West Catholic Athletic League - WCAL
The WCAL is a basic league of the CIF/Central Coast Section. The WCAL was founded in 1967 to provide for the administration of athletic competition among its member schools. Athletic participation is seen as integral to the common Catholic/Christian mission of our schools and, as such, is viewed as an extension of the classroom. Administrators, faculty, and coaches dedicate themselves, to bring forth to their student-athlete that will serve the participating individual and the community.
The WCAL offers competition in athletics to attain the following goals:
- To promote in the student-athlete greater appreciation of his/her spirituality by fostering an understanding of athletic competition within a Christian context.
- To instill in the student-athlete a sense of responsibility by emphasizing consistent effort and by making the student-athlete aware and respectful of the needs of others.
- To nurture a willingness to sacrifice in the student-athlete by requiring that his/her actions on and off the playing field be consistent with goals of the team as a whole and not be directed towards individual honors.
- To further a sense of personal discipline and positive decision-making in the student-athlete
by demanding high standards of behavior and encouraging from activities that maximize his/her athletic, academic, and personal potential.
- To have the student-athlete internalize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play by adult modeling and teaching of such principles on and off the playing field.
- To develop positive leadership qualities in the student-athlete by defining and encouraging the assumption of varied leadership roles.
- To enhance the relationships among the member schools by using the vehicle of athletic focus on the common Christian vision our schools share.
- To promote a positive perception of our schools and our student athletes in the largest community by demonstrating excellent sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play.
The purposes of the WCAL are:
- To supervise and control the athletic competition between the member schools.
- To provide guidance and direction so that athletics will always contribute effectively to the total educational development of the students.
- To administer the athletics of the WCAL in accordance with the Constitution, By-Laws and Rulings.
- To provide for the development of cordial and friendly relations among the member schools through the high standards of good sportsmanship.
The six pillars of character:
The essential elements of character building and ethics in CIF sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”