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Athletics

Saint Michael School believes that sports teach each child what it means to be part of a team; a team in sports and a team in life. Sports are a wonderful way to build self-esteem and confidence beginning at a very young age. Sportsmanship is a very important life lesson that cannot be stressed enough. The athletics program in a parish setting provides an avenue to teach Christian values of competition, helping young people achieve a balance in their lives to attain what is good, right, and possible in healthy competition.


Rules Applying To All Co-Curricular Activities At St. Michael School

  1. 1. We have a "no cut" policy for all sports due to the age of the children within our school and our value of their self-esteem.
  2. 2. The academic standing of a student is important. It is expected that students will complete homework assignments regularly and always give their best effort in the classroom. Poor performance, inability to manage school and athletic demands, and/or failing grades are reason for a parent and principal conference to determine whether a student should continue to participate in the sport or activity.
  3. 3. The conduct of a student at games, practices, or during the school day is important, as self-discipline is a key element in the growth and development of a young person. The principal retains the right to limit the participation of a student in athletics due to the failure of that student to follow the code of conduct listed in the school handbook.
  4. 4. If you are absent from school for more than one-half of a school day, you may not attend practice or play in the game that same day. (A special exception is made for those attending the funeral of a family member).
  5. 5. Questions regarding the administration of this policy are to be directed to the principal of Saint Michael School.
  6. Saint Michael School offers a variety of youth sports which are coached by volunteers that hold all required clearances by the Diocese of Erie. Coaches, no matter the sport, needs to take the time to individually know each player and help them develop their potential abilities. An individual can develop a sense of being a “worthwhile person” through the skillful coaching of a dedicated Christian coach.

Pending on the interest level of the students, the following sports are offered.
  • Boys and Girls Basketball - grades 4 – 8
  • Boys and Girls Golf - grades 5 - 8
  • Intramural Boys and Girls Basketball - grades K - 3
  • Pep Squad - Grades 1 - 4
  • Cheerleading - Grades 5 - 8
  • Swim Team - Grades 1 - 8

More sports may be offered pending the interest level of the students. Additional sports are offered to students in grades seven and eight through a PIAA cooperative agreement with Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools. Additionally, independent sports such as cross country, track and field, and tennis, may be played through the Diocese of Erie.


Basketball

Basketball has been a long-standing tradition at Saint Michael School. There have been many successful teams, dating back to the years in which there was a high school. Because of the players success throughout the years, a Court of Champions was erected behind the church. The court is open to all children in the parish and the neighborhood. Basketball is open to students in grades 4-8. The girl's season is from August to January. The boy's season extends from November to March. The Diocesan championships are played in March of each year.


Cheerleading

Cheerleading continues to be the heart and soul of our school spirit. It is open to students in grades 5-8. In addition to cheering for our basketball teams, they enter competitive cheer competitions throughout the season. The squads are very successful and have won many awards at various competitions. A pep squad consisting of students in grades 1-4. Click here for more information about St. Michael cheerleading!


Golf

The Golf Program is open to students in grades 5-8. The season will extend from April to June. Golfers will be able to practice at a local course during the week. Team members are eligible for 3 tournaments played at a course in Erie.


Intramural Basketball

Intramural Basketball is open to students in grades K-4 when parent volunteers are available. This program is to introduce the sport of basketball with fundamentals that are age appropriate.


Swimming

Swimming is open to all students in grades 1-8. Children must know how to swim to participate. The season runs from Nov. to Feb. and practices are held weekly. The competitions take place in Erie at the Hagerty Event Center every weekend during the season. Grades 1-4 swim in exhibition meets to help build self confidence in their ability. Timed competitive meets are for grades 5 -8.