TACA is a “Banner or Parent” organization. Because we are a 501c3, have a website, banking, fundraising, and several other resources already in place, a team without a path to the field or courts can come to us to cut out a considerable amount of “red-tape”, expenses and downtime by playing as a TACA team. What that particular team does to make itself eligible for different competition is up to that team. TACA plays no role in each team's decision. We believe when it comes to regulation/s, less is better. We do the vetting and then get out of the way.
TACA Basketball & Baseball's rosters are made up of 100% Home - school athletes . These teams desire to play in regional and national home-school only tournaments that require them to not take on non-home-schooled athletes. EACH TEAM makes it's own determination as to how they want to compete.
Conversely, TACA Football is open to all athletes for a few reasons. FIrst, the football program desired to compete in a different arena than other home school teams do. Second, there is a large pocket of athletes in our area that are forced to choose between going to the school of their choice and playing their favorite sport because they don't have athletics offered at their school and TACA Football allows them to stay at their school of choice and still have a path to the field that otherwise wouldn’t exist.
Principles of Fielding a TACA Team... Read on:
Are you a "Center of Influence", maybe a Coach or a Parent that would like to consider fielding a team with TACA? Are you ready to do the work? As a believer in Christ and an influence on those around you you'll need to ask yourself a few questions first:
1. Check your motivations? "Why do I want to do this?", then ask "Why do I REALLY want to do this?" TACA can be a great option to play in a Christ centered environment, but it's not here to serve anyone other than the Lord and the players. Everyone else is a very distant third.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
2. Weigh the cost of failure. Failure can be real. To start an athletic team and be successful, the chances of failure (especially early on) are real. If your motives are good and you can handle a challenge, you can definitely mitigate the risks. Make certain you have a full handful of servants. "Volunteers" get tired, lazy, and feel unappreciated. "Servants" experience a unique feeling God sets aside for those that give to, and serve him.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
3. Develop a plan of action. The officers and administrators of TACA will lend you their insight, but the success or failure of your team will largely depend on how detailed your plan is, and how hard you are willing to work. Recruiting, Fundraising, Soliciting help from other parents, and Scheduling can be as much a part of the job as Coaching
Behold, I am doing something new! It’s already happening; don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.” Isaiah 43:19
4.Gather the resources to finish the job. The two biggest resources you'll need are time and money. TACA is committed to helping teams stay on the courts or fields of Texas, but we do not have unlimited resources. Each team will need to largely pay for itself. Because we strive to keep registration fees low, Fundraisers by the athletes are an instrumental tool to help young adults realize that their parents are not always going to be their answer financially. Our desire is to develop them as not only athletes, but responsible young adults. We'll provide you with proven ways for your athletes and parents to raise the necessary funds to play. This may prove to be as valuable to them in the long-run as anything else they experience at TACA.
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish. Luke 14:24-28
Contact: Jim Rooney - firstname.lastname@example.org - 972-900-0176