The Athletic Department is an integral
part of St. Christopher’s School. Its primary goal
is to serve in the complete education of the student-athlete
while fostering teamwork, commitment and sportsmanship.
St Christopher’s competes with 6 other schools in
the San Jose Catholic Athletic League, East Division. All
students, boys and girls, in the fifth through eighth grades
are eligible to participate in girls and boys volleyball,
basketball and track. Starting in the Fall, there is a boys flag football league as well.
St. Christopher’s also hosts two tournaments each
academic year: The 8th grade boys and girls St Christopher
Basketball Classic in the winter and in the spring the 8th
grade boys Volleyball Invitational.
Link to School Athletics
St. Christopher’s is dedicated to ensuring the school
athlete can participate in a safe environment geared to
foster commitment, sportsmanship and competition in its
Any St. Christopher’s student in grades 5-8 may participate
in a league sport. Sports are offered as follows:
Boys Flag Football
|| Girls Basketball
Boys and Girls Track *
* Track consists of practice and only
one Track Meet for the year.
Divisions are formed as follows:
A Division: Grade 8
B Division: Grade 7
C Division: Grade 6
D Division: Grade 5
When two grades are combined together; their division will
be designated by the older grade.
When divisions are broken into several teams, the coach,
Athletic Director and Holy Name Sports Representatives make
every effort to divide teams evenly according to ability.
Every opportunity is made to place each team in at least
one tournament per season. However in the upper division
St. Christopher provides an opportunity for some athletes
to participate on a tournament team. This team does not
compete within the SJCAL-East Division. Instead these teams,
boys and girls, compete with teams outside of the league
including Catholic, private and public school teams. The
Athletic Department, coaches and HNS Representatives decide
which players will play on the Tournament Team.
Playing Time Guidelines
Playing time guidelines have been established by the HNS.
Specifics are spelled out the Athletic Handbook and are
based upon the sport and the division. In general, the lower
divisions are guaranteed more playing time than the upper
divisions. In all divisions, commitment, attitude, sportsmanship,
and attendance at practice and games are taken into account.
All teams participating in any tournaments continue to be
governed by rules established for League play. Issues such
as playing time remain the same.
Students who commit to a St. Christopher’s team are
expected to attend all practices and games. While perfect
attendance is the ideal, we know that it may not always
be possible. Advanced notice of anticipated absences should
be given to the coach and the Athletic Director. Playing
time is governed by the “three strikes rule “
as described in the Athletic Handbook.
Any student absent from school or unable to participate
in P.E. class may not participate in practice or games held
that day. Absenteeism will have a direct impact on playing
time. Coaches will make this determination based on a variety
of factors. The Athletic Director will have the final say
on such matters.
Our students are expected to support their team. Any comments
made during practice or games should always be positive.
Our students will not speak poorly of anyone, including
those on an opposing team. We expect our athletes to play
with the same enthusiasm and attitude when they are winning
as when they are losing.
We encourage wide spread support from friends and family
members of their child at the games. Please also be aware
that St. Christopher’s will not tolerate any
criticism of coaches, referees and players during games
or practices. Any concerns should be addressed
accordingly, starting with the Coach, Athletic Director,
Holy Name President or School Principal.
Coaches and Volunteers
Coaches are selected by the Holy Name Society and Athletic
Director from the faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends
of the school. All coaches must demonstrate a knowledge
of the skills and rules of the game, an ability to work
with children and a commitment to the philosophy and goals
of the St. Christopher’s Athletic Program. All coaches
must be registered with the Diocese of San Jose and require
finger printing through the County
The Athletic Department greatly welcomes anyone who wishes
to be involved with the program. We have a constant need
for event set up, referees, scorekeepers, etc. at all our
athletic events. Please contact Chuck Purdy at (email@example.com)
if you are interested in volunteering.
Transportation to and from games is the parents responsibility.
Neither St. Christopher’s nor its coaches are responsible
for organizing transportation for any of its athletes.
Uniforms are issued at the beginning of each season and
are the responsibility of players and parents until the
close of the season when the uniform must be returned. A
player and/or parent is financially responsible for the
uniform until it is returned at the end of the season. Please
follow the care instructions found within each uniform.
Please do not iron over any numbers or lettering.
Thank you for your attention and support
of the St Christopher Athletic Program.
GO ST. CHRIS TRAVELERS!
President, St. Christopher Holy Name Society
Athletic Director, St. Christopher School