Spring time means it's golf season! Registration is now open for any student wishing to participate in spring golf for Saint Mary Academy. Registration is $75 and is divided into two parts/teams. One for kindergarten through 2nd grade and a 3rd grade through 8th grade squad.
Kindergarten Through 2nd Grade
For K-2, the season will run from April 26, 2017 through May 24, 2017 with 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.sessions on Wednesday nights. The practices will take place at the Different Strokes Golf Center at River Road (3742 Upper River Road, Louisville, KY 40207; 502-896-9228). Rules and etiquette topics will be covered in each session by a PGA professional. Golf clubs are available for use during sessions for kids without their own clubs. The $75 registration fee includes range access during five clinics; an SMA Golf hat; coupons for discounted range buckets for personal practice during the season; and coupons for discounted Junior Golf Camp at Different Strokes during the summer of 2017.
3rd Through 8th Grade
For 3-8 grades, registration is open to 3-8 graders and the season runs from April 26, 2017 through the CSAA Tournament in early June. Practices will be from 7:15-8:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings during the season at the Different Strokes Golf Center at River Road (3742 Upper River Road, Louisville, KY 40207; 502-896-9228). Rules and etiquette topics will be covered in each session by a PGA professional. The $75 registration fee includes range access during scheduled practice times (5 clinics with PGA/LPGA teaching professionals); an SMA golf hat; coupons for discounted range buckets for personal practice during the season; coupons for discounted Junior Golf Camp at Different Strokes during the summer of 2017; and scrimmage/tournament opportunities (additional entry/greens fees may apply).
If anyone is interested in being a head coach for the upcoming tackle football season (Grades 3 through 8) or Flag Football (Grades 1-2), please contact the football coordinator Dean Wells at
. You will also need to complete a coaching application on the SMA Athletic Website.
Registration for the Saint Mary Academy Track Team is now open for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The cost of registration is $35. Optional practice will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Ballard High School. The first practice will be Tuesday, March 21st.
At a minimum, Kindergarten through 4thgrade will participate in the CSAA Fun Meet on Saturday May 13th at St. Pius. 5th-8th graders will participate in the CSAA Championship Meet at St. Xavier High School on April 23rd. Other meets are likely for both age groups.
Dean Wells will be the 5-8 Grade Head Coach and Bill Ralston will be the K-4th Grade Head Coach. Parents who are interested in assisting with the Track program should contact Dean at
or Bill Ralston at
The Saint Mary Academy 8A Boys Basketball Team coached by David Morgan is your 2016-17 CSAA Basketball Champions! The Monarchs fended off St. Patricks Sunday, 35-32. The win finished off a perfect, 17-0 campaign for the Monarchs.
Congratulations to Coach Morgan and the team for a storybook season and a CSAA Championship!
Spring Soccer Registration Available for All Grades
The 2017 Spring Soccer Season is upon us! Registration is now open for all grade levels at Saint Mary Academy. Soccer teams are open to boys and girls in Kindergarten, a separate league is available for boys and girls in 1st-2nd grade and the CSAA leagues are open to boys and girls in grades 3-8.
Kindergarten through second grade games should start in late March and run through late May depending on rain outs. The league will be off for Spring Break. Practice will be once weekly for one hour and determined by each team's coach and field availability. There will be no tournament and this age group will have a six-game season.
For 3rd through 8th Grade, the season will start after Spring Break and run through mid- to late-May. The 3rd-4th grade teams will not have a CSAA tournament, but the 5th-8th grade teams will. Practices will be twice per week for roughly 1 1/2 hours and will also be determined by each team's coach and field availability.
Questions and concerns can be directed to SMA's soccer coordinate Daron Tegge at
It's that time of year again, everyone! Fish Fry volunteers are needed and the sign ups are now on the Athletic Website. To sign up for your favorite spot and help us pull off our awesome Fish Fries each year, go to http://bit.ly/smavolunteers and pick a day, shift and job for you!
Fish Fries will be held on the following Fridays:
And for each of those dates, we have two shifts:
4:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m.
And for each of those shifts we have 10 different roles:
1 food runner
4 clean up
1 drive thru coordinator
2 drive thru runners
2 concessions workers
2 beer tub workers
So, if our math is correct, we have 184 total volunteer shifts to cover!
