Riverton CC Sports


Riverton Coordinating Council for Sports

"Sportsmanship is the spirituality in athletics, and we believe that the Church athletic program is a spiritual program. If it wasn't, we wouldn't continue it, because our purpose is to build men and women of character and spirituality." --Ezra Taft Benson

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High School Sports Policy

"Players who have the opportunity to participate in school programs under the jurisdiction of the Utah High School Activities Association, or players who are members of officially-sponsored Junior College, College or University teams, will be asked to make a participation choice between that and the church sports program for that sport. Once any such players has participated with the school team in a scheduled game of a particular sport, that decision is firm for that season and tournament play of that sport. Prior to that first school game, if the player leaves the school squad, he/she would be eligible to participate with the ward team for the remainder of stake play and thereafter any tournament play for which they qualify."

Tournament Rules    UHSAA Schools

Purpose of Church Sports

Church sports activities are designed to help members focus on and accomplish the mission of the church, which is to "invite all to come unto Christ" (D&C 20:59) and "be perfected in Him." (Moroni 10:32) These activities offer many opportunities for fellowshipping, activating, and sharing the gospel with others. When participants demonstrate Christlike behavior and attitudes, physical activities can help them grow spiritually. (Utah Area Sports Manual, introduction)

Church activities should strengthen testimonies and foster personal growth. They also should provide opportunities to apply gospel principles and help participants develop friendships in a wholesome environment. (Church Handbook of Instructions, Bk.2:Sec.10:p.271)

Church sports programs offer opportunities for members to participate in activities where adherence to Church standards and gospel teachings is expected and required. (Utah Area Sports Manual, introduction)

Sports, Church Handbook #2 (section 13.6.21)

Objectives of Church Sports

  • Strengthen and contribute to the unity of families through their participation in sports. Help priesthood quorums and auxiliaries accomplish the mission of the Church.
  • Use sports and other physical activities to help members live and share the gospel through participation, socializing, and fellowshipping.
  • Encourage all participants to adhere to and demonstrate gospel principles and teachings, including a continuing emphasis on good sportsmanship.
  • Provide a variety of competitive sports opportunities that meet members' interests and needs.
  • Plan and schedule appropriate league and tournament play.
  • Call, train, and certify qualified officials.


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