Every Athlete A Disciple
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY
The mission of Cambridge Christian School Athletics is to honor God in all things and make “Every Athlete A Disciple”. Sports provide an excellent opportunity for discipleship as students learn many important life lessons on sacrifice, self-discipline, perseverance and community. We use athletics to prepare young people for life as Christian leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and strive to follow God’s will for their lives.
By implementing Biblical principles in our instruction and setting Godly examples, our Athletic Department staff and coaches will do our best for the Lord- “And whatever you do, do it heartily unto the Lord, and not to me.” (Col. 3:23) It should be the desire of every coach to use interscholastic sports as a means of developing champions for Christ.
Therefore, our coaches are expected to:
- Foster opportunities for intentional discipleship
- Build relationships with players and parents (rules without relationship yields rebellion)
- Encourage good citizenship and academics
- Teach the team concept, coupled with strong competition
- Present teams prepared to play
- Do all these things with the primary goal of bringing honor to the Lord Jesus
It is our desire to have a “ONE TEAM” athletic program at CCS.
- Teach the Principles of Winning
- Exemplify Christian Morals and Values in our Community
- Achieve Maximum Physical, Moral and Spiritual Character Development
- Mentor Young Men and Women to a Deeper Walk with Jesus
Showing good sportsmanship, respecting others at all times and under every circumstance is expected. This includes behavior towards coaches, teammates, officials, opposing coaches, opposing players, and fans. We expect our coaches and athletes to demonstrate respect toward teachers and parents at all times. Defiance and disrespect are not tolerated in a disciplined program.
Creating a winning environment by displaying a positive attitude and providing daily encouragement to those under our leadership helps build strong relationships. Our student-athletes will respond better when they know we genuinely love and care for them.
Fostering a commitment to excellence is a key to success. Success in athletics is the result of coaches and players going the extra mile. Teams who pay the price in the off-season win championships. We must communicate great expectations, provide great instruction, emphasize great fundamentals, and demand great effort, in the context of strong relationship. Most importantly, according to God’s word, if we want to be great, we must model great servant hood to our teams.
To honor God and exalt Jesus Christ by making “Every Athlete A Disciple”
To foster each athletes personal relationship with Jesus Christ
To produce disciplined, Christ honoring teams that strive for excellence at all levels
To be ambassadors for Christ and CCS at home and away
To model humility in winning and grace in losing
To graduate student-athletes committed to the Bible, prayer, and servant leadership
Pursuing greatness God’s way through unity, service and sacrifice – “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity” Psalm 133:1 and “How can two walk together except they be in agreement” Amos 3:3
One of our main goals is to help our student-athletes become leaders both on and off of the field. With that in mind, each of our teams focuses on leadership and discipleship.
It is our desire to provide our student-athletes with multiple opportunities to represent their school in competition. Our commitment to athletics is reflected in our diverse offerings (42 teams spread across the MS, JV, & Varsity levels), widespread participation (over 80 percent of our students grades 6-12 participate in at least one sport each year), and level of success in competition. Student-athletes are supported by a strong group of athletic professionals that includes 50 coaches with varied experience on the high school, collegiate and professional levels, a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer, and direct access to doctors at the Florida Orthopedic Institute. We have also have a strength and conditioning program to help our athlete’s progress towards their full athletic potential. We integrate our intramural, middle school and varsity sports programs.
Intramurals: It begins with our youngest athletes in intramurals. Our varsity coaches provide the Intramural Director with several skills and sport specific drills to have the students work on while in intramural sports. Varsity coaches, MS coaches, and varsity athletes routinely volunteer to instruct in the intramural program as well.
Middle School: Our desire is to utilize our middle school athletic teams to teach the basic concepts of competitive athletics. Middle school (MS) athletics will be a combination of participation, basic skill development, and basic knowledge of rules, sportsmanship, and the development of an understanding of working in a team environment. In MS, coaches will run similar systems to varsity and will use similar terminology. Varsity coaches meet with MS coaches to discuss player and team progression as well as any other details that need to be covered.
JV/Varsity: Our goal on the varsity level is to compete at the very highest level possible without compromising our values as a Christian school. The varsity level requires the greatest commitment, self-discipline and work ethic. At this level, our student-athletes are expected to train under our coaching staff pre-season, post-season and in-season. Varsity sports will make a concerted effort to spend time with the MS and intramural programs, including: assisting in occasional practices, leading devotions, and creating bonding opportunities.
There are so many more great things happening in Lancer athletics. The best way to know what is going on is to come out and see it first-hand. We encourage you to come out to any of our athletic events to see what Lancer athletics is all about.