Athletic Program Philosophy
FPCA Athletics Mission Statement
The mission of the FPCA athletic program is to compete athletically at the highest level by placing the utmost importance in (1) a “fundamentals first” mentality, (2) the installation of simple offensive and defensive schemes, and (3) the implementation of a strength and conditioning program based on maximizing the physical qualities listed on FPCA’s “Wheel of Athletic Development”; all while (4) maintaining a primary focus on the development of Christian character in each individual associated with the program through the teaching of six Core Values: Courage, Integrity, Patience, Humility, Discipline, and Enthusiasm.
Why A Mission Statement?
First, our Mission Statement declares the purpose of our program and is the foundation in which our long-term plan will be developed. Second, a Mission Statement will consistently remind the coaching staff to maintain a strict focus on the four “Cornerstones” in which our athletic program will be built around. Third, our Mission Statement also allows those outside of our program to view our values, as well as how our athletic program hopes to serve the communities in which we represent.
Character Development as a Top Priority
As coaches, we should strive to instill and foster Christian character within our student-athletes. Our primary job as a coach is to “build into” the lives of each and every student we have the opportunity of coaching or teaching.
If Christian character development is placed at the very top of the priority list, we can expect our student-athletes to make better decisions and develop a “do right” attitude. A student with a “do right” attitude can be expected to:
- Study harder and take more pride in their academics
- Be more respectful of authority figures
- Make better choices away from school and while among friends from other schools
- Be more dependable and do what they say they will do
- Work harder in the weight room and on the practice field/court
- Be more coachable
- Be an example for our younger/future student-athletes to follow
- Be relied upon to play their hardest until the final whistle blows
- Represent our school and athletic program in a respectable manner
- Strive to be more like Jesus Christ
- Among others!
House of Character
As mentioned earlier, the top priority of each coach will be to instill Christian character within each of our student-athletes. Our program will refer to this as “building a house of character” (see below). Our coaches will focus on teaching six Core Values on a daily basis.
Foundation – The FOUNDATION must be solid and strong in order to support the WALLS
- Walls – Each WALL must be strong and upright in order to support the ROOF
- Roof – The ROOF protects us from the “outside elements” (peer pressure, temptation, addiction, etc.). If our Foundation and/or Walls become compromised, our Roof will be weakened and we can more easily fall victim to these outside elements.
- Repairs – Since we will never be perfect (sinless), we will often encounter “cracks” in our Foundation and/or Walls, which compromises the protection provided by the Roof. When we encounter a crack or a break in our Foundation or Walls (when we sin), we must do our best to “reconstruct” it (repent and turn away), just as you would with an actual home.
FPCA Athletics’ Six Core Values
Courage: Being scared to do something, but doing it anyway; not the absence of fear, but the will to overcome it.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous; do not be terrified or afraid…for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.
Integrity: Closing the “gaps” in our lives; knowing what it means to “do right” and then actually doing it; practicing what we preach.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things.
Humility: Knowing we are just a grain of sand on a big, sandy beach; a blade of grass in a big yard; being a “plow horse”, not a “show horse”; putting others before ourselves, SERVE.
Mark 9:35 – If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.
Self-Discipline: Doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, and doing it that way all the time; controlling the controllable.
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 – 24 Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. 26 Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly, or box like one who beats the air. 27 Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Enthusiasm: Passionate; treating what we are doing as if it is the most important job on earth, at the most important place on earth; “making the big time where we’re at”.
Colossians 3:23, 24 – Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the lord – you serve the Lord Christ.
Patience: Sow, pray, and wait; “controlling the controllable” and then waiting and trusting the Lord and His timing.
Galatians 6:9 - So we must not get tired of doing good for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up.
Operation WIN (World in Need)
Our world is in desperate need of good young men and women. More importantly, our world is need of good fathers and mothers who can build into their own children’s lives and create legacies that benefit generations to come. This program is designed to instill and develop the attitude of “do right” in each of our student-athletes at FPCA. At the end of a student’s time in our athletic program, we expect them to know right from wrong and have the integrity make the right decision. We want our students from FPCA to be world-changers, making a difference in the lives of those around them. All in all, we want our kids from FPCA to go on to be outstanding Daddies and Mommies who possess the type of character in which others turn to them for answers in crisis situations.
Primary Goal: A Plan to produce young men and women of solid Christian character
Secondary Goal: As a result of the character building, to produce championship sports programs
Basics of Operation WIN:
- Introduce the system – “Building a House of Character”
- Make efficient use of the team “Hard Hat” period at every practice
- Demonstrate the Core Values every chance you get; lead by example
- Talk about the Core Values each and every practice/game/weight room session
- Use examples during practices, games, or weight training sessions in which a Core Value is demonstrated, or how one could have been demonstrated if an athlete makes a wrong choice
- Emphasize and encourage the students to seek deeper understanding of how the Core Values apply to their lives
- Catch them “doing right”! Praise the students who demonstrate application of the Core Values ANYTIME you see them do it (in the hallway, at practice, at a game, etc.)
- Encourage our student’s to push themselves to be scholars/athletes– students who strive to excel in the classroom as well as on the field or court and achieve a 3.5 GPA at semester’s end.