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About Life Athletics

Life Athletics was developed on Christian principles, and is a charitable organization
with an inclusive environment driven to enrich the quality of family, spiritual, social,
mental and physical well-being for all.

We believe in Four Core Values of Character Development:

Life Athletics philosophy:
“God First, winning second, everyone's a winner.” We want to keep this motto as our primary focus throughout the season. Everything we do is about development to create leaders for Christ. We want to de-emphasize the score, and emphasize the team.

How We Coach: 7 Pillars

1. Everyone plays. We do not use tryouts to select the best players, nor do we cut kids from the team. Everyone who registers is assigned to a team. During the season everyone receives equal practice time and plays at least half of every game.

2. Safety first. Although some children may get hurt playing sports, we do all we can to prevent injuries. We’ve modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play. We ask you to take time to check that the equipment and facilities are safe and to teach the sport as we’ve prescribed, so that the skills taught are appropriate for children’s developmental level. We also ask you to develop your players’ fitness levels gradually so they are conditioned for the sport. And we ask you to constantly supervise your young players so that you can stop any unsafe activities.

3. Fair play. Fair play is about more than playing by the rules. It’s about you and your players showing respect for all who are involved in Life Athletics. It’s about you being a role model of good sportsmanship and guiding your players to do the same. Remember, we’re more interested in developing children’s character through sport than in developing a few highly skilled players.

4. Positive competition. We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory is kept in the right perspective. Learning to compete is important for children, and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential lesson of life. The “right perspective” means adults make decisions that put the best interests of the children above winning the contest. 

5. Family involvement. Life Athletics encourages parents to be involved appropriately along with their child participating in our sports programs. In addition to parents being helpful as volunteer coaches, officials, and timekeepers, we encourage them to be at practices and games to support their child’s participation.

6. Sport for all. That means that children who differ in various characteristics are to be included rather than excluded from participation. We offer sport programs for children who differ in physical abilities by matching them with children of similar abilities and modifying their sport. We offer programs to all children regardless of race, gender, religion or ability. We ask our adult leaders to support and appreciate the diversity of children in our society and to encourage the children and their parents to do the same. We do not forfeit games; instead, we share players and proceed with planned games.

7. Sport for fun. Sport is naturally fun for most children. They love the challenge of mastering the skills of the game, playing with their friends, and competing with their peers. Sometimes when adults become involved in children’s sport, they over-organize and dominate the activity to the point of spoiling children’s enjoyment of the sport. If we take the fun out of sport, we are in danger of our children taking themselves out of sport. Remember, that these sports are for the kids; make sure the kids are having fun.