As a player, this page is for you! You'll find information about awards that you will get after each game, and during each practice. Have a great season, but most of all...HAVE FUN !!!!
We hope that you are excited about this season. Its going to be the best season ever! You'll be exercising physically every week at practice and during your games. You may get tired, but don't give up. The more you exercise, the stronger you'll get!
That's just like our "exercise" with Jesus. You may get tired of going to church or Sunday school, but the more you go and study God's Word, the Bible, the stronger you become as a person!!
Your coaches will be giving you a magazine called, "Winner". In it you will have different fun activities that you can do by yourself. Also there is a Bible verse that you can learn each week. During each practice, your coach will stop for a few minutes and share a story with you. Also you'll be asked to recite your memory verse. If you recite your verse, your coach will reward you with a Green Star that you can iron on your shirt.
During each game your coach will be watching how you play and behave, then at the end of your games, your coach will award all players with one of several other stars that you can iron on your shirt.
Good basketball players do their best they can on every play. But even Michael Jordan, who is possibly the greatest player of all time, missed almost 100 free throws in one season.
The "S" on the Blue Star reminds us that, even with our best effort, we do wrong things and think wrong things. The Bible calls this "SIN" - falling short of being perfect.
"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)
Ballplayers demonstrate sportsmanship in basketball by taking responsibility for their mistakes, like raising their hands when they commit a foul. The "T" on the gold star reminds us that we have to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY and admit that we have done things that are not pleasing to God. As a result, these wrong things separate us from God. The Bible tells us that God cannot and will not have any part of sin or allow it into heaven. Before we were even born, God loved us so much that He provided a way to get rid of our sin and keep us. God sent His only Son to earth to die on a cross for our sins. Jesus paid the price for our sins!
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)
In order to win a game, players must take the ball and move toward the goal to try to score. The "A" on the gray star reminds us that we must believe that Jesus died on the cross for us, ASK God to forgive our sins, and ASK Jesus to come into our lives.
"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are satisfied, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10)
As players learn the game, they learn that when the other team takes over the ball, good players must turn and go in the opposite direction to keep the other team away from the goal. The "R" on the red star reminds us that we must REPENT. Because Jesus loved us enough to die for our sins, we want to REPENT, to turn away from our sin and go in the opposite direction. When Jesus takes control of your life, you will want to go in the direction He is going.
"Repent then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." (Acts 3:19)
To be Christlike means to act the way Jesus would in every situation, on and off the court. Your Christlikeness will be seen on the basketball court, in school, and in other places. Being an encourager is one way you can show your Christlikeness. The "S" on the White Star reminds us that we must STAND UP for Jesus every day, letting everyone know that we are not living for ourselves anymore. We are trying to live for Jesus and be like Him in all we do. The Bible promises us that Christ will never leave us, and that one day, when we die, we will be with Him in heaven.
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my father in heaven." (Matthew 10:32)