in what sports does our school compete?
We will be creating school teams for the following sports:
- Volleyball (Girls Varsity, Girls JV)
- Flag Football (Boys Varsity)
- Cross Country (Boys and Girls)
- Basketball (Boys Varsity, Girls Varsity, Boys JV, Girls JV)
- Track (Boys and Girls)
- Soccer (Boys Varsity, Girls Varsity)
are school teams only open to 6th-8th grade students?
YES! Jubilee ATX currently only offers official school athletics to middle school students. We STRONGLY encourage ALL 6th-8th grade students to tryout for ALL sports of interest. We are in the process of creating K-5 leagues that will compete against neighboring RRISD and PFISD elementary schools. This will take some time to come to fruition as we work to build a custom league from scratch. In the mean time, we have other great options for K-5 student-athletes.
What options are available for k-5?
Elementary school students are encouraged to participate in club sports of interest to complement their daily Athletic Conditioning segment with our coaches. Jubilee ATX is proud to have a preferred partner for most of the sports offered by the school at the middle school level. These partners were selected based on their affordability, proximity (many practice and play games right here on campus), and strong commitment to our schools success (i.e. providing consultants for our school teams). Almost all of these partners also regularly host free or discounted camps and clinics for Jubilee ATX students of all ages.
Does it cost money to compete for the school?
NO! There is no direct cost to compete for school teams. Jubilee ATX will cover all uniform, league, referee, field utilization, and tournament fees for our teams. However, families may incur expenses for equipment above and beyond the standard uniform kits. For example, football cleats and receiver gloves, soccer cleats and shinguards, and volleyball kneepads, etc. Athletes competing in club sports will have to cover those registration costs, but most our partners offer discounts and flexible payment plans.
can my child compete in multiple sports?
ABSOLUTELY! We HIGHLY encourage students to compete in as many sports as they'd like assuming they are prioritizing academics and maintaining a healthy balance (family time, social time, rest and relaxation). Many of our strongest athletes are stars in multiple sports and some even represent club teams outside of school. TCSAAL does a nice job creating their academic calendar to avoid overlaps for the most part (cross country being an exception). While there is little to no down time between sports seasons (football rolls right into basketball which rolls right into track which rolls right into soccer for example), it's very common for Jubilee ATX students to represent several school teams.
Do the sports overlap? when does each begin and end?
Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the school's athletics calendar. This shows beginning and end dates for the sports we offer as well as typical practice times. It also includes key dates such as tryouts, parent orientation, and the end of season party for each sport. Once game schedules are released, those will be posted to this calendar as well. Generally speaking, most sports conclude with regional and state tournaments as well (also included on the calendar).
when and where are practices?
All practices will take place from 3:45-5:00pm in the middle school gymnasium, practice turf, our outdoor field. Cross Country and general conditioning for other sports may take place in the neighborhoods surrounding campus per the expectations those respective coaches will set at parent orientation. Players are expected to be suited up in appropriate gear and READY TO BEGIN (not getting dressed) promptly at 3:45pm. Parents are expected to be on campus promptly at 5:00pm for student pickup, as coaches and consultants will be relieved of their duties at that time and often have to depart to other commitments.
when and where are games?
Roughly 50% of games for each sport will be played at Jubilee ATX facilities (i.e. "home" games). Students will be expected to travel to opponent campuses for "away" games for the remainder of the schedule. Games take place after business hours (5-8pm) and will vary by sport. All game times will be posted to the Athletics Calendar once published. Parents are responsible for coordinating rides for their children these activities and having students ready to play NO LATER THAN 30 MINUTES prior to posted game times. Track and Cross Country will have all events "away" due to the nature of those sports. Generally speaking their are 1-2 games per week for each sport. It's important to note that practice will NOT take place on gamedays. It's also worth noting that Jubilee ATX teams typically get a few more "home games" than our competition since we agree to serve as a host site for most sports.
what is required to tryout for a team?
Every student is required to complete a sports physical prior to trying out. Parents are also required to complete the concussion form before athletes can compete. Completing this process WILL cover students for ALL sports for an entire school year. It is NOT required to repeat physicals or submit concussion documents for every sport. Parents are expected to cover any medical expenses associated with their child's physical. We hope to make an affordable physician available on campus on a few dates to make this process convenient as possible for our families.
what is required for my child to remain eligible?
Athletes need to maintain a "C" average (>70%) in ALL classes to remain eligible. Additional academic requirements will be posted for the upcoming school year once finalized. Failing to meet all expectations articulated in the Student Handbook will also be grounds for athletic suspension or removal. Athletes can also become ineligible for competition due to disciplinary or conduct issues documented by faculty, coaches, or the Athletic Director.
do school teams compete in postseason play / tournaments?
YES! Most sports conclude with regional and state-wide tournaments if our teams earn an invitation following the regular season. Tentative dates for these events are listed on the athletics calendar. The cost of competing in these events (other than travel, etc.) are covered by the league fees paid by Jubilee ATX.
does the athletic department provide awards?
YES! We typically do a team event such as a "parent vs. players" battle at the conclusion of each respective season. Pizza and drinks are usually provided as our way of thanking athletes. We also plan a larger end of year Sports Banquet, at which student athletes are provided a nice meal and awards are distributed by our coaching staff in recognition of exemplary performance. We also hope to start tracking school records for the various sports starting this year.
who coaches the school teams?
Jubilee ATX school teams are coached by a combination of our Athletic Conditioning staff and highly credible consultants from our community that are eager to contribute to the school's mission of having the best middle school sports environment in Texas. Students have remarkable relationships with their daily AC coaches and the additional assistance from the most well-respected basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football leaders in the area helps differentiate Jubilee ATX athletics programs from those offered at other schools. In other words, we are proud that our student-athletes aren't being coached by non-experts that were "volun-told" to coach a sport they've never played at a high level. You'll find the exact opposite with our Jubilee teams thanks to a great group of leaders eager to develop your children into leaders both on AND off the field.
HOW CAN I HELP THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM OR MY CHILD'S COACH?
We plan to introduce the school's first Booster Club in the not too distant future. This will provide an opportunity for generous parents and community members to help us create the best environment in middle school sports. If you or someone you know is interested in funding awesome uniforms, providing quality equipment, ensuring safe travel for our athletes, funding additional development opportunities, or any other creative ideas to improve our program, our Athletic Director would love to hear from you! We are eager to form synergistic relationships with community leaders that truly consider themselves a member of the Jubilee ATX family. Even modest contributions of a few dollars here or there would go a long way. Aside from monetary assistance, perhaps the most scarce resource is time. Our coaches do a TON for these children and are grateful for ANYTHING parents can do to empower staff to spend as much time as possible actually COACHING. This can include taking stats or managing the scoreboard during basketball games, setting up / tearing down equipment for volleyball / football games, or filling water bottles for the soccer games. If you have even 10 minutes to spare each week during the season, we will find a way for your contribute. Reach out via the Contact Form if you are interested in helping in any way.
What Does zero tolerance mean for parents?
Jubilee ATX parents are expected to only provide encouragement and support to both our athletes and our opponents. Other than that, our athletic department will maintain a strict Zero Tolerance policy for anyone in attendance at all official home and away activities and practices. This means that parents are strictly prohibited from providing coaching or tactical instruction (even to their own child), communicating with referees, or directing unsupportive language at opposing players or parents. Athletes, families members, or friends failing to meet our expectation of demonstrating unrivaled sportsmanship and maintaining the best middle sports environment in the state will be removed WITHOUT WARNING and potentially disallowed to attend future Jubilee ATX events.