Athletic Philosophy & FAQs

Athletic Philosophy

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

The mission of GRACE Christian School athletics is to provide an atmosphere where student-athletes can develop their physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual gifts through the avenue of athletic competition. GRACE athletics desires to be a catalyst that helps develop a lifestyle of character, integrity, discipline, hard work and leadership. Athletics provide a wonderful opportunity to develop and practice skills and lessons that are learned in the classroom. GRACE athletics can be used as another way to help educate and develop our student-athletes as they mature. All of the functions of GRACE athletics will be done with excellence and conducted under the principles of doing all things for the glory of Christ. (Colossians 3:17)

GRACE offers a variety of middle school and high school athletic teams for student-athletes to participate in. While GRACE athletics are committed to competing and winning at the highest level there are different expectations at the middle school and high school levels. Every level will put a heavy emphasis on sportsmanship. GRACE athletes will learn how to win and lose with dignity and class.

2018-2019 Athletics Handbook

Middle School Athletic Philosophy (Grades 6 – 8) GRACE middle school athletic teams have a focus on skill and team development. Middle school players will focus on learning the skills and rules necessary to compete well in their chosen sport. Playing time will be determined by squad size, athletic ability, attitude, team-orientation, work ethic, and practice attendance. It is the coach’s decision on who plays and for how long. Try-outs and cuts may be utilized in determining a team roster. The athletic director, head coach, and uniform availability will determine roster size.

Our middle school athletics program is a member of the Capital Area Middle School Conference (CAMSC) composed of the following member schools: Cary Academy, Cary Christian, St.David’s, St.Timothy’s, Franklin Academy, North Raleigh Christian Academy, Magellan Charter, Trinity Academy and Wake Christian Academy.

High School Athletic Philosophy (Grades 9 – 12) GRACE high school athletes strive to compete successfully at the highest level. Even with a focus on winning we will not have the attitude of “win at all cost.” High school level athletics is for student-athletes that have more advanced skills in their sport. The athlete will continue to develop their skills while learning the nuances and strategies for advancing and winning in their sport. The coach will determine playing time and players are to accept their role on the team. Try-outs and cuts may be utilized in determining a team roster. Similar to the middle school level, roster size will be determined by the athletic director, head coach, and uniform availability.

Our high school athletics program is a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA). We are also a member of the NCISAA 2A Eastern Plains Independent Conference (EPIC) composed of the following member schools: Cary Christian, Carolina Friends, The O’Neal School, St.David’s, Trinity School of Durham-Chapel Hill, and Trinity Academy (Raleigh). 

Athletic FAQs

Do sports teams hold practices in the summer? Yes, many teams (especially fall season teams) have optional practices during the summer. The fall season starts on the Monday of the week that includes August 1st. Tryouts for teams with limited rosters will happen that week, students planning to try out for a fall sport should plan late-summer commitments accordingly.

When do practices for each season begin? Teams may hold “open gym” practices before the season begins. Attendance at these practices must be voluntary and open and cannot be used as a requirement for participating on the team. Please refer to the NCISAA Rules & Regulations for more complete information.

When are tryouts for sports teams held? Not every sport has tryouts, but those that do (teams with limited rosters) will conduct tryouts the first two days of the season with a final roster being posted by Friday of that same week.

Are there additional fees to be part of a sports team? Yes, there is a $125 per athlete per sport fee with the exception of Football being $150 assessed as soon as rosters have been finalized. This fee will be billed through your FACTS account.

What is the benefit of the Eagles Club? Eagles Club membership includes a family pass (up to 6 family members) that will allow you entry into all regular season home games (excludes for Hoops for Hope, conference championship and tournament games). All proceeds from Eagles Club memberships benefits the athletic program at GRACE. See the Eagles Club page for more information.