GRCMS Athletics Information

GRCMS Athletics Information


Hello everyone my name is Kevin Broene
I’m the Athletic Director at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School. Thank you for joining us today for this film it’s designed to help you navigate athletics
this year I Grand Rapids Christian. If you have any questions
please let me know. As we get started I want to tell you
about GRACEAC. It’s the league that we’re a part of. You’ll hear this phrase
use quite a bit throughout the year and I wanted you to know what it’s referring to. It’s the league that we belong to, and
the reason we’re a part of it is because it has 5th and 6th grade sports in
addition to 7th and 8th so all of our kids at the middle school are able to
participate. We do not participate in all of our sports through GRACEAC, only a
few. But they do a great job of helping us. They provide game schedules for us so
sometimes at the start of the year you will be interested in saying “hey when is our game, what does the schedule look like?” And unfortunately I’m
waiting I’m GRACEAC to give me that information. As soon as I get it I produce it for the coaches and for you and put it on our
website that day. So please know I’m trying to get you game schedules as
quickly as possible. They provide some practice guidelines and rules. In
addition there is an admission fee at GRACEAC expense whether you’re at home or away and we’ll talk more about that later. My tip for you is to join the hop
the text hotline by texting “HOTLINE” to 8-4-8-3. They give you game cancellations and updates on the league. It is a very valuable thing
to be a part of. The website is listed at the top middle school. Booster Club. When you think of the middle school booster club, think of it as middle school PTO.
The reason that we have this situation setup is that after we pay for everything using our athletics budget there’s about
twenty six hundred dollars left for our 53 to 55 teams we have each school year.
That doesn’t leave us much money to equip our teams with proper uniforms
equipment and the supplies needed to run events. So how do we raise money for
athletics? Two main ways. Number one as I mentioned before, games have an entry fee. Each game that we host we get to use some of the entry fee money to help
supplement our programs. So go to games cheer for your kids and grandkids and
and have a great time and please with a smile know that you support
our program by buying that $3 or $2 ticket. All kids are free, but if the
adults pay, that really helps boost our program. The second thing is, since your
kids are free please give them a few dollars to buy food into concession
stand. The PTO and Vickie Gelderloos are willing to split the money at the
concession stand that’s raised between the school educational environment and
the athletic environment, and so that partnership has been very good for us.
They need your help to help run the concession stand so please go to games
and email Vickie and tell her how you’re willing to be involved. That’s the main
way that we’re able to provide quality things for your kids in the athletic
program. Why do kids play middle school sports? I did a little research about this to make sure that I had the right frame of mind for my coaches and myself with
how to work with and administer athletics to our kids. I share it with
you because I think it’s important for parents to remember. As well True Sport
Report does a annual report on youth athletics in America. A couple of things
I want to highlight. Number one, the main motivators for kids for joining middle
school athletics was fun, being social with their friends, and enjoying time
together fun and social interaction. Eight out of ten on that list was
winning that’s an external motivator. Something that can change all the time
but fun and social interaction those are internal motivators for kids and that’s
that’s important for us to remember. They play because they want to have fun and
they want to be with their friends not because they want to win. Some of your
kids want to win most importantly but not all. So it’s important for us to get
our mind around that. Things that demotivated students and ended up with
them quitting was that it wasn’t fun anymore they got too much pressure from their coaches and parents to perform well and
to win and that allowed them to have bad experiences, and we all know that bad
experiences turn into not wanting to play. So my encouragement to you and to
our coaches is remember why kids are playing. Having fun being social
with friends – winning is not the most important thing to them,
and it shouldn’t be the most important thing to us. Let’s motivate them to be a
part of middle school athletics. Academic Eligibility. As we remember kids
are playing athletics for fun and because they like to do it with friends
more importantly they’re here to learn. So the process of academic eligibility
for athletics is run by the principal and the staff and if there’s any sort of
suspension or anything like that it will always begin on a Monday and end on a
Saturday. So just to quickly explain probation in eligibility and being
dismissed from the team. If the student reaches step two more than one time
during a single season they’ll be removed from the team automatically.
