Joshua, I liked a lot of what you had to say, with one small expicteon. You stated, if the sport takes them from a church service, not from God, then why give them grief? I personally think this is a mistake. I have been a youth minister for 15 years with what I pray is a good relationship with God, and when i miss one service, I feel it. I am sure that some, very few, can maintain a healthy relationship with God and not attend church. (Heb 10:25) Even the most solid Christian needs church. Most teens absorb situations and make them baisis for life decisions. We are setting them up to fail if we say, sure miss church, if you are passionate about something. What’s next? College, a career, etc ? If its not sports it will be something else. I know Jesus went to the sinners, but he also was in the synagogue preaching and studying, and often went away to pray. I think the point here is watch what you encourage it will remain with them for their entire life.