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Priory Announces Revised Athletics Requirement for 2018

Form II Parent Night
Priory’s head of chaplaincy, Father Augustine, was one of several Priory administrators who spoke with Form II parents about the transition from Junior School to High School.

At a meeting last week to assist Form II families with their transition from Junior School to High School, Mr. Tom Fiala, Priory’s Director of Athletics, introduced a revision to Priory’s athletics requirement beginning in the fall of 2018 – a revision designed to provide additional flexibility for students to be able to engage in other activities in which they may wish to become involved.

Because athletics is a part of the curriculum at Priory, a sports requirement remains in effect for each Priory student. Beginning in the fall of 2018, all High School students must participate on a Priory sports team for two of three seasons, and at least one of these Priory teams must be an interscholastic, competitive team. (The three “sports seasons” are fall, winter and spring.)

Mr. Fiala said that one season of the two-season requirement also can be satisfied by:

  • Participating in a Priory physical education course (either strength and conditioning offered in the fall, winter or spring; or winter soccer)
  • Participating in the Priory winter musical or spring play
  • Assisting in either the management of a team or as a sports information communicator – a new role that will be available to a limited number of students

Mr. Fiala encouraged students to participate in two or three sports each year in order to realize the full benefit of the athletics program.

Serving as a team manager requires the permission of the team’s coach and Mr. Fiala before the season begins. Serving as a sports information communicator requires the permission of Mr. Fiala and Priory’s Director of Communications and Public Relations, Mr. Steve Mamanella. Students selected for the sports information communicator role will help Priory more effectively promote the success of its various sports team both internally and externally, via digital media and more traditional means.

Mr. Fiala shared a number of important dates with Form II parents:

  • High school practice for fall sports begins on Monday, August 6, 2018. The 9-day period prior to August 6 is considered a “dead period” during which time there can be no practices, workouts or meetings with coaches. Official practices for cross country and football begin on August 6, and soccer tryouts likewise begin on August 6 and continue throughout the week.
  • Football camp will be held June 4-8 and July 23-27.
  • Soccer camp will be held June 11-15.

Students or parents with questions may contact Mr. Fiala at

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