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Welcome to St. Mary of Gostyn Athletics!
The athletic program at St. Mary of Gostyn school is an integral part of the broader educational process. Athletics offer a positive and meaningful experience that will enhance the growth and development of all young men and women who participate. St. Mary of Gostyn Athletics represent strong evidence of our commitment to providing ample opportunities for student participation and success on and off the courts/playing fields. While our sports program is competitive, it is also our philosophy to include as many students as is reasonably possible. Therefore, all of our sports are no-cut sports with A and B teams per grade level. It is the athletic program’s philosophy to focus on the big picture which includes the school mission and developing good human beings first, closely followed by good athletes. This is done by instilling life skills such as work ethic, morals, leadership and other characteristics that student-athletes can carry with them throughout their lives. St. Mary of Gostyn student-athletes always put the team ahead of their own individual needs. In parallel with these important life skills, we strive to push our athletes to perform at their absolute best all the time which leads to a sound formula for success in life and on the courts/playing fields. Passion and commitment of our student-athletes, coaches, sport coordinators, administrators and all Athletic Committee members is paramount to driving a culture within our program of selflessness, teamwork and a general feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves.
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Cross Country season begins in August and concludes in mid-October.
Basketball season begins in late October and concludes in early/mid March.
All students in grades 5 thru 8 are eligible to participate in cross country, volleyball, and basketball.
Girls in grades 6 thru 8 are eligible to participate in cheerleading.
POLICY ON PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIVE INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS
It is the goal of St. Mary of Gostyn School to provide students an opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports. As such, it is the philosophy of the Athletic Program to offer a variety of sports programs to allow as large a number of student athletes as possible the opportunity to participate. To facilitate the implementation of this philosophy it is the policy of St. Mary of Gostyn School that student athletes participate in only one competitive interscholastic sport per season except they may participate in cross-country and volleyball at the same time.
It is expected that when a student chooses to participate in a team sport that he/she will fully honor his/her commitment to that team. It is expected that the student be at practices as well as competitive events. Participating in more than one sport in a season puts this commitment in jeopardy. In addition, the sport program at St. Mary of Gostyn functions within a Catholic, academic setting and while providing an athletic program for our students is important, our primary focus as an educational institution is the spiritual, educational, and intellectual development of the students.
The Joliet Diocese provides a guideline of no more than four regularly scheduled athletic gatherings per week for students. These limits are suggested for the academic benefit of all students and participation in more than one competitive sport would exceed these guidelines. Because of these various considerations, the administration of St. Mary of Gostyn has limited student participation in competitive interscholastic sports to one per season except for cross-country and volleyball. St. Mary of Gostyn School supports the League rules for athlete playing time in each sport.
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