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NCSAA Great Lakes Classic - Day 1
The first day of this year's Great Lakes Classic is complete. Highlights...
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NCSAA Great Lakes Classic - Days 2 and 3
Complete summaries of play from the 2009-10 NCSAA Great Lakes Classic.
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The Purpose of Christian Education...and NCSAA
The director of NCSAA is reminded of the purpose of Christian education (and athletics), and calls all Christian schools to unite in seeking that purpose. This marks a reshaping of the mission of purpose of NCSAA.
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Establish Justice in the Gate
When Christian schools focus too heavily on their own needs and survival, they neglect one of the most significant commands that God has given. In times of economic struggle, we must be faithful to this call in order to strengthen the mission of Christian education.
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Your School...Singing With the Angels?
An evening ride to Wal-Mart surprised me with an early Christmas gift -- a reminder of what all of our efforts in Christian education and athletics are all about.
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NCSAA All-American and Super-Regional Teams - 2009-10
The 2009-10 NCSAA All-American and Super-Regional Teams were announced today -- featuring the nation's top players from NCSAA member schools nationwide.
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Passion in Our Play (Part 2)
Does God want us to play? This is Part 2 of a five-part series exploring the imperative of excellent Christian athletics.
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Passion in Our Play (Part 3)
You're an athlete. ..Does God expect you to be excellent? This is Part 3 of a five-part series exploring the imperative of excellent Christian athletics.
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Passion in Our Play (Part 4)
Sports as worship? Sure, but why does that usually seem so boring? This is Part 4 of a five-part series exploring the imperative of excellent Christian athletics.
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Passion in Our Play (Part 5)
Passion. Stewardship. Selflessness. Excellence. Is this what marks your athletics? This is the final part (Part 5) of a five-part series exploring the imperative of excellent Christian athletics.
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A Note to Coaches: What is Joy for an Athlete?
This is the first in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This first post is a note to coaches, as they begin to lead their teams in the season study.
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Defining Joy, Part 1
This is the second in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 1: "Defining Joy, Part 1."
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Defining Joy, Part 2
This is the third in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 2: "Defining Joy, Part 2."
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Yearning for Joy
This is the fourth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 3: "Yearning for Joy."
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Laws That Bring Joy
This is the fifth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 4: "Laws That Bring Joy."
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Works of the Lord
This is the sixth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 5: "Works of the Lord."
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Our Crown
This is the seventh in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 6: "Our Crown."
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Joy in the Face of Sorrow?
This is the eighth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 7: "Joy in the Face of Sorrow?"
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Requirements and Rewards
This is the ninth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 8: "Requirements and Rewards."
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A Fruit of the Spirit
This is the tenth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 9: "A Fruit of the Spirit."
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Member Packets Are Going Out Soon!
That's right...it's nearing the time for the coming school year to begin, and here at NCSAA, we're gearing up for the new year, as well.
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New Partnerships for the Coming Year
NCSAA is excited to announce two new partnerships for the coming school year -- with ExploreChristianEducation.com and Advance Christian Schools. We hope these will be a blessing to your schools!
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2012-13 NCSAA Tournaments
We invite your teams to participate in this year's NCSAA tournament events (dates and details provided here). Now is the time to register, so give us a call, if you're interested!
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2013 NCSAA Basketball Championships
The schedule for this year's NCSAA Division 2 and 3 Basketball Championships has been released. 43 boys' and girls' varsity teams from 12 states will converge on Erie, Pennsylvania...
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Why We Play
"Play, especially within sport, tends to be dismissed as meaningless, worldly, and contrary to sober Christian living. On the other hand, Christians can be pulled into the idolatry of sport and leisure as an end in itself to be sought at all costs." I encourage all of you who care to struggle about sports, or struggle to care about sports, to read this article.
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Exciting News!
What? We've LOWERED the cost of school membership?!? You bet we did!
