What is the St. Francis Sports Association?
The St. Francis Sports Association [SFSA] is the governing body that administers the sports program at St. Francis for grades primary II through the fifth grade until the students are eligible to participate on the school teams. At this level, the sports program is a member of the West Houston Christian Sports Association that is known as a church league and is comprised of a number of Houston-area churches. The SFSA is one of the largest participants in the league as determined by the number of teams fielded in each sport

Is the SFSA affiliated with the church or the school?
The SFSA is actually a ministry with the church not the school. Many parents are surprised to learn this fact. The reason is because the school does not offer a league in which sports can be regularly played until the sixth grade. The church sponsored league makes a nice complement for children who wish to play sports at an earlier age in a non-competitive environment.It is important to understand that the SFSA does not receive any aid or contributions from the church or the school and is entirely dependent upon registration fees to meet the needs and obligations of it programs

What is the West Houston Christian Sports Association? (Soccer, Basketball and Baseball/Softball)
At this level, the sports program is a member of the West Houston Christian Sports Association that is known as a church league and is comprised of a number of Houston-Area churches. The SFSA is one of the largest participants in the league as determined by the number of teams fielded in each sport.Two of the most notable characteristics of this League are (1) its attitude that stresses fun not winning; and (2) the Zero Tolerance Policy related to all adult conduct.The League does not keep standings or have playoffs. The purpose of the league is to focus on the child and to teach the child, to make sure effort is made to have the child participate in a meaningful manner, to make sure the child has fun and to teach each child proper sportsmanship and conduct in playing sports.The Zero Tolerance Policy can seem archaic and certainly very strong. It specifies that parents, coaches and all other adults related to the program, including fans, will be removed from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct. And if one is removed from any game for any reason that falls under the policy, that person is removed for every game for the entire season. There is no right of appeal or right to be heard. The act of being removed is the final part of the process.Many parents do not understand this rule and in cases in which it has been applied the circumstances and feelings can leave parents at a loss because they are not permitted to even watch their child's games for the rest of the season. However, the League has operated very successfully with this rule and it is likely to undergo no substantial changes

Who are the Board Members and How Does One Become a Board Member?
The SFSA is run by a Board that consists of both school parents and church parents or members. Because it is affiliated with the church, there are a specific number of positions on the Board that are filled by church members, without regard to whether they are parents of children at St. Francis, although most are. A specific number of new Board members are chosen by the existing SFSA Board members. The criteria can be varied but it is usually centered upon the age of the children who will participate in the SFSA program and the level of demonstrated interest, usually in coaching, that has been exhibited by the new member. As an example, a potential member is more likely to be selected if that member has a kindergarten or 1st grade child, that if the parent has a 5th grade child [and no younger siblings]. The theory is that the Board should be comprised of parents who are most immediately impacted by the sports in which their children are participating, or will participate

How Often Does the Board Meet? Are the Meeting Open to the Public?
The SFSA Board meets once per month during the school year usually on the second Tuesday of each month, although meeting dates and times are subject to change due to sports registration times.The meetings are closed, but any parent can bring any item to the attention of the Board, in one of several ways: (1) by contacting the president and discussing the item with them; (2) by contacting any Board member and discussing the item with them; or (3) by using the Contact Us function on our web site. Assuming the topic is related to the SFSA business, it will be brought up at the first available meeting and discussed

How do I register?
You can use the registration link page on this website to connect to the on-line forms. http://sfsportsassociation.siplay.com/site/

Where do I register?
All registration will be done online!  If you encounter any problems while registering please contact the registrar, Ragan Cain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How are practices handled?
The SFSA has chosen coaches and assistant coaches that it believes will offer special training and instruction for your children. In many cases, each coach has contacted Coach Robinson or a member of the St. Francis faculty about receiving input and training skills that can be taught in practice. Practices will be engaging with an emphasis on teaching skills in the sport that are relevant to the level of your child's grade. Understand that this may mean certain teams may run plays and have a level of skill expected from the children.Our goal in practices is to have fun but also to encourage learning sometimes through the necessary repetition required to learn the basics.

How are the teams selected?
In the West Houston Christian Sports Association there is no required method of drafting or selecting teams. There are many ways of selecting teams. Some schools and churches select teams based solely on skill level. Others make their selection based on "A" and "B" team designations. Still others allow teams to simply play for the church on an "as created" basis. Many churches require a distribution of the skill and talent pool and require a draft. 

