Welcome to the home of Cardinal Athletics!

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The administration of Pope Francis Preparatory School believes that athletics are an extension of the classroom, affording student-athletes opportunities for growth, learning, leadership and excellence. Pope Francis offers a variety of sports in the fall, winter and spring seasons. We encourage students of all abilities to get involved in our athletic programs. Please contact our Athletic Director, John Goda, if you have any questions about our sports teams or if you need additional information.

Athletic Director: John Goda (413-331-2480 ext 4415 or jgoda@popefrancisprep.org)

Athletic Trainer: Sarah Myers (smyers@popefrancisprep.org)

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All athletes MUST have a valid physical on file with the school nurse in order to practice or tryout. Physicals are valid for a total of 13 months.

All required forms and information for athletic participation must be submitted electronically, through SportsWareOnLine.

Click here for instructions on accessing SportsWareOnLine

Fall 2019 Sports Information

There will be a meeting for all parents of fall sports athletes on Tuesday August 13th at 6 pm at school.

Elms College School of Nursing is offering free back to school and sports physicals for Pope Francis athletes, on Saturday August 17th from 10 am until 2 pm, at the Dooley Center on the campus of Elms College. These physicals will satisfy the MIAA requirement.


Starting with this upcoming fall season, all athletes must complete their baseline concussion testing in the presence of the athletic trainer. As a result, ALL athletes must take the baseline concussion test at school, with Ms. Myers, prior to the start of the fall season. Each fall team has been assigned times at school, prior to the start of the season. All athletes must attend one of these sessions in order to tryout for a fall team. Athletes who do not take the baseline test with Ms. Myers are ineligible to tryout, practice or play in a game.

Schedule for teams to take the baseline concussion test with Ms. Myers:
Monday 8/19
Boy’s Soccer 9am-10am
Girl’s Cross Country 10:30am-11:30am
Golf 4pm-5pm
Girl’s Soccer 5:30pm-6:30pm

Tuesday 8/20
Boy’s Cross Country 9am-10am
Girl’s Soccer 10:30am-11:30am
Girl’s Cross Country 4pm-5pm
Boy’s Soccer 5:30-6:30pm

Wednesday 8/21
Golf 9am-10am
Make-up Time 10:30am-11:30am
Boy’s Cross Country 4pm-5pm
Make-up Time 5:30pm-6:30pm

Tryout/Practice Information
Boys Soccer
Boys Soccer tryouts and practices will start on Thursday 8/22.  Players are expected to attend all sessions and practices each day. For more information about the boys soccer team, contact coach John Pantuosco (jpantuosco@longmeadow.k12.ma.us)

Thursday 8/22: 9 am – 11 am and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday 8/23: 9 am – 11 am and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday 8/24: TBA (there will be practice this day)

Girls Soccer
Girls Soccer tryouts and practices will begin on Thursday 8/22. Players are expected to attend all sessions and practices each day. For more information about the girls soccer team, contact coach Keith Messier (kaimaclain@gmail.com)

Thursday 8/22: 8 am – 10 am and 3 pm – 5 pm
Friday 8/23: 8 am – 10 am and 3 pm – 5 pm
Saturday 8/24: TBA (there will be practice this day)
Sunday 8/25: Scrimmages at Smith Academy (starting at noon)

Golf
Here is the schedule for golf tryouts and practices:

Thursday 8/22:
11 am – 1:30 pm at Franconia (9 hole evaluation). Students should bring their own clubs and balls. Please dress in golf attire. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the golf course.

Tuesday 8/27: 2:30 – 5 pm at Franconia (9 hole evaluation) There will be a bus from school to take students to Franconia. Students should get picked up at Franconia at 5 pm.

Wednesday 8/29 and Thursday 8/30: 2:30 – 5 pm at Franconia. There will be a bus from school to take students to Franconia. Students should get picked up at Franconia at 5 pm.

For more information about the golf team, please contact coach John Anziano (janziano@popefrancisprep.org)

Boys and Girls Cross Country
Here is the schedule for boys and girls cross country practices:

Thursday 8/22: 6-7:15 pm at Whiting Reservoir in Holyoke (the area we will meet at is at the end of Mt Park Road, off of Route 5/Northampton Street)

For more information about the boys cross country team, please contact coach Dan Walsh (walsh82077@gmail.com).

For more information about the girls cross country team, please contact coach John Goda (jgoda@popefrancisprep.org)