Go to http://bit.ly/smavolunteers now and sign up for your favorite role, date and time! If the shift is unavailable, you won't be able to sign up for it, so sign up until they're all full!
Thanks for your help. We look forward to another fun Fish Fry season!
The 2017 Saint Mary Academy boys volleyball season is ready to roll! Registration is now available for boys in grades 3-4 and boys in grades 5-8 for boys volleyball this spring. Registration is $60 for grades 3-4 and $70 for grades 5-8.
The 2017 SMA swimming season is just around the corner and we are looking to kick off our practices in mid to late January. To do so, we need everyone interested in swimming for our school to sign up now.
Practices will start on or around January 20th and continue through February, with the CSAA meet on Saturday, March 4th at the University of Louisville Natatorium. Participants have a great time and our team continues to grow in numbers and achieve great success each year.
Please begin the registration process on our SMA registration page here.
Swimming is open to boys and girls in grades 1-8. For any questions contact Teresa Haines at
or Barb Letterle at
Thank you for the interest in SMA Swimming! Go Monarchs!
The CSAA Swimming season is around the corner and we are seeking candidates for the head coaching position for the SMA swim team. Coaches from last year's team will be available to assist with the transition this season. If you are interested please contact David Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-235-6486.
K-2 Registrations have been extended to end-of-day, Friday, December 2nd.
Evaluations will now take place on Sunday, December 11th at Immaculate Conception Church at 502 N. 5th Street in LaGrange. The time of the evaluation is TBD and will be announced very soon. There are no evaluations on December 4th. Practices and games are still planning to be played at Saint Mary; however, we are using Immaculate Conception as for evaluations as SMA is hosting CSAA 3rd – 8th grade basketball on Saturdays and Sundays in December.
Registration for K-2 Boys and Girls Basketball Open
Registrations are now open through Tuesday, November 29th for our K-2 Basketball league. Games are played with St. Albert the Great and St. Leonard. Games are played at SMA and St. Albert. Evaluations will be the first weekend of December (teams are evenly divided). Practices will be in December and first games will be on Sunday afternoons starting January 8th. This league plays on 8’ goals and uses 27.5” basketballs (same as 3rd & 4th grade). Registration is $60. For more information contact Blair McBride (
Athletics families, the 9th Annual Italian Dinner and Acution is Saturday, Oct. 29. This is a great community building event for our school and Parrish. Teams could even get a table or two together for a fun night celebrating the end of the sports season!!
9th Annual Italian Dinner and Auction
Saturday, October 29, 2016
A sampling of this years donors include: The Brown Hotel, Clodhoppers, Louisville Mega Cavern, Actors Theater, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Perfect North Slopes, Commonwealth Tap, Louisville City FC and the Louisville Bats.
Tickets $35 per person on sale in the narthex after each mass. During the week, tickets can be purchased by contacting Tina LaTulippe (815-3102 or
Parents: 3rd – 8th Grade Basketball Evaluations will be held in the SMA gym and will take place as follows:
Monday – October 24th
Boys 5th and 6th Grade is from 5pm – 7pm
Boys 7th and 8th Grade is from 7pm – 9pm
Sunday – October 30th
Boys 3rd & 4th Grade is from 4pm – 6pm
Girls (all grade levels) will be held from 6pm – 8pm
Please note this year evaluations will take place in one session as opposed to two days in previous years.
Attendance at evaluations is mandatory. Please know we do recognize this is fall break in Oldham County affecting some GIFT players. Based on this being a function of their school calendar we are making provisions. If you are the parent of a GIFT player that will not be able to make scheduled evaluations due to being out of town please contact Blair McBride via email if you already have not (
We have assembled a group of independent evaluators this year to make observations and score the players performance. Only evaluators and coaches may be in the gym during evaluations. Team assignments will be released within approximately 48 hours after your players scheduled evaluation.
Note: Online registrations for 3rd – 8th grade basketball are open until through Wednesday 10/19. Registration for K-2 basketball will take place in November.
Thanks again for registering your player. We look forward to seeing you at evaluations!
