Marquette Catholic School Athletic Program recognizes that there is great educational value to be gained through the playing of sports. The collaboration and cooperation demanded by team sports, the growth and development that stems from testing athletic talents and skills directly against those of others, and the development of personal character forged through the hard work and dedication of preparing for competition are all outcomes of athletics that enhance and support the mission of Marquette Catholic School. Therefore, our athletic program endeavors to develop physical capabilities in every student and to promote in each such qualities as courage, confidence, self-discipline and sportsmanship.
Athletic Activities Offered at Marquette
• Fall Sports
• Girls Volleyball - grades 5 through 8
• Football - grades 1 through 8 (more info)
• Weight Lifting
• Cross Country
• Girls and Boys Basketball - Grades 1 through 8
• Boys Wrestling - Junior Comet Wrestling
Marquette Athletics FAQs
|What are Marquette Catholic School's Athletic Policies?
The school shall make every effort to maintain a self-supporting program. The student's behavioral goals and performance goals shall be emphasized by the school and coaching staff. The coaching staff shall emphasize the importance of success to each individual student through participation in the appropriate level. This success shall be defined through development of both skills and attitude. The school and athletic committee shall make every attempt to provide equity to both girls and boys without penalizing one program for another. The athletic program shall function as a volunteer organization which includes the athletic director, athletic committee members, coordinators, and coaches.
|How do I provide contributions to the Athletic Program?
Should any individual or group desire to contribute funds or property for either the general use of athletics at Marquette or for a specified group or sport the following procedure should be followed:
1. The gift shall be acknowledged and thanked by the athletic committee for Marquette.
2. The wishes of the contributor shall be followed as closely as possible by Marquette.
3. Should any funds be unused after the provision of section 2, they may be used for the improvement of facilities or equipment for athletics at Marquette.
|What are your Registration Fees?
All students participating in extracurricular activities at Marquette are required to pay registration fees. In situations where this is difficult, scholarships and payment plans may be arranged at the discretion of the athletic director and/or committee. Requests for assistance are held in strict confidence.
Payment of fees and obligations is expected for participation; however, it should be noted that no child will be excluded because of inability to pay. If fees present a problem, the parent should consult the athletic director and /or committee.
|What are the standards for Facilities & Equipment?
The school shall provide and/or suggest an appropriate location for each sport or activity and where possible the basic equipment appropriate to the activity. Individualized equipment will be provided by the student.
The school does not assume responsibility for student transportation to and from any activities.
|What do I need to know about Athletic Physicals?
All students participating in the athletics sponsored by Marquette are required to have a current SPORTS physical on file in the school office which must be updated every year. Students will not be allowed to participate until this policy is met. The sports physical form is available on the Marquette Athletics website.
|What are the Parental Responsibilitie of a student involved in Athletics?
Athletic programs at Marquette could not exist without the help and support of the school parents whose children benefit from the program. Not only do they cooperate through the self-supporting aspect of the program, they also provide assistance in transportation, concessions, and staffing. It is required that all families support the program by contributing their time when asked. It is encouraged that volunteer parents participate at some level of involvement. All parent volunteers expressing an interest in coaching their child's team will have priority over all other volunteers.
Comply with the Spectators Code in all aspects, including the supervision of non-playing children at all activities. Emphasize all of the rules and privileges of the program to your students. Marquette School expects a sportsmanship code of conduct from spectators as well as players. This becomes especially significant when audiences contain both students and adults. The school reserves the right to cancel an activity or dismiss individuals from the facility who cannot express their enthusiasm in proper ways.
|What Volunteer Opportunities are available for parents?
Designated Team Parent
Each team will need a team parent, which will be responsible for communicating with the parents regarding the schedule of practices and games, and any tournament changes. This person will also be in charge of disseminating information regarding locations and directions to games. All of this information will be made available by the athletic director.
Teachers, if interested, will be given the first opportunity to coach. In the event that more than one person (teacher, parent, or other party) requests to coach the same team, the following steps take place - a) the persons wanting to coach meet together and agree upon a resolution, or b) the persons wanting to coach bring the issue to the Athletic Committee for resolution. The committee will then decide the issue.
In the event there is not a coach signed up, requests can be made to the Athletic Committee for an outside person to help. However, there will need to be a background check completed and a parent of a child on the team will need to be present.
An individual may only coach one team/grade level in that sport (unless given permission by the Athletic Director) and will be expected to coach all leagues that that team participates in for the season.
|What is the Student Attendance Policy?
