St. Matthew’s offers a variety of sports in which to participate:
Girls’ Volleyball, Cheerleading, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Softball, Boys’ Softball, Co-Ed Soccer
All student athletes must pay a $50 athletic fee for all sports if they wish to participate. This fee is due before uniforms will be distributed.
Rules of Eligibility (Academic)
Eligibility shall apply to all athletic, allied, and extra-curricular activities of the Catholic Grade School Conference.
- A student is academically ineligible if he/she receives a combination of two (2) grades (or more) of 69 (D) or below or an N or below. If he/she receives (1) 59 (F) or below, that student is also academically ineligible. Enrichment Classes include: Music, Art, Computer, and Spanish. The major subjects include: Social Studies, Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Religion, PE, and English/Spelling. An N in conduct will result in a student being ineligible. Principals reserve the right to make a policy with stricter guidelines.
- Students’ grades are evaluated at mid-quarter (progress reports) and the end of the quarter (report cards) for eligibility.
- If a student is academically ineligible, the length of the suspension is five (5) academic days for Progress Reports and ten (10) academic days for Report Cards. The suspension begins on the day following distribution of Progress Reports and/or Report Cards. Eligibility may be regained following the five (5) or ten (10) day suspension with a Progress Report for that subject.
- All students shall be given equal opportunities to try-out for all teams and to become involved in any extra-curricular event. The eligibility rules shall apply when a student is a part of the team or activity.
- The activity sponsor or coach will pick students to participate in various activities. The judgment of the activity sponsor or coach will be final.
- If a student is ineligible at his/her school and then transfers to another school, his ineligibility will be carried over to the next Report Card.
- A student, by reason of lack of school attendance or improper conduct, may at any time be declared ineligible by the pastor or principal.
- Based upon the teacher’s recommendation, and with the approval of the principal, consideration will be given to those students who have difficulty achieving academically but are putting forth maximum effort.
Grading Policy – St. Augustine Diocese
100-90 A Passing
89-80 B Passing
79-70 C Passing
59-Below F Failing
S = Satisfactory (100-80)
N = Needs Improvement (76-60)
U = Unsatisfactory (59-Below)
I = Incomplete. NOTE: If an I is received – the student will fail the course unless coursework is completed within two weeks after evaluation report.
K = In accordance with FHSAA rules, any students who repeats 7th or 8th grade and has played a school sanctioned sport, he/she is ineligible to play that sport the year he/she is repeating.
L = All student athletes are required to produce their original Progress Reports and Report Cards to the Athletic Director on the day of issue in order to verify academic eligibility for athletic participation.
THIS POLICY WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Article VII – Rules of Eligibility (Non-Academic)
Eligibility shall apply to all the athletic, allied, and extra-curricular activities of the Catholic Grade School Conference. The medical form (includes medical history, physician approved participation application) must be dated after June 1 of the previous school year and be kept on file at school.
A. Parental Consent – parents and students must sign a St. Matthew’s Catholic School contract plus any applicable Diocesan participation application(s) prior to each activity. The contracts shall be kept on file at the school.
B. Physicals – A one-time per year physical examination signed by the attending physician, dated after June 1, 2009, is required of all athletes who plan to participate in athletics and extra-curricular activities. Physicals shall be kept on file at the school. Any student not allowed to play because of injury must have a “clear to play” report from the physician before return to play.
C. Transfers – any student who transfers into a school after a sports season (i.e. basketball) has begun is ineligible to play that sport.
D. Age Eligibility – if an athlete turns fifteen (15) before August 31, he/she may not play any sport for the entire school year. Any principal or coach wishing to check the age of a player can contact the Commissioner’s office. The commissioner will then contact the school involved requesting the birth certificate of the player in question.
E. Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Any athlete who strikes, curses, is removed from a game, threatens an official, or is guilty of any other related misconduct during a game, or at any other time because of resentment over occurrences or decisions during a game, shall SERVE A MANDATORY SUSPENSION FOR THE NEXT GAME AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO FURTHER SUSPENSION FOR A SPECIFIC TIME and therefore shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for a period of no more than ten (10) academic days. The effect of suspension shall be to prohibit individual players from taking part in interscholastic activity for a specified length of time for violation of the rules of this Conference. An appropriate committee of League Coaches and the official(s) involved shall determine a sanction that shall require the advice and consent of the principal(s) and the Superintendent of Schools.
Any coach who strikes, curses, is removed from a game, threatens an official, or is guilty of any related misconduct during a game, or at any other time because of resentment over occurrences or decisions during a game, SHALL SERVE A MANDATORY SUSPENSION FOR THE NEXT GAME AND PAY A MONETARY FINE OF FIFTY ($50) DOLLARS TO THE CATHOLIC GRADE SCHOOL CONFERENCE. The coach will be subject to one or more of the following penalties:
Reprimand – a letter of censure to the individual in regard to offense committed and warning against further acts of detrimental nature, which are contrary to the aims of the Conference.
Fine – monetary payment of Fifty Dollars ($50.00).
Probation – may allow season activity pertaining to circumstances.
Suspension – the effect of a suspension shall be to prohibit an individual coach from taking part in interscholastic activity for a specific length of time for violation of the rules of this Conference. The length of time and other penalties imposed will be determined by the principal and administrator of that school, Commissioner of the Conference, and Superintendent of the Catholic Schools, Diocese of St. Augustine. Complaints arising from unsportsmanlike conduct shall be submitted by the official(s) involved and/or representatives of the Catholic Grade Schools involved to a Review Board consisting of the Commissioner of the Catholic Grade School Conference, and two (2) duly appointed coaches for the ruling. Penalties shall begin from the time of the filing of said complaints unless overruled by the Review Board. Eligibility may be recovered only by written request to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of St. Augustine through the Commissioner of Catholic Grade School Conference. The Pastor or the Principal of the ineligible person’s school must endorse this written request.
Ineligible players or coaches at games – Ineligible players or coaches are not allowed to sit on the bench during any athletic contest. This includes academically ineligible players. The penalty for playing an ineligible player or for an ineligible player or coach sitting on the bench shall be loss of any game or games in which that player or coach was involved while ineligible.
Full day school attendance is required on the day of a practice, game, or extra-curricular activity. A student missing more than three (3) classes is considered absent. Students leaving school due to illness the day of the scheduled activity are disqualified from participation in that activity.
Students who remain on the grounds waiting for an activity to begin must be supervised at all times. No student regardless of age may be left unattended after 3:00p.m. Students will be supervised by the coach or checked in for extended day if left on campus after 3:00p.m. Parents may not sign students out of Extended Day and leave them unsupervised on campus.
In the event that the student athletes team is participating in more than one scheduled game/match/event, then the student athletes are prohibited from leaving the location of said game/match/event at any time from the beginning of the first scheduled game/match/event through the conclusion of final game/match/event in which the student athletes team is participating.