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Athletics are a very important part of Bethel Christian Academy. We strive to produce a well-balanced student. The Spiritual and Academic sides of a student are out main focus but athletics is an area that can be used to effectively train students as well. If we are going to participate in athletics, then we are going to do our very best. Winning is important, but it is not the most important goal of the athletic program at BCA

Philosophy of Athletics

The athletic program at Bethel Christian Academy exists for the purpose of developing physical, personal, and spiritual skills of the student-athlete that will have lifelong benefits. In providing opportunities for interscholastic competition, the athletic department seeks to support the overall mission of the school, and to promote the Biblical ideal that everything should be done to glorify God (I Corinthians 10:31).

In the context of athletic activity, the student is exposed to the following spiritual concepts which are profitable for each participant:

  1. Obedience – Do what your coaches and others whom God has put in authority over you tell you to do with a good attitude. If you have a question, do not be afraid to ask for clarification.
  2. Diligence – Use all your strength and ability to complete each part of your task, whether it be cleaning up, doing drills, conditioning, competing in a game, or any other activity.
  3. Responsibility – Do everything that is expected of you, whether being directly supervised or not. Do not make the coach “baby sit” you.
  4. Determination – Make up your mind to accomplish all of God’s goals in His time, regardless of the opposition.
  5. Confidence – Remember, as you give totally all you have to Jesus, you become a winner in God’s sight.
  6. Intensity – Give a “total release” performance at all times, focusing your attention on the job at hand, putting forth every effort to complete it perfectly.
  7. Perseverance – Always do your best and try to win, as this is the object of competition. If you have done your best, there is nothing to regret.
  8. Respect – Following the Golden Rule, learning to congratulate other teammates and opponents when appropriate. Loving others is the second greatest commandment.

Sports --- And Church

I have been an ardent lover of football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring, and golf in the summer, but I’ve had it! I quit! You’ll never get me near one of those places again. Want to know why???

  1. Every time I went they asked me for money.
  2. The people with whom I had to sit didn’t seem very friendly.
  3. The seats were too hard and not at all comfortable.
  4. I went to many games, but the coach never came to visit me.
  5. The coach actually tried to advise the team how they should play the game. He seemed to think he knew more about it than some of us who sat in the bleachers week after week.
  6. The referee made a decision with which I could not agree.
  7. I suspected that I was sitting with some hypocrites – they came to see their friends and what they were wearing rather than to see the game.
  8. Some games went overtime, and I was late getting home.
  9. It seems that the games are scheduled when I want to do other things, and always on my only day off.
  10. I was taken to too many games by my parents when I was growing up.
  11. I recently read a book on sports and now I feel I know more than the coaches do.
  12. I don’t want to take my children to the games, because I want them to choose forthemselves what sport they like best.

Just think if we used the same excuses for sports as we do for church!!!