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About SJP Athletics

The following information is intended to provide you with an understanding of the Athletic Department and its philosophy, goals and policies. Participation on an athletic team can be a rewarding educational experience. It is important that students realize the time demands, responsibilities, dedication and sacrifices required when making this commitment.

Program Goals

We emphasize the development of basic skills, appropriate attitudes, values and team concepts. Participation at the varsity level is generally limited to the most highly skilled players and those with the ability to interact with other players for team success. The coach will make all decisions relative to the level of play and placements on teams (varsity, junior varsity or freshman) most beneficial to the development and progress of each player. It should be understood that playing time could be limited by the strategy of the game.

We strive to allow as many students as possible to participate and share the experience and benefits derived from team membership.

We strive to compete successfully with Catholic Conference and non-league opponents and with teams or individuals of Division I in state competition.

Games and Practice Sessions

Student athletes have made a commitment to be at all practice sessions, contests, and team meetings. Any team member who must be late for or miss practice, games or meetings must confer with his coach. Absences may jeopardize retaining a position on a team. This includes extended trips during vacation. Practices are held daily for approximately 2 1/2 hours, or as appropriate to the activity. Some practices may be held on weekends. No official practice may be held without a St. John's Preparatory School coaching staff member present.

Starting Dates

  • Fall Season: Monday before Labor Day (exception: football is allowed 3 additional days)
  • Winter Season: Monday after Thanksgiving
  • Spring Season: third Monday in March

The conclusion of the season is defined to include participation through the last MIAA sponsored tournament or event.

Pre-Season Responsibilities

All candidates for athletic teams must meet the following requirements prior to attending any tryouts or practice sessions:

  • Have evidence of a passed physical examination the year of participation. A duly registered physician must perform the examination.
  • Have submitted a signed parental permission form.
  • Be less than 19 years of age on or before September 1st of the year. For grade 9, be less than 16 years of age on or before September 1st of that year.
  • Be academically eligible, as defined in the student handbook on page 10.
  • Have fulfilled all financial obligations to the school and all obligations for equipment issued the previous season.

A transfer student must notify the Athletic Director to have his eligibility verified.

Team Tryouts and Selection

During the tryout period each coach will provide an explanation of his/her expectations. It is the duty of the student to demonstrate to the coach that he can fulfill these expectations. If a student is not selected for a team, he may contact the coach personally for an explanation. Students not selected are encouraged to explore other athletic opportunities at St. John's.

The coaching staff of each sport has the sole responsibility for selecting the members of the team, determining the level of play beneficial to the development of each player and the amount of playing time. Player concerns should be addressed first between the player and coach. If a significant resolution is not arrived at, parents may schedule a meeting with the coach. If a resolution is not reached between the athlete, parent and coach, the matter may be presented to the Athletic Director.


A winning tradition 

The 1914 football team won the national Catholic championship at Chicago's Comisky Park, earning an invitation to the White House from President Woodrow Wilson. The win marked the beginning of a long legacy of athletic excellence at St. John's.


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