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SPAA Policies

SPAA Mission

St. Philip Athletic Association provides the athletic programs for the student athletes of the St. Philip School. The goal of these athletic programs is to provide an opportunity for all students to participate in sports where their individual abilities contribute to their team and they further develop personally through self-discipline, effort, teamwork, perseverance, and commitment while reinforcing the values of Christianity and good sportsmanship.

 

Athletic Association Policy Manual
A successful athletic program involves the cooperation of players, coaches,
parents, board members and school administration. We must all work together
to make our athletic programs a positive experience for all involved. It is
with this in mind that we have prepared the following information and
guidelines. Please read this and keep as a reference. Should you have any
questions, comments or suggestions, please contact a member of the St.
Philip Athletic Association Board, a coach, principal or Father Gizler.

 

St. Philip Athletic Association

The role of the Athletic Association is to provide the athletic programs for the youth of the St. Philip School. Monies will be raised by the Athletic Association and managed by the Athletic Association Board to carry out the athletic programs. All athletic programs administered by the Association will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations governing such programs as established by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our goal is to instill in all participants, parents, and spectators the values of Christianity and good sportsmanship. We want our children to not only learn the elements that are needed to participate in athletics but to be able to transfer these into their daily life. Life skills such as organization, self-discipline, goal setting, teamwork and performance under pressure will be emphasized in our athletic program.

 

Membership

The Athletic Association membership includes the parents and guardians of each student participating in the athletic program, the pastor, the principal of the St. Philip School and coaches of the team. An executive board consists of the president, the treasurer, the secretary and 1 vice president for each activity - soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, volleyball, track/cross country and cheer leading. The members of the St. Philip Athletic Association elect all of these positions for a term of 2 years.

 

Registration

Registration fees for the season are now based on a per sport fee scale. Registration for all St. Philip Athletic Association programs will be held in the season prior to the upcoming season. All registrations must be accompanied by the registration fee. Refunds will be considered on a case by case basis and none will be made once the season begins and participation starts. Medical/insurance forms are required for all students and must be submitted before a sports season begins. Only one form is required per student. No child will be permitted to be added to a team roster without completing the registration form and providing proof of physical clearance from a physician, this includes practices prior to a season.

 

Participation Guidelines

Diocesan rules prohibit offensive conduct by players, families and coaches. Verbal abuse of officials, opposing teams and players, or our coaches and players will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Any player, coach or parent displaying poor sportsmanship, foul language, or any conduct unbecoming of a member of St. Philip School in practice or at games will be suspended from games and practices for a period of time. Subsequent violations may result in student removal from the team and/or parent banishment from all SPAA activities.

No parents are permitted on the bench during the games except for assistant coaches and official scorekeepers. Practices are open for parents to observe but "coaching" by parents from the sidelines or stands during a practice is restricted. Parents are not to stay at practice without the coach's consent if they have previously been unable to abide by the set practice rules.

Several organizations very generously permit us to use their facilities - BCHS, OLSH, St. Paul's Seminary, Carlynton School District, et al. We must make sure we leave these facilities in the condition we find them. It is important that all families follow the rules as posted at each facility. Parents will be responsible for any damage incurred by their child.

If a parent would like to discuss an issue with a coach, please make arrangements to speak with the coach at a time convenient for both parties. Please do not approach the coach from 1 hour prior to an activity, during or 24 hours after the activity has completed - game or practice. If you have further issues, please contact the vice president for that activity. If you are still not satisfied, please contact the president of the Athletic Association. You are always welcome to any SPAA meeting to discuss your issues with the board but request that you notify the President prior to the meeting so you may be added to the agenda.

Accept all decisions rendered by the coaches and referees. Your acceptance of their decisions will encourage your child to respect these dedicated people.

All parents, coaches and participants must sign the code of conduct.

No student may participate in any activity if they miss school on the day of the activity (practice or game). No student that is on academic or behavioral probation may participate in any activity until this has been rectified. No student that does not have an up to date physical clearance form and medical insurance form may participate in any activity until these have been addressed.

No student may participate in any activity unless all registration fees are paid or arrangements have been made for these with the Athletic Association. No student will be added to a roster for an upcoming season if registration fees remain unpaid from a previous season or school year and if no arrangements for payment have been made.

No student will be compelled to move down to a team comprised of mostly younger players. The exceptions to this are if this movement is initiated by the parents or guardians or if the child has not participated in that activity at St. Philip School. All movement of players must be approved by the SPAA Board.

 

Parental Participation

Parents will be required to work at the concession stand or the admission door when they are assigned as coordinated by the team parent or additional fees may be incurred. If you are unable to work or choose not to work, you will be responsible to find a replacement. The concession stand provides a major source of income for the St. Philip Athletic Association which is why it is imperative that all families participate in this activity.

Every team will have a Team Parent who will be the contact between the Athletic Association, the coach and the players' parents and will help the coach with non-coaching activities.

