Hopefully this will help the A.D. keep all coaches updated on information and expectations for our athletics program.
This will also provide a page for links and other things for the A.D. to share with coaches.
LFCA would like to thank you for your dedication and sacrifice to our students and school. Below you will find information that you will need to remember if you are coaching a sport.
At all times, coaches should represent Christ, the school, and themselves in a way that honors God and teach their athletes to do the same.
- All games, practices, and events of any kind MUST be scheduled through the athletic director. There will be no exceptions to this. We have limited gym time and space and it can be frustrating, but remember we are blessed to have a gym. The A.D. will work with Mrs. Gipson and the church for scheduling.
- Provide proper supervision for athletes at all times. Students may not go to change unless a coach or an adult is with them. If the coach wants to take students before 3:45 to change, the coach or adult must sign-in at the office BEFORE 3:20. Make sure your parents and coaches are aware of this. They will not be let in the door at 3:30 once dismissal starts. No exceptions.
- It would be beneficial for you and your team if you had a parent or assistant coach in charge of getting sizes for uniforms, collecting money, and placing the order. Coaches will work with the Athletic Director to pick out uniforms and companies to order from. Also, a parent should be in charge of sending information to the Pioneer News throughout the season.
- The athletic director must sign all P.O.’s before they are put into the office.
- Please make sure ALL students have current sports physicals. They must be current before they are allowed to practice or play.
- Coaches, assistant coaches and parent volunteers MUST have a current background check on file in the office. As a coach it is your responsibility to make sure they have filled out their background check. Once the background checks are completed and received in the office, the A.D. can check on them for you.
- If a game or practice is canceled or moved please contact all your players and parents. As a coach this is very important. The A.D. will contact the office after contacting you. The office will send out an email and make an announcement to the students.
- The A.D. will be discussing behavior at games with parents. Please make sure you talk with your parents as well about their behavior at games. We are a Christian school and we expect parents to set a good example at the games.
- As a coach you are expected to be a part of the LFCA boosters and be active in it as much as possible. The boosters are there to help you and the students.
- As a coach you are responsible for picking out and ordering your awards. The A.D. will put in the P.O. after a total is given from the company.
- Have regular times of devotions and prayer. It is important that students know they can pray as a team for each other and their families.
- Provide an example of Christ-like character in and out of competition.
- Be on time with starting and ending practice.
- Complete an accurate team roster and turn in to the A.D. This will be used for grades.
- Ensure proper conduct of players during practices and games.
- Keep a scorebook and accurate record of statistics.
Sharing this from a Christian Coaches book I read. I hope you can apply these to your coaching ministry. I am excited to start another year in LFCA athletics. – Kevin
1. Coaches must understand that athletics is a ministry.
Students who participate in a sport are voluntarily placing themselves in your “classroom” for hours each week. Coaches should understand that the sport they are teaching is a platform for them to model and teach lessons that will last well beyond the student’s athletic career. Being involved in athletics, which by nature is a high profile part of the school, allows ministry opportunities with opponents, fans, and the community as they observe how the Christian life is lived out in an athletic arena.
2. Coaches must understand that athletics is an opportunity to teach Biblical principles.
The mission of the school is “to provide for Christian families a Christ-centered education that disciples our students to honor Jesus Christ in thought, word and deed.” The mission of the athletic department is no different. In fact, in many ways, coaches may have more opportunities for discipleship than an average teacher will. Throughout competition, athletes run into many situations that parallel situations they will face in life. These types of situations are perfect times to teach Biblical principles and encourage athletes to build Christ-like character in their lives. Much attention has been given to the old saying that “playing a sport builds character”. In reality, sports does not build character, it only does an excellent job of revealing character. Coaches must be intentional in teaching right character in those moments when wrong character is revealed. True discipleship will occur in the realm of athletics when coaches are actively seeking opportunities to teach God’s Word.
3. Coaches must view winning from the proper perspective.
Athletics teams at LFCA have a goal of competing well and playing to win. Excellence is something that each team should strive for every time they compete. However, it is important to understand that winning is not just measured on the scoreboard. The final result of a successful sports team is not dependent on their wins and losses. In order to completely understand this principle, coaches must view their teams from an eternal perspective. Instead of counting temporary victories, seek success in areas that will last. For instance, athletes demonstrating fruit of the spirit in a difficult situation, someone developing a desire for the things of God, or boldly sharing their faith with a friend are all examples of “eternal victories”. As a result, winning is not the only goal. If coaches keep this in mind, it has a direct influence on the way they will coach and conduct themselves throughout the season.
1. Christian Leadership – A coach is a role model who is on display for athletes, parents, opponents, fans, officials, and the community. Coach’s commitment to Christ should be evident to those who observe their lives. As role models, coaches should present themselves in a professional manner, evidenced by both their appearance and behavior.
2. Communication – Coaches must make every effort to effectively communicate with athletes and their parents. Lack of communication always causes frustration. Practice and game information should be readily available, and changes should be communicated immediately. Coaches are also the primary representative of their particular sport outside of the school. Developing positive relationships with other coaches and the media will assist the school in building a good athletic program.
3. Discipline – The coach is responsible for all aspects of discipline with his or her team. The coach must be consistent with upholding the school’s policies (i.e. no practice without a physical), the rules of the sport, and ensuring good sportsmanship.
4. Improvement – Coaches should set an example to their athletes by continually seeking to be the best coach they can be. Coaches should take advantage of opportunities to network with other coaches and be constantly learning their sport so that they can be the most effective coach possible. Great athletic programs are a result of having great coaches.