All students registering for any competitive athletic program at Marquette, for example; volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, etc. must be made aware of the responsibility that is involved. Specifically, the priority for attendance to practices as well as games must be with Marquette. Students are allowed to participate in other area leagues in conjunction with Marquette's athletics but priority must be made for the Marquette team. Considerations can be made based upon the number of students participating in a specific sport. The principal, athletic director and coach will decide the issue.
|What are the Eligibility Requirements?
Participation on a school sponsored team is a privilege. At all grade levels, individual participation is contingent on full compliance with the following items:
1. Attendance at school is required for a student to be able to participate in co-curricular programs. If a student is not in school by 12:00 noon on the day of an event, or does not have a legitimate excuse, he/she will not be eligible to participate later that day.
2. Attendance at practices is required if the student wishes to participate in an event and remain on the team/group. The coach/instructor may excuse a student from practice prior to a scheduled event. Any student who is excessively absent from practice may not be eligible to participate in scheduled events.
3. Satisfactory behavior and academic progress is vital to the Mission of the athletic program at Marquette. In cooperation, with each parent, any academic suspension (per parent request) from an athletic event will be honored by either the coach, athletic director and/or principal. Any behavioral suspension from an athletic event will be discussed with all parties involved and the appropriate suspension will be agreed upon.
|How is Playing Time decided?
Because our role is to expose all student athletes to the experiences of competition and team membership, playing time, while at the discretion of the coach, shall be distributed as equally as possible. The athlete must understand that game time is directly related to practice experiences, and that effort, attitude, and performance in practice will be rewarded by game playing time. Over the course of the season, in grades 1st through 5th playing time will be equal for eligible team members during league play. In grade 6th though eighth, every eligible team member will participate to some, but not necessarily equal extent in all regular-season games. The rules of the DMSAA will be followed for league play for grades 6-8.
Listed below are some situations when playing time may not follow the above guidelines:
Playing time may be affected due to:
1. Attendance and cooperation at practice. For example, should a player choose not to attend practice or chooses to attend another event or activity, playing time may be affected since the player may not be familiar with a particular play or skill being used during the game.
2. Exceptions would include family emergencies.
3. Attitude toward the team, coach, and self.
4. Dedication to the sport, i.e. extra practice time, extra effort displayed at practice/games, responsibility for attending practices and games, responsibility to the team, promptness, and readiness to play.
5. Violations to the players code of conduct.
6. Grades (at parent request) and school discipline.
The coach will determine the reduced and/or increased playing time for the player. When playing time is reduced the coach must inform the player prior to the game. Ordinarily the inappropriate action of the player, as stated above, is dealt with promptly and the reduced playing time will occur at the next game.
|What are the Players Code of Conduct?
As a member of any Marquette team or activity, the participant becomes a representative of the school and the community. Therefore, they are expected to observe the following standards of conduct:
1. Exhibit sportsmanship at all times.
2. Demonstrate respect to coaches, officials, and other players.
3. Abide by all rules of the league, the school, and the team.
4. Respect the property of others and respect any facilities used during the activity.
5. Respect anyone involved in the transportation of students.
6. Demonstrate courtesy and appreciation to anyone involved in the programs.
7. Act responsibly during all phases of the activity.
8. Care for all equipment appropriately.
9. Refrain from the use of obscene language, gestures, or references.
10. Refrain from the use of any tobacco, controlled substances, or alcohol as outlined in the school policy handbook.
11. Players must notify the coach of missed practices and/or games.
|What is the process for Team Selection?
It is our goal that all student participants develop their skills and gain group experience. Therefore, group size must be reasonably limited to be workable for practice and games. A grade level group selection policy shall be employed. Students at the highest grade will be given preference in determining group composition. To complete a group roster, younger players may be allowed to play above their grade level at the discretion of the athletic director and based on ability, attitude, and commitment level of the players and their family. The selection process shall be at the discretion of the coaches of the higher team in consultation with the director.
In the event there are not enough players to fill a team, students from the parish may register to play with the Marquette School team. This will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Athletic Director, Principal, and Athletic Committee.
|Does Marquette have a Grievance Procedure?
Any issue or grievance regarding expracurricular activities should be addressed to the party most actively involved, whether that is a coach, administrator, or parent. If no satisfactory resolution can be reached, the athletic director shall become involved. If no satisfactory resolution can still be made, the Athletic Committee will be asked to become involved.
|What are the steps to follow regarding Parent Concerns/Issues?
1. Discuss with the coach in a professional manner (48 hour rule applies) (set up meeting with the coach).
2. Discuss with the Athletic Director and Coach.
3. Discuss with the Athletic Director and/or Athletic Committee
4. If there is still no resolution, discuss concerns with the School Board.