What’s important to note about these eligibility policies is that the
teaching team will communicate with your student and with me. I will relay the
information to you. There will always be deadlines for when things have to be
done or a step in this process will occur and if your son or daughter is
able to meet those deadlines and stay up to date on their work and not fall
behind again, then they will be all set so they’re given an
opportunity to complete things if they don’t they go on probation Monday
through Saturday. If they don’t finish everything during that time they become
ineligible the following week and so on. If there’s more questions about this
please let me know. The main thing to know is that we are here to support your
child in learning in the educational environment. Our teaching teams do a
fantastic job helping your child stay on track and last year we only had one time
where a student had to go on probation. Congratulations to the students and to
the teaching teams for working with our kids and making sure that they’re
completing what they need to be successful in academics at Grand Rapids
Christian Middle Schoo. If you have questions about this please let me know. Supportive Parenting. I want to start by
talking about our coaches. They work for in the end at the end of a season very
little per hour. We are very lucky to have the great coaches that we have. I
interview each of them. They care deeply about the sport that they’re involved in
and mentoring your child – teaching them about the game, but also teaching them
about their Christian walk, and about life. Please understand they’re not perfect. They may not know every single thing, but
they’re doing the best that they can. Please treat them with grace and with
honor. Second, you’ll be getting coach emails each week. They should give you a
lot of information about what they’re doing with spiritual development the
schedule for the week things to remember. And they’re also asked to communicate
with you through these emails. If you have questions please communicate back
to them and email. It’s very appropriate to do so, especially about the logistics
of the season. Devotions – our coaches are in charge of spiritual development for
your child, however we have loved having parents at our high school level
participate in devotions. Meaning a parent chooses to talk to the kids about
something that’s on their heart or something that’s important to them that
they’ve learned about their spiritual walk that they want to make sure they
imprint on our athletes. So please speak with your coach about how you can be a
part of spiritual development for the kids if it’s something that you feel
called to do. Fourth on the list is cheering for all of our kids. Remember in
the stands you’re around all of our people and if Johnny makes a mistake in
the game Johnny’s parents and friends and family are sitting near you so
please cheer for all of our kids. One thing to remember that’s
important is to be positive or neutral towards our opponents and the officials.
Now if you don’t have anything good to say just discipline yourself to bite
your tongue. It’s a really important skill that we have to learn and as a
Christian community every time that we stepped into a gym on to an athletic
field people are judging us and wondering how are these Christians going
to mess up? How are we going to be able to knock them down? We would love to be a positive community a community that when we leave people say “wow,
was such a great experience for us to be in a gym with that school their kids
behaved well the coaches behaved well the parents were supportive and positive.”
I think sometimes the best way that we can show our faith and our belief in
Christ and the way that he teaches us to live is to be positive and to stay away
from negativity and anger and frustration – but to just be positive.
So my advice is don’t speak to officials unless you’re encouraging them, don’t
speak to other coaches, don’t speak to our coach unless you have something
positive to say – otherwise fold your tongue. It’s a discipline that a lot of
us need to work on. I know I certainly do. But please positive or neutral towards
our opponents don’t approach coaches from other teams. Don’t approach our
coaches at the games. Please find a more proper way and we’ll discuss that in a
moment. So how do we communicate appropriately with coach? It’s important
as I might one of my favorite verses Matthew 18:15 says “if your brother or
sister sins go and point out their fault but just between the two of you.” Don’t
yell it out in the stands, please. It is very appropriate to ask to speak to a
coach you know the next day after a game to bring things to light to ask
clarifying questions. Those things are all appropriate, and we want you to
interact with our coaches. It typically helps develop a better bond when it’s
done in a positive way. But please don’t tell everyone else what the coach is
doing wrong in your eyes. Don’t tell everyone else what the players are doing
wrong or how your daughter or son is not getting what they deserve. Take that to
coach. Be biblical – follow what the word tells us and then we have, in our
