Athletics at Seton School
At Seton the spiritual growth of the student is of primary importance, followed by intellectual development. Physical education is also important in the student’s growth and should complement and contribute to spiritual and academic well-being. Students are therefore encouraged to participate in athletics.
The sports program, varying with the sport, includes junior high, junior varsity, and varsity teams for both boys and girls. Players will be selected by the coaching staff to be on the team(s) for which they are best suited. Junior high and junior varsity teams will concentrate on learning fundamental skills and physical conditioning to play the sport well. Varsity players will be selected based on their demonstrated skill and knowledge of the sport, and are expected to be sound in the fundamentals so that strategy and conditioning may be emphasized.
Some Interesting Facts:
75% of the school student body participates in Seton athletics.
Seton School is the ONLY Catholic school in Northern Virginia that fields teams for up to three levels (Varsity, Junior Varsity, & Jr. High) per sport for most of its 12 sports teams.
All 24 team’s coaches are unpaid volunteers.
All athletic fields and swimming facilities are rented.
The Seton Conquistadors was the first high school chapter of the Catholic Athletes for Christ in Virginia.
Achievement and Recognition
Recognition for achievement in sports is given by the awarding of letters. An athlete who participates in a sport for an entire season stands out in skill and sportsmanship and shows pride in his school is eligible for a letter.
Parents who wish to become involved in athletics are encouraged to make this known to the school. Coaching, providing transportation, and donation of equipment are several ways parents may assist Seton in its athletic endeavors. All such donations of time and expense will be coordinated by the athletic director.
Sports Management Internship
Seton’s Athletic Department is announcing a new Sports Management Internship program. Open to interested upperclassman especially but underclassmen would be considered, a limited number of positions are available. A complete description of the program and manager’s responsibilities is available from AD Dan VanderWoude and includes completing a Seton-paid CPR course. Participants earn a varsity letter. Underclassman are expected to participate for more than one year. During following years they will serve as trainers for new students chosen. This internship is a great “Extracurricular Activities” addition for students interested in pursuing sports management and athletic trainer studies in college. Contact Athletic Director Dan VanderWoude soon for details.
Colonel P. Memorial Scholarship Award
Celebrating the Scholarship’s 20th Anniversary! Applications are now available for the Seton Athletics Department’s Colonel P. Memorial Scholarship Award. A $500 cash scholarship will be awarded to one college-bound Seton male and one female varsity-level student-athlete who strongly lives and demonstrates the Christian Faith in daily life, in athletics, and through service to the Seton community. All eligible student-athletes should apply as the scholarship is NOT based on financial need, athletic ability or academic excellence. This scholarship honors the deceased Seton teacher and coach Colonel Michael Pennefather; and the values espoused and demonstrated by Colonel P. and, in so doing, perpetuates his teaching.
Click here for the application. Deadline for applications is Monday, May 9.
Congratulations to Jack Vander Woude – 1,000 point milestone as a Seton Conquistador!
Good sportsmanship is emphasized at Seton
Spectators are not to jeer, hiss, boo, or in any way display negative emotions- regarding the referees or opposing teams. Cheering for Seton is encouraged! Players, coaches, and fans are asked to follow these general guidelines at Seton sports events:
- Seton always plays fairly within the rules.
- We maintain poise and composure under pressure.
- We control our emotions and our tongues.
- We play as hard as we can in practices and games.
- We make a commitment to the team.
- We respect coaches, players, referees, and opponents.
- We win and lose gracefully.