It is our goal that the St. Stephen School Athletic program will provide our students with an opportunity to play organized team sports in a safe and supportive environment. The programs will provide training and teaching of the fundamental skills needed to play the game and compete, while at the same time promoting the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork. Lessons learned from fairly played athletics, through games and practices, are a benefit to students. The program should be enjoyable for both the participating students and their families.
Sport Programs Offered – (Grade eligibility and offering is subject to change)
Sport programs are offered based on having a volunteer coach for each team and a sufficient number of students participating.
Soccer Grades 5 through 8
Basketball Grades 5 through 8
Baseball Grades 6 through 8 (if there is an interest)
Softball Grades 6 through 8 (if there is an interest)
The following forms are required documentation for all students interested in playing sports for St. Stephen School:
Here is the link to the Memo that went home in the Summer regarding All Sports.
Please note that students will not be allowed to participate in any athletic practices or games without the required documentation and sports fee.
- Permission Slip
A permission slip will be sent home before the start of practices/games for each sport. This information must be sent in with the Athletic Fee by the due date specified on the form.
The following forms are to be sent in at the beginning of the year and will be kept on file for any sport your child(ren) play. Any changes or updates to the Sports Emergency Form or Health Form should be sent into the school as they occur.
- Sports Emergency Form
The Emergency Notification Form must be filled out completely. This form will be kept on file at the school and a copy will be given to your child's coach in case there is an accident or emergency situation during a practice or a game.
- Health Form
For the safety of our student athletes, all students participating in a sport must have proof of a physical examination, done by the student’s primary care provider within 13 months of the beginning of the season in which the student is participating in a sport. If your child has had a physical examination within this time frame, please contact the physician and request a copy of your child’s “Health Form” (sometimes referred to as a School, Camp, Sports Health Examination Form). You may bring the form to the school or have it faxed (508-770-1052) directly from the physician’s office.
If your child has not had a physical examination within the last 13 months, please schedule an exam as soon as possible, let us know when the exam is scheduled for and request a medical clearance letter from your physician for the child to play until the exam can be completed.
- Athlete and Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct Forms
The Code of Conduct forms must be signed by athletes and parent/Guardians. Read these forms carefully, fill out, sign and return the bottom portion of these forms and retain the top portion for your information.
- Pre-Participation Concussion Reporting Form
This form must be filled out before each sport played.
- Concussion Forms (Parent and Student)*
Parents/guardians are required by Mass General Law Chapter 111 Section 222 regarding interscholastic athletic head injury safety, to provide “information relative to any sports head injury history at the start of each sports season.” To learn more about concussion and take the online course, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/index.html.
*STATE LAW REGARDING SPORTS-RELATED HEAD INJURY & CONCUSSIONS
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts now requires that all schools adhere to a new law regarding sports-related head injuries and concussions. The law requires:
- Athletes and their parents to inform their coaches about prior head injuries at the beginning of the season.
- If a student athlete becomes unconscious during a game or practice, the law now mandates taking the student out of play or practice and requires written certification from a licensed medical professional for "return to play"
- That student athletes and their parents (as well as coaches, athletic directors, school nurses and physicians and others) learn about the consequences of head injuries and concussions through training programs and written materials.
As a result of this new law, parents and students who plan to participate in any athletic program at St. Stephen School must take a free on-line course to educate themselves about sports-related head injuries and concussions. The state has made available two free on-line courses that contain all of the information required by the law. The first is available through the National Federation of High School Coaches. You will need to click the “order here” button and complete a brief information form to register. The second course is through the CDC. At the end of these courses you will receive a certificate - print a certificate for at least one parent as well as the student athlete these must be sent to the school (please note that you need not take both courses, choose the site that is easiest to navigate). The entire course, including registration, can be completed in less than 30 minutes.