Welcome to St. Mary of Gostyn Athletics!
St. Mary of Gostyn offers a "no cut” sports program to students in grades 5-8. The Athletic Program provides the athletic activities that best serve the students of St. Mary School. The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for St. Mary students to participate in sports, to teach the fundamentals of the sport, to develop the skills of the participant, and to instill a sense of fair play in the sport environment.
|Cross Country Coordinator
The Athletic Program is for the exclusive use of St. Mary School students. Participation in the program is optional to the students, but participants must abide by the Interscholastic Policy Rules and, most importantly, must meet academic eligibility requirements as determined by the school administration and as outlined in the SMG Student Handbook. All students must receive and submit a sports physical before participating.
An Interscholastic Sports Program that allows for competitive sports activities between St. Mary School and other parochial schools is offered. This includes basketball, cross-country, and volleyball. Students are permitted to participate in one competitive sport each season: fall & winter.
Cross Country season begins in August and concludes in mid-October.
Volleyball season begins in August and concludes in early November.
Cheerleading begins in late September and concludes in late February. This program has existed at St. Mary's for over 20 yrs. and is a non-competitive activity according to our policy.
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
Interscholastic policies covering sports activities are published annually. The rules and procedures are determined by the Athletic Director and Sports Coordinators with review approval of the Principal.
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. 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. St. Mary of Gostyn School supports the League rules for athlete playing time in each sport.
A nominal fee is charged to the participants to help defray cost of equipment, league and referee fees, and administrative fees. All fees must be paid before team activities begin. Forms, including registration guidelines, are provided by the school in advance of all sports.