The mission of Liberty Common School Athletics is to provide excellence and fairness in education through a common foundation.
Our aim is direct students toward a sturdy foundation for a flourishing life. This flourishing is not the modern conception of following one’s desires as the sole arbiter of what is good and true—rather it ought to be crafting correct desires in scholar-athletes. It will not be natural that a student rightly counts the costs and benefits of his or her actions, to value that which is ultimately of worth. Through sound instruction and training, the Liberty Common athletic department directs scholar-athletes toward meaningful affections and habits.
- I. Athletic Philosophy
- II. Eligibility Policy
- III. Fees
- IV. Sports and Affiliations
- V. Responsibilities of Coaches and Athletic Director
- VI. Parental Concerns
- VII. Health Issues and Physical Exams
- VIII. Parent Volunteers
- IX. Facilities, Uniforms, and Transportation
The role of the athletic department in accomplishing the mission of Liberty Common School is developed from the following founding principles:
- Children yearn for meaning.
- The educational “playing field” between students of differing backgrounds should be level.
- The skills most meaningfully learned from a combination of the knowledge, modeling, coaching, and sensible practice.
- To thrive children must be taught the values of a democratic society. These values include among others: Respect for others, Responsibility for actions, Honesty, and Resourcefulness.
- The principal determinants of individual athletic success are individual ability and effort.
- The policies of Liberty must support the student’s adoption of a personal quest for growth using the clearly marked path of expectations in knowledge, skill, and character.
- The competitive arena provides a place for scholar-athletes to test and display Liberty Common's capstone virtues.
As parents and fans, we can align with this philosophy by:
- Demonstrating respect to opposing players and coaches.
- Demonstrating respect to the officials.
- Shouting encouragement to our team.
- Let the coach do the coaching.
- Remind each other of our shared goals and Liberty's capstone virtues.
- Do not speak disrespectfully about coaches, officials, or opposing teams in front of your child or with other parents. Support coaches and their decisions.
- Think of ways to be a blessing to officials, the other team, and their fans.
- Win or lose with humility and grace.
Behavior Guidelines for Athletes:
- Demonstrate temperance and prudence in your words and actions; refuse to be beholden to your passions, rather seek "the true good surrounding every situation."
- Treat opponents with respect; shake hands prior to and after contests.
- If you don’t understand a call, ask politely; accept the official’s decision and learn from it. Don’t incite fans by behaving improperly.
- Applaud the introduction of opponent’s team members and coaches. Shake hands with their coach when introduced.
- Show concern for an injured player of either team. Help up fallen players from both teams.
- Encourage and build up one another
- Be a team, not just a group of individuals. The goal is to make your fellow teammate a better player and person; honor him above yourself.
- Be enthusiastic – take an interest in every part of your sport and be glad to quickly carry out every part of the job.
- Be humble and teachable.
Behavior Guidelines for Parents:
- Provide love and support regardless of the outcome of the game.
- Emphasize the importance of hard work with your child.
- Demonstrate excellent sportsmanship in the stands.
- Avoid talking to the coach about concerns right after the game (wait for at least 24 hours after a contest or decision before contacting the coach).
- Encourage your child to talk directly to the coach about any concerns.
- Avoid gossip or corrosive conversations directed toward the coach or players. Ask questions rather than assume the worst.
Four Roles at any Athletic Contest:
The role in which each individual begins a contest is the role they will maintain throughout the duration of the event. The success of events is often determined by all participants remaining in the role they assume—in other words, please stay do not assume someone else's role.
- Fan (Parents)
The following expectations apply to all students participating in school-sponsored athletic activities. These rules apply for each sport students choose to participate in throughout the school year.
The Athletic Director will check grades and report failing grades to the coach. A student who has one D or F will be put on the “Planner Plan," and the planner will need to be signed by the teacher in the failing class. The student will then need to show the signed planner (calendar, personnel planner, etc.) to the coach in order to attend practices and competitions. The student will not be able to participate without the planner signed by the teacher of the failing class. If progress is not demonstrated after 2 weeks, students will be ineligible to participate in the school-sponsored athletic activity until the grade is passing.
If a student has two failing grades (D or F), they are immediately placed on probation: the student will not be eligible to participate until one of the two failing grades is raised. Students are also to be away from the activities, practices, and contests until the grade is raised. Students should use this time to study and raise failing grades. If one grade is raised, then the student is placed on the Planner Plan and will be able to participate. Failure to raise failing grades will result in dismissal from the school-sponsored athletic activity for the remainder of the semester. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility process, please advise the Athletic Director.
Our student athletic fees help offset the costs (uniforms, equipment, fields, officials, coaches’ stipends) of our athletic programs. Student athletes are not allowed to participate in games until the fee is paid. Parents with special financial needs are encouraged to discuss their situation with the school administration. To apply for athletic financial assistance, please submit, in writing, a letter with your specific request. Please include details about your unique needs and reasons why you are seeking assistance. The school administration will review the letter and discuss it with you to determine the level of assistance. Families can also set up a payment plan with the school if needed.
