Athletic Policies


Overall Purpose

  • In a college preparatory school, with a resulting strong academic emphasis, there nevertheless is an important place for a strong athletic program. Students learn team play, sportsmanship, performance under pressure, the thrills of victory, and the agonies of defeat.
  • Successful teams inspire others on campus and provide a source for high student morale.
  • Athletics bring parents to campus and offer one of the few areas where they can participate in the program of the school.
  • Athletics provide a physical outlet for the pressures of student life and rarely detract from a student’s academic performance. Saint Stephen’s is committed to providing a program that is competitive and that allows the most student participation possible.


Academic Responsibilities

While athletic team responsibilities must apply to all participants, including attendance and attitude, academic responsibilities also apply to each student. When both the athletic and academic areas compete for a student/athlete’s time, the following policies apply:

  1. Every effort must be made to avoid conflicts whenever possible, since the student/athletes’ responsibilities apply in both areas. Make-up tests in particular should not be assigned during the athletic period unless no other alternative exists. A teacher must inform the athletic coaches in a timely manner if this situation exists. The absence must be recorded as “excused”.
  2. 2. Occasionally there may be students in severe academic trouble. In this instance the Division Head may decide that academics must come first and that athletics must be secondary until the student is no longer in trouble. The Division Head will work with the Athletic Director and devise a plan of action to assist students in need.


Varsity Level

At the varsity level, teams are expected to be the most competitive squads the school can field. Any eligible student can try out for a varsity team. After a period of time and after the coaching staff has made it clear how many players will make the team, a cut or modified cut system will be employed when there are more players than the coach intends to carry. Every player will be given a fair chance to make the team and will be measured by skill, attitude, leadership, commitment, and experience previously gained.


Junior Varsity Level

The purpose of the junior varsity is to develop players for the varsity. Although a no-cut policy applies to most junior varsity teams, not all players will play all the time or in every game. Younger players who are perfecting skills applicable to future varsity experience will have preference, as will older players whose leadership skills under gird the spirit of the team.


6th – 8th Grade Level

A must-play-in-every-game policy (provided students attend practices) will apply to all players on Middle School teams. Emphasis is on player development and not necessarily on winning.

6th – 8th Grade Minimum Required Playing Time Guidelines

Soccer: 1/4 of game (15 minutes)
Volleyball: One game per match
Basketball: One quarter of game
Baseball: 2 innings per game
Softball: 2 innings per game


Practice and Game Attendance: IMG / Club Sport Students

Policy for: IMG or Club / Saint Stephen’s Same Sport (soccer/soccer, etc)


Practice Requirements: Students are required to attend at least one full practice session per week to be a member of any Saint Stephen’s team and to be eligible to participate in interscholastic contests.  Participation with teammates is important to game strategy and to building a sense of “team”.


Game / Match Requirements: IMG / Club students are required to attend all contests as required by the head coach of each team.


Policy for: IMG or Club / Saint Stephen’s Different Sport (soccer / volleyball, etc.)

Practice Requirements: Students are required to attend all practice sessions to be eligible to compete in interscholastic contests.


Game / Match Requirements: IMG / Club students are required to attend all contests as required by the head coach of each team.

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