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Vidalia Heritage Academy To Start Sports Programs
Monday, 23 January 2012

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VHA Headmaster Jeff McCormick

Vidalia Heritage Academy has been around for 14 years, and starting next school year, they plan on starting athletic programs at the school. According to Headmaster Jeff McCormick, Tuesday night at 6:30pm there will be an informational meeting at the Vidalia First Baptist Church historic sanctuary. For more information call 537-6679. McCormick says parents of students and prospective students are invited to attend.They hope to start with wrestling, baseball, track and soccer the first year. Volunteer Athletic Direct will beCoach Brad Lane.

Below are some excerpts from the proposed Athletic Handbook,



OUR MISSION

The mission of VHA is to equip students spiritually, intellectually, and physically to love God and serve Him as Christ’s ambassadors in the world.

Our athletic program wholly supports this commitment. Athletes must follow all rules that are stated in this section and the student handbook. Participation on an athletic team at VHA is a privilege, not a right. This privilege may be revoked if a student is not compliant with the guidelines established in this section.

The procedures in this section will be followed. The Athletic Director reserves the right to make final decisions regarding any policy and/or rule. If there are any suggestions for improving our athletic program, please present them to the athletic department. All coaches, student-athletes, and parents should know, understand, and abide by the information in the section.

PURPOSE FOR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

To compliment and advance the mission of VHA.

Romans 15:5-6   May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

GOALS FOR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

1.      To pursue with excellence an athletic program that seeks to glorify God.

2.      To develop highly competitive programs, first class facilities, and a championship  mentality.

3.      To develop a training system with the Youth/MS/JV programs that will prepare our

         students for statewide varsity level competition.

4.      To develop a training system beginning in the Lower School that will instruct our

         Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Students with our Kingdom Athletics philosophy.

5.      To use athletics to share Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him and to inspire

         other schools to adopt Kingdom Athletics for themselves.

 

Colossians 3:23   Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

TEAMS

The current sports being considered for the 2012 – 2013 school year are:

These teams are based on the upcoming middle school students (Grades 6-8)

·       Boys Soccer

·       Tennis

·       Golf

·       Cross Country

·       Track

·       Baseball

·       Football

Sports will be considered based on student/parent participation and input.

COMPETITION?????????

PARTICIPATION POLICY

VHA takes seriously the commitments of our student-athletes. We believe honoring commitments is essential throughout life, in marriage, family, church, career, and other areas. We believe athletics helps foster a spirit of genuine commitment. Quitting a team for reasons other than medical or family matters contradicts all we teach about what a Kingdom Athlete should be. A student should never quit a sport in the middle of the season regardless of how justified he/she may feel their reasons to be. We encourage all students and parents to “stick it out”. It is our desire to work with parents in teaching student’s perseverance, commitment, loyalty and fortitude. You never know what God has in store for your family. Any student who quits a sport after the try-out period (5 days) will still be billed the athletic fee, be ineligible to begin the next sport, join another in-season team, or participate in off-season training with another sport until the season of the sport he/she quit is over.

ACADEMIC WORK

Athletes are responsible for all of their academic work. Athletic teams will sometimes have to leave school early. It is the athlete’s responsibility to turn in any academic work and get assignments for that day before departing the school for a game. Athletic events can never be used as an excuse for unfinished academic work.

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VHA youngsters' version of indoor PE class when it rains. Coach John Alexander makes sure all the kids get their needed exercise.

 
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