Junior high athletics: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports are offered junior high students?

Fall (August - October)

  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Softball

Early Winter (October - January)

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Soccer

Late Winter (January - March)

  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Basketball

Spring (March - May)

  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys/Girls Tennis
  • Boys/Girls Track
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Girls Volleyball

How do I sign my student up to play on a team?

Signups are done online.  Look for the "Sports Sign-Up" webpage under "Athletics" on the homepage. Sign-ups are only open during the following windows:

  • Fall: 
  • Early Winter
  • Late Winter: 
  • Spring

What are the dates for each sport?

***Dates are subject to change***

Fall Season: 
Girls Softball, Boys Flag Football: 
Boys/Girls Cross Country: 
Early Winter Season: 
Boys Basketball: 
Girls Soccer: 
Late Winter Season: 
Boys Soccer: 
Girls Basketball: 
Spring Season: 
Boys Baseball, Tennis, Volleyball: 
Boys/Girls Track: 

How do students find out about tryouts?

Tryouts are posted around school, and announcements are made through the morning student announcements, Knightly News broadcast, and weekly electronic bulletin, TKA Royal Reminders. Student-athletes are expected to make all of the tryout dates and times. If there is a conflict, students should communicate with the head coach if they are unable to make any days. Communication can also be sent to Athletic Director, Joe Maemone. Athletes should dress in athletic clothes for tryouts.

What criteria are used to select team members?

Team members are selected by the head coach of each team and are selected based on several factors including, but not limited to: skill, experience, safety, effort, etc.

For team sports, team are generally broken down as follows: 
  • A Team:  Highest level of competition (6th - 8th graders)
  • B Team or below : Student-athletes that did not make the A Team (7th & 8th graders)
  • Last Lettered Team: 6th grade ONLY level 
*** In cases where there are several 7th and 8th graders, a third- tiered team would be made and designated as C team. All teams are tiered with A being the highest level. The last lettered team is always a 6th grade only team. 6th graders will not play on an A team unless it is appropriate from both a competition and safety perspective.***

How do I find my student's practice and game schedule online?

Full practice and game schedules will be located on your student's TeamSnap account. TeamSnap accounts are created for each player after they have signed up for the sport during the signup windows.
Game Schedules are located under “Teams & Schedules” on the homepage under "Athletics."
  • Method 1: Using the drop down menu on the “Athletics” tab click on “Teams & Schedules."
  • Method 2: Click on the “Athletics” tab and click on “Teams & Schedules” located on the left side of the page.
Find your team and click on the link for that team. Games will only be online once the season starts. 

Can my student play club and school sports at the same time?

Yes!  We just ask that you prioritize TKA games over club practices. Furthermore, any conflicts between the club schedule and TKA athletic schedule should be communicated with your team’s head coach during, or immediately following, the tryout process.

Can my student be in the JH play/musical and also play a TKA sport?

If a student would like to participate in the fall Junior High Musical, they are not allowed to compete in a Fall or Early Winter Sport and vice versa. If a student would like to participate in the spring Junior High Play, they are not allowed to compete in a Late Winter or Spring Sport and vice versa.

When do teams practice and play games?

Each team’s coach is responsible for setting up their practice schedule. Junior high sports are broken into high contact or low contact based on number of practices a week.

High contact sports generally have practices/events 4-5 days a week for 90-120 minutes right after school. Low contact sports generally have practices/events 2-3 days a week for 90-120 minutes right after school. No contact sports have no practices or coaching. 

High Contact Junior High Sports
  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Flag Football
  • Boys Soccer 
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Co-ed Tennis
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Softball
  • Girls Volleyball 
Low Contact Junior High Sports
  • Co-ed Cross Country
  • Co-ed Track

Who is responsible for game/practice transportation?

Each team is assigned one van for all off-site events. The coaches and team parent(s) are responsible for coordinating any additional carpools needed to transport the team. All drivers must have a Background Check and a current Driver's Authorization form on file with the SAO to drive students. Parents that wish to pick up their student from off-site events should plan to be there no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled end time. Coaches are directed to never leave a student at an off-site facility and will default to transporting the student back to TKA once the allotted 15 minutes of wait time has passed.

How do I know if an outdoor game or practice is rained out?

Any schedule change notifications will occur through the TeamSnap app. In the event of cancellations due to weather, an alert will be sent out by noon on any day impacted by weather. If no alert goes out, the event will resume as scheduled.

Why are events scheduled on the nights before tests and finals?

Our league is responsible for scheduling our games and cannot meet the requests of every school. Our league and athletic department collaborate to ensure that we help meet the needs of every school involved, but not all conflicts can be avoided. Please support the Athletic Office staff by giving appropriate feedback when necessary and coordinate with your coaching staff if there are unavoidable conflicts that will affect your student's attendance at a TKA athletic event.

Is it hard to play sports at TKA?

No! In fact, a majority of our students participate on either a junior high or high school athletic team. We offer 65 (20 - fall, 18 - winter, 27 - spring) different sports, including several non-try out sports every season. When they come to TKA, many students discover a talent for a sport they had never tried before.

Which schools do junior high teams play?

The King’s Academy plays a variety of schools in non-league and league play. Our main league is the West Bay Athletic League (WBAL)
For more information on athletics at The King’s Academy, please contact Joe Maemone, Athletic Director.


If you do not see your question answered here or have additional questions, please contact Joe Maemone, Athletic Director

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