GICAA CORE FAITH STATEMENTS
The primary goal of school athletics should be to teach life lessons and life skills that will equip and prepare our young men and women for the world beyond school athletics. Also our desire is to provide the very best opportunity for those who wish to play at the next level. Winning is important, but it is not the most important thing. Bringing honor and glory to God in how we play is more important than winning.
It is possible to win a game... yet lose our ability to shine light into a dark world."
Every school, athletic director, coach, team, and athlete should strive to do their very best because God is honored when we give our best to him. Athletic Directors, coaches, teams, and athletes should understand that, because of their position, they carry a great deal of influence and should act accordingly. Coaches hold an enormous amount of influence over their athletes. Therefore, member schools should choose their coaches carefully and prayerfully.
Athletic competition can be and should be conducted in a way that brings honor and glory to God and draws people to Him.
If athletic competition is done properly, win or lose,—it will promote mutual respect and encouragement from schools, teams, and players. If athletic competition divides us and produces discord and strife, then it ceases to be God-honoring.
Schools should have the opportunity to compete in a safe and Godly environment without unnecessary distractions. Although league parity is almost impossible, teams should have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.