Athletics Frequently Asked Questions
Students are not required to compete on an interscholastic sports team during their Kinkaid career. They may get credits by participating in Physical Education classes or dance. They may also be part of a team as a manager or student trainer. Add list of PE offerings by season.
Playing on a team, especially at the Varsity level, is a big commitment. Our students do many things at the school besides sports, so good time management is essential to success. Varsity teams do miss classes on occasion to travel for competitions, so being prepared and communicating with teachers is imperative. The school is supportive of the students in all of their endeavors outside the classroom.
Students may play three sports per year – one each during the fall, winter and spring seasons. On rare occasions, we have had elite athletes combine two sports in one season.
Kinkaid has extremely high participation rates in Athletics. In the MS, 97-100% of students participate on a team each year. In the US, ~80% of students participate in at least one interscholastic sport. Kinkaid encourages multi sport participation and honors those that participate in all three seasons at the end of the year.
Our US teams train for two hours per day, five days per week. Some sports will also have Saturday practices as well.
We have three gyms, a baseball field, softball field, state of the art batting cages, fitness/weight room, and multiple fields for outdoor sports. We also have a 1550 seat stadium where we play football, soccer, and lacrosse. We have four tennis courts on campus. On any given afternoon you will see some of our more than 80 teams out practicing or competing.
At Kinkaid, we offer general strength and conditioning workouts guided by our Strength Coach, Everett Coleman as well as Sport Specific workouts. Please click here to go to our Summer Workouts page.
- a. Drop down menu by sport
Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Wellness
Philosophy of Physical Education in 7th and 8th Grade Athletics
In alignment with the The Kinkaid School’s mission and core values, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Wellness believes in educating the whole student. This belief carries over into our 7th and 8th grade athletics program.
All 7th grade students are required to participate in a school-sponsored sport each of the three seasons (fall-winter-spring). All 8th grade students are required to participate in a school-sponsored sport during two of the three seasons during the academic year.
Our program is designed to offer students the experience of team sports and growth in the area of lifetime health and fitness. We achieve this goal by offering various team sports and our Lifetime Fitness and Conditioning class in each season (8th graders only). This allows each student to find a level of success in every season. We have three seasons of competition and the sports within those seasons are; fall – football, field hockey, cross country, cheerleading, volleyball; winter – wrestling, soccer, basketball, swimming; spring – lacrosse, baseball, track and field, softball. Finally our Lifetime Fitness and Conditioning class is offered in all three seasons (for 8th grade students only). Each of our offerings will give students a chance to find success while allowing them to explore the various activities that will be offered at the high school level.
The goal of our team sports training is to properly prepare students for their high school experience. In an effort to achieve this goal, each program head (Varsity Level Head Coach) and their staff (Varsity team staff) will make a concerted effort to attend a number of practices each week at all the middle school levels. These visits will allow the program head and their staff to meet the younger athletes, to teach them some skills they will be expected to know at the high school level, and to create the 6-year, family experience of playing sports at Kinkaid.
Our Lifetime Fitness and Conditioning class will allow students to explore a non-competitive environment where they will learn skills, techniques, and activities they can use for lifetime health and fitness. The class will include activities such as yoga, basic plyometric training, basic conditioning and aerobic fitness, as well as various leisure sports.
MS Team Selection Guidelines
1. 7th graders may be placed at their highest skill level, inclusive of participating on an 8th grade team (exclusive of football)
2. 8th graders may not play on a 7th grade team…if they need to be placed at a lower level it must be on an 8th grade “B” team
3. If there are not enough players for an 8th grade “B” team then all 8th grade students will participate on the one 8th grade team. Coaches may still place a 7th grader on that team.
4. Program Heads and the Athletic Director must be consulted before (a) any 7th grade student is moved to an 8th grade team and (b) a decision is made about carrying extra players on an 8th grade team
5. All 7th grade students will participate in a sport during all three seasons (F-W-S).
6. All 8th grade students must participate in a Kinkaid sponsored team sport during two of the three seasons (F-W-S).
7. A fitness/cardio option will be made available to 8th grade students during all three (F-W-S) seasons.
8. An 8th grade student may earn an outside PE credit one (1) time during the course of the academic year. In order to do so he/she must meet the criteria outlined in #6 above. The student must also participate on the Kinkaid team that corresponds with the outside credit.
It is possible to receive more than one credit for Dance during the course of the academic year. The PE Director & Athletic Director will determine this exemption.
We work hard not to cut willing participants. On rare occasions, cuts are made due to space limitations and safety concerns.
In MS, is there a chance to try out a new sport or is previous participation required? Are there A & B teams in every sport?
There is always room to try a new sport. Numbers and space permitting, we will have multiple teams. We will assign students to the team that gives each student the best opportunity for success.
Students are picked up at carpool on the West side of the tennis courts adjacent to the gyms
Team parents are assigned to each team. They are responsible for coordinating snacks, drinks and concessions stand coverage. All is coordinated through the Booster Club.
Yes, there is usually at least one Saturday tournament per team per season
- a. Show list by season and gender
Students sign up in May for the following year.
Each season, there is a 3 day trial period during which the students may switch sports
- Bring something from home
- Purchase something from the Healthy Snacks concessions stand near the gyms
- On some occasions, team parents have provided snacks prior to a game if the period between the end of school and start of game is a bit longer