Philosophy, Purpose and Goal
The philosophy of Sacred Heart School regarding athletics is that every student in the program be given the opportunity to have a positive, growing experience in athletics. The purpose of athletics at Sacred Heart is to help our students to develop lifetime physical and mental skills. The goals of the program are to teach the athletes to do their best, to enjoy themselves, and to develop the qualities of good sportsmanship. We judge our success with the athletic program upon whether we achieve these goals, not upon whether we win every game.
Athletic Opportunities at SHS
Sacred Heart School offers a full-time athletic program for all students. Students in third through eighth grades may participate in Christian Youth Organization (CYO) sports, boys in basketball and football, and girls in basketball and volleyball (fifth grade). Sixth through eighth grade students may also participate in the Catholic Schools Athletic League (CSAL). Programs for the girls are basketball, track and field, and volleyball. Boys’ programs are basketball, football, and track and field. Cross country is available for students in fourth through eighth grades through CSAL. Pre-kindergarten through second grade students may participate in coed Biddy Ball (flag football, basketball, tee ball, coaches pitch). Third through eighth grade students may play baseball through the Westside Baseball League. Soccer is available through the Baton Rouge Soccer Association. Swimming is available for students in fifth through eighth grades through Crawfish Aquatics. Sixth through eighth grade girls may participate in cheerleading.
Positive Sports Parenting
Enjoy this excerpt from Positive Sports Parenting, a book by the founder of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), Jim Thompson.
“I miss watching my son play sports. When he started playing soccer, basketball, and baseball 25 years ago, it seemed like it would go on forever. But it didn’t. It ended abruptly. One day he stopped playing and it was over – just like that and without much warning. Here’s the bottom line for sports parents. Your child’s experience with youth sports will come to an end, and it may happen suddenly. If you are at all like me, you will look back and think, ‘I wish I had enjoyed it more. I wish I hadn’t obsessed so much about how well my child was performing, or the team’s record, or whether he was playing as much as I wanted, or why the coach didn’t play him in the right position. I wish I had just enjoyed the experience more.’ If you have a child involved in youth sports, it’s not too late for you. Enjoy it while you can. It will end all too soon. There was a phrase I heard in my youth that has stuck with me: ‘These are the Good Old Days.’ Truly, the days when you get to watch your child play sports are golden. If you are still in them, treasure each one of them. Don’t let them slip by while you focus on things that will seem totally inconsequential in later years. Because the youth sports experience is so intense, we tend to forget how short it is, and what a small amount of time that parents and children get to spend together over the course of our lives. These are the good old days. Enjoy them.