Athletics - Coach's Corner
Athletics play a vital role in the Loudonville Christian School community. Through our athletic program, students can participate in interscholastic sports, and serve as a witness and testimony to those we compete against.
Loudonville Christian School is a member of both Section 2 and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, and we abide by the participation guidelines of both organizations. One such guideline requires that no student participate at the interscholastic level before entering 7th grade. Prior to Grade Seven, students may participate in a the local town recreation league or in town, Catholic Youth Organization, YMCA or LCS intramural programs.
Because of our small numbers, LCS offers two basic levels of competition: modified (Grades 7-9) and varsity (Grades 9-12). Only our boys’ basketball team has the numbers for the junior varsity level of play. Participation at the modified level stresses further development of the basic skills needed to successfully play the game.
We encourage students to try out for a sport that they enjoy, provided that they already have a grasp of its basic skills. Otherwise, we encourage them to first gain playing experience by participating in one of the recreational and intramural programs mentioned above.
Coaching requirements, time and practice space availability and the number of positions on the field or court, all affect the number of team members needed. Sports with large practice facilities and few coaching requirements, for example, will allow for a bigger team. Others, such as basketball, offer fewer roster spots and require a higher skill level upon entry.At times, we must reduce the number of players in order to keep the team manageable.
At the modified level, players who make the team, follow the coach's directions, attend practices and games and abide by team rules as stated in the Code of Conduct they sign, will have the opportunity to further develop their skills and to play in most, if not all, of the games on the schedule.The varsity level requires greater knowledge of the game and more complete mastery of skills, so players with advanced skills are given a higher percentage of playing time. All team members have a role to play. The coach is responsible for making sure that each player understands his or her role and has the opportunity to advance as far as their hard work and teamwork will allow. We hope all participants in our athletic program will find the experience to be both fun and rewarding.
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