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Welcome to SKPSAA

Saint Kilian Parish School Athletic Association is proud to offer Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, and Soccer to enrolled and registered students beginning in 3rd grade.  Third through eighth grade boys are also eligible to participate in Iron Men Football, a collaboration of boys from various northern Catholic schools. All teams will play a planned set of games/meets within the diocese and adhere to all rules of the sport and the diocese. Developmental teams are in the 3rd and 4th grades while Junior Varsity consists of 5th and 6th grade Varsity consists of 7th and 8th grades. The Junior Varsity and Varsity teams adhere to tighter rules for diocesan play and will maintain a win/loss record for advancing into the finals. Click here to review the SKPSAA Bylaws.

In order to have a successful program, we ask that all parents/guardians speak with your children and determine the sport(s) the students wish to play during the season the sport is being offered. It is critical that both parties in your household want to participate in the sports program to make it successful for your child, your family and for our school. Our coaches have experience in the sport and will do their best to provide your child(ren) with a strong foundation of skills for the sport being played.

We believe that this foundation is the key to the success and future of our sports program. Foundation skills components include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coaches, parents and children behaving in a Christlike manner at all times
  • Children participation in practice sessions and games
  • Children paying attention to the coaches and not horsing around (talking, fighting, arguing) as the coaches, and the association, are not to be considered babysitters but mentors
  • Working on skills and development of the players
  • Working together as team and developing together as a team
  • Beginning to learn and refine the competitive spirit
  • Providing leadership skills to the players
  • Living and playing the Celtic Way, embracing "Honesty, Responsibility, Self Discipline, Compassion, Respect"
  • Making the sport enjoyable and fun for all participating parties!

Students must maintain a C or above to be academically eligible to play sports. Please be advised that children who are not in school the day of their sport activity will not be permitted to participate in the athletic event. Students suffering a severe injury of any kind (on site or off) will not be allowed to participate in athletic events with SKPS, until proof of being cleared by a physician has been received.

Volunteer coaches will be selected by the Athletic Director in collaboration with the Pastor/Principal. The Diocesan Guidelines for Elementary Catholic Schools Sports Programs guides these policies.  Coaches can be evaluated using the Coach Evaluation Form.

Registration and Activity fees help offset the costs for items for each sport that need purchased or updated, uniforms, event fees, referee fees, field and court rentals, tournaments and section championships to name a few areas of our expenses during all sports programs. Registration and activity fees noted below are for one session of a particular sport.  You can register for a sport by clicking the Register Online link on the left-hand navigation menu.

 

3rd Grade Team Principles

Our goal is to maintain a developmental program for the 3rd grade teams, preparing them for future programs. These teams may or may not have the ability to participate in games; however, based on past experience, our children enjoy playing against other teams regularly. We will review and look into hosting/travelling to various schools during the season. All sports revolve around students registering for the sport and coaches availability.

 

4th Grade Team Principles

The 4th grade program will still be developmental in nature but will have numerous additional offerings:

  • Furthering the development of skills and refining playing strategies for offensive and defensive play
  • Focusing on the good of the team and creating a team environment
  • Focusing on sportsmanship
  • Increasing the level of competitiveness
  • Maintaining a positive attitude at all times

 

5th and 6th Grade Team Principles

Once your child enters the 5th grade, this is the formation of our Junior Varsity sports offering. While the program still works on developing our children, it also enters them into more competitive sports. At this age, we engage into competitive diocesan games - scores are kept, rankings are created, and shared throughout western Pennsylvania .. We aim to host a competitive team for all of our sports as long as enough students are available and interested in participatation. In the event we have an abundance of students seeking to play a sport, we may review the possibility of hosting a second team for that particular sport and entering that squad into the diocesan schedule.

  • Continuous development of the student focusing on critical areas
    • ​Cross Country - focus on bettering his/her personal times
    • Basketball - focus on the team, more offense and defensive strategy
    • Cheerleading - focus on the team, competitive routines
    • Soccer - focus on the team, more offense and defensive strategy
    • Volleyball – focus on the team, the development of skills, strategy
  • ​Maintain and excel in sportsmanship throughout any sport on and off the field/court
  • Be a leader at the school for other younger students to look up to as a role model
  • Live the Celtic Way - Honesty, Responsibility, Self Discipline, Compassion, Respect

 

7th and 8th Grade Team Principles

Our JV program has started the grooming process to enter our Varsity sports program in the Diocese Of Pittsburgh.  While the program still works on developing our children, it also enters them into more competitive sports with athletes from around the area and intensity increases at this level of play. At this stage, we engage into more competitive diocesan games - and like our JV seasons in the past, scores are kept, rankings are created, and shared throughout western Pennsylvania .. We aim to host a competitive team for all of our sports providing we have enough students available and interested in participatation. In the event we have an abundance of students seeking to play a sport, we may review the possibility of hosting a second team for that particular sport and entering that squad into the diocesan schedule at a different level of play or in a league monitored by the diocese.

Our older athletes are expected to set examples both on and off the court/field for our younger athletes and students, becoming role models to each of them and further defining our character as a person and part of our parish community.

*Please note that food or drink in not allowed in the SKPS gymnasium at any time. Players and coaches at the benches are allowed drinks.

Our older athletes are expected to set examples both on and off the court/field for our younger athletes and students, becoming role models to each of them and further defining our character as a person and part of our parish community.

If you have any athletic related questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SKPSAA at or Chris Stofko, SKPSAA President, at 724-816-0955.