Greater Gwinnett Christian Barons
Statement of Purpose
Greater Gwinnett Christian, (GGC), is an organization of Christian homeschooling families prayerfully established to encourage and support the teaching of Christian ethics and the building of Christian character through participation in Christ-centered extracurricular activities related to athletics.
It is important for us to remember that this program, at the high school level, is not a recreational league. We seek to be competitive at every level. Therefore, hard work is encouraged and rewarded.
Summerour Middle School, 321 Price Place, NW, Norcross, GA 30071
Lucky Shoals Park, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross, GA 30093
Parental Notice: Competitive League Statement
GGC Varsity, Jr. Varsity, and 14 under teams are not members of recreational, teaching, or fun leagues.
The Barons are involved in competitive regional, state, and national competitions. No guarantee of playing
time is implied or promised for any player because they are selected for a team. Coaches have complete
discretion as to whom they play and how much playing time a player receives based on their judgment of
circumstances, player readiness, their maturity, skill, cooperation, effort, and other factors. Parents are
requested to be encouraging and supportive of their players and counsel them privately to continue to work
hard, improve, not to be discouraged, and to be patient.
The schedule lists the time that the first game starts. The games are listed in the order that they will be played. All teams do not necessarily play every night. 14U teams may play on a different schedule than the JV and Varsity teams. Please consult your schedule.
14uG — 14 & under Girls
14uB— 14 & under Boys (may be divided into two squads depending on number of participants)
JVG — Junior Varsity Girls
JVB — Junior Varsity Boys
VG— Varsity Girls
VB — Varsity Boys
Tournaments, both local and away, are a part of our season schedule, and as such, are not
optional. All team members are expected to participate until the last scheduled game. When a player
accepts a place on the roster, he/she accepts a responsibility to teammates. Though we realize
emergencies may arise, parents/guardians are asked to assist their children in honoring their
commitments. Planning ahead for tournaments is necessary.
Following are the requirements for a family to participate in GGC Basketball:
They must be engaged in a home study program or participating in an educational program of study based in the family’s home.
They must submit a photocopy of their Declaration of Intent or proof of participation in an educational program of study based in the family’s home.
They must sign the statement of faith.
They must sign the release and indemnity agreement.
They must pay the GGC annual fee, as well as the basketball season fee. Full participation at the appropriate level of fundraising is also required.
They must be willing to abide by all the rules discussed in this handbook.
They must understand that eligibility standards regarding age set by each tournament entered will be adhered to by GGC regarding that tournament.
A player/cheerleader is considered ineligible for GGC Basketball if any of the following have occurred prior to the beginning of the season:
The individual has graduated from or completed his/her homeschool training.
The individual reaches age 19 before August 1 of the school year.
The individual is employed for more than 20 hours per week.
The individual is actively enrolled in full-time college.( A player/cheerleader is considered eligible if he or she is jointly enrolled in home school and college courses and does not violate any of the above.)
The individual is on legal probation.
The individual has been expelled from a public or private school in the previous year. (Special considerations can be made if a participant and his/her parents appeal to the GGC Board of Directors prior to joining the team. If an exception is approved, the player will be on probation for one year.)
There are two fees for participation in the GGC basketball season. The first one is the non-refundable family membership fee of $50.00, which goes to Greater Gwinnett Corp., our governing board which oversees all the Barons sports, maintains the website, and ensures that the organization as a whole remains solvent.. The $50 fee covers a family for the entire school year, regardless of how many children in the family are participating, or in how many sports. Paying this fee qualifies you as a member of the corporation for the current season, and pays the accident insurance premium which covers each of our players. Family membership fees are per school year (September 1 to September 1).
The second fee is the basketball season fee which varies, depending on the team on which a participant plays. Subsequent children from the same family have a discounted season fee. Additionally, each family is required to fundraise or donate a set amount, to help offset the costs of the program, as season fees do not cover all expenses incurred by the program. If a player is on two rosters, he/she pays the season fee of the older team.
The family membership fee should be paid at registration. One-half of the season fee is due on the first day of practice. The other half is due before the uniform is issued. Special payment arrangements may be made with the Athletic Director or Basketball Coordinator.
If your child does not make the cut, your check will be returned or destroyed. Checks written at the parent information meeting will not be cashed until after the cut.
Donations and Fundraising
GGC has officially been recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt, non-profit organization. While the membership and season fees are not tax deductible, contributions made to GGC are. We encourage those who are able to consider contributing as individuals and to solicit contributions corporately.
Season fees do not cover all of the expenses incurred in operating the program. To cover the cost of the budget, each of our families is required to fundraise or donate a minimum amount, based on the team of that family’s oldest player. Those who do not wish to fundraise may donate by check or cash.
