Sports at St. Francis Xavier School are a fun and integral part of our growth, spirit, and camaraderie. Athletic programs are offered throughout the school year to students in 5th through 8th grade, and our school competes enthusiastically in the Council II 3-A Catholic League of the North Shore.
While we encourage widespread participation at St. Francis Xavier, athletics is viewed as a privilege, not a right, of all students. Children enrolled in our school must maintain superior grades and demonstrate upstanding conduct in order to participate in sports.
At SFX we adhere to a coaching philosophy and skill development standards that have been adopted by Council II 3-A. These standards are applied across all sports.
Fifth, sixth and seventh grade students enjoy equal playing time. In eighth grade, our athletes progress to a higher level of development and competitiveness. These student athletes make up our Varsity team. While we do not cut students from the eighth grade squads, players are allocated playing time based on ability and we coach with a “play to win” philosophy. Wins and losses are tracked by the league and playoffs are held at the end of the season.
In the fall, boys compete on the football field as part of Wilmette Catholic, and girls are invited to participate on the cheerleading squad. Girls take part in volleyball, and both boys and girls have the option of joining the school’s cross country team.
During the winter months, both boys and girls field basketball teams. In the spring months, boys play volleyball and both boys and girls are invited to compete on the track team.
SFX is constantly striving to upgrade and enhance the student athletic experience. Club sports, such as field hockey and golf, are often added as clinic and exhibitions programs to further the scope of our program and to offer additional opportunities to our students.
Athletic Registration takes place each May for the following academic year. All students must be registered for the entire year of athletics at this time in order to prepare our coaching staff and anticipate equipment and uniform needs.
Two completed forms must be on file for a student to be eligible to participate. The athletics registration form is due at the end of the school year prior to participation on a school team. Student athletes must also return a Physician Permission slip (signed by their doctor), to be kept on file throughout the school year. This form is due prior to competition and practice time.
Please contact the SFX Athletic Director, Colleen Larkin, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.