Philosophy of Athletics
Devon Prep’s Athletic Program is an integral part of physical education and an intrinsic phase of the educational curriculum of the school. In athletics, students are afforded an essential opportunity for the practice and perfection of personal and group skills which have been presented in the more formal physical education class instruction.
Athletics, like physical education, is conducted so that it contributes to the development of vigorous health and physical fitness, and to a positive attitude toward their maintenance throughout life; to the development of a variety of useful and wholesome recreational skills; to the development of play interest, habits and attitudes which will be useful in finding wholesome outlets for recreation during leisure time throughout life; to the development of desirable social growth and adjustment and to the relief rather than the increase of emotional strains and tensions.
The Devon Prep Athletic Department seeks to develop loyalty, sportsmanship, perseverance and leadership in each of our students. We encourage students to participate in athletics, granting each student the opportunity to continue playing his favorite sport or to try something new.
One of the great benefits of a small school such as Devon Prep is the opportunity for students to compete at a high level. Relative to many of their peers at larger schools, Devon Prep students enjoy an excellent opportunity to compete at the varsity level on a regular basis.
Devon Prep is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (P.I.A.A.) and therefore is eligible to participate in all P.I.A.A. sanctioned play-offs, meets, etc.
For the ninth through twelfth grade students, Devon Prep is a member of the Bicentennial Athletic League (B.A.L.) which is made up of public and private schools in Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. Within the B.A.L. , our school fields varsity teams in the following: cross country, golf, and soccer in the fall; basketball and indoor track and field in the winter; baseball, tennis, track and field in the spring. Also in the spring Devon Prep sponsors a co-operative lacrosse program with Delaware County Christian School. We will also field freshman teams in basketball and soccer if participation warrants.
For our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in basketball and soccer Devon Prep competes in the Catholic Academy League. For our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in baseball Devon Prep is a member of the Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.). The school participates in baseball in Region 17 which includes Chester and Delaware County parishes’ or school.
Requirements for Athletic Participation
In order for a student to participate in our interscholastic Athletic program he must:
- Satisfy the School’s academic and conduct requirements.
- Satisfy all eligibility requirements of the P.I.A.A. and B.A.L.
- Have a physical examination and written parental permission prior to beginning practice in each sport.
- Have a parent present for a pre-season meeting with the athletic staff.