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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.

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 and 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 June 27 - July 25. These practices help the team build skills and connections.  
    • Camp Casey - A 3-day trip to Whidbey Island 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. 21 - Dec 7. Games are weekly and culminate with the Playoffs and State Championship. Registration is open Aug. 20th.
    • 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 Parent Access , fill out and submit the 3 required registration forms and pay the district managed fees 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.  Together, we have developed a the following capabilities to help manage the information and communication: 
    • Parent Contact List - We maintain a secure, on-line contact  list of parents/guardians who have student athletes in the football program. which allows us to communicate program information to the parents.
    • Player Contact List - We also maintain a contact list of players in the program. so we can communicate to players and roster them onto teams
    • Team Website - Manage the Kangfootball.com website through our partnership with SportsEngine.com
    • Mobile App - Provide a mobile app that allows parents to see current information on game schedules, practices and  events. The same app, allows players to have the schedule information plus team chats and they can RSVP to events.
    • SportsEngine - We partner with SportsEngine.com  as a technology partner for our website and mobile app. This allows us to centrally manage login accounts which we use to secure the contact lists, rosters, etc... and can follow the enrollment of a player from freshman year through graduation.
      • SportsEngine Account for Parents - To foster better communication, we have each parent sign-up for a SportsEngine account so that you can access game, practice and event schedules on your phone. Parents use this same account to access the contact forms on our kangfootball.com website.
      • SportsEngine Account for Players - In addition and separately, we also have each player sign-up for their own SportsEngine account so that they can access the team data on their phones and can RSVP to events and chat with players and coaches.
      • If parents & players each already have a SportsEngine account, they are all set. Otherwise you can sign-up for a new account here

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.

Parent Activities 
  1. Parents should fill out the Parent/Guardian Contact form. This will give us your contact information and connect it with a SportsEngine account. We recommend this be done immediately and must be done before the player can be rostered. Note: You will be asked to sign-in/sign-up* for a SportsEngine Account. This is the Parent/Guardian account.
  2. Optionally, parents can also install and configure the SportsEngine App on their phone to stay up to date with team's game, practice and event schedules.
  3. Parents must register their player on the LWHS Parent Access Portal, filing the 3 forms required by the district and paying the district registration fees.  This can only be done during the open registration periods.
Student Activities 
  1. Students must with their parent/guardian's permission fill out/verify the Player Contact form which will connect the student with the team where they can see team communications, schedules, rosters and events.  We recommend this be done immediately after the parent contact form has been completed and it must be done before the player can be rostered. Note: You will be asked to sign-in/sign-up* for a SportsEngine Account. This is the Student/Player's account.

The parent and player contact forms only need to be created once. In subsequent seasons, you will just need to confirm/update the information you previously provided.

*Note: For any new SportsEngine accounts you create, an activation email will be sent to the email address you provided. You must open the activation email and click on the activation link. Once activated you will be brought back to the form you need to complete. If you don't receive the activation email after 5 minutes, make sure to check your spam or junk mail folder. 

Signing up for Camp Casey

Camp Casey is an annual event that the players and coaches remember fondly for a lifetime. 

The camp runs July 29th - July 31st. The trip for each student athlete costs $275.  If needed, financial assistance is available during signup.  Information on the camp is available here.

In order to participate in Camp Casey, students must be registered through Lake Washington for the Spring Season (see above).

To signup for Camp Casey, Parents need to fill out the form and make payment here. The Gridiron team manages this signup.

Signups open Feb 25th and we ask parents/guardians to signup early so that we have an early headcount for planning purposes. Sign-ups close on July 15th.

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

Summer Athletics

(Spring & Summer Registration)

 

$100 May 28
  • Insurance
  • Required minimum staffing
LWSD

Fall Registration

 

$250 Aug 21
  • Away Game Bus Transportation 
  • Insurance
  • Required minimum staffing
LWSD

Camp Casey Trip

 

$275 Jul 15
  • Transportation & Lodging
  • Meals & Snacks
  • Kang Pack Gear
Gridiron
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 $1,025   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 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

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  
Weekly Dinner Team Dinner Team Dinner Volunteers  
Event Printed Program Kang Football Program (Printed Program)  
Event Team Pictures Team Pictures (Coordinate & Distribute)  
Event Kang Clothing Kang Clothing  
Event Parade  4th of July Parade  
Event Camp Casey Camp Casey Summer Football Camp  
Event BBQ Pre-Season Barbeque  
Event Senior Night Senior Night Celebration  
Event Equipment Returns Year End Equipment Return  
Event Banquet Year End Team Awards Night  
Fundraising Pre-Season Pre-Season Fundraising Committee  
Fundraising Auction Auction Committee  
Fundraising Advertising Sales Promote Ads for Program  
Liaison JR Kangs Liaison for JR Kang Program  
Management Gridiron Board Provide leadership, management and coordination throughout the year 8
 

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!


Troubleshooting SportsEngine Account Setup

 

I didn't receive an email from SportsEngine

Make sure to check your spam or junk folder in case the email was accidentally flagged as spam and that you entered the email address correctly. If you don't receive the email after 10 minutes, please contact SportsEngine support.

I already have a SportsEngine Account

If the player (not parent) already has a SportsEngine account with another team, it will not be necessary to create a new Sports Engine account.  Instead, sign in to your existing account and click the link to enter the communication preferences.

I tried creating an account, but it says the email address is already in use

This means that there is already an account that has your email as the primary or secondary email address. If you already created an account, but forgot your password just click forgot? to reset your password. If you have a spouse with a SportsEngine account, please check if your email address is being used as the secondary email on that account; if so, you will need to remove it before creating your own account.

I want to stop receiving communication from my organization

You're unable to delete a SportsEngine account, but you're able to unsubscribe from communication. Click here to learn how.

My account is locked. How do I unlock it?

If you enter the wrong password too many times, your account will lock and prevent you from logging in. This feature helps prevent accounts from being hacked. If your account is locked,  please wait 5-10 minutes and you will receive an email a link to unlock it.