Athletic Handbook
Athletic Handbook
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St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School

Manitowoc, Wisconsin
(Revised- 2015)

As an extension of our school’s mission all activities at St. John’s are Christ-centered.  Through its co-curricular activities, St. John’s strives to better equip children for service to the Lord by enriching their spiritual, physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.  We base our philosophy on the ideas expressed in Colossians 3:17, “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.”


  • The athletes will grow spiritually and show fruits of the Spirit while participating in the sports.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22, 23)
  • The athletes will grow emotionally and strive to meet their potential within the guidelines of good sportsmanship and respect for others.
  • The athletes will grow physically by engaging in skills that each particular sport requires.
  • The athletes will grow intellectually by enhancing their knowledge of the rules and strategies used in the sport.
  • The athletes will grow socially by learning the team concept and the joy of attaining goals together, win or lose.




“Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16).  This passage tells us that anyone watching the sporting event should be able to tell these players are young Christian athletes. 
When joining a team, the students make a commitment to which they are expected to follow through realizing that participation is a privilege. 
Specific expectations include:
  • At all times, display Christ-centered respect and sportsmanship to all players, coaches, officials, and spectators.
  • Maintain an academic level in keeping with his/her ability.
  • Respect all property when playing at home or at the opposing team’s facilities, and use all equipment in a safe and responsible fashion.
  • Attend practice, team meetings, and games unless ill or otherwise excused.
  • Conduct yourself at practice in a manner so that all can learn.
  • Report all injuries to the coach, whether the injury was incurred at practice, in a game, or elsewhere.
  • Disciplinary measures may include loss of practice time, playing time, or (in extreme cases) the privilege of participating on the team.


Parents are expected to set a positive Christian example for their children, fellow Christians, and the unchurched.  This will follow the philosophy based on Colossians 3:17, “ . . . do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 
It will be the responsibility of the parents to watch, care for, and discipline their children before and after all home and away games.  If the child’s own parent is not able to attend the athletic contest the parent will be responsible for finding an adult to assume responsibility for the child when not under the direct supervision of the coach.
Specific expectations include:
  • Show good sportsmanship displaying a Christian attitude toward referees, coaches, and other fans. 
  • Set a good example by accepting decisions of officials in a God-pleasing manner.
  • Follow the procedure listed under Communication for expressing concerns.
  • We encourage you to volunteer assistance with the canteen, tournament hosting, hall monitoring, and clean up.


Coaches, whether lay person or called worker, are to follow the example of our Lord as described in Isaiah 40:11, “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
Coaches should love as Jesus loved us.  Skills and fundamentals should be taught while Jesus’ love is also modeled.  Coaches must understand that they are responsible for their behavior at all times.  They must have a love for the student and not just a love for the sport.
By board policy St. John’s conducts a yearly criminal background check on coaches.
Specific expectations include:
  • Apply the teachings of God’s Word as appropriate.
  • A working knowledge of the fundamentals of the sport.
  • Maintain discipline during all practices and games.
  • Provide proper supervision in the gym and locker rooms.
  • Exhibit an evenness of temper in relationships with players, parents, referees, and other coaches.
  • Accept the role of officials in providing judgment to ensure that competitions are conducted fairly and according to the established rules.
  • Act in the best interest of the athlete’s development as a whole person.

Playing Time

In competitive athletics the topic of playing time often becomes an issue of contention.  We recognize that coaches will make individual decisions that are subjective in nature.  However, they will be guided by principles that promote our athletic program as a means whereby students can participate in developing their talents in a God-pleasing manner. 
We stress participation in an environment of “doing your best” with God-given talents.  We do not support a “win at all costs”, or a “play at all costs” approach.  Instead we promote the God-pleasing development of athletes so they can use their abilities to succeed in competition while practicing all other forms of team development and spirit.


            Parents are expected to attend a parent meeting in conjunction with the bi-annual cottage meetings.  At this meeting we will outline the policies and procedures of St. John’s athletic programs.
            If parents want to voice a concern about a coach’s decision that concern should be addressed to the coach privately, after the completion of an event, in a Christian manner.  If the matter cannot be resolved the next step is a meeting of the coach, Athletic Director, and concerned party.  The principal may become involved in the problem-solving process at the Athletic Director’s request.  

Sports Available

            St. John’s participates in interscholastic athletics as a member of the Lakeshore Lutheran League.  We offer the following sports:
Sport Participants Grade Level Season
Volleyball A Girls 7-8 Fall
Volleyball B Girls 5-6 Fall
Cross Country Boys & Girls 5-8 Fall
Basketball A Boys 7-8 Winter
Basketball A Girls 7-8 Winter
Basketball B Boys 5-6 Winter
Basketball B Girls 5-6 Winter
Cheerleading / Pom Pom Girls 5-8 Winter
Archery Boys & Girls 5-8 Late Winter
LLS Track Boys & Girls 5-8  Spring
St John’s Track / Jr. Olympics Boys & Girls K - 8 Spring
Note: Students from lower grades may be moved up during years when the number of participants from higher grades makes this necessary.
"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer" ~ Ps. 18:2