these purposes:
- To develop Christian leaders who glorify God in all they do.
- To develop Christian leaders who are disciplined, hard working, dedicated to God and team, fair, considerate, who persevere and sacrifice in the face of adversity, and we are thankful and gracious in victory.
- To develop a commitment to good sportsmanship and a respect for others.
- To teach and instruct students in the rules, fundamentals and skills of various individual and team sports; to provide physical training and physical outlet for adolescent energy.
- To provide healthy competition and cooperation within and between schools, thus inculcating in each student the best principles of good sportsmanship.
- To maintain the spirit of true amateur competition.
Proper Conduct and Sportsmanship
- Treat others as you know they should be treated, and as you wish to be treated.
- Regard the rules of your game as an agreement, the spirit and letter of which you should not evade or break.
- Treat officials and opponents with respect.
- Accept absolutely and without quarrel the final decision of any official.
- Honor visiting teams and spectators as your own guests and treat them as such. Likewise, behave as an honored guest when you visit another school.
- Be gracious in victory and defeat; learn especially to take defeat well.
- Be as cooperative as you are competitive.
- Remember that your actions on and off the field reflect not only on you but your school and God.
Guidelines for Coaches
- Coaches shall remember that school athletics are primarily part of each student's education and overall development, not a goal in itself. Coaches shall use athletics to help each student achieve the standards and qualities listed above.
- Coaches shall assist each student toward developing his or her full potential.
- Coaches shall remember that the behavior of a team can reflect the coach's own manner, attitudes, temper and approach to athletics, and shall conduct themselves in a way which brings credit to God, themselves, their team, NCS, and their sport.
- Coaches should always treat the student-athletes in their charge in the same manner that they wish to be treated themselves. Instruction and correction, while demanding, should be overwhelmingly positive. Coaches shall never intentionally embarrass or demean student-athletes.
- Coaches shall hold themselves to the same high standard of preparation, organization, dedication, hard work, self-discipline, sacrifice and Godly behavior that they expect from their players.
- Coaches shall model good sportsmanship and respectful attitudes toward officials and opposing teams in victory and defeat.
Guidelines for Student Athletes
- Student-athletes shall understand that representing Northland is an honor and a responsibility. The school has established high standards for student-athletes both on and off the playing field. Student-athletes are expected to exhibit exemplary behavior in the classroom and in other non-athletic activities. Student-athletes must demonstrate respect for their teachers and others in authority as well as their classmates.
- Student-athletes are expected to demonstrate a commitment to their team by attending required team practices and meetings.
- Student-athletes shall at all times represent God, themselves and their school with honor, proper conduct, good sportsmanship and a Christian spirit. They shall understand that competitive rivalries are encouraged, but that disrespect for opponents is un-sportsmanlike and lessens the value of the rivalries. They shall confine the competitiveness of the game to the field and court, and in particular behave properly on the sidelines and in locker rooms both before and after games.
- Student-athletes shall comply fully with the rulings of the officials. In no way, either by voice, action or gesture, shall they demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the decisions made.
Guidelines for Spectators
- Spectators – whether students, faculty, parents, alumni or friends – bear important responsibilities to the school for the atmosphere and conduct of games, whether home or away.
- Spectators should watch games from those areas defined by each school as spectator areas. They must not run up and down sidelines, call to players, coaches or officials in an un-sportsmanlike manner, go on to the field or court, or deface property. Any action, which detracts from the ability of coaches, players, and officials to do their best, is not acceptable.
- Northland spectators who consistently violate this standard of behavior may not be allowed to attend Northland athletic events. Parents who violate this standard of behavior may forfeit the privilege of their child's participation in Northland athletics.
- Faculty members should remember that their responsibilities for student discipline and behavior extend to disciplining and controlling students who misbehave as spectators.