Basketball Registration Open for Parish 9th-12th Graders
Registrations are now open for Intermediate Basketball, which are our high school intramural teams playing under the name of St. Bernadette/St. Mary Academy. This is a really fun league and is open to high school parishioners and alumni of St. Mary Academy of all skill levels in 9th – 12th grades. There is at least one team for each grade.
Practices are in the St. Mary Gym and games are played against other parishes/schools starting in December. Deadline for registration is Monday October 31st. For more information contact Blair McBride at . Register at http://saintmaryacademyathletics.com/.
We have several items to ensure parents are aware of on the athletics front. Please review below:
Parents please watch for an email from Transparent Sports. This is a new registration system being used by the CSAA and all families and students must be enrolled in the system to participate in sports. The initial set up takes a few minutes but after that it will be much quicker. Please watch for the email and even check your junk or spam folders!
Save the Date!
Our Fall Tailgate will be October 21st and it’s a Chili Cook Off! Please watch the newsletter for further information.
Open positions on the Athletic Board
We currently have openings on the athletic board for the positions of GIFT liaison/Compliance Officer, Crown Club, Individual Sports Coordinator (oversees golf, tennis, swimming), Field Hockey Coordinator and Track Coordinator. If you are looking for a way to be involved at SMA we would love to talk to you about these opportunities. For more information on any of the positions please contact Kelli Selvage at
These positions are available and volunteers are needed:
The Sports Coordinators
Coordinatorswill work to carry out the individual responsibilities associated with the particular sport for which they are responsible. All will work in coordination with, and report to the Athletic Directors. The responsibilities of a Coordinator will be assigned by the Directors, but the primary coordinator responsibilities will be to develop and take the necessary steps to implement the entire program of their individual sports are as follows:
A. Work to recruit, interview, select and recommend coaches for approval;
B. Distribute, collect and process coaching evaluation forms;
C. Work to put together an independent panel to conduct try-outs and evaluate players as set forth herein;
D. Participate in a Seasonal Community Service Project (offered by Athletics or School) for the Sport for participation from all teams for that sport for that sports program season.
E. Work with Compliance Office to make sure all coaching compliance and administrative requirements have been satisfied;
F. Obtain sport information packet from CSAA;
G. Make sure all coaches have submitted rosters to CSAA on time;
H. Schedule coaches meetings to review policy and to allocate gym practice time and location and work with Athletic Information Officer to make sure all tryout and practice time information is posted;
I. Facilitate, schedule and conduct tryouts;
J. Distribute and collect equipment;
K. Work with Athletic Board to run and staff any Invitational Tournaments;
L. Distribute rosters to G.I.F.T. Coordinator to make sure of eligibility of athletes;
M. Distribute rosters to Compliance Officer so that a medical notebook can be compiled;
N. Check to review school and parish calendar for conflicts and compliance with Holy Day Practice policy and work with the Field Manager/Gym Manager should maintenance be required;
O. Help size and distribute uniforms;
P. Insure all fees have been collected;
Q. Insure all equipment and/or uniforms have been returned;
R. Work with coaches to evaluate need for equipment, and work with A.D.s to prepare the annual budget as well as recommending new purchases; and
S. Advise the Athletic Directors and Board of any issues, disciplinary actions and status of sports teams including potential championships.
T. If this Coordinator position has an Assistant Coordinator position or K, 1st or 2nd grade Coordinator position under them, they are responsible for identifying, interviewing and selecting the person for this position to serve up to a 3 year term in this role. The AB must vote on their nominee for approval.
Crown Club /Fundraising Liaison
This position works with the AB and PTO on fundraising events. Also helps organize volunteers to work concessions.
Parish GIFT Liaison/Compliance Officer
A. This Board member shall work with the Sports Coordinators to ensure that individuals who are not students at SMA, but are parish members at St. Bernadette are eligible and in compliance with CSAA regulations and parish policies.
B. This position is responsible for making sure coaches are in compliance with Safe Environment, complied with the CSAA “Coaching for Life” requirement and submitted the necessary background check forms as well as any other requirement. Also will make sure all student athletes have medical forms on file with school which will go home in the school registration packet this year and will distribute those packets to coaches.