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 90% participation for eligible students.
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, we believe that our responsibility is to help prepare our student-athletes for their middle and high school careers. We want to see each athlete improve and succeed as an individual 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 directly reflect 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 how we lose.
Basketball is open to all students in 5th & 6th grades. The season runs from late October to early February. We typically have more than half of St. Paul’s 5th and 6th-grade students participate in our basketball program.
We hold tryouts in late October for both the boys and girls teams. Tryouts are usually over the course of a few days and at the conclusion coaches divide the players into two or three teams, depending on participation numbers. There are no cuts and every student is placed on a team.
The white teams (varsity) compete in the HVAC Jr. Division and play against other local independent schools in Davidson and Williamson Counties. This team is the most competitive and is often our more experienced players.
The blue teams (junior varsity) play other junior varsity teams from HVAC Jr. Division schools. 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.
Both the white and blue teams practice twice a week leading up to the season. Once the season begins, practice is at the coaches’ discretion with games taking place during the week.
We also field teams in a local recreational league, if participation numbers are large enough. While some players on these teams have played basketball in the past, some may be playing for the first time. Recreational teams practice once a week, beginning in late November and finishing the first week of March. Their games are exclusively on Saturday mornings.
The goal of the basketball program is 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.
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. Also, a smaller "pep squad" cheers during select basketball home games. There can be two squads (white & blue) during football season, depending on participation numbers. Interest forms are passed out in the 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 with football games on Saturday mornings. Games begin in late August and extend to the first weekend of October. During basketball season, the pep squad practices once a week and cheers during select games on weeknights.
Cheerleading places a heavy emphasis on not only cheering but working together to complete stunts and the fundamentals of tumbling.
Cross Country is open to all students in 4th, 5th, & 6th grade. The season runs from early August to late September, with meets taking place on Saturdays.
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 and the team meets on campus twice a week after school.
St. Paul cross-country coaches teach a love for not only running but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
St. Paul Football is open to all students in 4th, 5th, & 6th grade. We compete in the Parochial Football League against other local independent schools. 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 ) with games on both weeknights and Saturday mornings. Games begin in late August and extend to the first weekend of October.
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.
Golf is open to all students in 4th, 5th & 6th grade. The season begins in late August and runs through the end of October. No tryouts are necessary for the golf team.
The golf team meets off campus one day a week after school for practice and has matches on Tuesdays.
Golf coaches emphasize the love of a lifelong sport and encourage players to work on their form and concentration.
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 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.
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.
Volleyball is open to all girls in 5th & 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 with games varying week-to-week. Games begin in late August and extend to the first weekend of October.
Volleyball places a heavy emphasis on teamwork, basic skills, and comradery.