November 16, 2020
Update: November 16, 2020
Dear CCS Community,
Here is an update on athletics at CCS for the coming months.
First, with approval from Palliser, we were able to operate volleyball practices at the varsity level for a period of two weeks in October-November. It was wonderful to hear the sound of students playing sports after school in our gym. We wish to thank the staff, students and community coaches who stepped in to make that dream a reality. After a short two weeks, the AHS 3-cohort maximum came into effect in Calgary which cut our number of involved participants to a level which made our school athletics effort unsustainable. We are grateful for the short period of time that we had to play together.
Second, the most recent pause to sport activities by the Government of Alberta has once again demonstrated that for the moment, restrictions are increasing rather than trending in a direction that would support school activities. Particularly at the grade 7-9 level where students are operating in home room cohorts, the potential for school sport offerings is entirely limited. After surveying our students, we found that only a small number of students per class are not participating in outside clubs, sports or activities. As most students are choosing the club sport option over school sports, we would have very few athletes interested in grade 7-9 basketball at this time. This means that for grades 7-9, we do not anticipate offering school basketball this year. To help you as you consider potential alternatives, we have been contacted by clubs that plan to move forward with basketball and would be happy to share club contacts with you. We understand that school sport is often a better option for families due to convenience, cost, and community building. We also know that school sport can be a better option for our young people as it is focused on developing the fundamentals of the sport as well as relationship, character, and leadership. As such, we will continue to assess the environment both locally and provincially as we continue to consider safe ways for our students to engage in sport.
At the high school level, any basketball activities would begin after the Christmas break and would be limited only to practices. It is highly unlikely that an opportunity for interschool competition would become available. The conversation will continue around what high school basketball could look like. For the moment, if a student is interested in competing, we suggest that students join a club or other opportunity.
Third, there have been some questions surrounding opportunities for intramurals. Our current situation severely limits what we are able to do. We do not have the gym space or schedule to allow for Indoor intramural sports as there is not one consistent lunch break, meaning that the gym is in use during rotating break times. We have provided jr high classrooms with some equipment to allow them to play sports outdoors and encourage students to continue to make use of outdoor activity opportunities during break times.
Last, there is some hope and excitement that is in our future. First, individual sports may be accommodated in the spring season for badminton and cross country (typically a fall sport). There is also a possibility of track events. We should have a better picture of the spring sport scene and offerings before spring break.
We appreciate the investment and support of our community in school sport and hope that this year is only a hiccup in the long-standing tradition of athletic excellence at CCS.
If you have any questions or comments, please bring them to our Athletic Directors, Mr. Jonker (jr high) and Mr. Ward (sr high).
October 14, 2020
Update: October 14, 2020
CCS has developed and been approved by Palliser to recommence high school sport cohorts. A meeting with student athletes will take place Thursday, October 15 at 8:00am in the gym for all grade 10-12 students interested in practicing volleyball.
Refer to the CCS Return to Play - Stage 2 document for more information.
Junior High Sports are not yet scheduled to return.
September 1, 2020
Update: September 1, 2020
Extra-curricular Athletics and Activities at Calgary Christian School have been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the ASAA has cleared schools to schedule and operate team practices for fall sports such as volleyball, football and cross country, the Palliser School Division has not allowed for extra-curricular activities at this time. We will continue to pray that the situation may improve enough to allow for extra-curricular athletic activities in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe.
Mr. Steve Ward - High School Athletic Director