GOAL OF THE PROGRAM
The primary goal of CK Athletics School Sports Program (basketball & volleyball) is to provide opportunity and to teach the fundamentals of the sport and provide all participants regardless of skill level an opportunity to participated and develop their individual skills as well as team building skills. CK Religious Education students are not eligible to play court sports.
LEVELS OF PLAY/TEAM SELECTION
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 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.
At the 4th grade level, team selection will be randomly assigned to teams. At the 5th grade level, 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 at this level will be dependent upon the number of registrants as well as the number of volunteer coaches. It is ideal to have the minimum number of players on a team between the ranges of 8-11 participants with the maximum number being 13-15. It is the coordinator’s duties to determines team size and number of teams based on support help with those teams.
All teams in grades 6-8 will be played at a competitive level. Every game should be approached in a competitive manner. The Athletic Committee prefers that every eligible player play in every game (including league play, playoffs and tournaments to encourage the development and opportunity of all the student athletes. Each player’s amount of playing time will reflect hi/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 for all sports mentioned above. Where there are two teams in one grade, teams will be divided into one Maroon team and one White team.
Team selection at this level will be dependent upon the number of registrants as well as the number of volunteer coaches.
It is ideal to have the minimum number of players on a team between the ranges of 8-11 participants with the maximum number being 13-15. It is the coordinator’s duties to ascertain team size and number of teams based on support help with those teams. Case by case decisions on team numbers, volunteer coaches and miscellaneous issues will be addressed by the coordinator and if needed by brought to the Athletic Board.
PreSeason Skill Evaluations
At the discretion of the Basketball 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, 7, and 8th grade levels. This process will be conducted over 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 representative(s) that will be selected by the coordinator. Coaches will not be involved in the evaluation process. The coordinator has the final say regarding the assignment of players.
Leagues: 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 int he Ridge Park League (a “B” league) and South Suburban. In general, depending on the number of participants, there should be an “A” basketball team with 7-9 players rostered and a “B” team with 7-9 students. For Ridge, which is a “B” league, CK Athletics shall participate in this league for the benefit of CK and the neighborhood.
Leagues/tournaments/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 schools 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 shouldn't sign any teams up for tournament without the express approval of the coordinator and Athletic Committee.
All teams will be given the opportunity to practice in the Parish Center vial a monthly practice schedule meeting. 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 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 Basketball and 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 determined between the two coordinators, the coordinators will meet with the Parish Center Coordinator to finalize the gym schedule and 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 disagreement arise, the coach should discuss with the coordinator and if need by, the Athletic Committee.
Following the skill evaluation process, the coach should contact all of his/her players on the same evening so that players know which team they will be playing for. It is highly recommended that the coach of any team use a common sense approach to coaching grammar school level children. Set written expectations about practice attendance, behavior, rules of conduct, uniform attire should be set forth and presented to the players at the first week of practice.
For grades 6-8th grade coaches, even with the competitive play approach, all coaches are encouraged to provide nearly equal playing time among eligible player for any particular game. Attempting to keep roster sizes near optimal levels should make this approach easier to comply.