PHILOSOPHY OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC PROGRAM
The philosophy of the Middle School Athletic Program at St. Martha Catholic School is in accordance with the school’s overall mission statement. It is the primary goal of St. Martha Catholic School that the education of students is centered on the development and formation of the whole Christian person.
St. Martha Catholic School recognizes that an important component of a student’s well being is that of physical development. In addition, it is important for students to develop socially as they learn to work in a team situation and to practice good sportsmanship. The goal of the athletic program is to produce young men and women of strong character, develop and cultivate school spirit, gain athletic ability, and strive to be successful in the competitive society in which we live.
St. Martha Catholic School offers competitive sports for both boys and girls in middle school, including: soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and track. The athletic program falls under the jurisdiction of the School, and is administered by the Principal and the Athletic Director. The St. Martha Catholic School athletic program is governed under the Galveston-Houston Catholic Athletic Association (GHCAA) and adheres to their guidelines. A ($75.00) fee is charged per student, per sport to assist in covering the costs of the athletic program.
Participating in the St. Martha Catholic School athletic program is a privilege, not a right. Students earn the privilege of participating through hard work, dedication, desire, and self-discipline. The school, in cooperation with the students and parents, will make a reasonable effort to hold participating students to personal, academic, and discipline standards. Students, athletes, spectators, coaches, and instructors represent the school, and they are expected to be worthy representatives. Students may not try out for a sport if they are on academic probation. In addition, participation requires a commitment by the student to attend all practices and games with the exception of an excused absence (funeral, illness, etc.) Parents must call/email the Athletic Director in the event a student is ill and will miss a practice.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Students must be enrolled and attend St. Martha Catholic School.
Grade Level Requirements
Students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th are eligible to try-out for participation in athletics. 5th graders may have the opportunity to participate on a “C” Team for basketball and also run up as a 6th grader during track season.
Students on the varsity team may not turn 15 before September 1. Students on the junior varsity team may not turn 14 before September 1. Eighth graders may only play on the Varsity team as per GHCAA guidelines and sixth graders will typically only play on the Junior Varsity team. Seventh graders can play on either.
All students must have a physical examination to participate in the athletic program. The Physical Form and Medical History Forms must be completed and be on file with the Athletic Director prior to practicing for the sport. The physical examination must be on June 1 or after of that school year.
Families must be current with all school fees and tuition in order for students to be able to participate in athletics. Parents must pay an athletic fee of $75.00 for each sport in which a student participates by a specified date. Athletic fees are non-refundable.
Students who leave school during the school day or are absent due to illness may not participate in the day’s athletic practice or game.
Students are expected to follow the guidelines set by the coach. These include: proper behavior, enthusiasm, promptness, grooming, dress, attendance at practice and warm-ups. Students are expected to attend all practices, games, and meetings called by the coach. If a student is to miss a game or a practice, the coach or athletic director must be notified in advance. Students who miss practices and/or games may lose playing time in future games.
Academic and Behavior Eligibility
Students will be placed on probation for academic grades below 70 and behavior grades of U on their Progress Report Cards and/or Report Cards. When on probation, students are expected to attend tutoring before or after school. Students on probation will be allowed to remain participating in the practices, however, tutoring will always take precedence when the times conflict. They will not be allowed to play in games for 2 weeks after the distribution of the progress/report cards. If their grades have improved to passing when the probation time is completed, they will be reassessed.
Ineligibility Following Progress and Report Cards
· Begins the Monday following the distribution of progress/report cards
· Continues for 2 weeks of ineligibility until grade improves to 70 or better
· Weekly monitoring until the next grading period
· Ineligible students are not allowed to participate in games or tournaments, but may attend practices as long as tutoring is attended first
· Students with a U in conduct will be permanently benched for the remainder of that sport.
Athletic teams will have open try-outs for each sport and cuts will be made at the discretion of the Athletic Director in conjunction with the school coach. St. Martha Catholic School will attempt to field a varsity and junior varsity team for all sports when participation demands and practice time and space allow. At the Varsity playing level, the goal is for these teams to be more competitive. Therefore, ability will designate playing time and not all team players may play during games. Coaches will endeavor to play all athletes on each team, but not necessarily in every game.
Any student athlete whose conduct, dress, public or private remarks, or any other display of behavior of unsportsmanlike conduct that might discredit the school, may cause the student athlete to be declared ineligible for athletic competition or participation. Any parent volunteer in a coaching position is also held responsible to the same standards.
Athletes, spectators (including parents and invited guests) and coaches are expected to conduct themselves with behavior consistent with Christian principles. Rude, abusive language, and conduct may result in expulsion from the sports arena as well as other discipline deemed appropriate.
Any decisions of ineligibility will be in consultation with the Athletic Director and Principal and will be final.
The Athletic Director in conjunction with the school coach is responsible for the team selection process for the individual sport. Expectations for participation will be explained to students prior to tryouts being conducted.
Coaches may hold preseason meetings. Attendance of at least one parent is mandatory. This requirement must be met prior to the student being allowed to participate in competition as sports season guidelines and expectations are discussed. Students will be provided with an electronic copy of the Athletic Handbook, fee requirements, practice schedules, game schedules, and game maps by the Athletic Director.
Students are expected to attend all practices, games, and meetings called by the coach. A student will be excused only for illness, funerals or prior approval of the coach. Students who miss practices, games, or meetings may lose playing time in future games. Students are not guaranteed playing time in every game. In order to have a successful team, play time and position played will be at the coaches’ discretion.
Parents are responsible for the transportation of their child to and from athletic practices/games. In the event of weekend competitions/tournaments, parents are responsible for arranging transportation. Students must be picked up immediately at the practice/game conclusion with definite plans prearranged.
The school is responsible for providing facilities needed for practices/games.
The Athletic Director, coach and school nurse must be notified in the event of any injury.
You may email me at any time, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-358-5523 x 315.
May God bless you and your family,
Mrs. Paula Snyder