Dear Family, Friends, and Saint Francis Xavier Community,
It is my honor and privilege to serve as the athletic director for this welcoming institution. Saint Francis Xavier School is experiencing a tremendous period of growth, and as an administration, we stand together to offer a transformative experience for every member of this vibrant learning community. The values and lessons instilled in private, Catholic education are unparalleled, and our mission is to provide our students with opportunities to grow academically, spiritually, socially, and athletically.
Athletics at St. Francis Xavier School are an integral part of our growth, spirit, leadership, and camaraderie. However, above all else, sports are an outlet that allows us to have fun and exhibit pride for our school. The athletic department offers various programs 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 program participation at St. Francis Xavier, athletics is viewed as a privilege, not a right, of all students. Student-athletes 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.
Student-athletes in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades enjoy equal playing time. The central focus of these teams is fundamental development, sportsmanship, and a passion for the sport. In 8th grade, our athletes progress to a higher level of development and competition. While our athletic department operates under a no-cut policy, players are allocated playing time based on ability, and coaches manage with a “play to win” philosophy. Wins and losses are tracked by the Council II-3A league, and playoffs are held at the culmination of the season.
In the fall season, boys compete on the football field as part of Wilmette Catholic, and girls are invited to participate on the cheerleading squad. Girls also take the court in volleyball, and both boys and girls have the ability to join the cross country team. During the winter months, boys and girls basketball teams are fielded, which is the longest-standing tradition in our athletic department. The academic year concludes with the spring season, where boys take the court for volleyball, and both boys and girls are invited to compete on the track team. Our athletic department also forms a golf team as opportunities are provided seasonally through our council.
Saint Francis Xavier is constantly striving to upgrade and enhance the student athletic experience. Clinics, tournaments, camps, and engagement events are operated at various times throughout the year to expose our community’s children to a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as to further their passion for specific sports. Our athletic booster club functions as a resource of the athletic department, providing opportunities to enhance our sports experiences and plan for the future of our program.
The athletic landscape in our culture has expanded and changed over the past few decades. Too often it now seems that the perspective of playing sports has shifted for many young adults and parents, as they view athletic engagement as a potential pathway to a college scholarship. I have had the privilege to coach both athletes who have been blessed to accept this unique opportunity, and those who are immersed in that four-year college experience. The magnitude of these athletic endeavors cannot be discredited. However, the most important value of athletic participation is the impact it has on personal development. My own experiences playing on grammar school, high school, and college teams helped mold me from my childhood to adolescence, and beyond into my adult life. Sports teach us lessons of hard work, team building, goal setting, time management, and leadership. These programs provide our youth with outlets to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to build relationships with their peers. Throughout the history of this institution, athletics have played a key role in the development of Saint Francis Xavier’s student body, and I look forward to providing these transformative opportunities and watching our future Crusaders grow guided by the Catholic mission of our school.
If you have any questions related to athletics at Saint Francis Xavier, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself at firstname.lastname@example.org, or our assistant athletic director, Dawn Zigmond, at email@example.com. For students to be eligible to compete in athletics at Saint Francis Xavier School, a registration form, physician permission slip (signed by the primary care doctor), and participation fees must be submitted. Student-athletes will not be allowed to practice or engage in athletic activity until these forms are received and documented by the SFX administration.
I wish you all an excellent experience with the Saint Francis Xavier community, and I look forward to seeing you at various school events throughout the academic year.
Rob Wennington, Athletic Director
Two completed forms must be on file for a student to be eligible to participate in SFX Athletics programs. 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 the start of competition and practice. Stay tuned for links and information for the 2020-2021 school year as we work to introduce programming with accommodations for safety this fall.
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