Interscholastic Athletics
Because HCS views the interscholastic sports program as an extension of the school curriculum, positive Christian development is as much a focus as having fun, learning sports fundamentals and healthy competition. Within our interscholastic athletic program, students follow an intentional progression from sixth to eighth grade with the intent of preparing them for high school athletics.

In sixth grade, students are given the opportunity to explore their interest in a variety of sports. Encouraging participation is a key component (there are no cuts), along with providing opportunities for social interaction and learning basic skills. Seventh grade teams focus on skill development and every effort is made to ensure each interested student can participate and have equal playing time. Eighth grade teams will see increased competition, with coaching emphasis on developing higher level skills.  Each sport has one team each for boys and girls and cuts may be made. Playing time will vary, although coaches try to ensure every athlete has a chance to participate in each contest.

Hudsonville Christian Middle School is a member of the A.O.K. Christian Athletic League, which also includes Adams Christian, Byron Center Christian, Calvin Christian, Dutton Christian, Heritage Christian, Hope Protestant Reformed Christian, Jenison Christian, Legacy Christian, Moline Christian, West Side Christian and Zeeland Christian Schools. The primary goal of this league is to bring glory to God by encouraging teams to perform to the best ability our Lord has given them, keeping them in proper perspective in the life the Lord has called each of us to live.

Refer to the Middle School Handbook  for a list of intramural sports teams and corresponding seasons.

Intramurals
HCS has an extensive intramural program that includes the traditional sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball) and some group games and activities. Usually students participate with others from their homeroom and try to win points toward their homeroom standing. Everyone is encouraged to participate in intramurals, but if a student is not interested in a particular activity, he/she is not required to participate.

Concussion Awareness
As you know, a new state law was signed last fall to go into effect this school year. Part of the new law requires us to provide educational materials to parents on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions. All parents are required to read the information and return a signed statement acknowledging they received and read the information. In addition, all coaching staff will be expected to be trained in concussion awareness as well. If you have any questions feel free to contact Mary Broene or Luke Holtrop.

After School Enrichment
Many of our students are active in one or more of the after school learning opportunities offered by Hudsonville Christian Middle School.

Math Pentathlon
Math Pentathlon is an excellent way to challenge our students to develop their God-given gifts and talents – and is fun as well. Math Pentathlon is an after school enrichment program for first through seventh graders at Hudsonville Christian School that meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. in the Elementary building. This is an entirely volunteer, parent-run program.

Participants develop logic, computation, and spatial reasoning skills in a highly motivational format designed for students within a broad rage of ability levels. Game partners discuss aloud various options and possibilities in formulating strategies based on expected counter moves from the other players. In this way, the games challenge students to mature in their ability to think strategically and resolve problems that are continually undergoing change. The games are easy to learn and challenging to master; therefore, students of all abilities can participate.

Brain Busters Game Club
Does your child love to play board games?  Would they like to discover some new ones?  If so, then this is the perfect club for your 5th – 8th grader.  The club meets for four weeks in the fall and four weeks in the winter.  Students can attend all the dates or some of the dates.  This club is sponsored by the SOAR Parent Advisory Team, a team of parents representing each grade, who meet quarterly looking for new opportunities for high ability learners.

Yearbook Staff
Members of the yearbook staff are chosen from students in 6th –  8th grade. Interested students are asked to fill out a form, which the advisors use to help choose the staff members. The selected students plan and design the school yearbook under the leadership of two advisors. They are part of a team of six and work after school from September through February to produce the yearbook.

8th Grade Play
Each year, the 8th grade students have the opportunity to be involved in the 8th grade play.  The 8th grade play is a time for students to learn the basics about theater, from stage directions to the art of stage makeup.  The play is announced and auditions are held before Christmas break.  Any 8th grader who wants to be involved in some aspect of this production can be.  A student can be involved by being a part of the cast, set crew, makeup, sound, lights, publicity or ushering.  Rehearsals are held three times a week, typically from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., while set crew works from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. after school.  More than 60 students are usually involved in bringing the production to life.  After three months of rehearsing and preparing, the play is performed 3 times during the middle weekend of March.

Middle School Sports

FallSoccerBoys 7, 8
VolleyballGirls 7, 8
BasketballBoys 6
Girls 6
1-day Golf TournamentCoed 6/7/8
WinterBasketballBoys 7, 8
Girls 7, 8
WrestlingBoys 6, 7, 8
SpringVolleyballGirls 6
SoccerGirls 7/8
Fast Pitch SoftballGirls 7/8
BaseballBoys 7, 8
TrackCoed 7/8
Tennis TournamentCoed 6/7/8
TennisBoys 7, 8
Girls 7, 8
TrackCoed 6
SwimmingCoed 6/7/8