Sports Philosophy at CCS
The extra-curricular athletic program at Cloverdale Catholic School exists to give opportunities for our students to develop to their full potential spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
Spiritual Development – A primary reason for athletics is to give students the opportunity to develop virtues in a dynamic, fun, and challenging setting. Virtues that should be demonstrated in sport include self-discipline, perseverance, teamwork, fair play, loyalty, tolerance, and humility.
Physical Development - Regardless of the ability level of each athlete, the goal of our athletic program is to help each child develop to his or her full potential. While some athletes may be more gifted in one area or another, each is challenged to do their personal best and make the most of the gifts God has given them.
Competition and Social/Emotional Development - Success at this level should not be measured in victories, but in the practice of virtues, demonstration of physical development, and competitive drive of the athletes. The need to win should never supersede the good of the individual athletes. If athletes and coaches focus on the positive elements of athletic competition, athletes will feel successful for having given it their all and competed to the best of their ability.
Coaches volunteer their time because they sincerely wish to develop athletes to their fullest potential. As such, they are rightfully entrusted by the parents with the athletes to make decisions in the best interest of the individual athlete and of the team. Different competitive scenarios may present themselves in which some athletes will play more or less than others at various points during individual games. Over the course of the entire season, however, it is expected that all athletes will get significant playing time and the opportunity to develop their skills in a game setting. Developing an understanding of working for the common good of the team is an integral benefit of competition and team sports.