Goals of the Program
The primary goal of CK Athletics School Sports programs (Volleyball & Basketball) is to teach the fundaments of the sport is to provide opportunity and to teach the fundamentals of the sport and provide all participants regardless of skill level and opportunity to participate and develop their individual skills as well as team building skills. CK Religious Education students are not eligible to play court sports.
The program is open to any girl registered in grades 4-8 at Christ the King School. The Athletic Committee will provide the same opportunity for boys in grades 4-8 depending upon interest.
Levels of Play/Team Selection
Instructional Level - All teams in grades 4-5 will be played at an instructional level. Every game should be approached as an opportunity for every player to have an equal opportunity to further his/her individual and team skills. All participants will play on an equal basis and time at his/her level. This includes playoffs and tournaments.
In 4th grade, team selection will be randomly assigned to teams. In 5th grade, teams will be equally divided by the coordinator with the input of the coaches from the previous year. The objective is to equally distribute talent between teams.
Team selection is always dependent upon the number of registrants as well as the number of volunteer coaches. Teams must have at least 6 players on a team. Ideally, 8-11 players is a recommended number with a maximum number being 13-15. IT is the coordinator’s duties to evaluate the team size and number of teams based on the support help with those teams.
All teams at the 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels will be played at a competitive level. Every game should be approached in a competitive manner. Every eligible player should play in every game, including league play, playoffs and tournaments, though not necessarily on an equal basis. Each player’s amount of playing time will reflect his/her ability, effort, attendance at practices and commitment to the team. At the competitive level, team selection will be based upon a preseason skill evaluation by an objective, non-biased evaluator. When there are two teams in one grade, teams will then be divided into one Maroon team and a White team.
Team selection is always dependent upon the number of registrants as well as the number of volunteer coaches. Teams must have at least 6 players on a team. Ideally, 8-11 players is a recommended number with a maximum number being 13-15. It is the coordinator’s duties to evaluate the team size and number of teams based on the support help with those teams.
PreSeason Skill Evaluations
At the discretion of the volleyball coordinator where there are a sufficient number of participants to create more than one team per grade, skill evaluation of all registrants will be completed for team selection of the 6-8th grade levels. This process will be conducted over a one to two days based on the number of registrations. Every player will be given the same opportunity to demonstrate their skill via a series of individual drills and team drills.
The evaluations will be administered by the coordinator. Talent levels will be assessed by an independent evaluator. Coaches will not be involved in the evaluation process. The coordinator has the final say regarding the assignment of players.
Each team in grades 4-8 will be allowed to participate in one or two leagues. The home conference for CK is the Southside Catholic Conference. In addition, CK has participated in the At. Alexander’s league. The coach and coordinator together can discuss league(s) selection. the final decision of league entry will be made by the coordinator based upon all other extenuating program circumstances. Special considerations can be made by the coordinator for a team that is carrying the maximum amount of players (15) to join a third league and enable additional playing time for a large group. It is stingily encouraged for those teams carrying the maximum that squad division be initiated to help manage team numbers and foster playtime. For example, squad division for a team of 15 would divide into 3 squares and have a rotating schedule of two squads show for game play.
Leagues and practices cannot be played prior to noon on Sundays.
Grades 4-5 will be allowed to participate in one tournament. Grades 6-8 will be allowed to participate in two tournaments. Additional tournaments will be considered if they are CK home tournaments or recruiting high school tournaments which are offered. Coaches must request an additional tournament under these circumstances by contacting the coordinator who must receive the express consent of the Athletic Committee to proceed. Coaches should not sign any teams up for a tournament without the express approval of the coordinator and CK Athletic Committee.
All teams will be given the opportunity to practice in the Gym. At times, due to roster size of teams being relatively small, it may make sense for teams to be combined in order to conduct effective practices. If teams are to be combined for practice time, all team participants must be extended the invitation to participate in the combined practice. Special arrangements should not be made by coaches in order for individual players to get extra practice time over and above the times available to any other player.
The boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball coordinators must meet prior to the start of their season to fairly determine use of the gym for practices. Once a fair allocation of gym time is determine between the two coordinators, the coordinators will jointly meet with Parish Center Coordinator to finalize the gym schedule, as well as monitor and oversee the gym scheduling.
It is the coach’s responsibility to abide by the policies of the Athletic Committee as stated above. If a question about tournaments, practices, team selection, playing time, parental disagreements arise, the coach should discuss with the coordinator and if need be, the Athletic Board.
It is highly recommended that the coach of any team use a common sense approach to coaching grammar school level children.