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Parents/Guardians Information

Understanding The Football Program

Overview

Kang Football is comprised of several separate but related programs that are intended to provide student athletes with year-round fitness, training and team building activities.

2020-2021 Season

Due to the pandemic, the football season has been adjusted to meet new guidelines and is being held from Mid-February to Early-April. Check the calendar for the latest schedule.

Typical Seasons

The Lake Washington School District  divides the year into Winter Sports, Spring Sports, Summer Athletics and Fall  Sports. Football is considered a Fall Sport with Summer Athletics.

  • Spring Season (Summer Athletics) - Runs late May through mid-July, this season gives players and coaches a chance to get to know each other, practice, experiment with different positions an

d learn about Kang Football. The season concludes with a team scrimmage. Registration opens May 1st. Clearance cards will be issued starting on May 13th.

  • Summer Practices - Held on Wednesdays from July 1 - July 22. These practices help the team build skills and connections.  
  • GRIT Camp - A 3-day trip where players and coaches can bond, work on skills and practice. Registration is open from Feb 25 - July 15.
  • Strength and Conditioning (Spring & Summer) - Team building, weight training and physical fitness. Meets typically 4 days a week in the weight room. 
  • Fall Season - Runs Aug. 19 - Dec 11. Games are weekly and culminate with the Playoffs and State Championship. Registration is open Aug. 17th.
    • Strength and Conditioning (Fall & Winter) - Team building, weight training and physical fitness. Meets typically 4 days a week in the weight room. 

To participate in any of these activities,  student athletes must be registered with the district during the open enrollment period for each season.

How We Manage It

Managing a football program with multiple teams and a 100+  players, coaches and staff across the whole year is complex. Some elements are managed by the Lake Washington School District and others are managed by the Kang team and the Gridiron Booster Club.

  • Lake Washington School District - Requires athletes to  be registered for Summer Athletics to participate in the spring and summer football activities and register separately for the  Fall Football season. Parents can go to Final Forms, fill out and submit the 3 required registration forms, then pay the district managed fees using Online Payments  during each enrollment period.
  • Kang Team Coaches / Gridiron Club - The coaches and Gridiron Club partner together to coordinate and manage the day to day team communications, schedules and events with the goal of having the coaches spend as much time as possible with the players and the Gridiron Club being the primary connection to the parents and the community. 

REGISTERING FOR THE SPRING OR FALL FOOTBALL SEASON

There are several steps involved in registering your student for the football program, getting them connected with the team communications system and making sure that parents/guardians are kept informed.

Student Activities 
  1. Students must with their parent/guardian's permission register for a Hudl account at Hudl.com/jointeam and use Team Code: fdgwvj3
Parent Activities 
  1. Parents must register their player on the LWSD website by going to Final Forms, filling out and submitting the 3 required registration forms, then pay the district managed fees using Online Payments  during each enrollment period. This can only be done during the open registration periods.

Required PARENT/GUARDIAN VOLUNTEER TIME

Parent/Guardian Volunteer Time

When you look at all the games and events throughout the year across all three teams,  there are more than 100 jobs that require a volunteer. We need each student athlete's family to take on at least two of these jobs so that we can cover everything.

Here is a sample list of the volunteer activities where you need to help:

Where What Description People
All Games Photographer Walk the stadium and photograph the team and game in action 1-2
All Games Videographer Video each play and upload them later to Hudl for coaches & players to be able to review later 1
All Games Team Fuel Coordinate drinks, protein bars, bananas, etc.… for the team at each game (No previous experience needed) 1
All Games Play Spotter Give the statistician & announcer updates on referee calls &  ball  spotting information after each play 1-2
All Games Game Statistics Compile game statistics and send to Kingco by Saturday morning 1
Home Games Chain Gang Be on the field moving the markers and chains for each down. No previous experience needed 4
Home Games Announcer Be the voice of the Kangs on the public address system calling the games and making announcements  1
Home Games Scoreboard Mgr Keep the scoreboard up to date with the score, clock, downs, etc.…   1
Home Games Program Dist Program Handout: Handout Programs at the games 1
Varsity Games Video Production

