Wildcat Athletics

Character and Confidence


Our STA athletic program emphasizes Christian principles and good sportsmanship between teams and among athletes for students in 5th-8th grade.

5th Grade–8th Grade: Dallas Parochial League 

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School participates in the Dallas Parochial League (DPL). Beginning in 5th grade, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School students have the opportunity be a part of the STA athletic program emphasizing Christian principles and good sportsmanship between teams and among athletes. Competing in the Dallas Parochial League, along with 29 other Catholic Middle Schools, we offer 9 different sports throughout the year. Last year, 96% of all STA 5th–8th grade students participated in at least one DPL sport!

In addition to playing sports with their friends and being coached by parents and former alumni, students love the feeling of pride that comes from competing as a Wildcat.

Learn More About Sports at STA and the DPL

In order to participate in athletics, please do the following:

  1. Register for your sport BEFORE the deadline. The Athletic Director will send an email with registration and payment information before each season begins.
  2. Complete the DPL Sports Physical Form and email to physicals@staschool.org.
  3. Complete Impact Concussion Testing (all 5th-8th grade student athletes). Click here for more information. 
  4. Become a Booster Club Member. Booster Club not only provides vital support for our athletic programs, but also gives members reduced athletic fees!
  5. STA requires all student-athletes maintain acceptable grades and satisfactory behavior.

Athletic Mission

The mission of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Athletic Department is to provide an athletic program with an emphasis on Christian principles and good sportsmanship, and to govern healthy competition between teams and among student-athletes in grades 5th-8th. The Athletic Department is an integral part of the total education system provided by the school where young men and women are taught lifetime skills of doing one's best, teamwork and leadership. The Athletic Department strives to develop student-athletes' bodies, minds and spiritual beings into strong, contributing members of society and the Parish community.

Athletic Philosophy

Student-athletes, coaches, parents and spectators are to keep in mind at all times that the contests in which the student-athletes compete are games. They should be fun for everyone involved. Winning is a worthwhile goal and purpose when viewed in the proper perspective. When doing one's best, enjoying intense competition, and receiving the character building benefits of competition, winning can be a most honorable goal. Activity programs provide valuable lessons for practical situations -- teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing, and hard work. Through participation in activity programs, students learn self-discipline, build self-confidence, and develop skills to handle competitive situations.

I coach basketball because it is full of much of what is in life. There is hard work, competition, team work and strong passion. Kids learn about the game and themselves through listening, training and sometimes the hard way, by failing and having to pick themselves up. I love to see the rapid improvement in players over the season. I love to see when the light bulb goes off and they get it. I love to see the excitement of accomplishing as a team what can’t be done as individuals.

-Bob Hartmann, Volunteer Coach

Our Stats



of Middle School students participate in a STA sport

All Sports


different sports offered every school year



number of basketball teams in 2021-22 season



DPL Championships



5th, 6th, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams



students that want to play get to play



alumnae coaches



of students have continued onto catholic high school

Our Partners

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Dallas Parochial League

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The DPL is the official athletic league of the Diocese of Dallas offering leagues for 29 member schools. DPL website


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Booster Club

Wildcat Pride

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Committed to supporting our student-athletes, promoting volunteerism, and instilling school spirit. Booster Club Info


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Spirit Store

Wildcat Spirit

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The Spirit Store is the place to buy your Wildcat Gear. Spirit Store Info