handbook, we have a structure and we believe biblical structure, on how to
handle conflict and concern. Most importantly, we want to teach our
children, and this is hard at middle school level, but it’s a great thing to
teach them. If you have an issue with someone, as the verse says, have the
player talk to the coach first. The issue is between the player in the coach. Even
if it’s something you’ve noticed. Ask your son or daughter to approach coach. It helps them develop character, helps them develop the ability to speak with
adults appropriately, and most of the time, 90% of those times, it’s
right there. If for some reason it’s not then it’s appropriate to set a meeting
between you the player and the coach – All three involved. A lot of times I have
parents come to me and say “oh I don’t want my son to know I’m talking to you,
I’d like to meet with you, but I don’t want my daughter to know that I’m
speaking to you.” Again we want to be biblical, but to bring the people
involved to the situation. It develops character, it develops understanding, and
it develops trust. When one of those people is missing, trust cannot be
developed. So we just we just pray and hope that you will follow those
guidelines. And it sometimes, 1% of the time, that doesn’t solve the issue. I’m
available to be involved, but all four of us will be in attendance. Again
developing trust, developing understanding, and honoring the word of the Lord and how he desires for us to develop to work
through conflict. So again that’s what we would hope and we hope that you can join
us in a journey of helping develop character and biblical principles in
your child’s life. The importance of the website – so it is located at the address
you see on your screen. I encourage you to use this website as a resource for
scheduling, maps, handbook, and a variety of other things. There’s pictures posted,
there’s information, please use this website first as a way to get the
information that you need. I want to take you through a couple of things that you
see on your screen online so that you can see exactly what we’re talking about
we go to www.grcs.org/grcsm-Athletics-home As you see on the screen there takes you to this page. This is our athletics webpage for the middle school. You’ll see the handbook – I encourage you to take a few moments.
It’s not long. Look at the sections that you’re wondering about and just make
sure that you’re up to date on what’s happening there.
Second – Athletics Calendar. I would like to show you a little bit about the
calendar. This is a very important part of the program. If you click on it you’ll see this screen here. I always use the agenda view
because it seems to clarify things by day. For me it’s much simpler for my look. Again it’s up to you but here’s how you use it. On Monday 29th, is when we start
athletics and so you’ll see the first week we have everybody practicing
together. Because we have two separate teams equally. We’ll talk about team
formation later on in the presentation. Once we have that – on GRCMS is the
middle school on Chesaning – ES is on Iroquois about two miles from this
building and Evergreen is about a mile from here on Griggs and Rosewood – which you’ll notice here that the first week. We have group sixth grade volleyball,
soccer, seventh and eighth grade, and it tells you where practices. If you look at
the next week you start to see last names. This is what you’re gonna look for. Your coaches last name, and then when
they practice, and where they practice. So this one would mean that ELZINGA’s
team and NOORDEWIER’s team are practicing at the same time – 3:15 at GRCES. So both
teams will be in that gym. This one means that coach LUTKE’S team will be
practicing at 3:15 at the middle school and just coach LUTKE’s team will be
there. So the final one that’s a little bit confusing and you’ll see this with
VOSS and TOULSEY for seventh and eighth grade soccer as well, is that we have one
coach that coaches multiple teams so coat MR. DEBOER coaches the blue team
and the Black team in middle school volleyball fifth grade. So sometimes
you’ll see DEBOER blue / black. That means they’re both practicing in
the gym at that time. Sometimes you see DEBOER blue and on
a different day of seat DEBOER black. That means that only that team on one
day only that team on the other day. If you have questions about the schedule,
please let your coach know or let me know. This is a great resource when you
click on this and this is a not a game, but if this was a game it would have a
map so if you clicked more details you would be able to see a map on how to get
to the game in this view. Please use those maps as a way to help you out. Also on here – our athletic forms. From time to time we will post articles and things that are of interest that we want you to read take a
look at those. They’re a great resource. And the last thing I want to show you is
sign ups. They happen in the fall winter and spring and there’s always a deadline
because of GRACEAC we have a deadline we have to meet where we have to tell
them how many teams we’re going to have in the league at each sport. So this is
