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Do Kinkaid graduates play sports at the next level?

Every year, Kinkaid graduates a number of students who continue their athletics career at the next level. Kinkaid graduates play at a variety of colleges, from top-tier Division I to highly competitive Division III.  Many more of our students pursue athletics at the club level at large universities across the country.

Does everyone have to play a sport?

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.  

All Seasons

  • Weight Training with Coach Coleman – 5th, 6th or 7th Periods

Fall

  • Yoga – 3:30-4:45 pm – Wrestling Room – 18 Person Max
  • Fall Tennis 3:30-4:30 pm – Tennis Courts – 12 Person Max (no returning tennis players allowed)
  • Cardio – 3:30-4:30 pm – Track – 24 Person Max 

Winter (Must be able to attend all classes – traveling students should not apply)

  • Winter Tennis – 3:30-4:30 pm – Tennis Courts 12 Person Max
  • Cardio – 3:30-4:30 pm – Track – 24 Person Max
  • Yoga – 3:30-4:30 pm – Meditation Room – 12 Person Max

Spring

  • Cardio – 3:30-4:30 pm - Fondren Gym – 24 Person Max
  • Badminton – 3:30-4:30 pm – Doggett Gym – 18 Person Max
  • Yoga – 3:30-4:45 pm – Wrestling Room – 18 Person Max

How do athletes balance sports and academics?

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.

How many sports can I play?

Students may play three sports per year during the fall, winter, and spring season.  On rare occasions, we have had elite athletes combine track or cross country with a team sport.

How many students play an interscholastic sport?

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.

How often do teams practice?

US teams train for two hours per day, five days per week.  Some sports will also have Saturday practices.

What are the Kinkaid athletics facilities like?

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 practicing or competing.

What are the guidelines for Parent/Coach discussions during the season

Appropriate Concerns for Parent Discussion with Coaches

  • The psychological and physical treatment of your child
  • Ways to help your child improve and develop
  • Concerns about your child’s behavior

 Inappropriate Concerns for Parent Discussion with Coaches

  • Team Strategy/Line-up
  • Play Calling
  • Other Student Athletes

If You Have a Concern to Discuss with a Coach

  • Call or email the coach to set up a time to talk
  • Please do not approach a coach in person before, during, or after a game regarding a concern.
  • If the discussion with the coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution, contact the Athletics Director to further discuss the situation.

What sports are offered each season?

Fall - Boys

Cross Country

Football

Volleyball

Fall - Girls

Cheerleading

Cross Country

Field Hockey

Volleyball

Winter - Boys

Basketball

Soccer

Swimming and Diving

Wrestling

Winter - Girls

Basketball

Soccer

Swimming and Diving

Spring - Boys

Baseball

Golf

Lacrosse

Tennis

Track & Field

Spring - Girls

Golf

Lacrosse

Softball

Tennis

Track & Field

Middle School Athletics FAQ

What summer workouts are offered? Is participation required to play the following year?

At Kinkaid, we offer general strength and conditioning workouts guided by Strength & Conditioning  Coach Everett Coleman, as well as Sport Specific workouts. Please click here to go to Summer Workouts.

What equipment is needed for each sport? Does the school provide all equipment?

Please refer to each individual program page. See the banner on the right side of linked page.

How are MS teams chosen?

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 Athletics 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. 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 & Athletics Director will determine this exemption.

Are there cuts from teams in MS?

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 are always opportunities 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.  

Where do parents pick up 7th & 8th grade students after PE or practice?

Students are picked up at carpool on the West side of the tennis courts adjacent to the gyms.

What parent participation is expected/desired in MS Athletics?

Team parents are assigned to each team.  They are responsible for coordinating snacks, drinks and concessions stand coverage.  All responsibilities are coordinated through the Booster Club.

Are there weekend tournaments for MS athletics?

Yes, there is usually at least one Friday-Saturday tournament per team per season.

When do students choose sports for the following year?

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.

Where do students get a snack and/or drink after practice or prior to a game?

  1. Bring something from home.
  2. Purchase something from the Healthy Snacks concessions stand near the gyms.
  3. 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.

What are the MS Practice times?

