My name is John Nekich and I am the Athletic Director for Hartland Lakeside School District. I am also an elementary physical education teacher at Hartland South/Hartland School of Community Learning, and Sports Coach of grades K-8 for Hartland Lakeside. I have been with the district since 2011.
My philosophy as Athletic Director is to create athletic opportunities for kids that create enjoyment, and teach skills useful for an entire lifetime.
A few reminders when attending games:
- For the safety of younger children not participating, children should be supervised and sitting with parents.
- The bouncing of balls in the stands and hallways is not allowed
- Parents and students are expected to follow a code of conduct that is supportive and also respectful of other teams, referees, coaches, and players
HARTLAND LAKESIDE ATHLETICS PROGRAM
Hartland Lakeside Sports are considered extracurricular and recreational. They are designed for all students to be able to participate in athletic opportunities with their peers. Athletes and families will be held to expectations that require commitment, responsibility, and positive behavior.
- Building self esteem and students being part of a team where everyone supports and encourages each other
- Learning sport skills, improving physical conditioning, developing good health habits, and avoiding injuries
- Learning to control their emotions and developing feelings of self-worth
- Learning cooperation in a competitive context and appropriate standards of behavior
- Integrating student leadership skills beyond athletics into school and the surrounding communities
SPORTSMANSHIP AND PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Students and parents are expected to comply with the guidelines below. Spectators and students that violate these expectations may result in a player being benched and/or spectator(s) being asked to leave the game.
- Students and parents are expected to be respectful during practices and/or games.
- Coaches are in charge of making decision and organization and operation of the team.
- Students are not to be oppositional and argumentative with the coach.
- Spectators need to be respectful during games and follow proper procedures below for questions and/or concerns.
- Boisterous behavior and shouting inappropriately at officials and coaches will not be tolerated.
Athletes or parents that have concerns regarding the coaching staff should contact the Athletics Director directly.
Please know that the coaches and athletic director’s responsibility to assign playing time, team strategy, play selections, and team composition.
The Proper Method To Address A Concern:
The athlete speaks with the coach. Parents should help their child prepare to discuss his/her concerns with the coach, to empower them to take responsibility.
If the discussion between the athlete and the coach does not resolve the concern, the parent should schedule a conversation with the coach (with the student-athlete present). Please do not approach a coach before or after a game to address the concern. If the coach cannot be reached, the parent should contact the Athletics Director and he will arrange for the coach to contact the parent.
If the conversation between the parent/athlete and coach does not resolve the concern, there will be a meeting set up by the Athletics Director, who will moderate the meeting.
If there is no resolution, the parent must put in writing his/her concern(s) and submit it to the District Superintendent. The District Superintendent will meet with the parent(s) in an effort to resolve the concern(s).
It is our goal and expectation that students and parents enjoy the athletics activities, have fun and encourage the efforts of all players.
We are excited for the upcoming school year and for the opportunity to engage students in various athletic opportunities! Registration for Fall Sports is now open. Deadline for fall registration is September 8, 2017. We will offer the following sports for the fall:
Girls AMSAC Basketball Grades 5 – 8
Cross Country Track and Field Grades K4 – 8
Flag Football Grade 3 – 5
Different sports will be offered in the winter and spring. Information will be shared closer to the corresponding seasons.
The Athletics Department is also very excited to share that we will be using a new process for registration and athletic team communications.
Introducing our new athletic registration tool – TeamSnap:
TeamSnap is a sports team management app that simplifies every aspect of team and group organization online and on mobile. We will be able to manage rosters, communicate news and schedules, and share photos. TeamSnap’s sports team management software is free and available on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
HOW TO SIGN UP WITH TEAMSNAP
Register online with TEAMSNAP for fall athletic options using the links below. Please note, registration deadline is September 8, 2017
AMSAC GIRLS BASKETBALL GRADES 5-8 https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/68852
CROSS COUNTRY TRACK AND FIELD GRADES K4-8 https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/70145
FLAG FOOTBALL GRADES 3-5 https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/72529
- Payments can be made through efunds: https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi-bin/efs/login.pl?access=55196. If you would prefer payment by check, please include a confirmation of your Teamsnap registration when submitting your payment to the school office. Checks should be made payable to Hartland Lakeside.
- Wait for an invite to join a team.
- Once you’ve joined the team, download the TeamSnap App on your smartphone for easy communication.
- Families who need access to a computer for registration, please stop by your school office after August 28, 2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you for supporting our students and the HLSD athletics program. I look forward to see you at one of the athletic events!
Thank you and enjoy your athletic season!
Hartland Lakeside Athletic Director K – 8
Physical Education Teacher 3 – 5
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” Mike Singletary
“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” Vince Lombardi