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Soccer and Volleyball Championships - October 27-29
We are so excited to be taking this year's championships to Xenia, OH -- to the Athletes in Action Sports Complex and its world-class turf fields! Please join us for an exciting three days of competition, team-building, and spiritual challenge this year!
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Soccer and Volleyball Championships - October 24-26, 2019
This year's NCSAA Soccer and Volleyball Championships are coming up soon (October 24-26, 2019), and we are SO excited to again be holding the event at the fabulous facilities of the Athletes in Action Sports Complex (on world-class turf fields), and Cedarville University (with access to a gym with four volleyball courts that allow for a big-tournament setting). We are so excited to be hosted at a location that will provide a top-notch "home" for our fall championships for many years to come!
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We Invite Your School to Join Us!
We want to serve your teams, athlete, school, and community! We make membership super-affordable so that any school can be a part of what we're doing. Please read on to learn more about the benefits available to your school, as well as how you can join to be a member this year!
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Welcome Back!
Welcome back to the 2019-20 school year and sports seasons! Keep up the great work at your schools!
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A Single Cup of Water - Part 1
I've had a lot on my mind lately; I'm not alone in this. Despite all the social distancing -- the working from home, having my groceries delivered, and missing being at the track this spring -- and the interruption and isolation that this has thrust upon my life, I realize that we are all still together in this...
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A Single Cup of Water - Part 2
Reminders come in humbling ways, and these recent weeks have born evidence of my weakness. I’ve been aware of my own fragility; I’ve felt the weight of decisions that prove that I am not strong; and each day I struggle to fully admit that I need mercy…
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A Single Cup of Water - Part 3
My friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, how we live and serve in this time – these moments of stress and isolation – are so critical. Like a single cup of water, your life matters. My choices – how I treat others, how I use my words, whether I am willing to be humbled – matter.
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The Faithful City - Part 1
Lord God, spare us from the temptation to follow our own way. Purge away our dross. Remove our impurities. Let us be made the Faithful City. Let us accept your call into relationship and eat the good things of the land.
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The Faithful City - Part 2
“So people WILL be brought low and everyone humbled...The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord WILL be exalted...and the idols will totally disappear.” Cling all I want, I cannot keep my pride and my idols. The presence of the Lord will shake them out of me. Why, then, do I resist? Why do I hide away from the splendor that He offers me?
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Nate's Blogs

Passion in Our Play: The Case for Excellent Christian Athletics
Our master has assembled us, his servants, and entrusted this arena of athletics to us. He demands that we put aside all distractions and excuses that restrict us from gaining a good return from our work, and he longs to call out to us at the end of our labor, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come an share in your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21). Let us, as competitors and companions, join in making that victory our prized goal.
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A Note to Coaches: What is Joy for an Athlete?
This is the first in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This first post is a note to coaches, as they begin to lead their teams in the season study.
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Defining Joy, Part 1
This is the second in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 1: "Defining Joy, Part 1."
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Defining Joy, Part 2
This is the third in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 2: "Defining Joy, Part 2."
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Yearning for Joy
This is the fourth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 3: "Yearning for Joy."
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Laws That Bring Joy
This is the fifth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 4: "Laws That Bring Joy."
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Works of the Lord
This is the sixth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 5: "Works of the Lord."
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Our Crown
This is the seventh in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 6: "Our Crown."
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Joy in the Face of Sorrow?
This is the eighth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 7: "Joy in the Face of Sorrow?"
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Requirements and Rewards
This is the ninth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 8: "Requirements and Rewards."
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A Fruit of the Spirit
This is the tenth in a season-long series of posts on the topic of joy, as it relates to the life and athletic pursuits of your teams. This post corresponds with Week 9: "A Fruit of the Spirit."
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Your Hands Are Full of Blood
“You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water. The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire.” I was convicted today, as I finished reading Isaiah, chapter one. Recently I’ve felt like this oak, one that is browning and not flourishing.
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