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About Our Athletics

Philosophy of Athletics:

The philosophy of athletics at St. Monica is simply to offer a positive sports experience for students which emphasizes the development of athletic abilities, good sportsmanship, team cooperation and unity. Students, parents, and volunteer coaches are the backbone of our athletic program.
Governing Organization:
The Governing Organization for St. Monica School Athletics is the Dallas Parochial League. Please visit the DPL website for more information about specific sports as well as the DPL Handbook: . All athletes are now required to complete an athletic physical form (found below) prior to competing in a DPL sport. In addition, all parents must complete a registration form and a release form. Please select the file below to view the DPL policy regarding its website and pictures.
The DPL offers high school scholarships awarded in the spring of each year. If interested in applying for a scholarship, please select the file below. Applications are due by December 13, 2016. 
St. Monica School has won the Large School All Sports Trophy many times over the last 10 years due to its diversity of teams. St. Monica has won the trophy for the years: 2006-2007, 2005-2006, 2003-2004, 2002-2003 and 2000-2001. The All sports competition was discontinued after the 2007-2008 season.
Sports Offered:

Football: August - November
  • 5th/6th grade - Junior Varsity
  • 7th/8th grade - Varsity
Volleyball: August - November
  • 5th grade - even teams
  • 6th grade - JV Division I or II (even teams)
  • 7th/8th grade - Varsity D1 or D2 or D3 (even teams)
Swimming: October - a 1 night swimming event
  • 5th/6th JV
  • 7th/8th Varsity
Cross Country - 3 meets in October
  • 5th/6th JV
  • 7th/8th Varsity
Tennis - a 1 day weekend tournament in November
Wrestling - 2 one day clinics and free wrestling match in December (see flier)
Basketball Pre-season Tourneys: December
Basketball: January - March
  • 5th grade - even teams
  • 6th grade - D1, D2 (even teams)
  • 7th grade - D1, D2 (even teams)
  • 8th grade - D1, D2, D3 (even teams)
Track and Field: JV March - April, V - April - May
  • 5th/6th - JV
  • 7th/8th - Varsity
Baseball: Late March - Late May
  • 5th grade - even teams
  • 6th grade - D1 or D2 (even teams)
  • 7th/8th - Varsity D1 or D2 (even teams)
Softball: Late March - Late May
  • 5th grade - even teams
  • 6th grade - D1 or D2 (even teams)
  • 7th/8th - Varsity D1 or D2 (even teams)
Soccer: Late March - Mid May Coed (grades 7/8)
Golf: Late May early June 1 day tournament
Summer Basketball: June
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
Various camps at St. Monica and local high schools listed on the Summer Camp page. A great opportunity for athletes to visit and high school campus and be introduced to high school sports and coaches.
Registration Process:
A registration form will be emailed and posted to the sports page for the purpose of committing to a sport and forming team rosters. These forms will also indicate a desire for volunteering as a coach or assistant coach.
Volunteer Coaching:
Volunteer coaching is a great way for you to show your support, share your time, and share your knowledge of sport. Volunteer coaches are the mainstay of the program without which, hundreds of students would not be able to participate in sports at St. Monica. We strive for parents to coach first, and if in need of more coaches, we then look to outside help. Being the largest school in the DPL, parent volunteer coaches are absolutely in high demand.

Coaches meetings are held before each sport session to discuss the expectations of the coach, athlete, and the parents. All prospective coaches must go through the Safe Environment training and pass a background check prior to having any contact with a student in athletics. Forms for the background check may be obtained from Marilyn Hicks. Dates and times are usually published on the St. Monica website.

The DPL requires mandatory training for all volunteer coaches known as Play Like A Champion. This training will be offered throughout the year. The purpose of this training is to provide our volunteers with a more rounded technique that develops maturity, spirit and athletics. Training must be completed prior to coaching for all sports starting the fall of 2009. This is a once in a life time training. To register for a training session, you must contact the DPL office by phone or email. The training is paid by St. Monica.
Sports Coordinators:
Sport Coordinators are parents or coaches who manage a sport. They manage rosters, uniforms, and help communicate as required by St. Monica. They report directly to the Athletic Director for questions and concerns regarding their represented sport as well as pass along requests/concerns from the Athletic Director.
Athletic Fees:
Athletic fees are the Dallas Parochial League assessed fees. This year, the cost for participation in a sport is $40 to $95. These fees pay for DPL fees as well as practice equipment and school issued equipment. Fees will not change for the 2013-2014 athletic year. Fees are kept as low as possible to allow greater participation. If a child is not financially able to pay a particular sports fee, there is help available (contact the Athletic Director). These fees are collected before a child may receive practice and/or game equipment.
Team First - Practices and Games:
Practices are usually follow a two day (most sports) or three day (football) practice week that is followed by one or more games. Parents who have children participating in teams/sports outside the school must seriously consider the time commitment that is involved in practicing/playing St. Monica sports. Most of our coaches are willing to work with outside sports. The reality is that most outside sports are not willing to work with our sports. St. Monica desires that during a particular sports season a child/parent put their St. Monica sport first. Volunteer and staff coaches have the ability to curtail playing time as deemed appropriate in situations where practice and games are missed.

The Dallas Parochial League mandates minimum playing time for each player in the developmental grades of 5th and 6th with the exception of football, swim and track. At the varsity level, playing time requirements do not exist, except for D3 basketball.
'Ineligibility' prohibits a student from games and practices. Academic eligibility is reported when progress reports are issued and at the end of the first three quarters. Any student who misses school for an illness will not be able to participate in a game or practice on that same day. Athletes may also be made ineligible for expired physicals, lack of registration, outstanding equipment returns or behavior issues as determined by the Athletic Director.
Please visit each sports page for additional details.
For additional information on rules, schedules and results please visit the DPL website. Also, please review linked articles if interested. For girls intereested in developing LAX, please visit the website below:
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