• The mission of the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School (CJB) Athletic Program is to promote an opportunity for all children to develop their physical talents, increase self-confidence and self-esteem, and promote the values of sportsmanship and teamwork in a manner that is grounded in our love of Christ and Catholic faith.

    The philosophy of the CJB Athletic Program is to preserve the virtues of teamwork even when different individual personalities come together, each with different talents, attitudes and viewpoints. CJB recognizes that our Catholic faith calls us to demonstrate our commitment to each other and to our brothers and sisters, and sacrifice for the greater good of the team. As a Catholic community, we cannot submit to the principle that certain conduct is acceptable because “others do it.” We must expect more of ourselves, and be guided by the values and sacrifices of Jesus Christ our Savior, with the realization that there is no greater responsibility from God than protecting the physical and emotional well-being of a child.

    Through participation in the CJB Athletic Program, students may develop life-long skills and positive values including:

    • leadership,
    • healthful living habits,
    • self-discipline,
    • integrity,
    • respect for rules and regulations,
    • and the ability to participate with dignity and grace.

    Athletic Handbook

    The CJB Athletic Program provides an instructional sports program as an extension of the CJB academic and faith-based curriculum. As such, each participating student must follow the policies and procedures set forth in this handbook to ensure continued participation in the selected activity. The CJB Athletic Program will follow a “no cut” policy as long as participants practice with the team regularly, positively contribute to the team and maintain academic standards. All participants will learn the fundamentals and strategies of each sport and be given the opportunity to develop those skills in practice and games.

    Athletic Code of Conduct

  • Athletic Contacts/Links

    Matt Eddington, Athletic Director

    (708) 403-6525 ext. 149


    SSBL, South Suburban League

     Southside Catholic League

    St. Alexander Volleyball League

    Sports Offered
    • Sport
    • Girls Basketball
      Registration: April - May
      August – November
    • Cross Country - Girls & Boys
      Registration: May - June
      August - Novemberl
    • Boys Basketball
      Registration: August - September
      November - March
    • Girls Volleyball
      Registration: August - September
      November - March
    • Boys Volleyball
      Registration: January - February
      April – May
    • Cheerleading
      Registration: March
      July – March
    • Golf - Girls & Boys
      7th-8th grade Only
      Registration: March
      April – May
    • Bowling
    Registration and Physical Forms

    All student-athletes must have current registration forms signed and turned in to the Athletic Director in order to practice with their respective activities–these cover participation in ALL athletics programs for the current school year. We must also have a current physical on file.

    Player Parent Evaluation Forms































  • Interested in Coaching?

    Coaches have the greatest responsibility and opportunity to guide and influence the student athletes. Coaches assume the role of a teacher, mentor, and minister to the young people in their charge. A coach’s attitude and behavior are critical to modeling good Christian Catholic sportsmanship, both in word and deed. The careful selection of coaches is vital if the athletic program is to reflect the Mission/Philosophy of the school sports program. Conduct by a coach that is inconsistent with the Mission of the CJB sports program as outlined herein will not be tolerated.

    Please contact the Athletic Director for the forms and answers to any questions relating to coaching at CJB.

  • Coaching Requirements
    • Complete On–Line Criminal Background check
    • Attend Virtus Training Class
    • Read and sign Code of Conduct
    • Complete Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking Form (CANTS)
    • Submit Virtus On – Line Training Report
    • Complete Mandated Reporter Training
    • Complete Concussion Training