General Background: For more than fifty years Mary Star of the Sea High School has contributed to the spirit and pride of the San Pedro Harbor area through excellence in athletics. This quality athletic program is a natural outgrowth of the Catholic Christian philosophy of Mary Star that seeks to develop all aspects of the human person. The primary goal of the athletic program, in conjunction with the entire educational program of the school, is to develop young men and women of character who possess and value a strong mind, body and spirit.
Student Athletes: To be part of this program is not the right of any student, but rather a privilege which demands a commitment to strive for excellence in all other areas of school life: spirituality, academics, and citizenship. Perhaps in no other aspect of school life is the individual called upon more to represent Mary Star and her Christian values to the world. The Mary Star athlete “wins” by playing and practicing hard and by demonstrating the highest degree of character at all times.
Coaches: Coaches play a highly significant role in Mary Star’s athletic program. They are the natural role models who guide young athletes by their living example. In order to be such a role model, coaches should be completely imbued with the athletic philosophy of Mary Star. Whether on or off the field, they lead their teams by the example of a Christian lifestyle. Whenever exercising their authority, coaches demonstrate respect for the dignity of every player entrusted to their care winning for themselves the true respect of their athletes. In dealing with parents, opposing coaches, administrators, and other adults coaches will conduct themselves in a highly professional and Christian manner. A Mary Star coach represents the ideals and values of the athletic program with dignity, pride, confident leadership, and self-discipline.
Parents: Parents are the primary educators of their children. Mary Star parents are therefore called to teach by word and example the values of the school's philosophy and athletic code. Parents are strongly encouraged to support their daughters/sons during team competition with their presence and positive school spirit. Parents also need to be aware that they represent the school in a special way during all athletic contests. Parents and members of the opposing teams are always treated with cordial respect. The same is true of those officiating in the game. Parents should especially realize that their support of the Mary Star coaching staff, both on and off the field, is a highly significant factor in the achievement of an effective team spirit. Mary Star parents represent the ideals of Mary Star both in the home as well as at all athletic events.
School Community: The Mary Star school community, including students, faculty, staff and administration, show their support of the athletic program by being present to witness and celebrate the talents of student athletes. Their support of Mary Star teams is marked by energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude that flow from the school's commitment to Christ and His way of life. In a special way, the school community demonstrates its Mary Star spirit by offering warm and friendly hospitality to all visiting teams, their families, school, and fans.
Religious Dimension: All participants in an athletic program share in each other’s spiritual development. All practices begin and end with a prayer. Teams experience their unity and oneness on the deepest level through their celebration of the Eucharist together. All athletic events will begin with a public prayer immediately preceding the national anthem or pledge to the flag. For over 50 years, the Mary Star athletic programs have been placed under the heavenly guidance and patronage of Mary, Star of the Sea. All those connected with the athletic program continue to call upon her protection and guidance as the entire school community strives to realize the values and ideals entrusted to it by Christ.