very important! When you click on this, it has some information that you should
read through because there’s an agreement that you’re a part of when you
sign up for this. It always has on this list what we’re signing up for if you
need to sign up for something different. There’s always going to be a link to
that sign up. Please sign your child up and make sure that you type in your
email address correctly or you won’t get communications. Type in your phone number correctly or you won’t get communications from myself or the coach. If you have other questions please let
us know again remember that GRACEAC has a website as well
www.GRACEAC.com and it looks like this. This is again for the web for the entire
league – there’s a lot of information on here, and again I encourage you to sign
up for their text hotline. It’s very important but you feel free to use some
of the links around here as well to get information about the league. Transportation. Grand Rapids Christian does not provide transportation to or from athletic events at the middle school. The
only exception we have is that we have a the ability to help students get from
our Chesaning building to either Evergreen or Grand Rapids Christian Elementary school for their 3:15 practices. If your child has a later
practice than that they need to go home first or to a friend’s house before they
come back at the 4:45 time. We don’t have child care for them in either location and so we cannot protect them or keep them
safe and so it’s important that if they have a later practice that they go home
or go to a friend’s house first and that they’re brought back. If they have the
3:15 practice they can take their regularly scheduled bus to that facility,
or if they don’t have busing, which a variety of our students do not they can
ride the bus listed below. If they need a ride to Evergreen, and they can ride bus
18 on any day that they need to get to Evergreen for practice. If they need to
go to the elementary school they would ride bus 15. Our coaches will assist with
helping students get on those buses the first time each season and after that
it’s up to the kids to make sure that they’re getting on the correct bus to
get them to the practice that they need. Additionally please pick up your kids on
time. Many of our coaches have class or have jobs and they work odd hours to
make ends meet, and so we just ask that you please pick your kids up on time so
that our coaches are feeling like their time is being respected by families as
well. Their job is to end practice on time – so please help
honor that by picking them up on time. If you need to know we’re off-site
locations are, again use our website use that schedule function and click on the
maps. Our home event locations are located throughout the southeast side,
Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, Elementary School, High School. Evergreen, Gainey, and Calvin College for swimming. Team Formation. An important part of
Middle School Athletic directing is helping coaches form teams that are
equal and appropriate at each of our grade levels. A couple things to know. We do have signup deadlines that are hard for GRACEAC, and for our school. Our schools
signup deadline comes first. We have to know how many kids we have so we know
how many teams to create. GRACEAC needs to know how many teams we have so they
can create schedules for us. So there’s deadlines for each. You will see that the
winter signup comes out the end of September / early October.
It feels early but again we have deadlines that we have to meet. You saw how to sign up online. Please make sure you use that tool to get your child signed
up. We want to be financial stewards that are pleasing to God and when we have
people sign up on time we’re able to plan how many coaches and how many teams to have and that’s a financial commitment. We have a league fee for
every team, coaching cost a couple thousand dollars for our coaches, and we have uniforms to make sure that we have for all of the kids so knowing
in advance is really important for us. If people come in late after the deadline
and wanna play unfortunately we cannot accept that because we have to be
stewards of our financial situation making the most of the budget that’s
been provided to us and knowing how many teams we’re going to have and how many
coaches we need to hire. Thank you for signing up on time. Now with the actual
team formation in 5th through 7th grade. We try to create teams of equal ability.
Many factors go into consideration with how we create those teams. We do the best that we can with the information that we have, so communicating with coaches about things you’ll be missing or the challenges that your family has is
really important for us as we form teams. And our main goal is to create equal
ability teams in the 5th through 7th grade level. Some eighth grade teams.
based on the way the league is set up, will have developmentally appropriate
divisions within that grade. For example in volleyball and basketball they have
an A-League in a B-League. It helps kids compete at a developmentally
appropriate level which I know from personal experience is really important.