Transportation:

Parents are responsible for making arrangements for their child/children to get to and from practice and games

Pictures:

Team and individual pictures will be scheduled as appropriate for each activity. Times and dates will be announced.

Banquet/Team Parties:

An all activity banquet will be arranged by the Athletic Association and conducted during the school year. A middle school dance will be held in conjunction with the banquet.

Coaches:

All coaches and those wishing to coach at St. Philip must submit a letter of interest regarding their experience, qualifications, and coaching philosophy and how it relates to youth sports. Letters should be submitted to Sr. Geri who will together with the Executive Board review all letters of interest and select those individuals whose experience and philosophy will best serve the student athletes of St. Philip. The board will designate the head coaches and assistant coaches. Head coaches may suggest individuals for assistant coaching positions but all decisions and approvals will be at the sole discretion of the SPAA.

Appointed coaches may not, at any time, add assistant coaches or volunteers without board approval. All coaches must meet the criteria for the coach�s certification as established by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. All coaches are subject to removal at any time by a majority vote of the Board.

All coaches must receive Diocesan accreditation and Act 33/34 clearance. All coaches must attend Protecting God's Children training.

Coaches will be held to the Code of Conduct as described in the Diocesan Guidelines. Coaches must act professionally at all times and be a positive role model for the students.

A coach or an adult must accompany the team in the locker rooms at all times. If the coach cannot accompany the team, the coach will request that another adult with appropriate clearances and known to team, board or school accompany the team. Visiting teams should be accompanied by an adult in the locker rooms at all times.

Athletic programs:

Athletic programs are available from grades K through 8 for boys and girls but participation guidelines vary by activity.

Fall and Spring Soccer available for grades K-8 

Basketball is available grades 3-8 

Cross country is available grades 3-8 

Volleyball is available grades 4-8

Track and Field is available grades 4-8

Cheerleading is available grades K-8

 

Soccer

Eligibility

Pee Wee - Grades K through 1. These children will work on skills and game rules. Some non-competitive games will be played.

Developmental - Grades 2, 3 & 4. This is an instructional program and all players will be given an equal opportunity to play.

Junior Varsity - Grades 5 & 6. Grade 3 & 4 students may play at the discretion of the coaching staff. The maximum number of grade 5 & 6 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 18. Criteria for 3rd & 4th grade students to play JV are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance.

Varsity - Grades 7 & 8. Players in the 5th and 6th grade will be eligible to play in a varsity game at the discretion of the coaching staff. The maximum number of grade 7 & 8 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 18. Criteria for 5th & 6th grade students to play Varsity are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance.

Uniforms

The Pee Wee team players do not require a uniform. All players must provide their own shin guards. Soccer spikes are not required but are recommended.

The Developmental team players will receive a green uniform shirt and socks. It is the responsibility of the players to provide their own black shorts, shin guards and spikes. Goalies are required to wear helmets and these will be provided.

JV and Varsity team players will be provided with green/white game jerseys, black shorts and green socks. It is the responsibility of the players to provide their own shin guards and spikes. Goalies are required to wear helmets and these will be provided.

Uniforms must be returned to the coach at the end of the season but the players may keep the socks. If a uniform is not returned at the end of the season, the family will be charged a replacement fee for each article. Uniform care is the responsibility of the players and parents. Please follow washing instructions. Do not put numbered jerseys in the clothes dryer as numbers tend to deteriorate.

All other apparel above and beyond the uniform required for each sport is subject to SPAA Board approval.

Practice

Practice times and days are dependent upon the availability of the coaches and fields. Coaches will establish and communicate these to the players.

Games

Home games are generally played on Saturdays at St. Paul's Seminary Field.

 

Basketball

Eligibility

Developmental - Grades 3 & 4. This is an instructional program and all players will be given an equal opportunity to play.

Junior Varsity - Grades 5 & 6. When sufficient numbers of students register, there will be two teams registered with the Diocese and playing in different sections. These teams will be chosen according to ability so as to provide maximum opportunity for skills development to all the student athletes. The maximum number of grade 5 & 6 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 9. Criteria for 3rd & 4th grade students to play JV are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance. All players should play in every game though playing time may not be equal.

Varsity - Grades 7 & 8. When sufficient numbers of students register, there will be two teams registered with the Diocese and playing in different sections. These teams will be chosen according to ability so as to provide maximum opportunity for skills development to all the student athletes. Teams may be mixed according to ability and not grade level as all 7th and 8th grade students are eligible for varsity participation. The maximum number of grade 7 & 8 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 9. Criteria for 5th & 6th grade students to play Varsity are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance. All players should play in every game though playing time may not be equal.

Uniforms

Pee Wee players will receive a t-shirt to wear for any scrimmages.

Developmental players will receive a reversible basketball uniform. Players must provide their own socks and shoes.

JV and Varsity players will receive reversible basketball uniforms. Players must provide their own socks and shoes.

