Upper School Athletics
Philosophy of Trinity Athletics
The Trinity School Athletics program offers 10 sports and fields over 30 teams during three full seasons of interscholastic sports for students in grades 6–12. Students compete at the middle, JV, and Varsity level and more than 85% of eligible students participate in school-sponsored athletics. Trinity strives to teach students fundamental skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, and the joys of playing and competing. There are wonderful opportunities for growth, maturity, leadership, and excellence on a Trinity athletic team and our students come together to support, encourage, and challenge each other while competing. Being Lion allows our student athletes to “step up to the plate” and compete to God’s glory.
Athletic Forms and Resources
Trinity is a 2A member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCISAA). Our varsity and Junior Varsity teams compete in the Eastern Plains Independent Conference (EPIC). EPIC member schools are:
Cary Christian School
Carolina Friends School (Durham)
Grace Christian School of Raleigh
St. David’s School (Raleigh)
The O’Neal School (Southern Pines)
Trinity Academy of Raleigh
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
NCISAA Mission Statement
The NCISAA exists to encourage interscholastic competition among North Carolina independent schools that are committed to integrity, sportsmanship, and fair play.
NCISAA Core Values
We believe that the head of school is always ultimately responsible for the students and coaches representing a school. Therefore, the head must be willing to hold all school representatives to the highest standards of behavior.
We believe that interaction through statewide athletic activities is a character and community building experience.
We believe that, because time and money are scarce resources, interruption of academic schedules, travel time and expense should be minimized.
We believe that athletes should respect officials and accept their decisions, and we believe that coaches should show restraint and respect when dealing with officials.
We believe that financial aid in any form in return for athletic participation is wrong.
We believe that the main goal of conference and classification assignments is to provide equitable competition based on variations in school enrollments.
We believe that schools must provide safe and adequate facilities for participants, spectators, and officials; the best possible officials for the events; and adequate control of spectators, players, and pre and post-game activities.
We believe that coaches should instill in their players a love of the game.
We believe that our governing body of school heads will fairly represent each conference in the state.
We believe that schools should educate their supporters to cheer for their own teams and never to denigrate the performance of opponents or officials. We believe that schools must not tolerate a spectator – adult or student – whose behavior is disrespectful toward players, officials, coaches or other spectators.
As a non-profit organization, the NCISAA operates with the belief that the basic integrity of each member school is the most vital part of the organization.
The NCISAA recognizes that independent school interscholastic athletic events must be conducted in such a manner that good sportsmanship prevails at all times. It is necessary that administrators and coaches be individually and collectively responsible for taking every possible step to promote good sportsmanship at every interscholastic event. These steps must include the provision of safe and adequate facilities for participants, spectators, and officials; the best possible officials for the events; and adequate control of spectators, players, and pre-game and post-game activities. Every effort must be made to promote a climate of wholesome competition. While the NCISAA governs varsity play, middle school and JV teams are expected to honor NCISAA rules of sportsmanship.
In the spirit of best practices in sportsmanship, the NCISAA endorses the following initiatives.
Failure to comply with any NCISAA rules or regulations may result in players, coaches, or schools
a) forfeiting an event,
b) losing state tournament privilege,
c) being fined by the NCISAA Executive Director as defined by the NCISAA bylaws, and
d) being suspended or expelled from the NCISAA.