How are drafts handled?
St. Francis and the SFSA have subscribed to the equal distribution of the available talent philosophy. There are no special teams or specified "A" or "B"  teams. The intent of the SFSA is to have essentially equal teams in ability. This distribution is done through a draft philosophy and the SFSA has strictly adhered to this. All SFSA teams are selected via a supervised draft that requires no advance selection processes. Any coach is free to select any player except the son or daughter of another coach or assistant coach. There is only one (1) assistant coach per team permitted and there are no special exceptions to this rule. Each draft is supervised by an SFSA Board member to ensure the integrity of the selection process.The actual draft in each sport is typically conducted immediately after the Skills Evaluation date. The draft is confidential and the only participating members are the Coach and one assistant coach for each team and the SFSA Board member supervisor.

WHCSA Rainout Hotline: 713.857.4885

 

When and where are the practices and games?

Practices generally begin the first week of school and are held on the St. Francis fields.  Kindergarten through 5th grade will practice once a week, per coach's discretion (sometimes twice a week for older grades).  Primary II and Bridge will practice on Friday nights, followed by a game (see more info below).  For Kindergarten through 5th grades, games are played on Saturdays at one of the church or school facilities in our league.  The 2018 season begins the weekend of Sept 22nd, and ends on November 3rd, 2018.

 

Read more: FAQ Soccer

WHCSA Rainout Hotline: 713.857.4885

When are the practices?

The schedule will be set once registration is closed, you will be also be contacted by your coach. Practices are an important part of the Baseball and Softball program, especially since the coaches devote their time to creating, teaching and developing skills designed around a role for each player. 

How were the coaches selected?

The SFSA selects coaches for each sport at the beginning of each new season. The SFSA Board makes this selection based on past experience, demonstrated interest, and attitude and commitment to the children. The Board also takes into account Baseball and Softball experience and expertise, but especially at the lower levels, this is not the foremost requirement. Additionally, at the end of each season, the SFSA conducts confidential surveys of all parents and inquires about the coaching experience from both the child's and the parent's point of view. The Board uses these survey responses in considering coaches for the following year. A common misunderstanding is that coaches are "pre-selected" and "always get to coach" In fact, coaches are not pre-selected or do not have any tenure, it is the board preference to give every parent that wants to coach the opportunity to do so. Each coach is considered each year. If a coach has coached in the past, their performance observed and measured by input will be considered to determine if they ought to coach for the upcoming year


Are there certain players who always get to play certain positions?

There are no pre-conceived or pre-determined playing positions and the intent of the league is to ensure that all children have ample playing time and can play different positions if they wish to do so. It is our experience that most coaches want to encourage players to become better and to give them a chance to play different positions.  If your child wants to play a position have them express this desire to the coach so the coach can help them to develop the skill for that position.  As both Baseball and Softball can be a dangerous game, coaches will also consider ability when assigning positions.

When are the important dates?

Registration begins August 1st and closes November 27th, 2018. The coach's meeting will be on December 1st, where the teams will be drafted and practice schedule will be set.  

Practices will begin the week of December 3rd. Weekly practices are a mandatory part of the Basketball Program, especially since the coaches devote their time to creating, teaching and developing skills designed around a role for each player.

League play begins on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 and ends on March 2nd. You will be contacted by your coach with all the details. Game schedules and team uniforms will be distributed a few days before the first game.

What equipment do I need to provide for my child?

Children should bring water and a basketball ball to each practice.  A correct size basketball will be needed for each child.  

GRADE

GOAL

HEIGTH

BALL SIZE LENGTH OF MATCHES
KINDER 7' or 8" 27.5" (4) 7 MIN QUARTERS
1ST 8' 28.5" (4) 7 MIN QUARTERS
2ND 8' 28.5" (4) 7 MIN QUARTERS
3RD 10' 28.5" (4) 7 MIN QUARTERS
4TH 10' 28.5" (4) 7 MIN QUARTERS
5TH 10' 28.5" (4) 7 MIN QUARTERS

 

How were the coaches selected?

