Mercy Montessori School, a private, independent Catholic Montessori School in Cincinnati, OH

“Our aim therefore is, not merely to make the child understand, and still less to memorize, but so touch the imagination.”

-Maria Montessori

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Athletics

Basketball | Soccer | Swimming | Track & Field | Volleyball | Booster Officers

Basketball

Montessori Athletics ProgramMercy basketball is open to all boys and girls in Levels 3-8. Teams play within the CYO. The girls’ season is in the Fall (September-October). Practice typically begins in late-August. The boys play between early-December and late-January. Practice typically begins in November.

Age Eligibility & Divisions

Mercy typically fields five boys basketball teams (one team in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th levels). The girls sometimes combine two grade levels (for instance a combined 4th-5th level team).

Practices are held in the Mercy gym or facilities close to the Mercy campus. Games are held at various locations (none at Mercy). Teams typically practice twice a week (1 1/2 hours per practice). There are 10 games in the season plus a tournament.

Currently, the registration fee is $75 per player per season.

Soccer

Soccer is the largest sport at Mercy Montessori. Approximately 120 Mercy students play soccer each school year. The school participates in both the fall and spring seasons in Soccer Association Youth (SAY). The Fall season begins in early-September and runs through October. The spring season runs from early-April through May. Practices generally start several weeks before both seasons. Player registration takes place in January for the spring season and in May for the fall season.

Age Eligibility & Divisions

SAY Soccer is based upon a player’s age as of July 31 in the current year, not what grade they are in. Here are the SAY divisions:

Passers (ages 6-7), Wings (ages 8-9), Strikers (ages 10-11) and Kickers (ages 12-13)

Mercy typically fields one or two teams per season (boys and girls) at the passer level. At the Wings, Strikers and Kicker levels, Mercy usually fields one boys team and one girls team at each level.

Player Registration
Mercy students can register for soccer using the Blue Sombrero site.

Parents of enrolled students will  receive a link to the site in January and in May.

Mercy Soccer Coordinator Contact Information

Swimming

Mercy Montessori children begin swimming lessons at age 3.

The Mercy swim team is open to Mercy boys and girls from levels 1-8. More than 50 children participate in the program each year. Mercy swimming is under the direction of longtime Athletic Director Tom Grant, who was inducted in the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 following a record-setting college career. Tom won nine Mid-American conference championships (six individual titles and three championship relays). He teaches competitive skills within the Mercy swim program. If you are a parent and wonder if your child is ready, just ask Tom and he will be happy to provide you guidance.

The Season

Practices will begin the second Monday of November and will conclude after the second or third week in February.  We usually hold three swim meets: two in January and one in February.  Meets are held at Xavier University’s O’Connor Sports Center.  Mercy swimmers compete in up to three individual events and two relays.  Meets take approximately 2.5 hours and are usually held on a Friday night.  Warm ups begin at 6:00 and the meet usually starts at 6:30.

Practice is held twice per week in the Mercy pool. First through third levels (boys and girls) practice Monday’s and Wednesdays. Fourth through eighth level practice on Tuesday and Thursdays. Practice begins immediately after school and concludes at 4:30 p.m.

Track & Field

Track and Field at Mercy is open to boys and girls levels 4th-8th. Mercy competes in the CYO.

The Season

Meets begin after Easter and run through late-May. There are typically four to five meets per season including the CYO Championship Meet.

Practices are held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning after school and ending at 5:00 p.m. Practices are held in the Mercy auxillary parking lot (upper car line) or in the Mercy gym when the weather is questionable.

There is a need for more Mercy parents to help with the meets. Please contact Tom Grant for more information.

Volleyball

Volleyball is offered to all girls at Mercy in Levels 4-8. Teams are formed based on interest and parent volunteerism for coaching.

Booster Officers

  • President: David Berger
  • Vice President: Stu Shroyer
  • Treasurer: Mike Heitkamp
  • Secretary: Britton Fraley
  • Equipment Manager: Kim Perry
  • Soccer Coordinator: Shelly Zimmer
  • Basketball Coordinator: Jeff Spelman
  • Swimming and Track Coordinator: Tom Grant
  • Volleyball Coordinator: Kerry Butkovich
  • Mercy Metric Race Coordinators: Dan and Ann Barnes
  • Mercy Metric Picnic Coordinator: Mike and Rachel Heitkamp

Mercy Montessori does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its admission policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.

Mercy Montessori Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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