Athletic Program

  • St. Mark School and Buffalo Diocese Sports 
     
    The sports program is one of the biggest and most successful Buffalo Catholic school programs around. We have between 20-25 teams a year that spans between all of our sports. The following are the sports offered throughout the academic year in the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Schools. Athletes may only appear on one school team roster per season.
     
    Fall Sports
    The following sports begin in August and end on October 31st. Please check throughout the summer to sign up for fall sports. Swim begins in September. 
    • Baseball
    JV (Grades 4, 5 and 6) and Varsity (Grades 7 and 8)
    • Volleyball
    Girls Varsity (Grades 7 and 8)
    • Swim Team
    Kindergarten through Grade 8 (Not Diocese Sponsored)
     
    Winter Sports
    The following sports begin November 1st 
     
    • Basketball
    Varsity Boys - Grades 7 and 8
    Varsity Girls - Grades 7 and 8
     
    • Basketball
    JV Basketball - Bishop Kmiec League - Grades 4, 5 and 6
    JV Basketball - Holy Hoopsters - Grades 4, 5 and 6
     
    • Hockey (Not Diocesan Sponsored)
    Varsity (co-ed) - Grades 7 and 8  
    JV (co-ed) - Grades 5 and 6 
     
    Spring Sports
    The following sports begin on March 1st and conclude with end of league play or tournament
     
    • Softball
    Girls Varsity - Grades 7 and 8
    • Track & Field - Grades 4 - 8
    • Soccer (Co-ed) Parochial Kickers League (Not Diocesan Sponsored)
    Varsity - Grades 7 and 8
    JV - Grades 5 and 6
     
    The extracurricular program also offers the following sports:
    • Ski Club Boys and Girls (Grades 6 - 8)
    • Girls on the Run
    • Sports/Basketball Club and Camp

    (Mr. Smith, St. Mark’s Athletic Director, also runs a basketball club during the school year and three weeks of basketball/sports camps during the summer)

    *All of our coaches are virtus trained, CPR and first aid trained, and have had proper background checks 
     
    Any student who participates in the athletic program must have on file with the athletic director a current-year release from a doctor to participate, written permission of the parents to participate, a Sports Code of Ethics signed by parent and athlete and a completed St. Mark's Waiver Form. Parents, coaches, and other responsible adults provide transportation for students who participate in extracurricular activities.

    10 RULES OF GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP

    Sportsmanship is characterized by a spirit of generosity and a genuine concern for an opponent. The responsibility for good sportsmanship is vested in all those associated with the program. It is the duty of all parents, coaches, and spectators at athletic events:

    1. To EMPHASIZE the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct
    and fair play.
    2. To ELIMINATE all possibilities which tend to destroy the best values
    of the game.
    3. To STRESS the values derived from playing the game fairly.
    4. To SHOW cordial courtesy to visiting teams and officials.
    5. To ESTABLISH a congenial relationship between visitors and host.
    6. To RESPECT the integrity and judgment of sports officials.
    7. To ACHIEVE a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game.
    8. To ENCOURAGE leadership, use of initiative, and good judgment by the players on the team.
    9. To RECOGNIZE that the purpose of athletics is to PROMOTE the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the individual players.
    10.To REMEMBER that an athletic contest is ONLY a game — not a matter of life or death for player, coach, team, official, spectator, parish, community, state or nation.
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