What grades does a student-athlete need in 8th grade to play on the Freshman Football team?
To be academically eligible to participate in the athletic program a student-athlete must be passing all classes and have a current GPA of at least 2.0. Academic eligibility will be determined at the beginning of each season by the student-athlete’s academic performance in the previous grading period (Middle School 3rd Trimester grades for incoming Freshmen). Students not meeting the required initial 2.00 GPA will be placed on academic probation through the first three competition weeks as determined by the Issaquah School District. Students who meet the 2.00 GPA criteria but who do not pass all classes will be put on probation through the first two competition weeks. During probation an athlete is expected to practice with the team but not participate in contests.
What is the cost to play?
The Issaquah School District 2018-2019 sports fee is $200. The Issaquah Football Boosters organizes several offseason programs (e.g. Strength & Conditioning, Skill Training, 7v7, Summer Camp) that each have separate costs.
Is financial aid available and, if so, what are the requirements and process to apply?
The Issaquah High School Booster Club does offers assistance for those families with financial need paying the $200 sports fee. For Offseason programs, parents may apply for financial assistance from Football Boosters during the online registration process.
Does each player need a physical exam and medical insurance to participate?
Yes. All incoming freshman must receive a physical upon prior to registering for entering high school football. This must be dated on or after June 1st to be eligible for their upcoming school year. Each player must submit a Pre-participation History and Physical Examination Form found (see Issaquah High School Athletics web site) signed by a medical authority licensed to give a physical examination, certifying that the participant’s physical condition is adequate for all activities in which the student wishes to participate. This physical will be valid for no more than thirteen (13) consecutive months; however, the physical must be valid through the end of the regular season and post season.
How do I sign up for Freshman football?
On-line registration for football typically opens in mid-July. You will need to complete the on-line process, then in mid-August, your athlete will turn in the completed forms, original physical (dated after June 1, 2018), and $200 district participation fee (covers transportation, officials, and related costs) in mid-August to the bookkeeper and athletic secretary at IHS. Your player will then receive a stamped receipt that will need to be turned into the coaches on the first day of practice. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO COMPLETE THIS PROCESS! Offseason programs will be available for online sign-up through the Issaquah Football Boosters web site beginning in December through the summer.
Are there try-outs?
Football is a no-cut sport. Every player that signs-up, completes all required forms and payment, and follows the team rules will be on a team. Unlike youth football, however, there is no playing time requirement.
What activities can 8th grade student-athletes participate in leading up to their first freshman practice?
WIAA rules prohibit the Issaquah High School coaches from working with the players on football-related training until after Memorial Day. The Issaquah Football Booster’s coordinate offseason training programs and strongly encourage all incoming freshmen to participate. These programs include Strength/Agility/Conditioning training, Football Skills, 7on7 Competition, and a 3-night football summer camp.
Where are practices?
Most Varsity and JV practices are held on the IHS football field. The C-team (freshmen) typically have most practices on the adjacent baseball field, but will have some on the football field.
When are games usually played (days and times)?
KINGCO will release Varsity game schedules in July. JV and C-team schedules may release slightly later as schools determine whether they can field teams at those levels. Varsity typically plays all games on Friday nights after 6:00 PM. JV games are on Monday nights. In past seasons, the C-Team (Freshmen) games have been on Wednesday nights.
How many games do we typically play?
Teams will typically play 8 regular season games, but may add a few non-conference games if the schedule permits. The Varsity team can earn playoff seeding and participate in additional games.
Is transportation provided to away games?
Yes. Buses will depart from IHS and return the players back to IHS following the games. All players are expected to ride with the team and coaches on the provided buses.
What equipment/uniform is provided and when is it distributed?
Shoulder pads, helmet, practice pants, thigh/knee/hip/tail pads, practice jersey if needed, and game uniform. Gear will be issued in June for those players planning to attend the Gridiron Summer Camp. All others will receive their equipment during the first week of pre-season practices in August. Uniforms will be issued shortly prior to the first game.
What equipment/uniform must we provide ourselves?
Athletes will be required to purchase a pair of turf and grass cleats of which the primary color must be black (freshman players are exempt from this rule until their sophomore year). The secondary color may be another school color such as white, yellow gold and/or purple.
Can I use my own helmet and/or shoulder pads?
Yes. The helmet color does change from season-to-season and all helmets must look the same (facemask included). It is vital that you check with the head coach prior to Spring Football to determine the proper color. You are also responsible for annual recertification of the helmet. Recertification is not optional.
Do all players learn both Offense and Defense?
Yes. Even our QB’s and kickers need to learn proper tackling technique.
Is there an attendance policy?
Yes. Players must attend all practices or they will be subject to discipline and potential dismissal from the team.
Could I be asked to “play-up” to the JV team?
A few freshman players MAY be asked to join the varsity team for playoff practices.
Can girls play?
Absolutely! We’ve had young women in the program that have earned Varsity letters.
What are my fundraising responsibilities?
The $200 fee each player pays to the school district only covers a small portion of the overall program costs (primarily transportation and league fees). The majority of all football expenses are covered by the Football Booster’s. Football Boosters is made-up of parent volunteers and will need help from all program parents. Without parent and player participation in Football Booster fundraising activities, we simply would not have the necessary funds to support a football program of this size (120+ players each season). All players are asked to participate in fundraising annually.
What do fundraising dollars benefit?
Uniforms, helmets, and equipment not provided by IHS, team t-shirts, team meals, senior helmet awards, senior night flowers, trophies, HUDL video, ipads for coaches to review video on side-line, financial assistance for training programs, and much more.
Who are the Football Boosters?
Football Boosters is a committee appointed by the Issaquah High School Booster Club to specifically fundraise for, and support, the IHS Football Team. It is 100% volunteer run and funded 100% by donations, fundraising proceeds, and sponsorships. Football Boosters supports the football program in a number of ways: providing administrative support for off-season training, providing team dinners during the season, purchasing helmets, uniforms, and other equipment that IHS doesn’t supply, organizing senior recognition and the end-of-season banquet, and much more. When funds are available, Football Boosters may also subsidize a portion of the off season training programs and provide financial assistance to players who cannot afford the full cost of off-season training opportunities. You can apply for financial assistance for training session during the online registration process
What can parent(s) do to become more involved?
We encourage all parents to participate in the Football Booster Committee and many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Emails will be sent to all player’s parents at least monthly, as well as regular updates to social media (Facebook and Instagram). The Football Booster Committee will hold monthly meetings in the IHS Library. All are encouraged to attend. Dates and times can be found on the Football Booster website.