The vision for our program can be summed up in the acronym H.A.R.D. The letter “H” stands for hustle. Hustle is the one thing that you don’t have to have talent to do. Our staff will always stress hustle and sportsmanship. Today, athletes are seeing too many professionals not hustle. The extra effort given out by an athlete to hustle is contagious to the rest of his team. The letter “A” stands for attitude. This is for on and off the field. Our athletes will go through character education class. They should be leaders on the field, in the classroom, and out in the community by having a positive attitude. The “R” stands for respect. We will respect the game, the officials, our opponents, our team mates, classmates, teachers, administration, and our community. I do not believe that people give enough respect to others. We again should all remember the golden rule when we think of respect. The last letter “D” stands for discipline. Our athletes will develop discipline starting with the little things, like being on time. We will teach them to have discipline in all walks of their lives but especially on the field, in the weight room, in the class room, out in the community, and in their relationships. To be successful in their lifetime, the athletes must have discipline. If we can accomplish these things as a program, then the wins and losses will come. The statistics can wait because we are trying to develop young men through God for our community.
The First Presbyterian Christian Academy Athletic Department believes that athletics and the associated activities have a direct impact on the school’s ability to reach its academic and athletic goals. Through athletics, students are guided by coaches who are committed to developing the student athlete’s physical, emotional, and mental maturity through physical conditioning, skill development, and competition. The coaching staff further believes that reaching ones potential means very little without performance as the basis of athletic preparation, this has a direct link for living and working in a competitive society.
Participation in all extracurricular activities at the school level is a privilege, not a right, that carries with it responsibilities to the student athlete’s respective team, the school, and the community. FPCA student athletes are ambassadors of this community and their conduct should reflect the highest standards of effort, self-discipline, sportsmanship, academic prowess, and school pride. The coaches who lead the athletic teams of FPCA have a responsibility to the student athlete and the citizens of Liberty County, as their goal is to have a positive impact and to build a sense of school pride throughout the community. Not only are the coaches of athletic programs committed to winning; they are equally driven to be positive role models, to teach self-discipline, and to prepare our student athletes to be successful beyond the athletic arena through the grace of God.
Additionally, we believe in the value of athletic participation in all its forms. Such participation fosters the qualities of team membership, individual commitment, and personal excellence. Because every sport offers opportunities to develop these qualities, we are philosophically committed to a range of sports activities for every athlete who has time and the desire to play them, and we are opposed to “recommendations that athletes restrict participation to a single sport.”
The FPCA Athletic Department’s main goals are to:
- Help the student athlete to reach his/her potential with the strength of God
- Build and sustain competitive athletic teams
- Serve and entertain the citizens of Liberty County
Responsibilities of Athletes
Being a member of a FPCA athletic team is the fulfillment of an early ambition of many students. The attainment of this goal carries with it certain responsibilities that must be maintained. When an athlete wears the Blue and White of our school, we assume that he/she is willing to accept the responsibilities that go with being a HIGHLANDER.
- In the classroom: Our athletes are expected to become good students. A good student means trying to do the best with what you have and following all classroom rules.
- On the field/floor: Highlander athletes are expected to compete with a burning desire to win with honor, dedication, pride, and sportsmanship. Conduct outside the realm of sportsmanship and fair play will not be tolerated.
- In the community: The conduct of an athlete is closely observed by many and it is important that an athlete’s behavior be above reproach. Appearance, expression, and actions always influence people’s opinions of the athletes as well as the entire program. Once you have volunteered to be a member of a squad, you have made a choice to uphold certain standards expected of all athletes. The way an athlete looks is of great importance. Therefore, proper dress, appearance, grooming and personal cleanliness are expected.
- Subordination of self-interest to team values: Team goals must take precedence over individual desires. An athlete must have self-discipline and be willing to make personal sacrifice for the team goals.
Be proud to be a part of the FPCA Highlanders; it is a privilege, not a right.
Students choose if they want to be a part of the FPCA Athletic Program; they are encouraged, but never required. Those who choose to join a team also choose to be held to a higher standard than a regular student. Students who are members of the FPCA Athletic Department have chosen to represent their team, their community, and their school both in and out of the playing arena.
FPCA student athletes are expected to:
- 1.Remain in good standing academically, socially, and behaviorally.
- 2.Represent the community and FPCA in a respectful, high-class manner and never bringing embarrassment to themselves, the team, the school, or the community.
- 3.Refrain from associations which may be detrimental to the team.
- 4.Develop and maintain healthy bodies through a rigorous off and on season conditioning plan as outlined by the coaching staff.
- 5.Be a positive role model, whose character, work ethic, and team spirit are beyond reproach.
- 6.Keep the team first.
- 7.Remain tobacco, alcohol, and drug free.
Responsibilities of Coaches
Coaches are responsible for developing and maintaining a quality team in accordance with the FPCA Athletic Department’s philosophy. They are charged with and given the authority to develop team rules and expectations, to set practice times, to encourage and discipline student athletes and select members of their teams. Coaches reserve the right to determine appropriate times to talk with parents concerning their child’s effort, their work ethic, and performance. Conversations specifically centered on “playing time” are not appropriate; however, the aforementioned topics are open for discussion and through conversations may provide insight. The coach should handle all communication with parents in a professional and courteous manner and parents must understand that decisions are made on behalf of the team and not necessarily on behalf of the individual athlete.
Responsibilities of Parents
Parent involvement is the cornerstone for success in anything involving student athletes at FPCA. The coaching staff needs your support as today’s students have more distractions and options than ever before. As a parent, please commit to helping us develop and nurture sportsmanship in our student athletes.