Athletics

At St. Paul Christian Academy, we offer our students opportunities to participate in basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, track & field, and volleyball. In recent years, we have had upwards of 70% participation for eligible students. We believe that every student who wishes to participate in a particular sport should be given an opportunity.

Athletics teaches lessons and values that transcend the playing fields and courts. We believe competition is healthy and our coaches challenge our athletes at a developmentally appropriate level, stressing the importance of resilience, effort, attitude, teamwork, and sportsmanship to glorify God.

Participating in athletics is one way that students experience the three pillars of St. Paul as they strive for excellence, learn to lead, and play in a way that demonstrates their passion for Christ.

 

At St. Paul Christian Academy, we believe that it is our responsibility to help prepare our student-athletes for their middle and high school careers. We want to see each athlete improve and succeed as individuals but not at the expense of the overall team.

Our student-athletes understand that they are held to a higher standard than their peers and that their actions are direct reflections of their team, their school, their families and themselves.

 

We hope to set a positive example for the greater Nashville community by how we practice, how we play, how we win, and even how we lose.

 

 

 

Football

St. Paul Football is open to all students in 5th & 6th grade. Our teams compete in the HVAC Jr. Division against other local independent schools. There may be two teams (fifth & sixth) depending on participation numbers. No tryouts are required for football.

Summer workouts take place two days a week in July with practices beginning the first Monday of August. During the school year, practices take place on campus after school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) with games on both weeknights and Saturday mornings. Games begin in late August and extend to the first weekend of October. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

Our football coaches place a heavy emphasis on developing a better understanding of the game, proper technique, teamwork, and skill development. The aim is to lay the groundwork for developing skills and character traits that are required to be successful in competitive athletics. 

Players must provide their own helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, cleats, and football pants.

 

 

Cheerleading

Cheerleading is open to all students in 4th, 5th, & 6th grade. Cheerleaders lead fall and spring pep rallies on campus and cheers at Saints football games. Typically, there are two squads (white & blue) depending on participation numbers. Interest forms are passed out in spring, video links with all the cheers are sent out in early summer, and cheerleaders are placed in squads during Cheer Camp.

Cheer Camp takes place in early August right before the school year begins. During the school year, practices take place on campus once a week (blue squad) and twice a week (white squad) after school (3:30 - 5 p.m.) with games on Saturday mornings. Games begin in late August and extend to the first weekend of October. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

Cheerleading places a heavy emphasis on not only cheering but working together to complete stunts and the fundamentals of tumbling.

Cheerleaders must provide their own cheer shoes.

 

 

Cross Country

Cross Country is open to all students in 4th, 5th, & 6th grade. All runners compete together against other local schools in the MTAC Cross Country League. Fourth graders run a 1-mile race, while fifth and sixth graders run a course of 1.55 miles. No tryouts are necessary for XC.

Practices begin in early August. During the school year, the cross country team meets on campus twice a week after school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) with meets taking place on Saturday mornings. The season concludes in late September. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

St. Paul cross-country coaches teach a love for not only running but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Students are introduced to distance running by Coach Shannon Mizell, a faculty member who ran at Brentwood Academy and Lipscomb University after beginning her running career as a student at St. Paul.

Runners must provide their own running shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volleyball

Volleyball is open to all girls in 6th grade. No tryouts are required for volleyball.

Summer workouts begin in early August and meet once a week. During the school year, practices take place on campus three days a week after school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) with games varying week-to-week. Games begin in late August and extend to the first weekend of October. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

Volleyball places a heavy emphasis on teamwork, basic skills, and comradery.

Players must provide their own shorts, knee pads, and shoes.

 

 

Golf

Golf is open to all students in 5th & 6th grade. No tryouts are necessary for the golf team.

The golf season begins in late August and runs through the end of October. During the school year, the golf team meets off campus one day a week after school (4 - 5:30 p.m.) with matches on Tuesdays. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

Golf coaches emphasize the love of a life-long sport and encourage players to work on their form and concentration.

Players must provide their own clubs and form of transportation.

 

 

Basketball

 

Basketball is open to all students in 5th & 6th grade. Typically, we have close to 70% of St. Paul’s 5th and 6th-grade students participate in our basketball program.

The White teams (varsity) participate in the HVAC Jr. Division and compete against other local independent schools in Davidson and Williamson Counties. This team is the most competitive and is often our more experienced players. The White teams begin practicing twice a week after school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) in late October and finish the season in the first week of February. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

The Blue teams (junior varsity) play other junior varsity teams from HVAC Jr. Divison schools. Their games follow the White team games and take place during the week with tournaments on weekends. Players on the blue teams usually have a couple of years of basketball experience and enjoy the game, but are not quite ready to play on the varsity level.  The Blue teams begin practicing twice a week after school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) in late October and finish the season in the first week of February. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

We also field a number of teams in location recreational leagues due to high participation numbers. While some players on these teams have played basketball in the past, some may be playing for the first time. Recreational teams begin practicing once a week after school (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) in late November and finish up their season in the first week of March. Their games are exclusively on Saturday mornings. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

It is the goal of the basketball program to further develop each player's skills, provide an understanding of the game, and prepare athletes to continue their basketball careers at their next-level school.

Players must provide their own basketball shoes.

 

 

Track & Field

Track & Field is open to all students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.  No tryouts are necessary for track, and coaches typically determine each athlete's next event on a week-to-week basis. St. Paul is part of the Melvin Black Track Association, competing against local schools such as Brentwood Academy, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Harpeth Hall, and Oak Hill. 

Practices begin after school twice a week (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.) in early March and conclude the last weekend of April. Track meets take place on Saturday mornings, with the last two meets serving as finals. To view the full schedule, visit our calendar page.

Track and field coaches emphasize a love for running and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Working on individual skills while building each other up as a team is a vital part of track & field events at St. Paul.

Runners must provide their own running shoes.