I was on the B teams most of the time due to the fact that I had developed
slower than most people, however that does not mean that I couldn’t compete
because I ended up playing college basketball for four years and doing
quite well at the college level because I was able to still have fun competing
against kids of my own development level instead of competing
up against kids that beat me down or would make me have a tough situation. I
was able to still enjoy the game of my development level and it kept me
interested in athletics. So personally I believe in this system the school likes
the policy of GRACEAC and agrees with it in this sense. And so we have enjoyed
watching kids compete at this level. It doesn’t mean it’s always easy initially
but I can tell you from personal experience sometimes it’s the best thing
for kids. Finally no one is perfect in these situations. Our coaches care very
deeply about this, I care very deeply about team formation and we do the best
that we can. We cannot predict how things will work out but again we do the best
that we can to create teams that are fair and that honor the kids. Another
thing to consider when doing team formation is club sports versus middle
school. We do not have a policy that says you may only play one or the other we’re
not a part of MHSAA athletics at the middle school level, so your student is
allowed to play on a club team and on our school team. Our coaches want kids to
be able to do both – play with club friends would also play with school
friends. So we work together. The biggest thing is that we communicate. It’s
important for coaches to know when kids will be at each place and it’s important
for parents and kids to know that if they’re gonna miss practices then they
probably shouldn’t play very much in the games. It’s important to make a
commitment to Grand Rapids Christian Middle and to be as many practices as possible so that you can play in the games. It makes it really hard on coaches if
players that are on club teams don’t show up to practice and then their
parents and the kids want a lot of playing time during Grand Rapids Christian Middle School game. Please help our coaches with this
situation and help your student understand that commitments are
important to both and sometimes we have to compromise, but we need to be sharing
that with both. Thank you for helping us through that situation and helping us
continue to make club sports and no school sports work together for the best
of our kids practices. It is our goal to get kids back to their families in time
for dinner each night – that’s not always possible for a variety of reasons, mainly
because games happen in the evenings and sometimes our coach schedules are a big
factor in practice time just due to the fact that they do this on a part-time
basis. We want to work with them so that they can instruct your kids and mentor
them and so sometimes it means they have to have a different or a later practice
time. As a main framework 7th and 8th grade practice or play a maximum of four
days a week and the 5th and 6th graders practice and play a maximum of
three days a week. Whether cancellations will come for practices or games will come from me or your coach, And sometimes both so please look there
first. If you have questions please email coach right away and we’ll be in touch.
The other great way to do it is as I mentioned earlier the GRACEAC text
hotline. If you want to be signed up for that list text “HOTLINE” to 8-4-4-8-3. They do a great job of telling us when things are canceled due
to weather. We do our best to cancel things by 2 p.m. in the school day so
that kids have time to call home arrange rides, let you know that they’re gonna be
having a different situation after school. Unfortunately sometimes it’s
later than that due to a storm sweeping in, and you know Michigan weather – it’s
hard to predict. So we do the best we can to do it by 2:00 p.m. If there is a snow
day please understand from the beginning that we will not have a practice or a
game for middle school if there’s a snow day even if things clear up. We just
won’t do it it’s part of our school policy – so on snow days no practices and
no games. Uniforms. It is a GRCMS policy that we
are not responsible for lost stolen or damaged items. Those are responsible by
the families and the students that attend here to take care of their items
and be good stewards of them. But with that said we provide a uniform for every
sport that GRCMS sponsors, but sometimes we don’t provide the complete uniform
because it makes a little bit more sense for a family to purchase a portion of
that uniform for personal use. A quick example of that would be socks for softball or baseball and shorts for volleyball that you would wear for the games. So
sometimes there is something that a family may have to purchase but in
general we provide the uniform for the kids and the families. At the end of the
season it’s your responsibility to return the items to the coach and as
close to the same quality as you receive them. Lost or damaged items – you will hear from the athletic department about and we will ask you to pay a fee to get
those replaced or fixed if that’s the case. If for some reason they’re not
returned and they’re not paid for then we would not be able to allow your son
or daughter to participate in the next Grand Rapids Christian Middle Schooll
athletics season until that situation is remedied. So please again be good
stewards of what we’ve been given and get those returned to us is in as good a
shape as possible so we can make the most of what we’ve been given.
If you have questions or concerns about uniforms or lost or stolen items feel
free to email me. However just remember that we’re not
responsible if something is lost or stolen or damaged that is the
responsibility of the family and the child. Thank you for watching today, we
appreciate you being a part of our program and for contributing to our
athletic community. We hope that this presentation was valuable for you. If you
have any questions that you didn’t get answered please send me an email or give
me a call. The best way to reach me is through email – it becomes my to-do list,
and again don’t leave me messages on my office phone because I’m between offices
it’s just hard for me to get to them. Other than that, I look forward to seeing
you out there and I look forward to seeing you cheering on our kids with us
and please let me know if you have any feedback for me. I look forward to seeing
you soon thanks a lot.

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