The goal of fundraising is to increase revenue for the general budget in an attempt to keep season fees down and to allow each family to participate in the coaches’ stipends at Christmas. Each family is required to fund raise or donate a minimum amount for these purposes. Beyond that, fund raising is available to assist families in offsetting expenses incurred on our out-of-town trips, and in purchasing team wear and spirit wear. In certain instances, fundraising money may be applied directly to season fees, but only in specific circumstances as allowed by the IRS.
Each player and cheerleader is asked to participate in the pre-season “Free Throw Mania” fundraiser. Other fundraisers will be optional. Though all funds donated to GGC belong to GGC, each family may apply the funds they raise beyond their requirement to offset travel expenses and the cost of team wear and spirit wear. Funds are not transferable between families. Funds not applied at the end of the season will remain in the general fund. Funds do not “carry over” to the next season. All families are greatly encouraged to raise funds beyond those of your family’s traveling and attire needs so that the organization may remain financially sound.
Corporate sponsorships may be applied to the required donation but are not applicable for personal family expenses. However, families obtaining large corporate sponsorships or personal donations may have a portion of their season fees waived, depending on the level of contribution.
Families may obtain personal sponsors or raise funds to help cover the cost of season fees. However, those funds may not be considered tax-deductible, according to IRS rules.
All athletes, coaches, and board members are covered by the GGC’s accident insurance while participating in Barons activities.
Practices are scheduled to begin in September or October. In order to assist parents to get school completed in the morning, we will be practicing in the afternoons and evenings several days a week and on Saturdays. A practice schedule will be published, and any changes will be communicated to the players. Beginning in November, practices will be one or two times per week, based on the game schedule. Please inform the coach if your child will not be at practice.
We use our navy uniforms for our away games and white for home. (However, both uniforms must be brought to every game—regardless of home or away.) Uniforms will be distributed prior to picture day. Each player is responsible for the care and cleaning of his or her uniforms. Uniforms are a huge investment and must last a number of years. Therefore, please adhere to the following instructions:
Machine wash in mild detergent with like colors only.
Please, do not use any bleach products!
Hang uniforms to dry. Please, do not put uniforms in the dryer.
Please, do not iron.
You will be assessed a replacement cost of approximately $300.00 for damage or loss of uniform, to be determined by Basketball Coordinator regardless of circumstances.
Uniforms will be collected at the last game. Any uniforms not returned on this date will incur a $25.00 late fee per week. Families of players who do not turn in their uniforms will incur a charge of $75 each for shirt and shorts.
Game Day Shoes
Acceptable shoe colors are white, navy, gray, orange or black. All trim must be white, navy, gray, orange or black; no other “accent colors” are permitted. If there are extenuating circumstances, they will be reviewed on a case by case basis. We try to keep expenses down. Socks and shoes must be uniform and approved by coaching staff, athletic director, and basketball coordinator.
Team unity and spirit are demonstrated on game day by wearing Barons attire. Players and cheerleaders are required to purchase appropriate Barons warm-ups and Barons t-shirts, and to wear them on game days. Wearing street clothes to a game is not acceptable and will jeopardize participation for that day.
Code of Conduct
All GGC Parents, Coaches, Players, Cheerleaders, and Fans should strive to display Christ-like behavior at all GGC games. This includes encouraging cheers and remarks during games and no derogatory remarks or harassment of referees. Families should make guests aware of this policy. Referees are authorized under Georgia High School rules to remove any fan or parent from the gym or field for rude or disruptive behavior.
All GGC Players, Coaches, and Cheerleaders should strive to display a Christ-like manner at all GGC events. This includes, but is not limited to, responding respectfully to coaches and referees, abstaining from the use of profanity on or off the court, using positive encouragement toward your teammates and the opposing team, abstaining from the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, conducting your personal life in a manner that brings honor to yourself and your team, communicating only positively about GGC Barons in a social media context, and being respectful to others. Remember that as a Baron, you represent your team, your community, your coaches, yourself, and your God.
In order to maintain an appropriate Christian testimony and avoid many potential pitfalls, a young lady should not be in the presence of one or more young men without other young ladies or a chaperone present. Likewise, a young man should not be in the presence of one or more young ladies without other young men or a chaperone present.
If a player receives a technical foul for any fault of character (hitting floor or walls with fist, language, talking back to a referee, etc.), that player will be required to sit out the remainder of the game and will be suspended the next game. If a player receives a second technical for character, he will be suspended the next two games. If a player receives a third technical, that player will be required to meet with the GGC Board prior to any further play. Since there may be room for grace in some situations, on-the-spot appeals may be considered by the Coach, Athletic Director, and Basketball Coordinator.