The SFSA selects coaches for each sport at the beginning of each new season. The SFSA Board makes this selection based on past experience, demonstrated interest, and attitude and commitment to the children. The Board also takes into account basketball experience and expertise, but especially at the lower levels, this is not the foremost requirement. A common misunderstanding is that coaches are "pre-selected" and "always get to coach" In fact, coaches are not pre-selected. If a coach has coached in the past, their performance observed and measured by input will be considered to determine if they ought to coach for the upcoming year. The head coach selects the assistant coach of his or her choosing.

How are teams selected?

All of the teams will be selected via draft on December 1st so you should know your team no later than Monday, December 3rd. Due to scheduling issues, a couple of teams will be decided earlier, so don't be alarmed if your friend knows their team before you do!

Can my child request to be on a team with their friends?

Unfortunately, we cannot pre-assign your son or daughter to a specific team. All teams are determined via a draft that is supervised by the SFSA. Each team can only have two "assigned" children: The head coach's child and the assistant coach's child. Each team is only allowed one head coach and one "official" assistant coach, although many teams get additional assistant volunteer coaches after the teams are drafted. This rule is in place to protect the children and prevent any child/family from feeling "left out". Please know and be supportive of the fact that the coaches do their best during the draft to ensure good distribution of talent and a great experience for the children. Although your child may not be on a team with all of their "best friends", our experience is that they all end up having a great time.

Are there certain players who always get to run the plays or handle the ball?

There are no pre-conceived or pre-determined playing positions and the intent of the league is to ensure that all children have ample playing time and have the opportunity to try different positions, whether in the games or in practice. It is our experience that most coaches want to encourage players to become better and to give them a chance to play different positions. If your child wants to play a position have them express this desire to the coach. Practices will be engaging with an emphasis on teaching skills that are relevant to the level of your children's grade. Understand that this may mean certain teams may run plays and have a level of skill expected from the children, making practice attendance important to the children's understanding and enjoyment of the game. Children who regularly attend practice will receive ample playing time in the games.

When are the practices?
The schedule will be published on the registration website, you will be also be contacted by your coach. Practices are strongly encouraged as an important part of the Volleyball program. 

How were the coaches selected?
The SFSA selects coaches for each sport at the beginning of each new season. The SFSA Board makes this selection based on past experience, demonstrated interest, and attitude and commitment to the children. The Board also takes into account Volleyball experience and expertise, but especially at the lower levels, this is not the foremost requirement. Additionally, at the end of each season, the SFSA conducts confidential surveys of all parents and inquires about the coaching experience from both the child's and the parent's point of view. The Board uses these survey responses in considering coaches for the following year. A common misunderstanding is that coaches are "pre-selected" and "always get to coach" In fact, coaches are not pre-selected or do not have any tenure, it is the board preference to give every parent that wants to coach the opportunity to do so. Each coach is considered each year. If a coach has coached in the past, their performance observed and measured by input will be considered to determine if they ought to coach for the upcoming year

Are there certain players who always get to play certain positions?
There are no pre-conceived or pre-determined playing positions and the intent of the league is to ensure that all children have ample playing time and can play different positions if they wish to do so. It is our experience that most coaches want to encourage players to become better and to give them a chance to play different positions.  If your child wants to play a position have them express this desire to the coach so the coach can help them to develop the skill for that position.  

 

Important Information

ATTENTION ALL   4TH & 5TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS   

Volleyball is now a league sport offered to 4th & 5th Grade girls by St. Francis Sports Association.  Practices will begin in early March, with league games beginning late March and ending in mid-May. The volleyball league will coincide with softball; however, practices will be scheduled as best we can on alternative evenings so that those girls who want to participate in both sports are able to do so.   Most, if not all, league volleyball games will be on Saturday afternoons.  Volleyball was introduced to the 4th & 5th grade girls two years ago and it has proved to be a huge success. 

Each team will have a parent coach in the same manner as soccer, basketball and softball.  We are looking for any moms or dads that have played volleyball or just love the sport who will step up and coach.  If we do not have coaches we can't have a team.  The teams will practice two (2) times each week.  Coach McMillian typically will conduct a pre-season clinic to teach the girls fundamental skills.  Volleyball matches will be against many of the same church teams that participate in soccer, basketball and softball.

Please talk to your daughter about playing volleyball.  This is a great opportunity for her to determine whether volleyball is a sport in which she wants to participate in middle school.  It’s also a great opportunity for your daughter to get a jump on developing her volleyball skills.

We hope to see your daughter on the court.