Athletics Philosophy

The Three Pillars of CPA Athletics

I. Athletics Statement of Purpose

It is the goal of the athletics program at Christ Presbyterian Academy to teach our students fundamentals of physical development that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Each student is instructed to take proper care of his/her body (the temple of the Holy Spirit), to exhort one another in times of trial, to complete tasks which are begun, and to cooperate with team members.

We at CPA must never allow the athletics program to become The Program. Athletics is offered so that each student can learn to face tough circumstances with determination and to continue on, even if victory seems impossible. We desire for our athletes to learn to persevere, to lose with grace, and to win with humility.

Finally, the athletics program at Christ Presbyterian Academy will be one that teaches self-sacrifice, self-discipline, and personal commitment to attain the goal of excellence. The primary goal is to develop characteristics in students that will enable them to overcome challenges they will face throughout their lives.

At the high school level, CPA is a member of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA); at the middle school level, CPA is a member of the Harpeth Valley Athletic Conference (HVAC).

II. The Roles of Athletics

The role of athletics at Christ Presbyterian Academy is multifaceted, offering a variety of opportunities for the students in the different grade levels of
the school.  

First, as a general program incorporating the entire student body, athletics at CPA are designed to teach fundamental physical development. Through an all-encompassing program of activities and exercise programs, each student learns to maintain proper care of his/her physical body. Every student is provided with an opportunity to be involved in specific physical activities on a daily basis.

Second, the athletic program at CPA participates in organized league events at both the middle school and high school levels. This aspect of the athletics program is designed to provide an opportunity for individuals with appropriate talent levels to compete in an organized team sport. Athletic participation provides an avenue of teaching whereby an individual learns the value of personal sacrifice, discipline, and commitment to personal and team goals. Participation in a highly competitive environment imparts the lessons of winning with humility, losing with grace, and persevering to achieve a goal.

The goal of athletics at CPA is not to become the driving force behind the school’s identity.  However, it is recognized that athletics can play an important role, if properly handled, in the overall development of school spirit as well as the development of individual participants. The athletic program will promote standards consistent with the philosophy of the school, acting as a supplement to the overall emphasis placed upon spiritual and academic development during daily school activities for individuals who participate in athletics.

III. Philosophy of Athletic Competition

We strongly believe that athletic competition, in a properly structured atmosphere, is an important developmental opportunity for our student participants. Christ Presbyterian Academy’s participation in team-oriented sports (in particular, league competition within the HVAC for the middle school and the TSSAA on the high school level) presents an opportunity for individuals with specific athletic skills to be involved in competition against other schools. While the emphasis of the program should never be to “win at all costs,” pursuit of victory through physical and mental preparation within a team atmosphere is deemed to be a worthy standard.

In conjunction with the middle school and high school athletic programs, an individual should not automatically expect to have the opportunity to participate in the team sport of his/her choice (due to a limitation of participants allowed on a playing field or court at one time); however, through a wide offering of sports, some of which have larger numbers of participants, individuals who so desire should have the opportunity to participate at some level. It should be noted that team members are selected based upon talent and other appropriate factors.

Being chosen as a member of the team does not necessarily guarantee equal playing time. Athletes and parents must realize that participation in a game is only one aspect of being a part of the team, which will have as one of its goals to win as many games as possible during a particular season. Contributions made in practice, as well as on the bench, will also play a significant role in the team’s success. Participation by an athlete in a game situation will be determined by a combination of ability, attitude, and work ethic in practice. Individuals with greater athletic ability who exhibit proper attitudes will likely have a greater degree of participation in a game. Needless to say, good judgment on the part of the coach will be emphasized in an attempt to reward all team members with playing time when such participation does not serve as a detriment to the team’s overall ability to win a particular game or to reach a stated goal.

Through this process, it is desired that each participant learns to win with humility, lose with grace, and always strive to utilize God-given skills and abilities to the fullest. This philosophy of competition is designed to promote the development of the individual with regard to discipline, willingness to sacrifice personal desires for the overall benefit of the team, and the pursuit of the highest degree of excellence possible—qualities which will benefit the individual in his/her Christian walk and vocation well beyond the high school years.