Middle School practices begin between 2:40 and 2:45 p.m. 7th grade ends practice at 3:30 p.m. and 8th grade is finished by 3:45 p.m. 

Upper School Athletics FAQ

What summer workouts are offered? Is participation required to play the following year?

At Kinkaid, we offer general strength and conditioning workouts guided by our Strength & Conditioning Coach Everett Coleman, as well as Sport Specific workouts. Please click here to go to our Summer Workouts page.

What equipment is needed for each sport? Does the school provide all equipment?

Please refer to each individual program page.  See the banner on the right side of linked page.

Are there cuts from teams in US?

We will make every effort to find a place for all students willing to participate at the sub-varsity level.  In some sports, space limits the number of participants.

At the varsity level, we will field the most competitive teams possible. 

What parent participation is expected/desired in US Athletics?

Team parents are assigned to each team.  They are responsible for coordinating snacks, drinks and concessions stand coverage.  Responsibilities are coordinated through the Booster Club.

Are there weekend tournaments for US athletics?

Yes, there is usually at least one Friday-Saturday tournament per team per season at the sub-varsity level.  There will likely be more at the varsity level.

Are there Travel Guidelines for Away games?

Athletics Department Travel Guidelines


Student Travel

  • All students will travel to and from contests on the school-provided transportation

  • Students should only be driving to a contest on their own (or with parents) if they are coming from home (i.e. Saturday contest)

  • Students may travel home with their parents from a contest if the parent has requested this exception of the coach (a) in writing and (b) prior to the team’s departure

  • Students may travel home with another student’s parents or an adult relative (not another student) if their parents have requested this exception of the coach (a) in writing and (b) prior to the team’s departure

Travel Attire

  • Travel suit

  • Collared shirt

  • Team uniform

**Jeans are not permissible

Bus Travel

  • When departing, a coach will be responsible for taking an initial head count to make sure all students scheduled to travel are on board

  • When stopping to rest or eat, coaches will get off the bus if/when any students leave the bus

  • When boarding the bus after a stop, a coach will be responsible for counting the students to ensure that all have returned safely

Hotel Guidelines

  • A member of the Coaching Staff will stay on the same floor(s) as their student athletes

  • Coaching Staff will establish a curfew and “lights out” time

  • Coaching Staff will perform room checks at curfew and/or at lights out

  • A member of the Coaching Staff (or  adult designee) will remain in the hallway at least one hour after lights out

  • Students are expected to remain on the hotel premises unless given approval by the head coach to leave (i.e. with parents)

  • Students are not allowed to have non-team members in their room at any time


Fundamental Expectations

  • Students are not to drink alcohol, use illicit drugs, or tobacco products while on a team trip

  • Overall student behavior should not reflect negatively on the school…determination of this type of transgression will be made by the coach staff and/or athletic administrator

Student Discipline (if necessary)

  • Any student athlete that commits an indiscretion of the above rules or who acts in a manner that reflects negatively on the integrity of the school, may be removed from competition. Further, the student athlete may be sent home from the competition immediately (a) if the offense is deemed severe and (b) if there is a mode of transportation available to remove him/her from the premises.

What are US practice times?

Upper School practices begin between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. depending on the sport and the head coach. Some teams will start earlier on Thursdays due to early dismissal for club period. Upper School teams are not to practice more than two hours nor are they to stay later than 6:00p.m., unless the coach has made prior arrangements and the students have made plans for transportation.

It is expected that athletes in school will attend all school-day practices. Any planned absence should be communicated to the coach in advance.

Upper School teams, especially at the varsity level, can have practices on non-school days. The coach will announce these workouts in advance and must inform the Athletics Director and the athletic trainers prior to announcing any such practice. Students need to communicate directly with their coaches if there is a conflict with a non-school day practice.

 Baseball Basketball - Boys  Basketball - Girls  Cheerleading Cross Country - Boys Cross Country - Girls Field Hockey  Football Golf - Boys Golf - Girls Lacrosse - Boys Lacrosse - Girls Soccer - Boys Soccer - Girls Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis - Boys Tennis - Girls

Volleyball - Boys

Volleyball - Girls

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