SJCS Rejoins Carolinas Middle School Conference

Dear St. Joseph’s Catholic School Families,

I am writing to share with you some very good news about our middle school athletic program. St. Joseph’s was recently accepted back into the Carolinas Middle School Conference (CMSC) beginning with the 2018-19 school year. We are happy to return to an athletic conference that our middle school participated in prior to St. Joseph’s joining the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL). Thanks to a clarification in SCHSL rules, we have decided to rejoin this middle school conference. All JV and Varsity teams will continue to participate in the SCHSL, and 7th and 8th graders will continue to be eligible to try out for JV and Varsity teams where applicable.

One of the reasons for joining a middle school athletic conference in addition to continuing in the SCHSL is that 6th graders will now be able to participate on all middle school teams along with all 7th and 8th graders. Joining the CMSC, which includes schools such as St. Mary’s, Prince of Peace, OLR, Spartanburg Day, Mitchell Road Christian, and 6 others, will allow us to add more games to middle school schedules as well as field new middle school teams such as cross country, co-ed golf, and girls soccer.

Additionally, the SJCS football teams are being realigned as follows: in general 6th & 7th graders will play on the middle school team; 8th & 9th graders on the JV team; and 10th, 11th, & 12th graders on the Varsity team. To be clear, the CMSC does not have football. Therefore, SJCS middle school football games will be scheduled on an individual school-by-school basis. This move also has us rethinking MS intramurals as we try to determine which, if any, of these programs should continue.

We are very excited about this move. In addition to broadening the athletic opportunities for our middle school students and including 6th graders on our interscholastic teams, it also gives the students and the school the opportunity to compete against local schools with similar missions and all the synergies that makes possible. Moreover, we think it better aligns our athletic programs throughout the grade-levels and should only improve the experience of our student athletes.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and please stay tuned as we work out any further implications of this change.

Wishing you all the best,

Keith Kiser