If a player receives a non-character technical foul (checking in early, hand in net, slap backboard, or number not in book, etc.), that player will be allowed to continue to play. The Board will evaluate conduct regarding a coach. Our desire is that all players, coaches and fans exemplify the character of Jesus Christ in every word and in every deed.
GGC reminds all member families that non-player family members or guests must be closely supervised by the parents. Parents are fully responsible for any damages caused by their children to a home or away facility. Family members not complying with this policy will be asked not to attend games.
Within these guidelines, the coach of each team will set and enforce appropriate rules. When disciplinary action is deemed necessary by the coach and/or administration, the coach is responsible for all disciplinary actions unless the Board feels that a major breach has occurred or that the coach has not adequately addressed an issue or a repeat offender. When a grave breach of rules occurs, the coach must then seek consensus with the Athletic Director and Basketball Coordinator to determine appropriate action for discipline. An individual and his/her parents or guardians will be notified of the disciplinary action to be taken. An appeal may be made, if deemed necessary, to a committee of the coach, AD, and the basketball coordinator. The committee’s decision is final.
GGC Family Dress Code
All GGC members are asked to dress modestly and in a conservative manner appropriate for the season. GGC does not wish to impose dress requirements, but we do acknowledge that as Christians we should dress in a manner that would please Christ.
GGC Players/Cheerleaders Dress Code
Designated warm-ups, T-shirts, and uniform(s) given to you by GGC must be worn during the game or any time indicated by the Coaching Staff. No other substitutes are permitted. Dress code is applicable to what one wears when arriving for a Barons event and when leaving the venue.
Your Coach will give you specific instructions as to attire for tournaments and out-of-town trips. Any attire that the Coaching Staff or GGC Board feels is outlandish or is drawing attention to you in a negative way may restrict you from participating with the team. These rules are guidelines intended to foster a positive team attitude. The torso and undergarments should remain completely covered at all times while standing or seated, even when the arms are raised over the head.
Shorts should be no more than four (4) inches above the kneecap in length. If you prefer spandex shorts, please have another pair of loose-fitting shorts of the correct length over them.
Fingernails should be appropriately short in length so as to not injure someone. If there are questions, the referee may ask a player to cut his/her nails.
For issues of safety, earrings must be removed or covered during all practices and games.
Hair must be a conservative style and neatly trimmed. Ethnic braids must be worn in a style that conforms to the shape of the head. Extremes are not acceptable. Facial hair must be neat and trimmed.
Hair should be pulled back away from the face and managed as prescribed by the coaching staff. Any makeup worn should be natural in appearance and not applied so as to draw attention to any one person.
We are a parent-run organization and are always in need of volunteers. We greatly appreciate those who have consistently given of their time, and we eagerly look forward to having more workers. Most organizations have 5% of the people doing 95% of the work. This is not the case with the Barons. All families are required and expected to participate in working in the concession stand, working at the gate, and cleaning up after home games. Additionally, we need team moms, scorebook keepers, clock keepers, videographers, stat keepers, drivers, assistant coaches, fundraising assistants, event organizers, scheduling coordinators, etc. Participation in these capacities is appreciated, but does not replace the required volunteer activities listed in bold type.
All profits from our concessions go back into the basketball program to offset the costs of home games. Parents and/or players 14 and older are required to work for a predetermined number of games in the concession stand. Please note that children under the age of 14 are not allowed to work or be present in the concession stand. No players and no individuals under the age of 18 may handle money.
A mature14- to 15-year-old may work with a parent or guardian, with restrictions designated by the lead concessionaire. A 16- to 18-year-old may work in the concession stand independently, with the restriction that he/she may not handle money. No more than one teen may work in the concession stand per shift.
Proceeds from admission fees at home games help directly pay for the facility and referees. Only parents and/or grandparents of players may work in the gate. Persons working in the concession stand and gate should be two unrelated adults.
These are provided on the website. If directions for a game are not found, they will be emailed close to the game date. Some of the teams we play rent their home gyms and may not inform us of the location until a short time before the scheduled game.
Since we do not have a team bus, each parent is responsible to see that his player or cheerleader gets to the game. If your child rides with someone else, please make sure that you have spoken to the other parent personally. It is too difficult for coaches to be responsible for every player. “It’s O.K. with my mom” is NOT adequate. Car pools are encouraged and utilized regularly within the program.
Statement of Faith
The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God and constitutes completed and final revelation. Nothing has been added to it and it is the only source of divine truth. The Bible is without error in whole or part; including theological concepts as well as geographical and historical detail
(2 Tim. 3:16; Rev. 22:18-19).
God has existed from all eternity in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God come in human flesh, being fully God and fully man, except without sin (John 1:1-18).
All men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and His holy character, both by nature and act; and are therefore under His wrath and just condemnation. The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to pay the penalty of man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross – the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible bodily resurrection (Rom. 3:10, 23; Rom. 6:23).
