The philosophy of HFCA athletics is to offer a positive sports experience for student-athletes that emphasizes the development of athletic abilities, good sportsmanship and team unity. There are many opportunities for students to participate in athletics. Student-athletes in grades 5-8 compete in the Dallas Parochial League. The DPL sponsors football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, track & field, with swimming, soccer, tennis and golf tournaments. Students 1st - 4th grade can participate in sports offered through a variety of community athletic associations.
The athletic budget at HFCA is self -supporting. In order for our athletics to succeed, the athletic department must raise a certain amount of revenue. The main source for raising this money is through our sports fees. The DPL charges each school an assessment fee at the beginning of every school year to participate, as well as a certain amount to enter each team in its respective sport. These fees cover the costs of administering the league games, payment of officials, DPL scholarships, etc. At HFCA, all practice equipment and game uniforms are provided for our athletes in each sport. These of course need to be replaced and/or repaired over the course of time. If a student-athlete’s family is not financially able to pay a particular sports registration fee, there is help available. No child will be kept from playing for financial reasons. The fees are collected at the beginning of each season, preferably before the uniforms are issued. All uniforms need to be returned at the end of each season clean and in good condition.
A registration form for each sport will be sent home and posted on-line for the purpose of committing to a sport and the forming of team rosters. These forms will give all information needed to sign up including expectations, tryout information, registration fees and due date. These forms will also indicate a desire for volunteering as a coach or assistant coach.
Practices, games: most sports at HFCA follow the typical format of two practices a week with a game or games on the weekends - either Saturday or Sunday and sometimes both days. If your child is involved in other "outside" teams (i.e. select or recreational league soccer, baseball, basketball etc.), you should strongly consider the time commitment involved before your child chooses to participate. It is the hope and expectation that if your child plays for a HFCA team, he will participate in both practices and games as a priority. It is hard to justify allowing a child to participate on a team if the commitment to attend is not there. While many coaches are willing to work with those that play in outside leagues, it is our strong desire that during a particular season a child puts his HFCA sport first if at all possible. Coaches have the leeway to curtail playing time as deemed appropriate in situations where practices and games are missed. In 5th and 6th grade volleyball, basketball and to a certain extent baseball and softball, there are (DPL) mandated playing time requirements for each player. At the varsity level, those requirements no longer exist (other than D3 basketball). Playing time will be greatly affected at the varsity level due to attitude and attendance at practices.
Academic eligibility is reported at the end of every two weeks (see eligibility section in handbook). Ineligibility prohibits a student from both games and practices, including suiting out and sitting on the bench. Any student that misses school for illness will not be able to participate in a game or practice on that same day.