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St. Monica Catholic School participates in the Dallas Parochial League, along with other Catholic Middle Schools and offers 11 sports throughout the year for students in 5th – 8th grade. Last year, over 85% of all 5th – 8th grade students participated in at least one DPL sport. The philosophy of athletics at St. Monica Catholic School 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.
The governing organization for St. Monica school athletics is the Dallas Parochial League (DPL). Please visit the DPL website for more information about specific sports as well as the DPL handbook: dallasparochialleague.com . All athletes are now required to complete an athletic physical form prior to competing in a DPL sport. In addition, all parents must complete a registration form and a release form.
Athletic fees are the Dallas Parochial League assessed fees. This year, the cost for participation in a sport is $60 to $95. These fees pay for DPL fees as well as practice equipment and school issued equipment. 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.
‘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.
All coaches must have a current Safe Environment Badge to be eligible. The DPL also requires all coaches to participate in a one time Play Like A Champion training.