Dear Parents:
I am so excited about the 2014-15 school year. There are so many great athletes out there ready to shine. I will do my best to make the sports experience at St. Cecelia School a positive one for you and your child. Having fun is our first goal and developing champions is our second. We will work on attitude, effort, commitment and sportsmanship. Please encourage your children to tryout for our sports teams. They may not realize their potential or know if they like a certain sport unless they try. We are here to help them reach their goals. The P.E. department has developed a plan so that each sport will be introduced, learning the basics in P.E. class before the season begins. The first sport for girl's grades 5th through 8th will be volleyball.  For boys grades 5th through 8th the first sport will be baseball. Please make sure your health physicals and participation forms are turned in to the front office. Trying out for a sport will build self-confidence, camaraderie with classmates, friendships and memories. Trying out will prepare your child for their future in sports and life. In Michael Jordan's book he talks about trying out and not making a basketball team. It made him a stronger person and he worked harder to become who he is today. These are life lessons that will teach your child how to handle themselves whether winning or losing, making a team or not. We have a great athletic program at St. Cecelia School with support from our faculty, staff, administration and parent involvement. The parent coaches have done an amazing job, we feel so lucky to have your support. The athletic league that St. Cecelia School is a member is called the Pinellas Youth Conference. The schools currently in the league are: Skycrest Christian, St. Paul's, St. Patrick's, Our Lady of Lourdes, Guardian Angels, Espiritu Santo, and Westlake Christian. The Pinellas Youth Conference is a competitive league for students in 5th through 8th grade. Junior Varsity consists of 5th and 6th graders and Varsity 7th and 8th graders. The order of our sports season is as follows:

1. Girls Volleyball/Boys Baseball (August, September, October)
2. Girls Basketball/Boys Soccer (October, November, December)
3. Girls Soccer/Boys Basketball/Cheerleading (December, January, February)                                                                             
4. Girls and Boys Track & Field (February, March)
5. Girls Softball/Boys Volleyball (March, April)                                  

As always we could not do it without the tremendous support of our parents and coaches. We want each child to enjoy practices and love the game. During the 2000-2001 school year, a committee of principals, athletic directors and physical education teachers collaborated to develop two documents which would assist school communities in developing athletic programming: Ethic for Coaches and Diocesan Guidelines for Interscholastic Athletics: Elementary and Middle School Catholic Schools. It is now mandated that all parents who volunteer coach for Catholic Schools in the Diocese must attend the Ethics, Safe Environment Training and a Background Check. To register please go to the diocesan website Your most important responsibility as a youth sport parent is to make sure that your child enjoys practices and games. My door is always open to any suggestions. Let coaches coach, players play, officials officiate and parents offer support. Your second most important responsibility as a youth sport parent is to create a positive atmosphere in the stands or on the sidelines. Remember that fan behavior teaches children important moral lessons. We all like to win .and at SCS we want to promote winning the "right way."  Our sports program effectively extends the word of God that the children learn in school to their athletic lives. So let's come out and Play Like A Champion this is our "Year To Shine." If you are interested in coaching or have any questions feel free to contact me, Marreen Majer at 460-5077ext.245.

Marreen Majer
Athletic Director