FAITH and PURPOSE
CGA was formed in the summer of 2014 after much prayerful deliberation and research by a group of committed families in Central Georgia. Multiple existing programs, (MAC Mustangs Basketball, Patriots Baseball, Crusaders Tennis, Heart of Georgia Soccer) collaborated to create a unified organization to aid and assist homeschooling families. Their desire was to develop a quality program of competitive athletics, arts, and enrichment opportunities to meet the needs of students being educated by non-traditional methods.
CGA is a non-profit corporation operating under the oversight of a Board of Directors and leadership teams made up of Christian parents who have demonstrated leadership skills and a servant’s heart. We prayerfully depend upon God’s direction and blessing to make this organization grow and succeed. We are located in the midst of an active and supportive homeschool community. Many gifted individuals have come alongside to share their resources, talents, skills and athletic abilities with CGA.
It is our hope to honor the Lord and bless the community of home educators in all that we do. We welcome suggestions as well as constructive advice and seek to be open and accountable to those who invest their monies, their time, their talent and their children to our care.
CGA is a recognized 509(a)(2) Public Charity under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Contributions made to CGA are tax-deductible under IRC Section 170. The effective date is July 8, 2014.
Our athletic philosophy has a Biblical foundation, preparing each athlete for Christian life, with emphasis on the parents’ role in their children’s participation. CGA is designed to deliver training in both physical and spiritual disciplines for home school students during the middle and high school years.
PREPARING EACH STUDENT FOR LIFE
Christian-based competitive arts and athletics are positive ingredients in the educational process. The primary goal of CGA is to prepare each student to glorify and honor God in all that he/she does. We support the family as the primary social and educational unit, instituted by God, promoting personal responsibility for both academic and athletic excellence with a strong work ethic, and to aid in the development of life skills and strong Christian character.
ROLE OF PARENTS
CGA provides students with consistent and biblical re-enforcement through competition. Parents work with us to help their students build character and a strong work ethic through challenging competition and to encourage students to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Parents play a vital role in their student's performance, and in their emotional, social, and spiritual development. Participating students and parents must respect our foundational Statement of Faith and abide by our Code of Conduct.
SPORTSMANSHIP IS NOT OPTIONAL
The league in which we participate, GICAA places a great emphasis on sportsmanship. As a member school, CGA must meet or exceed all GICAA expectations. By participating in any CGA activity, students and their families are required to adhere to the following excerpt from GICAA manual:
Along with our member schools, we want to ensure that our student athletes play in an environment that allows them to experience the very best in athletic competition. In order to accomplish this objective, the league is governed in a manner that always puts the best interest of the student athlete first. The GICAA requires that all schools and players treat each other with proper respect. At no time should a member school humiliate or embarrass another member school by defeating them in a disrespectful manner such as running up the score.
All schools can exemplify excellence and compete at the highest level while showing respect to their member schools. The GICAA also requires that all schools, coaches, players, and game personnel follow the goals of the GICAA set out in Section II (General Information) of this manual. No school, coach, players, or game personnel shall behave in a manner through speech or conduct that can create a divisive atmosphere at any GICAA sanctioned event. In a member-driven league every school has an essential investment in the GICAA and all should strive to treat each other with the utmost regard while playing their absolute best. We ask that all Athletic Directors, coaches, parents and players promote good sportsmanship and act in a manner that brings glory to God.
School administration, Athletic Directors, and coaches should promote this culture within their schools and address any issues that may occur during the season. Our member schools should be proactive in order to prevent any issues that may arise. All game administrators should be aware of and enforce the GICAA standards for good sportsmanship. The GICAA is a competitive league, but our first responsibility will always be to the personal growth and development of the student athletes.
Any school or member of a school that uses a GICAA event for their own purpose of staging a public protest is out of compliance with the Sportsmanship Section of this manual and subject to league discipline which could include immediate ejection from the league.
II. GICAA Good Sportsmanship Statement
This statement is to be read before every GICAA game:
“The GICAA and its member schools have made a commitment, to promote good sportsmanship by students, athletes, coaches, and spectators at all GICAA sanctioned events. Please represent your school with the highest regard. Any profanity, degrading comments and intimidating actions directed at officials, competitors, or other spectators will not be tolerated and are grounds for automatic ejection from the event site. Spectators are not allowed to enter the competition area during warm-ups or while the contest is being conducted. Thank you for your cooperation in the promotion of good sportsmanship at today’s GICAA event.”
III. General Code of Conduct
Member schools are always encouraged to use Matthew 18:15-16 as the standing principal for any disputes that may arise, remembering we are one body in Christ with a goal of glorifying our Father in Heaven. If conflict arises between member schools, they must first attempt to work out the issues among themselves. If the issue is not resolved, the schools can ask the GICAA to act as a mediator between the schools to help come to a resolution.
Matthew 18: 15-16 – “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him – work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest and try again.”