Fall Sports Information
8th Grade Athletic Information – 2016-17
To: All Incoming 2016/17 8th Grade Students and Families
From: Josh Tobey, Assistant Athletic Director
Welcome to JMS! We are excited for the 2016-17 school year and wanted to take a moment to provide you with information regarding 8th grade athletics. Athletics are a great tool to learn the fundamentals of sport, build team unity, increase school spirit, and build an understanding of commitment, hard work ethic, and responsibility. School sports are somewhat different in nature to non-school sports. No player will be cut and any ability level is accepted in each sport. In terms of athletic experiences, you will find 8th grade is much different than 7th grade. Each of the sports listed below are interscholastic (play other area school teams).
Below are the sports JMS offers to 8th graders, along with approximate start dates, schedule info, and coaches contact information. As a reminder all participants must have an updated physical and concussion form on file at JMS. Summer is a great time to take care of these two items and get them turned in before the school year starts. Both forms, along with all athletic information, can be found by visiting our district’s athletic website at www.johnston.k12.ia.us/athletics.
Summer Camp Info – All summer camps are run through Johnston Community Education. To view 2016 summer camp information and registration, visit https://johnston.ce.feepay.com/ and search for the sport of your choice. All camps are optional for all sports but are a great opportunity to stay active, increase knowledge of the sport, and meet some of the coaches during the off season.
Cross Country – Boys and Girls
Practice will start on Monday, August 22 (this is before the first day of school) at 3:30 pm at Johnston Middle School. Once school begins, practices will start right after school and end at 4:30 pm Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri. On Wednesdays, there will be morning practice starting at approximately 6:00 am (except for Aug 24). A meet schedule can be found by visiting www.cimlcentral.org and clicking on Cross Country – Middle School. Our coaches for next year will be Jodi Buchan (Girls 7/8 Coach) and Chris Harken (Boys 7/8 Coach). Players should wear appropriate running shoes and clothing for both warm and cold weather.
Practice will start on Monday, August 22 (this is before the first day of school) at 3:30 pm at Johnston Middle School. Equipment will be handed out the first day of practice. On August 22-25 practice will be done at 5:15 pm. However, once school starts, practice will run from after school until 5:00 pm on Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri. On Wednesday’s, players will be divided into groups and will rotate coming in before school for introductory weight lifting from 6-7 am. New for the 2016 season is there will be 2 Johnston teams, Purple and Gold. Coaches will spend the first practices evaluating the players and will create two equal teams, both with an A and B team. Both purple and gold will play a different schedule with all dates being the A game first followed by the B game. Coaches for next year will be Tom Griffin and Ben Knight. Players should bring practice clothing (t-shirt, shorts) and football cleats.
8th grade volleyball will start on August 25 (first day of school) at 3:15 pm in the JMS gym. All players should bring appropriate practice gear which includes a t-shirt, shorts, kneepads, and athletic or volleyball shoes. The head coach for the 2016 season will be Sally Corcoran. Coach Corcoran runs the media center at JMS during the school day. Practices will end at approximately 5:00 on Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri. There will be morning practices on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 am at JMS. A game schedule can be found by going to www.cimlcentral.org and selecting Volleyball – 8th grade from the drop down menu.
Throughout the course of the school year, there will be announcements for kids to sign up 2-4 weeks prior to each season on a Google Form. If a student misses a sign up, he/she can still participate in any sport.
Wrestling – 1st day of practice will be on October 13 at JHS wrestling room. There will be approx. 9 meets between 10/27 and 12/19. 7th and 8th grade practice together at either the JHS wrestling room or JMS small gym.
Girls Basketball – There will be two teams, Purple and Gold, each containing A and B team, possibly C. Practice will start on October 13 in the JMS gym. There are 12 games scheduled for each team with the last on December 20. Practices will be from 3-4:30 or 4:30-6 on Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri and on Wednesday mornings.
After Break - Winter Sports
Boys Basketball – 1st practice will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at JMS. There will be 2 teams, Purple and Gold. Each team has 12 games scheduled with the last game towards the end of February. Practices will be from 3-4:30 or 4:30-6 on Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri and on Wednesday mornings.
Swimming (Boys and Girls) – Swimming will start early-mid February and run until spring break. 7th and 8th graders will practice and compete together. All practices will be at Summit Middle School after school. Transportation will be provided to JMS students each day to practice. There will be 4 total meets with the last meet the week before spring break (TBD).
Boys and Girls Track – Track will start the day after spring break, Monday, March 20 after school until 5:00 pm. Both the boys and girls will contain a Purple and a Gold squad. Track meets range from early April until early-mid May. Practices will be held at the Johnston Stadium track or inside the JMS gym each day.
Softball (8th Only) – Any 8th grade girl interested in trying softball, practice will start around Monday, May 15 at the JHS softball field. The season will end prior to July.
For any additional information, please contact Josh Tobey, Assistant Athletic Director, at email@example.com or call 515-278-0476.