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: When are Booster meetings and who can be a member?
A: Meetings are held at 8:00pm on the first Thursday of each month, except June and July. There are times when we have to move the meeting, due to scheduling or venue conflicts, so it’s best to follow us on Facebook or check the homepage. Anyone can be a Booster member and we strongly encourage those who are coaching a Saint Mary sport to actively participate. It’s always nice to have fresh ideas, especially from those who are in the middle of the action.
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?