Uniforms must be returned to the coach at the end of the season but the players may keep the socks. If a uniform is not returned at the end of the season, the family will be charged a replacement fee for each article. Uniform care is the responsibility of the players and parents. Please follow washing instructions. Do not put numbered jerseys in the clothes dryer as numbers tend to deteriorate.

All other apparel above and beyond the uniform required for each sport is subject to SPAA Board approval.

Practice

Practices will usually be held in either SPS gym or St. Paul�s Seminary. The Pee Wee program will practice once per week. Practice times will be assigned when rosters are determined. If unable to attend practice, please notify the coordinator or coach in advance. If practice is cancelled for any reason, the coach or coordinator will make every attempt to notify you.

Practices are open to parents throughout the season. Parents are not permitted to participate in practice, offer coaching from the stands, or distract their player or team.

Games

Varsity and JV home games are played at Bishop Canevin High School on Saturdays. Developmental and Pee Wee games are played at St. Philip School or other facility (BCHS, St. Paul's, etc.) as available. Away games are dependent on the home team facility schedule.

 

Cheerleading

Eligibility

Junior Varsity - Grades 4, 5 & 6.

Varsity - Grades 7 & 8. Players in the 5th and 6th grade will be eligible to participate at a varsity game at the discretion of the coaching staff. Criteria for 5th & 6th grade students to participate at a Varsity game are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance.

Uniforms

Skirts, vests and pom-poms are given to each Varsity and JV cheerleader. Shoes, socks, body suits and kick pants are required purchases of each cheerleader.

Uniforms and pom-poms are must be turned in to the coach at the end of the season. If a uniform is not returned at the end of the season the family will be charged the replacement cost for that equipment.

Practice

Practices will be held twice per week

All cheerleaders are expected to attend the practice as scheduled for their squad. If unable to attend practice, please notify the coordinator or coach in advance. If practice is cancelled for any reason, the coach or coordinator will make every attempt to notify you.

Games

Varsity cheerleaders will be performing at home boys and girls basketball games. JV cheerleaders will be performing at home boys and girls basketball games. These games are held at Bishop Canevin High School on Saturdays.

 

Volleyball

Eligibility

Junior Varsity - Grades 5 & 6. Grade 4 students may play at the discretion of the coaching staff. The maximum number of grade 5 & 6 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 8. Criteria for 4th grade students to play JV are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance.

Varsity - Grades 7 & 8. Grade 5 & 6 students may play at the discretion of the coaching staff. The maximum number of grade 7 & 8 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 8. Criteria for 5th & 6th grade students to play Varsity are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance.

Uniforms

JV and Varsity team players will be provided with a uniform top and socks. Kneepads must be worn at all matches and practices as per Diocesan rule. Players are responsible to provide their own shorts (boys - black shorts & girls � black spandex), socks and footwear. Uniform care is the responsibility of the players and parents.

Practice

Practice will be held 2 times per week at the beginning of the season and then twice per week thereafter. Practice times will be assigned when rosters are determined. All players are expected to attend the practice as scheduled for their squad. If unable to attend practice, please notify the coordinator or coach in advance. If practice is cancelled for any reason, the coach or coordinator will make every attempt to notify you.

Games

Home matches are played at Ss. Simon and Jude School on Sunday evenings. Away matches are dependent on the home team facility schedule.

 

Cross Country and Track

Eligibility

Junior Varsity - Grades 4, 5 & 6. Grade 3 students may play at the discretion of the coaching staff. The maximum number of grade 4- 6 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 9. Criteria for 4th grade students to play JV are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance.

Varsity - Grades 7 & 8. Grade 5 & 6 students may play at the discretion of the coaching staff. The maximum number of grade 7 & 8 players on a team before elevating the lower grade students to this team is 9. Criteria for 5th & 6th grade students to play Varsity are: Practice performance, Game performance, Sportsmanship and Attendance.

Uniforms

JV and Varsity team players will be provided with a uniform top. Runners are responsible to provide their own black shorts, socks and footwear. Uniform care is the responsibility of the players and parents.

Practice

Practice will usually be twice per week at Carnegie Park for Cross Country and Bishop Canevin High School for the Track Team. All players are expected to attend the practice as scheduled for their squad. If unable to attend practice, please notify the coordinator or coach in advance. If practice is cancelled for any reason, the coach or coordinator will make every attempt to notify you.

Games

Home meets for Cross Country are held at Carnegie Park. Away matches are dependent on the home team facility schedule.

 

Prayer Before All Sports Activities

Prior to all sporting activities the following prayer must be recited by both teams.

 

Dear Lord,

You have blessed us with many gifts and talents.

We thank you especially for our ability to participate in sports today.

Help us to play in a Christ-like manner.

Help us to play in a way that will foster teamwork.

Help us to play to the best of our abilities.

Win or lose, we hope to have fun make friends and celebrate life.

Amen.

Each coach will receive a copy of this prayer