"it takes time to create excellence.
if it could be done quickly,
more people would do it."
if it could be done quickly,
more people would do it."
Former professional linebacker Coach Walker and our beloved Coach Tang implemented a flag football tryout like nothing in our school's history. Student-athletes were put through a battery of fitness challenges on Wednesday that mimicked an NFL combine, before concluding with position-specific workouts this afternoon.
The innovative format created tons of buzz on campus and ultimately attracted 27 candidates (again with 100% adherence regarding sports physicals) for 12-14 spots on the roster. Students demonstrated remarkable grit and certainly made roster decisions extremely difficult for our coaches. Kudos to Coaches Singleton and Heim for making tryouts run so smoothly.
Coaches Walker and Tang will announce the team shortly and we'll host a brief parent orientation meeting following the first practice next week. In the mean time, we encourage all our sports families to order the Booster Club membership card to save a bundle on admission for their entire family at all home matches.
Athletic Directors and coaches from across the state of Texas gathered at the Dell Diamond today for the annual meeting, hosted by our governing body TCSAAL. Highlights captured by our Jubilee ATX crew included the following...
An astonishing 49 students attended volleyball tryouts this week with Coach Heim, Coach Friesen, and Coach Jefferson. Special thanks to Coach Tang, Coach Singleton, and Coach Walker for selflessly lending a hand as well.
Record turnout (and 100% adherence on sports physicals) is a testament to the leadership of our coaches. It’s clear the JAC-ATX volleyball program is in good hands; setup for success both this season and beyond.
Players are encouraged to begin brainstorming ways to plug into our “4S” Vision for JAC Athletics. Specifically the “Service” component, through which we expect student-athletes to impact their team, their school, and their community this season. I’ll also challenge our volleyball teams to replicate what the football program has planned with regards to attire - projecting leadership in the classroom on game days with a more formal look.
Even the young ladies that will not be part of the program this season are "better today than yesterday” because of their courage to step outside their comfort zone this week. Life lessons through sports is what JAC athletics is all about. ALL these young ladies embodied that mantra these past 2 days.
Coaches will formally communicate roster decisions to everyone that attended tryouts via personalized letters this Thursday (8/31). Girls invited to join the Varsity, Junior Varsity (JV), or C teams will be excepted to attend a brief team / parent meeting following practice on Tuesday 9/5 @ 5pm.
We are extremely excited that JAC athletics officially start NEXT WEEK with volleyball and football tryouts. Please note that 47 student-athletes interested in these 2 sports have not yet submitted their sports physicals. They will be unable to tryout or compete with any school teams until doing so.
FLAG FOOTBALL TRYOUTS
VISION, CULTURE & BOOSTERS
Please let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, we are excited to see which young leaders will earn the honor of representing JAC and all their classmates on the court.
We are pleased to announce that Sports Physicals (required for participation with any JAC athletics team) will be offered ON CAMPUS this year thanks to Dr. Erik Weber. We'll have physicians on-site from 3:45-5:00pm (immediately after school) on Friday, August 18th.
Parents can print and complete the "medical history" portion of the physical form and send a $25 check made out to "Weber Chiropractic" if interested. Physicals completed by your family physician are also acceptable, but this is a convenient way to knock them out if you haven't done so already.
Let me start by saying how grateful I am that the JAC leadership team has confidence in me filling the big shoes left by Coach H. I am very blessed that my relationship with the soccer program blossomed into this opportunity and can't wait to get to work.
That said, the timing of our "7 Habits" training couldn't have been more ideal. It inspired me to start developing the mission statement for our evolving athletics department as we head into the new school year. It's still a work in progress and will almost certainly mature over time - mirroring the development of our student athletes and this department as a whole.
Simply put though, our vision is to make Jubilee Austin THE best environment to play middle school sports in all of Texas. That's not necessarily saying we'll have the most dominant and highly skilled teams in the state, though that will certainly be a facet of this pursuit. On the contrary, it's saying that any 6th-8th grade student-athlete would choose to wear the Jubilee ATX uniform if they had their choice of school teams.
So what does it mean to have the best environment? Having competitive teams is a big part of it, but again, it's so much more than that. We want to have the most positive, patient, and persistent coaches of any school. We want to be supported by teachers that are committed to our athletes' success in the classroom. We want to have best-in-class athletics facilities and equipment provided by a great administrative team and a highly engaged booster program. We want to have a student population that supports their peers and empowers JAC teams to "protect our house" at home games. We want to get the community engaged and inspire future JAC athletes through our service work. We want to play alongside the most supportive teammates, who are relentless competitors possessing unrivaled sportsmanship.
I've tried to capture all of these concepts in "The 4 S's"...
To summarize, this is all about playing for a much higher purpose that just wins and losses. Playing to create the best environment means we are playing to create the best leaders and community members, not just the best student-athletes.
I'm thankful to be part of the JAC family and appreciate your continued support of our Athletics Department.