Help in setting up and managing the End Zone, Press Box and Sideline video system at each game

3

Varsity Practice Videographer Video each play and upload them later to Hudl for coaches & players to be able to review later 1
Weekly Dinner Team Dinner Team Dinner Coordinator 1-2
Weekly Dinner Team Dinner Team Dinner Volunteers 4-6
Event Senior Night Senior Night Celebration 2-3
Event Equipment Returns Year End Equipment Return 4-6
Event Banquet Year End Team Awards Night 2
Fundraising Pre-Season Pre-Season Fundraising Committee 4-6
Management Gridiron Board Provide leadership, management and coordination throughout the year 8
 

Program Cost

The football program is completely dependent on parents and guardians in the three key areas of financing, volunteering and being a fan. Without this support the program cannot run.

We appreciate and acknowledge that every family's situation is different. For some families, time and financing are easy to give. For other families, time or money might be more of a challenge and we understand that too. That's why we are a Kang Family! We look for each family to help the best they can, where and when they can and we trust that we'll have more than enough time and money to do what is needed to give the players a great experience.

Cost Summary:

 

Event Costs Due Date Description Managed By

Registration

 

$250 Now
  • Away Game Bus Transportation 
  • Insurance
  • Required minimum staffing
LWSD
Program costs per Player - funded through parent donations $400 Ongoing
  • Endzone & Press Box Video Equipment 
  • Sideline Instant Replay Video 
  • Hudl Video Subscription – Players & Coaches Game Footage Review System
  • SportsEngine Website for Player & Parent Communications
  • Weekly Team Dinners
  • End of Season Awards Banquet
  • Game-Day Program
  • Senior Night
  • Helmet Decals
  • Athlete Scholarships
  • Coach Support (Gear, Training & Software)
  • Team Equipment (e.g. Shield Pads, Tackling Wheel, Sleds)
Gridiron
Total $650   Typical minimum costs per student athlete each year  

 

Matching Funds & Matching Time

Many companies will provide matching funds for financial donations employees make to qualified charities. In some cases companies will also make a financial contribution for each volunteer hour their employees spend on qualified charities. The Gridiron Club is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.
Please consider if your donations can be matched by your employer and submit the requests whenever possible.

Fundraising

We appreciate that families have their own views and abilities when it comes to paying for their student athlete's program costs.

If a family is able and wants to write a check upfront for the season costs and not engage in community fundraising, that is fine. For others, the Gridiron Club coordinates several fundraising activities throughout the year to help families defer the program costs. These events may include:

  • Hour-A-Thon - Students collect names of extended family and friends and make calls asking for financial donations
  • Gold Book - Athletes can sell coupon books that advertise local businesses
  • Auction  - A Kang football tradition. The Annual Auction is a chance to eat, drink, socialize and bid on fabulous merchandise
  • Program Advertisements  - We sell advertisement space in the game program
Scholarships & Scholarship Donations

When possible, the Gridiron Club  tries to offer partial or full financial scholarships for student athletes for who need it. We don't want finances to  be a blocker to students who want to play football.  

We gratefully accept donations from individuals and businesses that wish to contribute to  funding scholarships.

Program costs per Player - funded through parent donations

BE A FAN!

An essential part of any successful football program are the Fans. We encourage all parents, guardians, family and friends to come out to each game and cheer on the Kangs! 

When the stands are full of excited, encouraging and supportive fans, the athletes feel and feed on the energy. It enhances their confidence and commitment and they dig a little deeper and give the game their all. 

You can also wear your Kang Pride by visiting the online KangStore to buy your favorite Kang Gear.

Additional Information and Questions

Parents and Guardians should start by reviewing this page as well as Key Dates and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have additional questions please contact:

Go Kangs!