Salvation is offered as a gift; free to the sinner. This gift must be responded to in individual faith, not trusting in any personal works, but the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Georgia Homeschooling Law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690) from the Georgia Dept. of Education website
1. Effective July 1, 2012, parents or guardians who wish to teach their children at home in a home study program must annually submit to the Georgia Department of Education a Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program by September 1 or within 30 days after a program is established. The Georgia Department of Education will provide for electronic submittal of the Declaration of Intent. . . .
2. The declaration must include the names and ages of the students, the address where the program is located, and the dates of the school year.
3. Parents or guardians may teach only their own children in the home study program provided the teaching parent or guardian possesses at least a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED). Parents or guardians may also employ a tutor who holds at least a high school diploma or a GED to teach such children.
4. The home study program must include, but is not limited to, instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
5. The school year must include the equivalent of 180 days of at least 4-1/2 hours of instruction per day unless the child is physically unable to comply with this requirement.
6. For driving permits or licenses all that is needed is the Declaration of Intent with a 36 character parent signature.
7. Students in home study programs shall be subject to an appropriate nationally standardized testing program administered in consultation with a person trained in the administration and interpretation of norm referenced tests. The student must be evaluated at least every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. Records of such tests shall be retained.
8. The instructor shall write an annual progress assessment report in each required subject area for each student. These reports shall be retained for at least three years.This form is trip specific, and should be filled out no more than two weeks prior to out-of-town games.
Greater Gwinnett Christian Medical Release Form
Player Name: Mr./Miss (full name)_____________________________________________
Date of Birth _________________ Dates of Trip (Inclusive)________________________
Name (Print)____________________________ Parent’s Phone _____________________
My child has no physical conditions which will keep him from participating in the full range of activities being planned. I authorize coaches, administrators, and fellow parents of Greater Gwinnett Christian to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention. I understand that Greater Gwinnett Christian Corp. or any member thereof is not responsible for any expense incurred because of any injury or illness.
Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature Date Signed
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Contract for Students Traveling Without Parents
My designated chaperone is _________________________. This person has been selected by my parents, and I understand that he/she is accepting extra responsibility to watch out for me. I will seek to express my gratitude and make his/her job an easy one.
I am aware that each coach, administrator, and parent affiliated with Greater Gwinnett will be seeking to care for my best interests. I will do my very best to make their job as easy as possible by having an attitude of submission and to fulfill the known wishes of every adult chaperone on the trip.
I understand that we are incorporating the “Buddy System”, and I will not at any time go off by myself without special permission.
I will follow every curfew imposed upon me – for my own welfare as well as for my team. In addition, my behavior at the hotel/camp will be honorable.
I understand that I will be sent home if there is any insubordination or unwillingness to adhere to this contract.
__________________________________________________________ Signature of Student
Greater Gwinnett Christian Membership Application
Parents’ Names______________________________________________ Home Phone_________________________
Cell phone number of parent(s) and player(s) Mother’s_______________________________________________
Additional (please identify)_________________________________________________________________________
Address_____________________________________________ City, State Zip_______________________________
E-mail addresses of parent(s) and player(s) who wish to receive weekly news e-mail and team updates:
List all students participating in GGC Barons Basketball:
Name Birthday M/F
____1. I have read and understand the Purpose Statement of Greater Gwinnett Christian.
____2. I have read and am in agreement with the Statement of Faith of GGC.
____3. My child/children is/are engaged in a home study program, or participating in an educational program of study based in our home.
____4. I understand that my child/children must meet the Eligibility Requirements of GGC in order to participate in athletic competitions.
____5. I have read and will comply with the Dress and Hair Code of GGC and the Code of Conduct of GGC.
____6. I have read and understand the Disciplinary Procedure and Graduation Policy Statement of GGC.
____7. I have read and signed the Release and Indemnity Agreement.
____8. I understand that my GGC Membership can be terminated by the GGC Board if I am found to be in violation of the GGC membership standards and that I am free to terminate my membership at any time.
Has your child been expelled from a public or a private school within the past two years? ___yes ___no
Other than minor traffic offenses, does your child have a police record or is he/she currently on parole or under house arrest? ___yes ___no
GREATER GWINNETT CHRISTIAN
RELEASE AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
In I Corinthians 6, we are taught not to take our disputes to the ungodly for judgment. Keeping this in mind, I give consent for my child/children to participate in GGC competitions and will indemnify and hold harmless GGC, GGC board members, GGC coaches and personnel, host facilities, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, and Gwinnett County Public Schools, against any and all claims, including any claim, suit, or action for personal injuries or otherwise.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
Not mandatory since all players are covered by team insurance during practices and games.