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Lower School Athletics

Are you interested in allowing your student to have fun and learn sportsmanship with St. Mark’s friends? St. Mark’s parishioners and students in 1st through 4th have a great opportunity to develop sports skills, exercise, have fun, practice good sportsmanship, foster school and church spirit, and prepare for middle school sportsJoin a St. Mark’s Lower School athletic team! Through the United Church Athletic League (UCAL), 1st through 4th grade students can participate in Soccer or Basketball. St. Mark's also offers a cross country team for 3rd and 4th graders.

Lower School Seasons

Fall

Sport CROSS COUNTRY SOCCER
Grades 3rd - 4th grades 1st - 4th grades
Team Type Co-ed Team  Teams are generally same gender, provided the requisite number of players register. In cases where numbers are limited, co-ed teams will be formed. 
Season Aug-Oct Sep-Oct with 3rd-4th grade playoffs in Nov
Meets/Games 1-3 per season 1 weekday game
Practices Tue/Thurs after school 1-2 practices per week on Fri/Sat
Opponents Schools across Houston area Churches in UCAL (United Church Athletic League)

Winter

Sport BASKETBALL
Grades 1st-4th grades
Team Type Teams are generally same gender, provided the requisite number of players register. In cases where numbers are limited, co-ed teams will be formed.
Season Oct-Jan with 3rd-4th grade playoffs in Feb
Meets/Games 1 weekday game
Practices 1-2 practices per week on Fri/Sat
Opponents Churches in UCAL (United Church Athletic League)

Lower School Sports Offered

Lower School Cross Country 3rd - 4th Grades (Fall)

St. Mark’s parishioners and students in 3rd and 4th grades have a great opportunity to develop sports skills, exercise, have fun, practice good sportsmanship, foster school and church spirit, and prepare for middle school sports!

How? Join a St. Mark’s inaugural Lower School cross country team.

Who is eligible? Boys and Girls teams will be formed for 3rd/4th grade with an unlimited number of participants.

When?

  • Practices begin in August.
  • Season ends in mid October.

How much time is involved? 1 weekday game per week, 1-2 Saturday practices per week. Participants will compete in 1-2 Fun Runs with our Middle School cross country team.

Who will coach? Coach Bean will be head coach assisted by Coach Jarrat.

How much does it cost to participate? $200 per player, which includes meet entry fees, uniforms, and coaching salaries.

Who else participates? Annunciation Orthodox, Presbyterian, St. John’s, River Oaks Baptist, St. Anne’s, St. Luke’s Church, West U Methodist, St. Vincent’s and other local church organizations

How do I sign up? Please register online and turn in a check to the front office. All forms including payment and waivers must be received to be considered for a slot. 

UCAL Soccer 1st - 4th Grades (Fall)

St. Mark’s parishioners and students in 1st through 4th have a great opportunity to develop sports skills, exercise, have fun, practice good sportsmanship, foster school and church spirit, and prepare for middle school sports!

How? Join a St. Mark’s UCAL (United Church Athletic League) soccer team.

Who is eligible? Boys and Girls teams will be formed for 1st through 4th grade.

  • 1st and 2nd - 7 players max
  • 3rd and 4th - 9 players max
  • Every effort will be made to create enough teams so that everyone has the opportunity to play. In situation where additional teams are not possible, alternatives will be explored.

When?

  • Season begins in late August
  • Regular season ends in October
  • Playoffs will be played in 3rd and 4th grade in early November

How much time is involved? 1 weekday game per week, 1-2 Saturday practices per week.

Who will coach? Our teams are coached by parent volunteers. Teams must have a volunteer coach in order to be formed. Interested in volunteering your time? Submit our coach volunteer form.

How much does it cost to participate? $200 per player, which includes a UCAL fee, uniforms, pictures, and referee costs.

Who else participates? Annunciation Orthodox, Presbyterian, St. John’s, River Oaks Baptist, St. Anne’s, St. Luke’s Church, West U Methodist, St. Vincent’s and other local church organizations

How do I sign up? Please register online and turn in a check to the front office. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. All forms including payment and waivers must be received to be considered for a slot. 

UCAL Basketball 1st - 4th Grades (Winter)

St. Mark’s parishioners and students in 1st through 4th grades have a great opportunity to develop sports skills, exercise, have fun, practice good sportsmanship, foster school and church spirit, and prepare for middle school sports!

How? Join a St. Mark’s UCAL (United Church Athletic League) basketball team.

Who is eligible? Boys and Girls teams will be formed for 1st through 4th grade. Teams are made up of 8-11 players:

  • 1st/2nd grade teams for boys and girls
  • 3rd grade team for boys
  • 3rd/4th grade team for girls
  • 4th grade team for boys
  • Every effort will be made to create enough teams so that everyone has the opportunity to play. In situation where additional teams are not possible, alternatives will be explored.

When?

  • Season begins in late October.
  • Regular season ends in late January.
  • Playoffs will be played for 3rd and 4th grades, ending in February.
  • Games begin for 1st - 4th grade early September
  • Regular Season will end late October
  • Playoffs will be played in 3rd and 4th grades in early November.

How much time is involved? 1 weekday game per week, 1-2 Saturday practices per week.

Who will coach? Our teams are coached by parent volunteers. Teams must have a volunteer coach in order to be formed. Interested in volunteering your time? Submit our coach volunteer form.

How much does it cost to participate? $200 per player, which includes a UCAL fee, uniforms, pictures, and referee costs.

Who else participates? Annunciation Orthodox, Presbyterian, St. John’s, River Oaks Baptist, St. Anne’s, St. Luke’s Church, West U Methodist, St. Vincent’s and other local church organizations

How do I sign up? Please register online and turn in a check to the front office. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. All forms including payment and waivers must be received to be considered for a slot.