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Extracurricular Activities - Athletics

St. Mary Catholic Community School - Hall of Champions

Sports Offered

Fall Sports

Soccer Volleyball Cross Country
Soccer Volleyball Cross Country

Winter Sports

Cheerleading Girls Basketball Boys Basketball
Cheerleading Girls Basketball Boys Basketball

Spring Sports

Track Boys Volleyball
Track Boys Volleyball

Things Parents Should Know about St. Mary’s Athletics

For a complete schedule or more information about CYO athletics please visit http://www.nwicyo.org

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brad Nieman (athletic director) at 663-0676 or by email at bnieman@stmarycp.org or bnieman4@aol.com

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Things Parents Should Know about St. Mary’s Athletics

Paperwork: Before participation in any practice or competition, all CYO athletes must first turn in the following completed forms: code of conduct, parental consent, and physical/CYO registration

Choosing Teams: Every effort will be made by the athletic director to ensure that teams within the same grade level are evenly matched. This means that no teams will be stacked. Coaches will automatically have their own child(ren) on their team.

Games and Practices: According to CYO rules, no team may have more than 6 hours of combined game and practice time each week (Sun.-Sat.). Games are generally held on weekends; however, non-CYO games are occasionally scheduled on weeknights. Basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading practices are usually held in the St. Mary’s gym. Track, cross country, and soccer practices are generally held off campus.

Playing Time: CYO rules mandate that every player must participate in each game.

Specific playing time rules differ for each sport and each grade level. Beyond the minimal playing time requirements set forth by CYO, coaches have final say in the amount of playing time a player receives. With the athletic director’s approval, coaches may chose to sit out a player for an entire game if that player has missed too many practices or for other disciplinary reasons.

Sportsmanship: Every athlete and coach must sign and return the CYO Code of Conduct form and in doing agrees to conduct him or herself in a decent and respectable manner. Neither St. Mary’s nor CYO will tolerate any unsportsmanlike behavior from any of our athletes, coaches, parents, or spectators. Unsportsmanlike behavior includes but is not limited to the following: dirty play, playing overly aggressive, breaking the CYO rules of play, verbal abuse of any opposing player, coach or fan, and verbal abuse of or disagreement with any referee/official. Anyone representing St. Mary’s athletics (player, coach, or spectator) that displays conduct deemed unacceptable by either St. Mary’s or CYO may lose his/her privilege to participate in athletics at St. Mary’s. Winning (or losing) means nothing unless it is done with dignity.

Academic Eligibility: Students will become ineligible to participate in a CYO sport if they receive an F or two Ds on any report card. Students will remain ineligible until necessary improvement has been shown on the following report card nine weeks later. Parents and coaches will be notified if a change occurs in a player’s eligibility status. Students may not participate in any game or practice with the team while he/she is ineligible. See the Extra-Curricular Activities section in the school handbook for more information.

Absence from School: As stated in the school handbook, any student who is absent from school for half the day (or the equivalent of 3 classes) may not participate in an extra curricular activities that same day. A student absent on Friday must receive the principal’s approval before he/she may participate in any weekend school or CYO sponsored event. (As a general rule, the student may play on Sunday, but not Saturday) Any student who has been suspended (in-school or out of school) may not participate in any athletic contests for the remainder of the week (including weekend games).

Communication: The best resource for information (practice times, game times etc.) regarding your child’s team is the head coach. Additional information regarding St. Mary’s athletics can be found in The Wildcat (the school’s weekly parent newsletter which is sent home every Wednesday afternoon), the school website: www.stmarycrownpoint.org, the CYO website: www.nwicyo.org and www.edline.com.

Non-SMS Students: St. Mary’s athletes who do not attend St. Mary’s School are asked to regularly check both the school and CYO websites for information regarding athletics. Also, electronic copies of the school’s weekly newsletter, The Wildcat, can be accessed through the school website. Non-SMS students must also maintain the same academic eligibility standards as SMS students. Therefore non-SMS students are required to submit copies of report cards to the St. Mary’s athletic director so eligibility may be monitored.

Team Pictures: All athletes will be given an opportunity to purchase both a team picture and an individual picture. The date and time for team pictures will be announced in The Wildcat.

Internet Consent Forms: Photographs of our athletes in action may be posted on the school website during the course of the year. No athlete, however, may have his/her photo posted online unless an internet consent form has been filled out and returned by a parent. These forms will be passed out with The Wildcat early in the school year.

Parent Involvement: Parents can help make their child’s season a success by volunteering wherever possible. Help can be given by carpooling to and from games and practices, volunteering as a timer or line judge at games, and especially by working shifts at the St. Mary’s concession stand (during home volleyball and basketball games). Revenue generated by our concession stand helps us purchase new uniforms and equipment for our athletes. Please do your part by working your assigned concession stand shift…..doing so will get your $25 concession fee returned to you.

Uniforms: All SMS athletes will be issued a team uniform. Please take care of your uniform and keep it looking clean and nice for future wildcats who might wear it. All uniforms need to be returned in good condition to the athlete’s head coach at seasons end. Track and Cross County team members are able to keep their uniforms.

Problems/Chain of Command: Parents who may have problems or concerns are asked to first attempt to resolve the issue by talking to the head coach. If a resolution cannot be made, the athletic director will work with both parties to reach a fair conclusion. The athletic director will seek the counsel of the principal in resolving the problem if the need arises.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brad Nieman (athletic director) at 663-0676 or by email at bnieman@stmarycp.org or bnieman4@aol.com

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