John F. Kennedy Athletics Mission Statement

We will strive to encourage students to participate in activities in which they may achieve proficiency in athletic skills and develop strength, endurance, competitive spirit, sportsmanship, and realistic appraisals of their own potential while participating in programs commensurate with their ability and maturity.

Our middle school attempts to accommodate the large number of students who wish to participate in athletic competitions against other schools. Sports which can handle a large number of students, such as cross-country, wrestling, and track, are operated on a no-cut, no tryout basis so that all who wish to join may participate.
Since only a limited number of students can participate in certain sports such as boys basketball (5), girls basketball (5), volleyball (6), or soccer (11) at one time, a limited number of players are selected for these teams, through a try-out process. To help accommodate more students, a seventh grade team and an eighth grade team are offered for boys basketball, girls basketball, and volleyball.

In order to participate in interscholastic athletics, students must maintain academic eligibility as outlined in Section Four of this handbook. This requirement is maintained so that parents and teachers are assured that involvement in interscholastic athletics will not interfere with our students' academic performance which, as noted earlier, is the primary purpose for their schooling.

Students may participate in one interscholastic sport during each season. To ensure safety, students must have a completed, signed sports physical on file in the school office, complete and return an insurance waiver form to the coach before participating in a try-out, practice, or game for any interscholastic sports team at our middle school. Physicals are good for one calendar year, and can apply to any sport within the year following the examination. 

All 7th and 8th grade athletes must have a current sports physical on file with Mr. Balzhiser,

6th grade athletes may use their 6th grade school physical. 

Schedules and Tryout Dates

All athletes will need a current school physical on file at John F. Kennedy. Physicals expire 395 days after the date on the physical. Athletes will also need a signed Concussion Agreement Form and a signed Student Insurance Waiver. These two mentioned forms can be sent electronically and are located in the Athletics section of the school website.

Due to the continued shortage of charter drivers, transportation to/from MS athletic meets will NOT be available for the 23-24 school year. It is the District's intention to closely monitor this situation, and make necessary changes when applicable. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Intramurals 2024 & 2025

Please meet in the main gym by 3:05 PM on the back wall.

One of the gyms will be used for activities if inclement (bad) weather, and the activity may have to be changed.