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Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
This is spring weather! And, lucky for us, your Cardinals are busy across the board with plenty of action, from the Mustang Invitational track and field meet Saturday to dual golf meet action this afternoon at the Chantilly CC when the Cardinals take on O'Connell in golf. Do yourself a favor and get some sun, enjoy high school sports, attend a game or match!

Thank you to our Athletic Booster Club, who teamed up with our track & field team and our swim & dive team to upgrade our School record boards. They look great and are such an improvement. It's just one more way your membership and support of the Club makes a big difference for the Cardinals. If you haven't joined, it's never too late! Your membership can also qualify your for a discounted ticket for the varsity athletic banquet in May!
It's GREAT to be a Cardinal!
Congratulations to the crew team at the 
Baltimore Invitational Regatta. A job well done by all with gold medals won in both boys' single and girls' freshman eight.
Boys' Tennis
Girls' Lacrosse
For Second Goal parents, sports is a "big picture, little picture" undertaking. The "little picture", of course, is the focus on the game; results, play time, etc. The "big picture" is the life experiences that can be gained from good, and often, "less good" sports encounters.  We all lose at something, somewhere, sometime in life. How do we deal with those challenges, particularly when poor judgment, a mistake, or matter outside our control causes the loss? Those are the teachable moments for parents. Those are the times when, with coaches, we team up to focus on the "big picture". Tough lessons in sports can provide the life skills later in life when "real losses" occur.

TPCAhe Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) awards scholarships annually to athletes who exemplify those characteristics of a triple impact competitor. Applications are open now for the Class of 2017 through May 31st. Go to their website or click here.
Last week we discussed what is necessary for NCAA academic qualification to play upon arrival freshman year, aka a "qualifier". Today, we talk about an "early academic qualifier". To qualify early, a high school student must have three years of English, two of math & science, as well as two additional years of either English, math, or science and five additional core courses in any area. Remember, core courses are the social studies, English, science, math, and so forth. Many Ireton students can qualify for early qualification when they eschew study hall or non-core course electives. It also requires an SAT (math & critical reading) score of 900, or an ACT sum score of 75 and a 3.00 GPA in your core courses. See more at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Sports Medicine
Cardinal Cup Standings
Calling all Cardinals: your chance at gaining ground for your respective team in their quest for the Cardinal Cup is getting smaller and smaller. We have just under a month left in the spring season. Through their outstanding charitable efforts, the Swim & Dive team is in 1st place holding a sizable lead over our Cheer team who sit in 2nd. Through a combination of community service and support for their fellow Cardinals, the standings get tight with Boys' Basketball, Girls' Lacrosse, Softball, and Baseball holding a three way tie for 3rd place. Scoring opportunities abound this week with 7 of our 8 spring sports teams facing either home or away competition. Come out and show your Cardinal Pride and get one step closer to winning the Cardinal Cup.

See our website www.bishopireton.org/athletics
to get the stories and scores for all the games.  Sign up for email updates or follow GRT2BACardinal on Twitter so you are never far from all the excitement of Cardinal athletics!
Get the App for your phone:  NIAAA Sideline and find the only school in Virginia, Bishop Ireton.
With that you can see each day's games, results, what may be broadcast, news articles, and much more.

Bill Simmons, Athletic Director 703-212-5169

Kwinten Brown, Asst. Athletic Director, 703-212-5172

Matt Horton, Asst. Athletic Director/Trainer, 703-212-5171

Ty Gardner, Asst. Athletic Trainer 


Check the Weekly Athletic Schedule for each team's schedule.   



Go Cardinals!! 


Cardinal's Nest School Store
Our Nike Gortex Jacket is perfect for any kind of weather coming our way. Waterproof and Windproof with Storm Fit allowing you to wear it alone or over hoodies or heavier coats. Great for wearing while watching our Cardinals push to victory!! Great for Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts as well! 
Nike Windbreakers are in as well. Both jackets in ALL sizes
All In YOUR School Store
  School Store Hours: 
7:30-8:00 am; 10:30am-12:00 pm; 3:00-3:30 pm, or call 
Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159 to make an appointment  
Crew Fundraiser
Chipotle, Foxchase Shopping Center, 4351 Duke Street
Monday, May 2, 5-8:30 pm
Tell the cashier you are supporting the Crew team.
Boys' Basketball Player Needs a Host Family
Bishop Ireton and the boys' basketball team is looking for a host family for one of their current players. He is a junior and would need a place to live for the 2016-17 school year. Contact Coach Berkman

2016 Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet
Tuesday, May 24th, 6 pm registration & 6:30 dinner & awards ceremony
Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
Click here for more information. You can pay on this site or contact Mr. Horton.

Contact Mr. Horton with the name, number of attendees, and at which team table your student and/or you would like to sit. RSVP by May 18th.
B.I. Athletic Boosters
The Athletic Banquet is just around the corner!  
Click here to join
Email Coby Owens, Membership Coordinator, B.I. Athletic Boosters to learn how to get involved!

Go Cardinals!  

The Cardinal Shop
Visit our online store, "The Cardinal Shop"!   
This Booster Club initiative brings hundreds of Bishop Ireton items right  to your fingertips, and, best of all, the website is loaded with gifts for all ages!   Take a look, your favorite things are in the right color, right size. Click here: MyLocker.net.   Pick up a $10 gift card from the athletic department and Go Shopping!  
Athletic Boosters
Follow the Boosters on Twitter or on Facebook:
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Coaches are also asked to provide photographs for inclusion on the BIAB Facebook page.



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