- Junior High Sports | $100/season
- High School Sports | $200/season
- The third season for an athlete is free (cap is per athlete, rather than per families)
High School Sports:
Women’s Swim & Dive
Men’s Swim & Dive
Track & Field
Junior High Sports:
Winter 1 (Oct-Dec) - Boys’ Basketball
Winter 2 (Jan-Feb) - Girls’ Basketball
Track & Field
Full Member schools of the Patriot League*
Platte Valley Resurrection Christian
Member Schools of the NMPLA*
The Athletic Director and the coaches represent Liberty Common School. It is imperative that as they seek to uphold the mission of the school that they must strive to have clear and consistent communication among parents, players and other members of the athletic staff. They must be effective role models for the athletes as well as having proficient skills in the sport they are coaching.
Athletic Director Responsibilities:
- oversees the vision and philosophy of the athletics department
- arranges schedules for junior-high and high-school sports
- works with administration to hire coaches
- schedules referees, fields, courts, etc.
- attends all CHSAA and league meetings
- serves as the primary public relations person with the media
- makes sure the coaching staff and the athletic program is operating per CHSAA rules and regulations
- coordinates supplies for the athletic department
- oversees summer sports camps
- supervises and oversees coaches
- works with the coaches in regard to finances
- conducts a season-ending evaluation with the coaches
- works with administration and house system to develop activities that promote school spirit
- promotes the growth and education of each student-athlete
- inventories all uniforms and equipment at the end of each athletic season
- works to find volunteers for game-day duties
- develops each player’s character, skills, ability, and potential
- ensures players demonstrate excellent sportsmanship and integrity
- assists the Athletic Director in accomplishing the above list as tasks are assigned
- works with the AD to plan a smooth-running program for their designated sport
- regularly communicates with the AD and the administration to inform them of the ongoing status of the program
- oversees the hiring of assistant coaches
- runs tryouts and practice following the directives of the AD and the philosophy of the Athletic Department and the school
- conducts a parent meeting prior to the start of the season to answer questions and to inform the parents of schedules, transportation issues, etc.
- keeps informed and up-to-date on both league and CHSAA regulations
- maintains records and statistics for the team and individual players
An important element of fulfilling our mission and staying true to our philosophy is to provide avenues for parent suggestions and grievances that both satisfy parents, and improve the operation of our athletic programs. The sequence for raising parent suggestions and grievances is prioritized as follows.
Sequence for Expressing Parental Concern:
- Coach appointment — If a concern exists regarding specifics of a particular sport in question and/or the responsibilities of coaches, outlined above, parents should work directly with the coach to resolve their concerns. Please be mindful of the fact that when there is a disagreement, email is not the most efficient or profitable way to communicate. It is easy to misinterpret or type things that you would not likely say in person. We recommend that you work to schedule a meeting or discuss over the phone.
- Athletic Director appointments — If a concern exists regarding responsibilities of the athletic director outlined above, or if a parent has been unable to satisfactorily address a concern by working directly with the coach, the athletic director may be contacted directly for an appointment. If the meeting is regarding an unresolved concern with a coach, the meeting will include both the athletic director and the coach for the program in question.
- If any issue remains unresolved after parents have pursued the previous options, parents can request a meeting with the principal and the athletic director.
CHSAA requires that every athlete must have a yearly physical exam before the first practice of the season begins. Student-athletes are not allowed to participate until the physical is completed and Parent Permission Form is signed. Forms are available on lceagles.com. All injuries must be reported to your coach and/or the athletic trainer. Let your coach know of any allergies or other ailments that require special attention.
In order to provide a quality sports program, parental help is needed. At the start of each sport season coaches and the athletic director and coaches will sign up parents to help with score board, scorekeeping, ticket sales, and home game preparation and clean-up. Additional help will be needed for District and Regional playoffs.
Any parent volunteering as a coach will be at the discretion and direction of the head coach. All volunteer parents will need to undergo fingerprinting and a background check, as is standard for all coaches, teachers, and school staff.
Athletes are responsible for taking care of the various equipment that they use and that we check out to them:
- Always leave the field and courts cleaner than the way you found them.
- Keep the school vehicles clean and neat. Please pick up after yourself.
- The coach will issue each player a uniform that must be turned in at the end of the season. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the uniform washed, cleaned and in good shape.
- Uniforms must be turned in on time or be assessed a late fee.
- Lost or damaged uniforms must be paid for by the player.
- Report cards, final transcripts, and graduation cap and gowns will not be released until all items are returned or paid for.
- The coaches will specify what is to be worn for practices.
- Athletes must ride to away games in school vehicles or school-arranged car pools unless otherwise specified by the coach.
- Athletes may ride home with their parents, but not with other students unless given permission from a parent/guardian.
- Athletes that ride home with their parents following a game must notify the coach they are riding in another vehicle.
- Players and parents are responsible for transportation to and from practices and home games.