The Warrior Way

Warrior Parents,

We are excited that you son/daughter has chosen to participate in interscholastic sports at Little Rock Christian Academy. Your son/daughter's involvement in sports will be a highlight of his/her school career. Your student will learn positive lessons while making memories that will last a lifetime.

It is the desire of each coach to establish an excellent athletic program, but more importantly, it is our desire to develop student athletics into men and women of God. We call this training for a godly life the "Warrior Way."

The athletic department will strive to accomplish its goals through the athletic philosophy and parent expectations while honoring Little Rock Christian's school mission and school goals. We ask that our coaches and parents work together to create the greatest experience for your student athletic.

By following these guidelines and rules, our student athletics will be given the best chance to experience the growth outlined in our school's mission and we all can demonstrate the "Warrior Way."

If you have questions about the expectations, please talk to your student's coach or call me. Thank you for partnering with us to make your student's experience through sports a positive one.

Sincerely,

Johnny Watson
Little Rock Christian Academy - Athletic Director

Mission -

The Little Rock Christian Athletic Department exists to support the school’s overall mission by providing a Christ-centered competitive athletic program that develops Christian character, leadership, and a commitment to excellence.

Philosophy -

We will accomplish this mission by focusing on four core values (C4):

Christ Centered---fix your eyes on Jesus and seek him (Heb. 12:2, James 1:4)

  • Providing a coaching staff of called, committed Christian professionals
  • Modeling Christ-like character to our student athletes
  • Integrating biblical principles through discipleship, devotions, and other resources
  • Teaching students to view athletics and competition from a biblical perspective

Competitive—so run YOUR race to win (1 Cor. 9:24-25)

  • Enabling our athletes to achieve their personal best for the glory of God
  • Celebrating each athletes’ unique abilities along with fostering team accomplishments
  • Challenging students to reach their fullest athletic potential
  • Developing a comprehensive program for all student athletes
  • Providing professional coaches who strive to be lifelong learners in their respective sports

Character based— walk in a manner worthy of your calling (Phil 1:27)

  • Instilling discipline and personal accountability
  • Teaching student athletes to respect authority, teammates, opponents, and the games in which they compete
  • Developing leadership skills to better serve the team, school, and community
  • Instilling a desire to serve the school and community
  • Encouraging participation and support of all sports and school activities
  • Instilling in our athletes-- loyalty, integrity, patience, perseverance, love, joy, peace, and self control

Committed—Lay aside every weight and run your race with endurance (Heb. 12:1)

  • Developing an unrelenting pursuit of a goal or potential
  • Teaching our athletes to strive to be their best and do the most with what God has given
  • Instilling in our athletes that Christianity is not an excuse for mediocrity or passive acceptance of defeat.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

We desire that when Warrior student athletes compete in the classroom, at practice, or in the game that they sense God’s present and run to win.

Expectations -

We need the support and cooperation of each parent to achieve our goals. We ask that parents contribute to their student’s success and growth by:

  1. Praying regularly for your student, his/her coach and team. The Bible reminds us that “we have not because we ask not.”
    • Pray specifically for the Lord to be at work in your student’s life as well as those of his/her teammates.
    • Pray especially for the coach. As fallible humans, every coach will make mistakes, but we have the assurance that God can work all things together for your student’s good.
    • Pray that all the circumstances of the season will be used of God to teach what He wants your son/daughter to learn.
  2. Be a positive fan.
    • Your student needs to know that you love and support him/her, no matter what. Whether starting or sitting on the bench, after a score or a miss, your love and encouragement needs to be unconditional just as Christ’s is for us.
    • As our society grows increasingly negative, coarse and vulgar, we have an opportunity to be a witness to other teams and their fans by cheering positively at games and respecting the calls of the officials even when we disagree.
    • Anyone can complain and criticize what they don’t like or agree with—it takes the grace of God to forgive, to return good for evil, but in so doing we have an opportunity to show the world that Christ does make a difference.
    • Determine as a fan to help little Rock Christian Academy have a positive witness for Christ. We ask our fans to encourage each other and be sure to always be a positive witness at games. Ask yourself, “Would my behavior as a fan make it possible for me to share Jesus Christ with those who listened to me and watched me in our stands?”
    • Pray that when other fans attend our games, they will notice something different about us and that the difference will be positive.
  3. Follow the athletic department rules. Each team will have its own rules. However, the following rules are true for all our teams:
    • At least one parent must attend the team pre-season meeting. If both parents miss the meeting, the student will not be allowed to play in a contest or match until at least one of the parents meets one-on-one with the coach.
    • If an athlete has a question about expectations or what his/her role is on the team, the student should first go to the coach for these answers. It is important for the student to talk about his/her performance with the coach. This is a life skill we want each of our student athletes to have. If the student is still unclear after speaking with the coach, a conference with the student, parent and coach can be arranged. In most cases these conversations should take place at times, other than game day, but in no case will these discussions take place before or after a contest.
    • A parent can talk to the coach about anything related to the student athlete, teams, season, etc. but not playing time, coaching strategies and calling of plays. These are subjective calls that each coach must make according to his/her own discretion. While coaches welcome conversations about what students can do to improve their athletic performance and make positive contributions to their team, it is more beneficial to the team, to the athlete, and to the parent/coach relationship if parents refrain from discussions focusing on playing time, coaching strategies and calling of plays.
    • There may be times when parents may differ or will have taken offense with a particular coach following constructive conversations. We ask that parents go directly to the coach, not other parents or fans, and see if the matter can be resolved. Please don’t let the coaches hear that you are displeased or have a problem from anyone but you personally. If the issue isn’t satisfactorily resolved at the coach or head coach level, then the concern may go to the athletic director. If the issue is unable to be resolved, parents will be encouraged to discuss the matter with the head of school, Dr. Gary Arnold. If we commit to resolving the concerns that we believe are wrong in this way, we all will benefit.

By following these guideline and rules, our student athletes will be given the best chance to experience the growth outlined in our school’s mission and we all can demonstrate the “Warrior Way.”

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