OUR LADY OF FATIMA SCHOOL ATHLETIC PROGRAM
Our Lady of Fatima School has a tradition of excellence in its interscholastic and athletic program. Our program strives to build self-esteem and Christian sportsmanship through the challenges of competitive sports.
The following areas are part of Fatima's Athletic Program:
BASKETBALL: Teams are fielded in grades 6th through 8th for boys & girls. The practice season begins in early November. Games begin in December and run through early February. The coaches are trained, non-faculty community members. Every team competes in 2-3 tournaments during the season, usually held on Fridays and Saturdays. Our teams compete in the Catholic School Basketball League. Due to the number of players interested in participating, team selections are made.
VOLLEYBALL: Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, volleyball will be offered to girls in the 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grades. The season starts in August and runs through the month of October. Our volleyball teams compete in the Catholic School Volleyball League with other Catholic schools in the Acadiana area. Our teams also compete in several weekend tournaments throughout the season. Team selections may be made at each grade level. Each grade level will keep no more than 10 girls per team, depending on the number of girls who tryout, there might have to be cuts.
TRACK AND FIELD: Track teams are fielded in grades 5th through 8th with boys & girls competing within their age groups. The track season starts in early February and concludes near the end of April or early May. Our 5th & 6th grade team and our 7th & 8th grade team compete in the Catholic School Track League with 8 other Catholic or private schools. Track Team members in 6th-8th grade also compete in area school-sponsored meets. The 5th/6th and 7th/ 8th graders’ season culminates with the All-Catholic Track Meets.
CROSS COUNTRY TRACK: A program is offered for both boys & girls in 5th through 8th grade. Practices are held 2 to 3 times a week at Fatima or St. Thomas More High School. The season begins in early September and ends in November. Team members compete in school sponsored cross country meets, area road races, and the Catholic School Track League. Meets are usually held on weekdays, with some Saturday mornings.
FOOTBALL: Football is offered to boys in 5th through 8th grades. The season begins in early August and ends the last week of October. Games are played once a week on a weeknight or a weekend. Practices are held daily Monday through Thursday. We field two teams - one of 5th and 6th and one of 7th & 8th grades. Neither team is a member of a league at this time.
TENNIS: A program is offered to boys & girls in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Practice begins in late February and ends in late April. Team practices are held twice a week at a local tennis club. Players are encouraged to work out individually as often as possible. Acadiana area private and parochial schools serve as opponents with matches taking place once or twice a week. If there are not enough boys or girls to fill a team, Fatima will open up participation to 6th grade students. Most matches are played at Beaver Park or Thomas Park in Lafayette. There is no league for Tennis.
GOLF: Golf is offered to boys and girls in the 6th,7th & 8th grades. Players practice twice weekly, either at a local driving range or a nearby course. Players compete in 9 hole matches with one or two other schools once a week. The season culminates with the participation in the All-Acadiana Jr. High golf tournament. Team selections may be made if the number of interested students warrants.
BASEBALL: Boys baseball is offered to 6th, 7th & the 8th graders. We field one team for each grade level. Participants play other schools in the Christian School Baseball League. Practices are held at local parks, once or twice per week. The season begins in early February and runs through early April. If the number of interested students warrant, team selection may be made. Most games are played at the Youngsville Sports Complex.
SOFTBALL: Girls fast pitch softball is offered to 6th, 7th & 8th graders. We field one team made up of 6th through 8th graders. The girls play area schools in the Catholic School Softball League. The girls practice at Youngsville Sports Complex and in the back field. The season begins in early February and runs through mid April. If the number of students wanting to play warrants, player evaluation and selection may be made. Games are generally played at Youngsville Sports Complex or STM High School.
SOCCER: Soccer is offered to boys and girls in 6th, 7th & 8th grades. Teams practice twice weekly from mid November to early February. Games with other Louisiana Middle School Soccer League teams begin in early December and run through early February. Practices are held in the backfield. Most games are played at Moore Park in Carencro. The boys may have a “senior” team comprised of 7th & 8th graders and a “junior” team comprised of 6th and 7th graders. The girls may have one team of the 6th and 7th graders and one team of 6th through 8th graders. Team selections may be made with either team.
SWIMMING: Swimming is offered to boys & girls in grades 5-8. Practices & meets are held at the Robichaux Center pool. The team practices once or twice during the week with leaguewide meets on Saturdays during April. The season culminates with a championship meet in early May.