Participation in athletics is an honor and a privilege earned through dedication, desire, and discipline. At Metrolina, we believe athletes must discipline theselves not only physically but academically, spiritually, and socially in order to achieve excellence. The purpose of athletics at MCA extends to the following:
- Providing instruction and direction to use our athletic talents to glorify God. (1 Peter 4: 11)
- Applying the principle of the “well-rounded” person illustrated in Luke 2:52 (mental, physical, social, and spiritual) through the integration of academics, athletics, and social activities.
- Doing our best for God’s glory. (Col. 3:23)
- Physically winning the game. (I Cor. 9:24)
- Acknowledging God in all things, win or lose. (I Thess. 5:18)
- Seeking God’s guidance in striving to be a true winner. (Phil. 4:13)
- Developing school unity and spirit through involvement by the student body, parents, faculty, and staff.(1 Corinthians 12)
- Maintaining a clear Christian testimony to opposing schools, officials, and others in the public with whom we interact. (Matthew 5:16)
Team members of each sport should attend all scheduled practices and meetings. If circumstances arise whereby the student cannot attend a practice or meeting, the coach should be notified prior to by personal contact, phone call, or written statement from the parent or guardian. Any athlete, who misses practice, fails to appear for a game, fails to make scheduled individual or team meetings, or fails to attend school more than one-half day on game days or practice days may not be allowed to suit up for any game or games for a period of time to be determined by the coach and Athletic Director. Excessive absence may be cause for removal from athletics.
- All athletes must remain in good standing in each class with a passing grade.
- Students may become ineligible based upon their grades at the 4 ½ week progress report and the 9 week report card.
- If a student becomes ineligible at the 4 ½ week progress report, he/she may be reinstated to the team after a 5 school day period if all grades meet the eligibility standard.
- If a student becomes ineligible at the end of the 9 weeks, he/she may be reinstated to the team again after a 15 school day period if all grades meet the eligibility standard.
- While ineligible, an athlete may not attend practices or games. The purpose is for the athlete to get their academic averages back to where they should be so they may return to the team.
Because athletes are constantly in the eyes of the public, they become a representative of the school and are considered to be in a position of leadership. Therefore, the athlete’s personal appearance not only reflects their attitude but those whom they represent. Athletes are required to follow Metrolina’s dress code and any other standards imposed by the coach. Failure to comply may result in suspension from the team and/or removal from athletics.
Each student will be assessed an annual athletic fee of $150 for the first sport. There will be a $50 fee for the second sport. Football fees are $300 for Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity. There will be a $50 fee for the second sport. Cheerleading fees are $475.There will not a be fee assessed if the athlete plays a third sport. Student athletic fees are charged to the FACTS account and due within 10 days of the date the charge is placed on the account.
- Any athlete receiving a conduct technical foul in basketball, a caution (yellow card) in soccer, a caution (yellow card) in volleyball, or a verbal caution in baseball will be removed from that game/match and will remain out of that game for any time deemed necessary by the head coach.
- Any athlete receiving a caution or technical in two consecutive games will be removed from the remainder of that game and suspended from the following game.
- Any athlete receiving two technical fouls in one game or an ejection will be suspended from the following game.
- Any athlete who is suspended from two games for cautions or ejections may be removed from the team for the remainder of the season.
NCAA Eligibility Center
If your child has a desire to play college sports they need to be registered with the eligibility center at the beginning of their junior year. You can complete the registration online at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
Make plans for your child to take either or both the SAT/ ACT. Be sure to enter the NCAA eligibility center code "9999" as a score recipient. Doing this sends the score directly to the NCAA eligibility center.
Anyone filming should alert the head coach and be in communication with the respective coach at all times. Individuals filming an athletic event should remain off the court or field of play at all times. Media lines are provided in football; therefore there are greater restrictions. No drones will be allowed without prior approval and should never be in a position directly over students, coaches, or spectators. Any music selections that accompany the video must adhere to the music guidelines located in the athletic handbook. Final products should only be published having the consent of the coach.
Guidelines for Away Trips
Assignments/Tests: Athletes are to make sure that any tests be taken or assignments turned in prior to leaving for an away game. Athletes returning late from a game will not be excused from any tardiness or from assignments or tests given the following day unless it is approved by administration.
Dress: Each coach determines the appropriate travel attire for their team.
Travel: We believe that having the team ride together to away games helps build team spirit. Therefore, all students should ride together to and from away games unless prior arrangements have been made with the coach. Students riding home from an away game with anyone other than their parents/guardians must have parental permission and inform the coach. Safety is of upmost importance, therefore noise levels should be minimal, hands and feet should remain inside the bus at all times, passengers should be seated at all times, etc. Male and female athletes are not permitted to sit together on the bus while traveling to or from an away game.
Vehicles: The bus should be cleaned after every trip. This is the responsibility of every athlete who rides on the bus. Any damage done to vehicles from horseplay or carelessness will be the responsibility of the individual(s) who caused the damage.
Student has permission to ride in transportation provided by Metrolina Christian Academy (bus, van, or parent vehicle, if necessary.)
By signing below, I am indicating my acceptance of the policies stated above.