The purpose of Pacific Baptist School athletic program is to produce Christian student athletes. I Corinthians 10:31 states “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
The Patriot Plan
- Christian – To become like Christ. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20 Whether we win or lose we want to always display a good Christian testimony. This should not only be true of our athletes, but with our coaches, parents, and fans. The other people that we come in contact with along the way should know that we are Christians by our words, actions, and attitudes. Coaches should be a leader in showing their athletes how to live a Christian life.
- Student – To excel in the classroom both in grades and behavior to the best of their ability. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 22:15 Maintaining good grades should take priority over the athletic event itself. Coaches should not only help athletes know the importance of good grades, but to help mentor them in all aspects of their student life. A student should not only work hard on their grades, but also their ability to keep their demerits down as well.
- Athlete – To train or become skilled in a sport. “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” I Cor. 9:27 Each athlete should work to become the best in each sport as they possibly can. They should train harder and play smarter. Each one should push themselves to their limit and practice with efficiency. Coaches should give them the tools to help hone their skills and God-given talents to become the athlete that they are capable of.
The Patriot Pledge
I will try with the best of my ability and with God’s help to be the right testimony before my family, my fellow students, my teachers, church and school families, and other schools with whom I am associated. I also realize that my actions and attitudes can and will cause others to stumble or grow as a Christian. To the unsaved, I can be a help or hindrance to their salvation. Therefore, I will try my best to be…
- Faithful in my personal walk with God in the Word and in prayer.
- Faithful to my church services, youth activities, and soul-winning responsibilities.
- Faithful to my responsibility to warn my brother involved in sin.
- Faithful in my obedience to the spirit and letter of school regulations. Athletics are the most visible example of PBS.
Therefore, all athletes must demonstrate attitudes and actions that are consistent with the rules and goals of PBS and its athletic program. Students found out of harmony with standards and goals of the program will be dismissed from their team.
Benefits of Athletic Participation
- Being a positive public testimony for the Lord.
- Learning to work together with others of varying abilities in order to achieve a worthwhile common goal.
- Setting aside personal self-interest for the good of the team.
- Learning to be obedient to God-ordained authority.
- Developing self-control in different situations.
- Gaining a working understanding of the term “Christian Sportsmanship” in both victory and defeat and always giving our Lord and Savior the glory for what is accomplished.
- Learning to manage your time and responsibilities.
- Handling frustration and conflict in a Christian manner.
- Learning to be counted on, to be dependable, and to embrace that role.
- Developing the ability to turn disappointment into an opportunity to learn and move on.
- Building relationships and memories that will last the rest of your life.