Athletic Programs at
St. Francis de Sales School

St. Francis de Sales offers a variety of sports and athletic opportunities for our students. We are a member of the Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association (GHCAA). Please click on a sport for more information.

Our Athletic Policy

St. Francis de Sales School offers a variety of sports for both boys and girls in Middle School including volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, baseball and track when there are enough participants to make a team. Additional sports are periodically considered if there is sufficient interest on the part of the students and parents. The athletic program falls under the jurisdiction of the school and is administered by the Principal, the Athletic Coordinator, full- and part-time coaches, and parent volunteers. The St. Francis de Sales Booster Club serves as an advisory board to the Principal and assists with the administration of the program. St. Francis de Sales is a member of the Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association (GHCAA) and is bound by all rules of the league.

Physical Evaluation

All students participating in athletics must have their physical evaluation forms completed and turned in to our Clinic Manager before they will be allowed to practice or play. You can contact our Clinic Manager, Yolanda Lara at ylara@sfdsschool.org

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Philosophy and Objectives
St. Francis de Sales School encourages participation in its athletic program so that students will have the opportunity to experience being part of a team and to develop their physical skills and athletic talents. Even though winning and excelling are desirable parts of any athletic program, the primary objectives of our program are the development of sportsmanship and leadership qualities. In order to provide this opportunity to as many students as possible, every effort is made to maximize the number of sports and teams, the roster sizes, and each child’s playing time, within the practical limits afforded by the sport. However, because of the competitive nature of athletics and because there are practical limits to team sizes, all students may not have the opportunity to participate in the sports programs to the extent that they may wish. By necessity, the process is selective. The primary goals of the younger teams are to instruct and develop skills. They will be as inclusive as possible, and all participants will be given playing time. Teams at the eighth grade or varsity level will also emphasize these goals but will include a stronger emphasis on competition and excelling and will be more selective in participation and playing time.

General Rules of Conduct
1. Players, parents, and coaches shall remember that they are ambassadors of St. Francis de Sales School and shall conduct themselves accordingly at all times especially at games. Good sportsmanship, mature conduct, and respect for opposing players, coaches, officials, and parents shall be maintained at all times, in victory or defeat.
2. Discipline problems encountered during athletic activities will be handled with in the same manner and in accordance with the same rules used regarding discipline problems in the school.
3. Players, coaches, and parents shall treat each other with mutual respect at all times.
4. Players and parents should wait until the following day to make an appointment to discuss any specific game.
5. No student shall be allowed to participate in any athletics program unless a signed Parent/Guardian Consent Form, a Medical History Form, and a Physical Examination Form are on file in the office of the Athletic Coordinator.
6. Athletes, parents, students and fans adhere to the precepts of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
7. Fees must be paid in full prior to participation in any sport.

Players’ Responsibilities
1. Before joining a team, the player agrees and commits to attend all practices and games unless there is a legitimate reason for absence. If a player must miss a practice or game, the coach must be so informed in advance.
2. Players are to be at practices and games on time, properly equipped and attired, and ready to play.
3. Players are expected to abide by all rules set forth herein and any other rules established by the coach. Players failing to abide by these rules are subject to dismissal from the team.
4. Players, as part of the team, will be always supportive of their teammates.