The world of recreational sports is ever-changing. While staying within the guidelines of our Mission Statement and bylaws, we attempt to provide a safe environment while developing the skills and values necessary to compete at the next level. Below, you will find the answers to some of the questions we’re asked on a regular basis. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a board member.
Q: What is the Sports Participation Fee and why do I have to pay it?
A: The Boosters are responsible for the organization of registration fees, uniforms, equipment, scheduling, etc. for the Saint Mary athletic programs. To offset the ever-rising cost of running each of the athletic programs throughout the year, the Boosters are collecting a $50 Sports Participation Fee for all student-athletes wishing to participate a sport affiliated with Saint Mary School. Regardless of the number of sports your child plays, the cost is a total of $50/student-athlete. Regardless of the number of sports your child plays, the cost is a total of $50/student-athlete. It covers K-8 Basketball, U8-U14 Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Dance and Cheerleading. The only exclusion is U6 Soccer. Please note that this is a “participation fee” is not a “pay-to-play” fee. The participation fee has no bearing on which team a student-athlete is assigned, playing time, or other coaching decisions.
*Playing soccer through Northern Kentucky Soccer League (NKYSL), still requires you to register through their website and pay the registration fee.
Q: What is Play Like A Champion (PLAC)?
A: Play Like A Champion emphasizes the character building elements of sports: teamwork, fairness, friendship, perseverance, courage, and leadership. It’s a 3 hour training course that is required by the Diocese, if an volunteer wishes to coach. This covers: basketball, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, dance, and cross country. There is a fee of $35/person, and at this time (May 2018), the Boosters will be paying for head & assistant coaches.
Q: How can I sign up to be a coach?
A: Signing up to be a coach means: You lead by example. You’re dedicated & determined. You teach teamwork. You motivate & listen. You build character. You challenge & develop. You are your team’s biggest fan. As of 2018, all head & assistant coaches must successfully complete the Play Like A Champion training course. Sign up to be a coach.
Q: How is recreational soccer and “select/club/AAU” soccer different, as it relates to the Boosters and what they support?
A: The Boosters organization financially supports recreational sports associated with Saint Mary and in conjunction with Northern Kentucky Youth Soccer League (NKYSL). Select/club/AAU sports provide great exposure to talent, skills, etc. but according to our mission, the Boosters currently support a theory in which all children of our school have an equal chance play. While we do have playing time rules established, we do not have tryouts or hand-pick players for any sport.
Q: Can my select/club/AAU team practice on Saint Mary grounds?