Sportsmanship encompasses the practice of playing fair, taking defeat without complaint and victory without gloating, and treating teammates and opponents with respect and dignity. In accordance with the school's philosophy and goals, the promotion of sportsmanship is of utmost importance. Sportsmanship demonstrated by all involved in athletics is perhaps the clearest sign of the mission of our school. Everyone associated with an athletic event - coaches, student-athletes, students, parents, spectators - has a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship before, during and after a contest. Any student-athlete, parent, or coach using profanity or a lack of integrity and judgement directed toward game officials, opposing players, or opposing fans risks suspension from further attendance at any athletic contest. We are to remind you that an athletic contest is only a game, and not a matter of life and death for the player, coach, school, officials, community, state, or country.
Each student-athlete must present a Medical Clearance Form signed by his/her doctor. This must indicate that the pupil has clearance to participate in the training and the competitive activities of the specific sport(s) chosen. Coaches and school officials shall strictly enforce this regulation. A student-athlete's medical clearance must be renewed on a yearly basis and is valid for one year. Medical clearance forms should be dated no earlier than June 1, and will be valid for the following school year. The Medical Clearance Form is mailed home with the final, second semester report card and must be completed, signed and returned to the Main Office no later than August 1. Student-athletes will not be able to participate in any try-out, practice or athletic contest(s) without a valid physician's medical clearance. All injuries should be reported to your head coach and an accident report filled out. If an injury is sustained during a student-athlete's season of sport and requires the student-athlete to see a physician, a medical release form must be obtained from the trainer and completed before the student-athlete is allowed to participate again.
This form MUST be turned in to the Main Office. Click here to download the form.
While interscholastic athletics are an extra-curricular activity, the Athletic Department promotes them as an integrated experience. Keeping with the mission of the school to educate the whole student, interscholastic athletics provide an avenue for the student-athlete to mature as a person- physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually- in a way that cannot be experienced in the classroom. We ask our student-athletes to be committed and persistent in their athletic endeavors. The committed player wants to contribute, wants to play, wants to be as good as he/she possibly can be, and wants to succeed. Toward that end, he/she will work as hard as he/she can and give his/her all 100% of the time. The persistent player has the will to keep going when the way grows hard. The grandest quality of a true achiever is not natural talent or acquired skill, but perseverance. It is in the spirit of these traits that we ask our student-athletes to finish what they have started. If a student-athlete quits a team, for whatever reason, he/she may not try out for, nor participate on, any other school team until the season of the sport from which he/she has quit is completed. Furthermore, the student-athlete will be unable to participate in the first two (2) athletic contests of the next sport, no matter which season or subsequent school year, in which they participate (only one contest will be missed in sports that play ten or less games). This ruling also applies to those individuals who are removed from a team because of academic or disciplinary reasons.
In many cases, making a team at Marin Catholic is highly competitive. While it is the goal of the Athletic Department to provide as many opportunities to participate as possible, some teams have a limited number of positions available. Therefore, the student-athlete trying out for a team must realize that he/she may not make the team. Each sport will provide a five day try out period unless an extreme situation occurs and a shorter or longer period is approved by the Athletic Director. The coach(es) will inform each athlete of his/her place in the program, why he/she is being cut, and what he/she may work on if he/she wishes to try out again the following season.
The Athletic Department handles all van and bus reservations. All student-athletes traveling outside of Marin County to an athletic contest must travel by school van or bus driven by an MC coach or employee. They must also return to Marin Catholic by school van or bus unless released by the head coach to a parent/guardian. Student-athletes are not allowed to drive themselves or other student-athletes to athletic contests outside of Marin County! To athletic contests within Marin County, student-athletes may drive themselves and any student-athletes who are in their normal carpool to school. In some instances, parents/guardians may be asked to drive student-athletes to contests both within and outside the county. Only parents/guardians who have signed the Volunteer Driver Acknowledgement and Release and are approved by the Athletic Department will be allowed to transport student-athletes. Parents/guardians cannot drive school vehicles unless they are a volunteer assistant coach.
Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or better to be eligible to participate in athletics at Marin Catholic. Student-athletes who finish the Spring semester with a G.P.A. lower than 2.0 must enroll in and pass the appropriate summer school courses to be eligible for the following Fall season of sport. While at Marin Catholic, student-athletes are entitled to one appeal of ineligibility, and it must be made to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction no later than the eligibility date of that season. Please see the Parent-Student Handbook for Eligibility Dates.
All Student-athletes have made a commitment to their teammates and Marin Catholic when he/she has agreed to participate on an athletic team. Choosing to miss games and/or practices in non-emergency situations are not acceptable. Should preseason, MCAL, or postseason games be scheduled during school vacations (Christmas vacation, Easter break, etc.) this commitment takes precedence. Should a student-athlete miss games and/or practices without prior approval, they will be suspended for 1/2 of one game for each game or practice missed. All excused absences must be approved by the coach and/or the Athletic Director. In addition, games that are scheduled during school vacations will not be moved unless there is an extreme situation. Should this be necessary, the Athletic Director will communicate with the MCAL and move the games to an appropriate date.
Equipment issued by the Athletic Department should be cared for properly. Please follow wash and care instructions for all garments. Equipment should be returned to the coach at the completion of the season of the sport. Student-athletes will be charged for the replacement of any lost or damaged equipment. Student-athletes will not receive transcripts or yearbooks until all equipment is returned.
To participate in games, a student must be present for four (4) periods of the same day (3 of 4 periods on flex day). Exceptions can be granted only by the Dean of Students.
Early dismissals need to be communicated with teachers 24 hours before missing class. Emailing teachers in addition to communicating with them in person is required. Students are responsible for turning in work or projects on the scheduled due date, however a teacher may grant an extension if they choose. The student will need to schedule make up exams with the teacher prior to missing class due to an athletic event.
The Department of Athletics would like to begin a tradition of parent volunteers to assist teams with organization of carpooling, game-day operations, post-season banquets and any other needs that arise. Please contact the Athletic Department at 464-3820 if you are interested.
Marin Catholic supports its coaches’ decisions on playing time and game strategy. In virtually every case of a grievance regarding playing time or strategy, the coach’s decision is final. If a student or parent does have a grievance of another nature, the following procedure MUST be employed:
1) The involved student athlete MUST discuss any issue with the coach before parents become involved. The coach should never be contacted at home. Also, a coach should never, under any circumstances, be contacted directly before or shortly after a contest.
2) If a grievance still exists after the first step in the process, the student athlete and his/her parents may schedule a meeting with the coaching staff.
3) If a grievance still exists after the meeting with the coaching staff, the student athlete and/or family may submit, in writing, the grievance to the Athletic Director. At this point the Athletic Director and the student athlete and/or family will meet with the coach.
Students transferring to Marin Catholic High School from another high school who wish to participate on an athletic team must schedule an appointment with the Athletic Director(s) for review of the transfer Form 2604 & 510. Appointments must be scheduled prior to participation. Please call the Athletic Department at 464-3820.