Corpus Christi belongs to Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council (GRACEAC). The school athletic director attends all GRACEAC meetings. Information regarding GRACEAC and the sports schedules can be found on its website – www.graceac.com
Sports participation creates a unique learning environment for youngsters to develop life-long healthy habits and characteristics. Promoting physical wellness, self-discipline, strategic thinking, team spirit, and fair play, a quality sports program helps produce good sports both on and off the field.
Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to sign up! Corpus Christi’s “no cut” policy gives all athletes an opportunity to improve their skills and contribute to their team.
GRACEAC’s philosophy for the Sports Program states:
The purpose of the athletic program at the upper elementary (5th grade and middle school, including grades 6-8) level is to complement home, church, and school in the development of the whole person. Activities of the program are for the benefit of the children, suited to their age and physical growth. The goals are 1.) to recognize the need of physical fitness in the wholesome growth of the child, and 2.) to provide enjoyable recreational activity which develops Christian attitudes of sportsmanship and fair play that can be sustained beyond the school.
The primary function of athletics in the Grand Rapids Diocese should not be the development of exceptional athletes. Rather it must be the development of student-athletes who genuinely display the Christian qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play in every aspect of life. The successful operation of athletics depends upon a true commitment from all adults involved.
To view more information from GRACEAC, visit http://www.graceac.com
The school athletes abide by the rules and guidelines set forth by GRACEAC. It is the duty of all concerned with GRACEAC athletics to follow theCode of Ethics.
Code of Ethics:
Students are expected to attend classes as well as all team practices and contests. An athlete must be present in school for the last half of the school day in order to practice or compete. The Principal/Athletic Director may grant exceptions to this rule. Parents are required to notify coaches, in advance if possible, whenever the student will miss a practice or contest. Season starting times are subject to league finalization.
Corpus Christi values the success of all student athletes in the classroom and on the playing field/court. The teachers, staff and coaches also value the importance of students to be in attendance each day at school. However, there are circumstances when the student does not attend school (ie: illness, vacation, etc.) and during these instances, if a student athlete is absent from school for a full day or absent in the afternoon only, that student is not eligible to practice or play in a game that evening. However, if the student is absent in the morning but arrives to school by lunchtime, than he/she would be allowed to practice or play in the evening’s competition. The exception to this would be if a student is on a school-sponsored field trip or if school is cancelled.
Corpus Christi requires each student athlete wishing to participate in a sport to have a sports physical on file at school prior to the first practice with any team and dated no earlier than April 15 of the prior school year. No student athlete will be allowed to practice until this form is on file – no exceptions. Forms can be attained on the Corpus Christi website, at school office or at the Spirit Store.
If Corpus Christi cancels school due to bad weather or if classes are dismissed early, than all athletic practices for that evening are cancelled. If, there are scheduled athletic contests at home that night, than those games would also be cancelled and rescheduled. If, the game is scheduled at one of the GRACEAC schools in Grand Rapids, the opposing school would determine if the game/meet is cancelled or not.
All students are expected to put forth their academic best in all subject areas just as they are expected to put forth their athletic best in all athletic areas. Throughout all athletic sports seasons, student athletes are expected to be able to answer yes to the following three questions. If a student, parent/guardian, teacher, or administration fails to respond “yes” to either question – ineligibility may result.
The player will maintain in good academic standing in the opinion of his/her teachers as well as positive school behavior. The player’s academic performance and behavior will be reviewed on a weekly basis. The Athletic Director will notify the parent(s) in writing if the player received a warning or ineligible rating from any one teacher. If a player receives two or more warnings in one week or a warning from the same teacher for two consecutive weeks, the player will be ineligible to participate for that review period. If a player is ineligible twice, the player will be removed from the team.
Corpus Christi and Innocademy Athletic Partnership
Corpus Christi has an Athletic Partnership with Innocademy. We work together to offer these sport team opportunities that we wouldn’t be able to provide on our own. All Innocademy athletes and coaches need to follow all of the eligibility guidelines and rules of GRACEAC.
Uniforms & Fees
Every athletic team is provided a Corpus Christi uniform. The uniform varies depending upon the sport. At the conclusion of the sport season, it is your responsibility to return a clean uniform. Failure to do this will result in a replacement fee.
We stride to offer a quality athletic experience for your son/daughter. Participation is also open to parish members – for a $ 60.00 per student, per sport for the coming year. There is no fee for students attending Corpus Christi Catholic School – as it is assessed in your tuition
All coaches need to go through a Background Check and complete the VIRTUS training. To register for VIRTUS training click here.
Documents for Participation: Please print and complete the following documents. Return them to your coach or the Corpus Christi School office.
View the complete Athletic Handbook: