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The "SR WAY" Athletic Handbook

Developing Champions For Life

Welcome to Stone Ridge Athletics! As the Athletic Director, I am honored to serve our students and community. At Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart we believe that all children are athletes. As a Catholic School and a member of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools, Stone Ridge emphasizes the total development of mind, body, and faith through education.

The Athletics Department is committed to having our program serve as an extension of the overall educational mission of the institution. We aspire to Develop Champions For Life, our Program motto, by providing young women with an intelligent and physically challenging athletic experience that inspires competitive grace, as well as lifelong health and a balanced lifestyle.

We consider athletics an integral part of the educational experience. Athletics and Physical Education provide opportunities for students to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. We view athletic competition as a healthy educational and physiological activity that challenges each student to excel, to discover her physical limits and to work cooperatively with team members. Currently, Stone Ridge offers more than 50 sports team opportunities to students in Grades 5-12, a benefit extremely difficult for any school to match. Competing in sports at Stone Ridge gives our student-athletes the privilege and responsibility to represent the School, the student body, the sport, their team, and the greater community to the best of their abilities and with the utmost respect. In doing so, our student-athletes are empowered to learn and develop many life skills such as self-esteem, perseverance, time management, discipline, leadership, as well as the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Our vision is to be a model interscholastic athletics and physical education program that serves the whole child. Moreover, our goal is to help your daughters be successful scholars and competitive athletes, and to provide the opportunities and environment that encourages them to be the best student-athletes they can be.

It is my hope that the information provides you with a better understanding of our philosophy, goals, expectations, and policies. Moreover, I hope it inspires and motivates you to partner with me to make a positive difference.

Kind regards and Go Gators!

Sincerely,
Jason McGhee
Director of Athletics
301.657.4322 ext. 339
jmcghee@stoneridgeschool.org

1. Mission, Vision, and Goals

Mission of the School
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart inspires young women to lead and serve, through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Vision of the Athletics and Physical Education Program
A model interscholastic athletics and physical education program that serves the whole child.

Program Goals and Expectations

  • Provide opportunities for a positive athletic and physical education experience.
  • Championship level athletic performances measured by all teams and individuals simply doing their personal best.
  • Consistently pursue learning while living healthy, balanced, and physically active lives.
  • Demonstrate physical confidence by continually developing and improving skills.
  • Lead and engage in team activities with integrity, sportsmanship and fair play striving to compete at the highest level by pursuing excellence with best effort.
  • Exemplify competitive grace and perseverance through the challenges in sports and life by displaying a positive attitude and reflecting the five Goals of Sacred Heart education.
  • To allow as many students as possible to participate and share the experience and benefits derived from SR athletics and physical education participation by maximizing the number of sports opportunities as well as providing a dynamic physical education program.

Five Goals of Sacred Heart Education & Athletic Team Core Values

  • Five Goals of Sacred Heart Education
    1. Faith
    2. Intellect
    3. Social Action
    4. Community
    5. Personal Growth
  • Five Stone Ridge Team Core Values
    1. Dedication: Always give best effort to achieve team goals. Develop the right habits & physical/mental toughness!
    2. Respect: Be unconditionally grateful. Be a great teammate. Express your emotions in a positive manner, & laugh alot!
    3. Integrity: Have a great & positive attitude, always do the right thing within the rules and never make excuses.
    4. Character: Serve others and always reflect the 5 Goals & Criteria of the Sacred Heart and Stone Ridge!
    5. Commitment: Take pride in representing yourself, family, SR, coaches and your team. Be enthusiastic! Be disciplined!

2. Conference Affiliation

The ISL (Independent School League) was formed on April 17, 1985, as a new athletic league for competition in girls’ sports. The 15 schools currently participating are as follows: Bullis, Holy Child, Episcopal, Flint Hill, Georgetown Day, Georgetown Visitation, Holton Arms, Madeira, Maret, National Cathedral, Potomac School, Sidwell Friends, St. Andrews Episcopal, Stone Ridge, and St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes.

The purpose of the ISL is to provide students at the member schools a quality athletic experience through structured league play; to provide for recognition both individual and team accomplishments; and to promote sportsmanship, good will, and healthy rivalries among member schools and their athletes.

Competition currently takes place in ten sports: soccer, field hockey, volleyball, tennis, cross country, basketball, swimming, softball, lacrosse, and track and field. The ISL annually presents the James W. Lewis Trophy (Lewis Cup) to the ISL overall champion and the Evelyn Fine & Virginia Peddle Trophy to the ISL school finishing second in overall competition. The Blackman Sportsmanship Award was established in honor of Gary Blackman. This award is presented to the league school and its entire community in recognition of school sportsmanship.

The League will be split into two divisions in sports where there are 13 or more teams competing. The divisions will be called the “AA” division (“upper”) and the “A” division (“lower”). Each season the last place team of the AA division and the first place team of the A division will switch divisions. The prior year’s results will determine who will make the needed change. For those sports where fewer than 12 teams compete, there will be only one division (IE Field Hockey).

Additional conference affiliations:

  • Mid Atlantic Girls Hockey League (MAGHL): Ice Hockey
  • Inter-School Horse Show Series (ISHS): Equestrian
  • Mid Atlantic Girls Golf League (MAGGL): Golf
  • Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League (WMPSSDL): Swim & Dive

3. Communication and Contacts

Athletic Department Administration

Main SR phone number: 301.657.4322

  • Director of Athletics, Jason McGhee, jmcghee@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 339
  • Associate Athletics Director, MS PE Teacher, Kati Jo Spisak, kspisak@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 367
  • Assistant Athletics Director, Kristen Coleman McDaniel kmcdaniel@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 367
  • Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Training, Andrew Maguire, amaguire@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 367
  • Director of Aquatics, Bob Walker, rwalker@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 397
  • Assistant Director of Aquatics, Monica Barry mbarry@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 624
  • LS PE Teacher, Sarah Kiernan, skiernan@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 675
  • LS PE Teacher, Kelly Donaghue, kdonaghue@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 557
  • PE Teacher, Strength & Conditioning, Patric Farrell, pfarrell@stoneridgeschool.org, ext. 367

Athletics Webpage: www.stoneridgeschool.org/athletics

  • The athletics website is the primary source for news and information about SR Athletics. You can find team schedules, coach bio's, news stories, and much more. The web page is updated regularly with any changes to game schedules. Parents or students can be updated regarding any inclement weather changes by signing up to receive team alerts or by following the SR athletics twitter handle.
  • Social Media:
    • Twitter: All parents and students are strongly encouraged to follow the main athletics twitter handle @SR_Athletics . If you do not follow twitter you can still view updates from SR athletics by viewing the "tweets" column on the main athletics web page. This is a main source for inclement weather updates. All users should tag SR related tweets with #goSRgators #GatorStrong
    • Instagram: All parents and students are strongly encouraged to follow the main athletics Instagram handle @stoneridgeathletics .
  • Gator News: Following every SR athletic team competition a news story will be released that includes the score, a game highlight,and a Gator(s) of the game. You can follow all team news by landing on the main athletics web page or by signing up to receive team specific alerts. There are also regular "human interest" stories of successes and accomplishments by our students and athletic alumnae.
  • Schedule/Results (SR Athletics Calendar): The main athletics site displays the forthcoming events.
    • Team Alerts: All parents and students are strongly encouraged to sign up for their daughters team alerts. Parents should be aware that they will receive instant alerts anytime there are changes to the specific team schedule, or any news alerts regarding the team. To sign up please go to the specific team page and click on the alerts link.

The "Gator" Newsletter

  • The athletic department sends out a newsletter that highlights student-athletes, coaches, physical education and the department. The purpose of the newsletter is to promote the department but it's main purpose is to showcase our students. In addition to highlighting student-athletes, the newsletter includes a blog post from the athletic director.
Protocol on Coach-Player-Parent-Athletic Department Communication

  • Coach-Player-Parent Relationship:
    Parenting and coaching are extremely challenging in today's world. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to our student-athletes. As parents, when your daughter becomes involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your daughter’s team.
  • Communication you should expect from the Athletic Department:
    • Game schedules (listed on the website)
    • Department requirements for Interscholastic Athletics (handbook)
    • Locations of athletic events (listed on the website)
    • Game changes due to weather or other (SR Athletics Website, SR Twitter, SR Team Alerts)
  • Communication you and/or your daughter should expect from the Athletic Trainer:
    • Training Room Procedures
    • For your daughter - what to do for treatment of minor injuries
    • For you, the parent - a phone call or email if your daughter needs the attention of a physician.
    • Although a physician may clear an athlete to participate, our athletic trainer has final say on when an athlete may return to athletic competition.
  • Communication you should expect from your daughter’s coach:
    • Explanation of coach's philosophy
    • Expectations the coach has for your daughter as well as the other players on her team
    • Locations, dates and times of all practices and contests/travel information
    • Any disciplinary actions that will be taken for violation of team rules
  • Communication coaches should expect from players:
    • Notification of any scheduling conflict at the earliest possible chance
    • Any physical illness or injury that would prevent the athlete from practicing or playing
    • Any school and class conflicts that would cause them to miss practice or games
    • As your daughter becomes involved in the athletic program at Stone Ridge, she will experience some of the most rewarding moments of her life. However, there will be times when she will encounter adverse situations that may affect her attitude. It is at these times that we encourage her to speak with the coach.
  • Appropriate concerns to discuss with the coach:
    • Ways to help your daughter improve
    • Concerns about your daughter’s behavior or academic progress
    • The mental or physical treatment of your daughter
    • It is extremely difficult to accept that your daughter is not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professionals; they make decisions based on what they believe to be in the best interest for the team and your daughter.
  • Concerns not appropriate to discuss with coaches:
    • Playing time
    • Team strategy
    • Play calling
    • Substitution patterns
    • Other student-athletes

There may be situations that require a conference between the coach and parent. Communication is encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s positions. When these conferences are necessary, the procedures listed below should be followed to help promote a resolution of the issue or concern.

  • If you or your daughter has any concerns to discuss with a coach, the procedure listed below should be followed:
    First, have your daughter speak with the coach. If the issue has not been resolved, make an appointment to meet with the coach. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. A good rule of thumb is to wait 24 hours and then set up an appointment to meet with the coach.
  • What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution:
    Call and set up an appointment with the Director of Athletics to discuss the situation. The Director of Athletics will not discuss a coach’s decision on playing time, coaching strategy, play calling, substitution patterns or other student-athletes.

4. Student-Athlete Leadership Opportunities

As our School mission states we want to inspire young women to lead and serve, through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. In complimenting the School mission, SR Athletics offers the following leadership opportunities; however, as it is often stated in sports there are opportunities daily through practice and games to make yourself, your team, or the game better. We encourage you to learn more about the SR Leadership & Character Development Program.

Team Captains: Captains are most often voted on by team members but are appointed by coaches. Coaches have the final approval for all team captains. Prior to the selection, coaches will inform the team members of the selection criteria and obligations of the position. The position of team captain is one of honor, leadership, and incredible responsibility. As a result, students serving in that capacity are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner both in and outside of school. Any student who is involved in a violation of Stone Ridge rules and regulations will lose the ability to serve as captain.

Athletic Association (Upper School): Each academic grade level elects the Athletic Association representatives annually for both the Blue and Gold teams. The Association helps plan all major traditions and events provided by the department.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (Upper School): Representatives from each Stone Ridge team will make up the committee members. The committee will meet a minimum of twice per year (fall and spring). SAAC representatives play an important role in bridging the gap between the athletic administration and the student-athletes. The committee is designed to incorporate ideas and opinions from student-athletes into decisions that will affect athletic pursuits. These student-athletes are developing valuable leadership skills as they address changes in school or conference rules and regulations. Students may also organize community service events, and will always be looked upon to build a positive image for the schools student-athletes.

Blue/Gold Captains (Middle School): The Blue/Gold team captains are elected by their peers by academic grade level. The captains help plan all Middle School athletic, physical education classes, and spirit related activities. Additionally, the Blue/Gold team captains play a similar role as the US SAAC representatives with the athletic administration.

Student Assistant/Manager: As an integral, non-playing member of a team, students in this role are an extension of the coaching staff. The position is greatly valued and respected. Expectations include (1) Adherence to all general rules and regulations of student-athletes, and (2) Fulfill all the duties as outlined by the coach.

5. Athletic Policies, Guidelines, and Protocols

Eligibility:
In order to participate in organized athletics, all student-athletes must satisfy all criteria below.

  • Review of the "SR WAY" Student-Athlete Handbook review and electronic confirmation (REQUIRED).
  • An up to date physical examination is required to be on file with the school nurse prior to the start of participation (REQUIRED). If the physical examination expires in season, the student-athlete will need to provide an updated physical to the school nurse in order to resume participation. A licensed health care provider must sign all physicals. The Physician Health Forms are located under Campus Life, or click here. NO UPDATED FORMS, NO PARTICIPATION.
  • Satisfaction of all eligibility requirements of the Independent School League (ISL) and Stone Ridge. No action is required by student-athletes. Students will be informed if there is a question about School or League eligibility. (REQUIRED)
  • Completion of Impact Concussion Testing (Highly recommended). Please read the ImPACT Letter and fill out the online ImPACT Consent Form (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)
  • Participation and engagement in the Stone Ridge Athletics Character and Leadership Development Program workshops and to seek out leadership positions. (REQUIRED)
  • Registration for a specific sport provided through pre-season informational meetings, or through an online registration provided by the athletic department prior to each season. Middle School sports and PE parents will receive an update regarding their sports & PE opportunities approximately one month prior to each season; however, for the fall season, MS students will sign up during the first week of classes after school begins. (REQUIRED)

Athletic & PE Offerings:
Stone Ridge offers sports in Grades 5-12. Grade 5 sports opportunities are currently all afterschool activities and are optional for students and families who are interested. Grade 5 students are required to take PE as part of their normal academic class rotation.

For grades 6-8, PE and/or Athletic team participation is a choice. Each trimester students will choose whether they want to participate in PE or select a sport. Students may satisfy their PE requirement through physical education class or sports team participation. Please note certain sports (Basketball & Tennis currently) may not be offered for Grade 6 students for two reasons: 1) Grades 7 & 8 participation volume, and 2) Limited venue space.

Upper School PE credit can be satisfied by participation in one of three ways: 1) afterschool classes, 2) athletic team participation, or 3) independent study. Students interested in independent study must coordinate a meeting with athletics staff as well as complete an independent study form request.

  • Fall Sports & PE: The Upper School fall season begins approximately two weeks prior to Labor Day and ends in late October/early November. Varsity teams that qualify for the postseason tournament may participate into the month of November. Tryouts can typically last between 2-5 days. At the conclusion of tryouts, students making a team should expect daily practices to begin immediately the following day. Practices, at a minimum will be held Monday-Friday between 4-6pm. US PE classes will be offered once a week as an after school activity, and interested students must register to be eligible to receive credit. Middle School sports & PE traditionally begins within the first few weeks of classes after the school year begins, typically the Tuesday following Labor Day. Middle School parents should discuss which sport their daughter will participate in for each season before the season begins. The MS Fall season registration initiated by the Department of Athletics will occur during the first few days of the school year, before the season begins and during their PE/Athletics class. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to discuss their choice with their parents prior to tryouts beginning but will not be allowed to switch teams once tryouts begin. The following sports compete in the fall:
    • Soccer
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • Freshman if applicable
      • MS Grades 6-8
      • Grade 5 Afterschool Activity not in lieu of PE
    • Cross Country
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 6-8
    • Field Hockey
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 6-8
    • Volleyball
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 6-8
    • Tennis
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 7-8
    • Equestrian
      • Varsity/JV/MS Grades 5-12
        • Afterschool Activity not in lieu of PE for MS students
        • Students must practice once a week at the stable of their choosing to be a member of the SR Equestrian Team
    • PE
      • US Afterschool Activity. Students must register and attend 75% or more classes to receive credit.
      • MS Grades 6-8
      • Grade 5 Required
  • Winter Sports & PE: The Upper School winter season begins in early to mid-November and ends in late February. Varsity teams that qualify for the post-season tournament may be participating into March. US PE will be offered once a week as an after school activity, and interested students must register to be eligible to receive credit. Middle School sports & PE traditionally begins towards the end of November, following Thanksgiving vacation. Middle School parents should discuss which sport their daughter will participate in for each season before the Winter season begins. Registration initiated by the Department of Athletics will occur approximately one month before the season begins during their PE/Athletics class. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to discuss their choice with their parents prior to tryouts beginning but will not be allowed to switch teams once tryouts begin.
    • Basketball
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • Freshman if applicable
      • MS Grades 7-8
    • Winter Track
      • Varsity
      • JV
    • Swimming/Diving
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 6-8
    • Ice Hockey
      • Varsity
      • JV (Developmental)
      • MS Grades 5-8 (Developmental) Afterschool Activity not in lieu of PE
    • Squash
      • Varsity
      • JV (Developmental)
    • PE
      • US Afterschool Activity. Students must register and attend 75% or more classes to receive credit.
      • MS Grades 6-8
      • Grade 5 Required
  • Spring Sports & PE: The US spring season begins in late February or early March. Varsity teams that qualify for the post-season tournament may be participating into mid May. US PE will be offered once a week as an after school activity, and interested students must register to be eligible to receive credit. Middle School sports & PE traditionally begins in early March. Middle School parents should discuss which sport their daughter will participate in for each season before the Spring season begins. Registration initiated by the Department of Athletics will occur approximately one month before the season begins during their PE/Athletics class. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to discuss their choice with their parents prior to tryouts beginning but will not be allowed to switch teams once tryouts begin.
    • Softball
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 6-8
    • Lacrosse
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 6-8
      • Grade 5 Afterschool Activity not in lieu of PE
    • Track & Field
      • Varsity
      • JV
      • MS Grades 6-8
    • Tennis
      • Varsity/JV (one team during the spring)
      • MS Grades 7-8
    • Crew
      • Varsity
    • Golf
      • Varsity
      • JV (Developmental)
      • MS Grades 5-8 (Developmental) Afterschool Activity not in lieu of PE
    • PE
      • US Afterschool Activity. Students must register and attend 75% or more classes to receive credit.
      • MS Grades 6-8
      • Grade 5 Required

Level of Play Expectations for Athletic Teams:

  • Middle School (Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8)
    • Begin to understand how to give personal best effort at all times
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude, coachability, and a desire to develop fundamental skills
    • Providing practice and game opportunities for all participants
    • Having the coach's evaluation of an athlete's attitude, skills, and team role determine game time, working toward equitable playing time for all participants
    • Learning the rules of the game
    • Developing an orientation toward and appreciation for team effort in each athlete
    • Demonstrating sportsmanship and fair play
    • Developing the ambition to achieve at the next level of competition
    • Prioritizing skill and character development over winning
    • Having fun and being a great teammate
  • Freshman and Junior Varsity
    • Give personal best effort at all times
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude, coachability, and a desire to master fundamental skills
    • Reinforcing and refining fundamental skills
    • Having the coach's evaluation of an athlete's attitude, skills, and team role determine playing time
    • Demonstrating sportsmanship and fair play
    • Developing more sophisticated athletic strategies
    • Specifically defining an individual athlete's role within the team concept
    • Refining and reinforcing the concepts of commitment and team play
    • Focusing on physical conditioning and development
    • Developing the ambition to achieve at the next level of competition
    • Prioritizing skill and character development over winning
    • Having fun and being a great teammate
  • Varsity
    • Give personal best effort at all times
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude, coachability, and a desire & commitment to master fundamental skills
    • Developing a high level of proficiency in the physical skills of the sport
    • Having the coach's evaluation of an athlete's attitude, skills, and team role determine playing time
    • Developing sophisticated strategy, situation analysis, and other mental aspects of the sport
    • Specifically defining an individual athlete's role within the team concept
    • Fostering maximum commitment to the athletic team
    • Understanding and valuing the physical conditioning components of one's sport
    • Understanding the importance of individual sacrifice for the good of the team
    • Winning within the rules of sportsmanship and fair play
    • Having fun and being a great teammate

There are many decisions made on a consistent basis by members of our coaching staff that may include which athletes should start a contest, which athlete should play at what position, and the amount of playing time an athlete will be given. Only members of our coaching staff make these very difficult coaching decisions after weighing a considerable number of factors. Generally, the most competitive, skilled team members will play the major portion of contests; however, teams cannot be successful without committed substitutes. These athletes must work as hard as they can to help make their respective teams as competitive as possible and be ready at all times to step forward to compete. They must also demonstrate the perseverance and commitment to strive to advance to a starting role. Likewise, starters should never get complacent and always strive to improve through humility, hard work and respect.

Participation at the varsity level is generally limited to the most highly skilled players and/or those with the ability to interact constructively with the coaching staff and other players for team success. The coaching staff will determine the level of play for each student-athlete (varsity, junior varsity and freshman) based on what would be most beneficial to the development and progress of each player and each team. It should be understood that playing time could be limited.

While winning is a natural goal in the pursuit of excellence, our ultimate goal is to graduate young women who will not only be physically active and physically confident their entire lives, but also create the opportunity for an environment and culture that is positive and reflects our motto of Developing Champions for Life. More specifically, we are committed to providing the opportunity for our student-athletes forming lifelong healthy habits and learning life lessons through their participation in our program.

Team Tryouts/Selection Process:
Prior to each sports season tryouts will be conducted. Attendance/Participation in the tryout process is mandatory. Some athletic teams have cuts. The coaching staff makes these decisions. During the tryout period, each coach will provide an explanation of his/her expectations. It is the responsibility of the student to demonstrate to the coach that they can fulfill these expectations. Tryouts can last between 2-5 days to allow students enough time to prove their abilities. More time may be needed depending on sport or circumstance. All coaching staff cuts are final. If a student is not selected for a team, or does not make the team she had hoped for (IE Varsity vs JV), she may contact the coach personally for more specific constructive feedback if none is provided at the time of the cut. At the conclusion of tryouts, daily practices begin the following day. Student-athletes should expect  practices to occur Monday-Friday 4-6pm. Students who are not selected for a team are encouraged to explore other Stone Ridge athletic opportunities on teams that have no cut philosophies (cross country, ice hockey, squash, winter indoor track, golf, track & field). Please note an athlete will not be allowed to join a team after tryouts have concluded without the approval of the Athletic Director. The coaching staff of each sport has the sole responsibility for selecting members of the team, determining the level of play, and apportioning the amount of playing time for each student athlete. Being cut is never a pleasant experience and SR coaches will make every effort to not humiliate or embarrass students. Communication will occur privately and face to face with honesty.

MS Sports Philosophy:
The MS sports team philosophy is one that encourages exploration and participation. That said, the goal is a no cut policy. This is accomplished by creating multiple teams (IE blue, gold, green) when specific sports allow it. Multiple teams are only possible when competition and space can afford it. Again, while it is a huge goal of the department to avoid cuts in the MS program, there can be situations where the total number of student-athletes are too great thus cuts will need to be made. While the department is committed to supporting each student's sport interest, there may be times when she cannot play her sport of choice. Additionally, similar to the US, if a sport has multiple teams, and a student is not selected for a specific team, or does not make the team she had hoped for (IE Blue vs Gold, or Gold vs Green), she may contact the coach personally for constructive feedback.

Game/Practice Information:
Immediately following tryouts, practices are held daily for approximately two hours for the Upper School generally between 4-6pm Monday through Friday, and approximately one hour for the Middle School Grades 6-8 between 2:15-3:15pm Monday-Thursday. Grade 5 practices are currently held after school generally between 3:45-4:45pm twice a week typically Mondays and Wednesdays. Additionally, Grade 5 Games are typically held on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3:30-5pm, but that also depends on opponents scheduling opportunities. Games for Upper School are generally between 4-7pm, while Middle School is generally between 2:45-4:30pm. Some practices and games may be held on weekends for Upper School. Any team member who must be late or miss practice, games, or meetings must confer with her coach. Practice and game schedules, particularly in the case of winter and spring sports, include school vacation weeks for varsity student-athletes. Students and families should take this into consideration when deciding to tryout for teams.

Vacation Guidelines for Student Athletes:

  • Thanksgiving Vacation: No games or practices will be scheduled on Thanksgiving Day or weekend. It is expected that varsity student-athletes will be available Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving vacation for practices and/or games. All other teams will not have practices/games scheduled during this time.
  • Winter Vacation: No games or practices will be scheduled on December 24 or 25, or December 31 or January 1. It is expected that varsity student-athletes will be available during the December/January winter vacation for practices and/or games. All other teams will not have practices/games scheduled during this time.
  • October & February Professional Development (PD) Vacation: It is the goal of the athletic department to avoid scheduling any games during PD vacation days. However, it is expected that varsity student-athletes will be available during these designated days for practices and/or games. All other teams will not have practices/games scheduled during this time.
  • Spring Break Vacation: No games or practices will be scheduled on Good Friday to Easter Sunday. It is expected that varsity student-athletes will be available during the Spring Break vacation for practices and/or games. All other teams will not have practices/games scheduled during this time.
  • Summer Vacation/End of Summer: Athletes are expected to attend tryouts throughout the tryout period. If an athlete is not at try-outs, she may jeopardize her chances of making the team. Additionally, any student interested in participating in Upper School athletics is strongly encouraged to contact the team coaches regarding Stone Ridge’s voluntary summer workout packets, summer sports league participation or designated camps and clinics. Any practices or team functions planned while strongly recommended and participation is encouraged are totally voluntary, and not required. Additionally, there will be no punitive consequences for those student-athletes who cannot attend. Finally, no Stone Ridge coach or administrative involvement can occur during the month of August prior to fall sports tryouts as this is a blackout date for the ISL conference.
  • Other School Holidays and/or Closings: It is the goal of the athletic department to avoid scheduling any games during nationally recognized holidays and school is closed. However, it is expected that varsity student-athletes will be available during these designated days for practices and/or games. All other teams will not have practices/games scheduled during this time.

Equipment and Uniforms:
Students are responsible for and expected to maintain proper care of all equipment issued to them. Students are responsible for payment of any lost, stolen or damaged items. Each item not returned will be assessed at a rate comparable to the current replacement cost, currently $150 for uniform sets. Additionally those student-athletes will not be allowed to participate in another sport until the matter is resolved. All equipment is to be returned at the completion of the season. Student-athletes are not to wear uniforms at any time other than those allowed by specified team regulations.

Additionally, if student-athletes misplace or forget their uniforms and/or equipment on during the season and especially on game days, SR Athletics will make their best effort to assist, but expects each student-athlete to take ownership and be responsible in their preparation for team activities.

Transportation:
Stone Ridge will provide transportation-buses, vans, or coaches vehicles (if applicable)-to all away games. Please note there may be some weekend games/tournaments when students must provide their own transportation directly to the competition venue site. All athletes are expected to ride the bus with their team to away contests to encourage team chemistry and bonding. Athletes may seek approval to drive to off campus practices or competitions by making arrangements and seeking approval specifically and directly with the head coach. If approved by the head coach, Athletes must have their parents email the Athletic Director and copy the head coach confirming the parents' approval. Students are not permitted to transport other athletes to away games and off site practices when transportation is provided by the School. However, athletes may leave with another Stone Ridge student/family following competitions or off campus practices only by written parental permission (email to the AD from the student's parent who will be driving and also a separate email from the student's parents who will be a passenger). Additionally, students may leave an away game with their parents or guardians but only after telling the coach prior to departure. However, if a parent or guardian is not present when the team transportation departs all students not picked up are required to travel back to campus due to safety concerns.

For those students who do not get picked up at the away game, the School will provide transportation back to the SR campus. Students should have coordinated a plan for being picked up within one half-hour of return to campus. The coach or athletic staff will wait with the student until pick up, so please be extremely considerate.

Early Dismissal:
Minimizing missed class time is a priority for SR Athletics. However, Student-athletes will be dismissed early when decided by the Director of Athletics and athletic administrative team. There is always communication with the respective MS & US Administrative offices to minimize impact. Further, the department works diligently to keep early dismissals to a minimum.

Team Pictures:
Team pictures are scheduled through the department within the first few weeks of each season. Opportunities to order team pictures will be communicated.

US Captains Practices:
Throughout the academic year and summer, student-athletes in preparation for their upcoming season may want to call student only practices. It is recommended students work together to coordinate any planned practices. Captains or team leaders may contact the athletic department to reserve facility space to ensure no rentals or use conflicts exist. Additionally, there are times during the offseason and summer (specifically August 1 until fall sports tryouts) that are considered "blackout" dates or "restricted practices" by the ISL conference. During these times league rules limit and/or prohibit coaches from running, coordinating or overseeing captains practices. SR coaches are advised and aware of all ISL rules and when these times exist.

Athletic Honors and Awards:
To be considered for a team award presented by the coach, a student-athlete must:

  • Display upright conduct and a spirit of fair play at all times.
  • Exhibit respect for school personnel, coaches, game officials, and opponents.
  • Return all equipment at the completion of the season.
  • Meet criteria established by the coach.
  • Finish the season as a member in good standing on her team.

Each season every Stone Ridge team will recognize the following individual and team awards---The student-athletes will be recognized at their respective season sports banquet.

  • Most Valuable Player (Team MVP)
  • Most Improved Player (Team MIP)
  • Coaches Award
  • Postseason Honors: Postseason honors such as ALL ISL AND ALL MET selections are awarded to Stone Ridge student-athletes from time to time. It must be understood that while coaches may nominate student-athletes for some of these awards, they have no control over the final selection.
  • All-League Awards/Postseason Awards: Individual certificates per season/year will be presented to athletes achieving “all-league” status.
  • Championship Plaques: A plaque listing the team's accomplishments will be presented to teams winning regular season or post-season championships.
  • Varsity Letter/Varsity Pin: Receiving a varsity letter is an honor reserved for those student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in performance and the commitment and sacrifice appropriate for membership on a varsity team. Additionally, after receiving their first varsity letter, athletes will receive a varsity pin each additional varsity season they participate in.
  • Junior Varsity Pin: Student-athletes who are season long members of the team will be awarded a Junior Varsity Pin to acknowledge their contribution.
  • Student Assistant/Manager Certificate: As an integral, non-playing member of a team, managers may also be recognized for the valuable role they play. In order to be considered, managers must, (1) Adhere to all general rules and regulations of student-athletes, and (2) Fulfill all the duties as outlined by the coach.
  • Four-Year Awards (Varsity, ISL, All-MET): Student-athletes who are recognized for four consecutive years of participation or acknowledgement within a select sport will receive an award known as the Four-Year Award. These awards are truly an honor and extremely difficult to obtain, and are presented to only those student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in performance, commitment and sacrifice.
  • Iron Gator Award: This award is presented to those student-athletes who have participated in athletics as a varsity athlete in each season for four years totaling 12 sports seasons. This award is an incredible display or stamina, skill, perseverance and dedication.

Athletic Traditions:

  • Field Day: Father/Daughter Field Day, the final all school athletic event of the year, offers the last opportunity for students to win points for the Blue and Gold teams. Organized by the Athletic Association in the Upper School, the day includes morning competitions between students. In the afternoon, fathers join their daughters for food and games. The day ends with the final all-school sports awards celebration. This celebration culminates with the big announcement as to whether the Blue team or the Gold team was victorious for the year, and the new reigning school champions celebrate by ringing the victory bell and will fly their flag at Gator Field throughout the year. Points are accumulated throughout the year through a variety of ways and the totals are maintained albeit in secret until the last second providing extra drama to this special SR tradition!
  • Blue/Gold Induction Ceremony & Team Assignments: Each year new students to Stone Ridge will learn their time honored tradition of being selected to either the Blue or Gold teams. Family legacy determines team assignment; however, all new students to Stone Ridge will learn which team they will forever cheer early in each school year. At the beginning of each school year all divisions (US, MS, and LS) in a formal Blue/Gold Induction Ceremony Grades 1-12 with lots of spirit and cheering as each new student to SR learns their lifelong team color!
  • Gator Game Day: Each sports season (Fall, Winter, Spring) the Department of Athletics in coordination with the Stone Ridge Parents Association (SRPA) and Blue/Gold Boosters Club host a spirit and tradition filled day on campus with lots of food, fun and wins! The day offers an opportunity to show your school spirit and come cheer the Gators to victory. Additionally, the day always has numerous US and MS athletic contests, and when possible includes organized LS teams that play in recreational leagues.
  • Senior Day: Senior Day is an extremely important and memorable moment for student-athletes who will be playing their last regular season home competition for Stone Ridge. The day encapsulates their commitment to Stone Ridge, their coaches and their teammates, as well as all the sacrifices made to get to that point. Each graduating student-athlete and their parents are honored before the game in a brief ceremony.
  • Blessing of the Fields: The inaugural Blessing of the Fields event blessing the Stone Ridge playing fields, athletic facilities and playground occurred on October 29, 2009. In 2014, a Goal I year, the tradition was initiated as a permanent fixture to the school year. Annually, members of the faculty and staff participate in this important event.
  • US Fall, Winter, and Spring Sports Awards Banquet: At the conclusion of each sports season the Department of Athletics in coordination with the Athletic Association and Blue/Gold Boosters hosts an awards banquet to honor, recognize and thank all those student-athletes who competed for Stone Ridge.
  • MS Fall, Winter, and Spring Sports & PE Awards Pizza Party: At the conclusion of each sports and PE season (trimester) the Department of Athletics in coordination with the MS Blue/Gold Captains hosts a pizza party to honor, recognize and thank all those student-athletes who competed for Stone Ridge or participated in physical education.

Athletic Code of Conduct:
Stone Ridge is committed to the philosophical and moral teachings of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education.

  • Students in “Good Standing”: All athletes must be a student in “good standing” in order to participate in athletics. “Good Standing” is defined but not limited to:
    • Adherence to school rules that regulate behavior, attendance and academic requirements
    • Respectful behavior towards all members of the school community
  • Academic Duty: Students will plan their time so that they will devote sufficient energy to their studies to ensure grades representing their true abilities. Moreover, all students should be committed to time management skills that allow them to avoid conflicts with extracurricular activities.
  • Preparation: Each member of an athletic team MUST:
    • Commit to being present and prepared at all team activities, including try-outs, practices, meetings and contests with other schools.
    • Dedicate herself to becoming an excellent and positive team member.
    • Strive to continually improve as an athlete.
    • Demonstrate pride in team performance and in herself as a member of a team.
  • Attendance:
    • Daily Attendance: Any student-athlete absent from school the day of scheduled game or practice session will not be allowed to participate in that game or practice. Attending daily team practices and games are mandatory and part of the commitment required to being a member of the team. Student-athletes who are not able to be in school before the beginning of the second block may not participate in games or practices. Attendance is taken every morning.
    • Unexcused absences from practices may jeopardize retaining a position on the team, an opportunity to earn a varsity letter, and/or playing time at the coaches’ discretion. Two unexcused absences will immediately result in the dismissal from the team.
    • Anticipated absences from practices may impact position on the team and playing time, not as a punitive measure, but for the safety of that individual, fairness to the rest of the team, and strategic reasons. If a student-athlete anticipates to miss practice or a game for some reason other than illness, the student must request permission from the coach. Multiple “excused absences” may impact position on the team.
    • Punctuality is expected, and all student-athletes should be on time as well as attend all practices and games.
  • Sportsmanship: Stone Ridge expects all parties present at a contest to display the highest possible level of sportsmanship. Players, coaches, and spectators should treat opponents, game officials and visiting spectators with respect at all times. Stone Ridge reserves the right to warn, censure, place on probation or suspend any player, team or coach determined to be acting in a manner contrary to the standards of good sportsmanship and the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education. Spectators who do not adhere to standards of good sportsmanship may be asked to leave the contest and/or be prohibited from future contests.
  • Honor Philosophy: The Stone Ridge community commits to promoting, practicing, and preserving honorable behavior. Each member of the community must maintain an honest and moral relationship with her own conscience, with other community members, and with the outside world in order to make everyone in the community feel safe and welcome. Adherence to standards of honesty and integrity is implicit in the Five Goals of the Sacred Heart and is expected from all members.
  • Representation: Student-athletes are considered representatives of the school at all practices and contests and events. Students will conduct themselves properly when traveling as they represent the community, school and team.
  • Respect:
    • For the Spirit of the Game: Student-athletes will realize that officials do not lose a game, but are there for the purpose of insuring the game they are playing is a fair and safe contest for all participants. The officials will be shown courteous respect at all times. Student-athletes will always play within the rules of the game.
    • For the Coaching Staff: Student-athletes will understand that their coaches have their best interests in mind as they plan and guide the athletic team.
    • For school buildings, grounds and equipment: Student-athletes should take PRIDE in our equipment and facilities at all times. Please note, cleats are not to be worn in the building at any time.
    • For school and team rules: Student-athletes will be familiar with and follow all team, department and school guidelines. If you don't understand something, ask!

6. Athletic Calendar and Key Dates

Visit the Athletic Team page to view each team's schedule or the Athletic Calendar.

7. Gator Strong Strength and Conditioning

Recognition of the importance of regular and vigorous exercise is a vital component of any successful athletic program. As part of our goal in Developing Champions For Life, our Gator Strong program seeks to instill a lifelong commitment to a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

As athletes, realizing that improving in anything involves practice, repetition, and having great habits. Stone Ridge student-athletes are expected to be committed to being the best athletes they can be. Being Gator Strong includes always giving your very best effort while working out during the school year as well as throughout the summer.

Likewise, our young women learn to compete with grace and intellect at an early age, and then go on to develop the skills needed to build many lifelong attributes such as leadership, respect, resourcefulness, time management, perseverance, sportsmanship and many other characteristics while representing the School on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the world.

Moreover, the phrase Gator Strong implies much more than our ability to lift weights or run a distance. We are Gator Strong when we come together around a cause; we are Gator Strong when we build the self confidence to speak up for our beliefs. We are Gator Strong when we stand up for a Stone Ridge sister, or reach out to a member of our community who needs a friend. We are Gator Strong when we stand up for the values of the Church and walk in the footsteps of Christ. When we speak the phrase Gator Strong it should reflect our commitment to strengthen our bodies and our community so that we can be strong and unified in God's service.

8. Athletic Training/Sports Medicine

Stone Ridge is fortunate to have a certified full-time trainer (ATC) as a member of our staff. On school days our trainer’s hours usually begin at 2:00 PM when athletics begins and lasts until the conclusion of the last practice or home game. However, for those student-athletes requiring assistance appointments can be scheduled at any point throughout the school day when the student is available. During weekends and times when school is not in session, the trainer is required to be on site for contests only. Occasionally, the trainer will be on site for non-school day practices.

The training program exists to help athletes receive the best possible care. At certain times, however, the trainer and training room facilities are extremely busy. Consequently, access to the training room and its services is limited to athletes who require care only. Training services are granted on a first come, first served basis on practice days. On game days, students will be treated in an order that will allow bus and/or game commitments to be met.

  • When a student-athlete is injured: An athlete who is injured should see the ATC as soon as possible to obtain an accurate assessment of the injury. The ATC will outline a treatment program that can be used to specifically target the injury and initiate recovery. The ATC will also communicate with the coaching staff and the parents with regards to the severity of the injury, treatment plan and expected return-to-play date. The ATC will communicate with the athlete and coaching staff on a daily basis for re-evaluation of symptoms.
  • Emergency Medical Forms: It is imperative that all emergency medical forms and information is provided to the School for each student-athlete. Parents and students should be aware that for all away competitions coaches are required to carry emergency medical forms for all team members. Likewise for home competitions, the ATC or coach will have access to emergency information should it be needed.
  • Return to Play: In order for an athlete to return to activity following an injury, she must be able to pass a series of sport specific functional tests without any pain or limitation related to the injury. Some examples of functional tests include the following: jogging, sprinting, cutting, jumping, throwing, ball dribbling, etc. If an athlete is under the care of a physician for a sports related injury, a clearance note from the doctor must be given to the ATC before the athlete returns to activity.

Concussions: What happens after a head injury? If the injury happens at Stone Ridge, the Stone Ridge ATC will immediately evaluate the student athlete. Stone Ridge coaches will call the ATC if a head injury is suspected and the ATC is currently not in the gym/on the field. The athletic trainer will take the following action for concussion:

  1. For mild concussions, the athletic trainer will counsel the athlete’s parent or guardian.
  2. For moderate concussion, the athletic trainer will recommend that parents take their student-athlete directly to their doctor’s office or emergency room for further evaluation.
  3. For severe concussion, the athletic trainer will call 911 to have the athlete transported to the hospital immediately. If the athlete’s parent or guardian is not present at the time of this call, an athletic coach/department staff member will accompany the athlete to the hospital until his or her family arrives.

If the injury occurs at another school, the on-site ATC will evaluate the Stone Ridge student athlete, and will initiate care; no athlete will be allowed to return to play (practice or game) if a concussion is suspected in accordance with Maryland state law.

The Stone Ridge ATC will follow treatment protocol as determined by the student athlete's physician. All Stone Ridge athletes will have to complete a five-step return to play protocol prior to full return to athletics; this is a Stone Ridge athletic department policy, and is required for all athletes, regardless of sport level (varsity, jv, club). All student-athletes will have to submit a physician's note clearing them for full athletic competition. Physicians will typically require a follow up visit after the initial office visit; the ATC will be in contact with the student-athlete's physician, when necessary, and will communicate with them regarding treatment, follow up notes, and ImPACT testing results.

  • Stone Ridge Return to Play Protocol: Step one will begin when the athlete is symptom free for 24 hours and all academic accommodations are lifted. The athlete must report continued absence of symptoms (for a period of 24 hours) in order to continue to the next step of the protocol. If symptoms return during any phase of the protocol, the athlete must report to the athletic trainer. The athlete will resume rest until symptoms clear, and then begin the protocol again at step one.
    • Step 1: Cardiovascular exercise (running, biking, etc.) and/or lifting for 15 to 20 minutes
    • Step 2: Sport-specific warm up and drills for 20 to 30 minutes
    • Step 3: Non-contact practice up to one hour of athletic activity
    • Step 4: Contact drills, full length of practice
    • Step 5: Scrimmaging/game situations, and contact drills for full length of practice

After Step 5 is complete, the 24 hour symptom-free requirement is STILL in effect. The student-athlete MUST be symptom free for 24 hours at the conclusion of each step before they are cleared to begin the next step/return to full Stone Ridge athletic participation. Any questions about this policy may be directed to the ATC, Athletic Director, or School Nurse.

  • Concussions and Academics: If a student-athlete sustains a concussion while participating in SR sports, the concussion management team will be involved to help facilitate cognitive rest from academics. Each team is based on school division. The team is comprised of the Division Head, Assistant Head of the Division, if applicable, the Learning Specialist, the School Counselor, PE staff if applicable, Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer and the School Nurse. Documentation is necessary to support academic accommodations. No athlete will be cleared to return to full sports participation (i.e games, tournaments, etc) if academic restrictions are still in place. The student-athlete is expected to be in good academic standing prior to returning to athletics.

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We hope you will encourage your daughter to participate in the athletic program at Stone Ridge. We have many talented and committed coaches. Our student-athletes reflect the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart education in all they do. Be a part of this memorable experience by attending sporting events, cheering and supporting in a positive way, lending the appropriate amount support to our teams and coaches, encouraging all players without regard to their role on the team, helping other spectators and parents to maintain an appropriate sportsman-like attitude, and showing respect for the authority of the game officials.