800 E. North Shore Drive, Hartland, Wisconsin 53029


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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.

Last year Hartland Lakeside rostered 158 elementary basketball players, 151 Middle School Basketball players, 144 elementary soccer players, 126 cross country track and field athletes (grade k-8), 81 middle school volleyball players, 80 elementary dance team members, 43 flag football players (grades 3 -5), and 17 golfers (grade 1-2).  The Athletic program will expand our offerings this upcoming year with indoor futsal league at the middle school in the winter, golf for grade 3 – 5 in spring, and flag football for grade 1 – 2 next fall. Please contact me if you are interested in launching one of these programs

Thank you for keeping your child involved in Athletics at Hartland Lakeside.

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 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 sports 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

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.
  • We have various levels of coaches.  The coach is responsible for making decisions and the organization and operation of their assigned team.  Volunteer coaching assistants take direction and support the coach’s decision.
    • 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:

Step One:
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.

Step Two:
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.

Step Three:
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.

Step Four:
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 athletics activities, have fun and encourage the efforts of all players.

We are excited about the upcoming school year and for the opportunity to engage students in various athletic opportunities! Registration for Sports is now open for the options listed below. If you have any questions regarding athletics, please contact Athletics Director, John Nekich, at jnekich@hartlake.org.

Below are 2 winter sports and registration links that we are offering for grades 4K to 5th for the winter season. The signup deadline is November 22, 2019. The cost of the sports is $30. 

4K – 5th Grade Dance – https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/216591
This will include 6 -7 practices and performance at halftime of a middle school basketball game.  The registration fee includes a team shirt.

4K – 5th Grade Intramural Basketball – https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/206769
This will include 8 practices of basketball developmental activities. Students will work to improve skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense. Students will eventually be divided into teams within practices for some competitive gameplay. The registration fee includes a team shirt.

Please note that practice schedules are determined by the individual coaches and will be shared after the registration process is completed.  If you have concerns about scheduling, feel free to register and hold off on your payment until you are informed of the schedule and that it will work for your family.  It’s difficult to preplan the schedule due to the uncertainty of the number of students who will register. We appreciate your understanding.


Register online with TeamSnap for athletic options using the links below.  If you need assistance with access to a computer, the Hartland Library has computers available for community use or contact me directly to schedule a time for computer use at a school site.  

  1. Please complete your TeamSnap registration.
  2. Wait for an invite to join a team.
  3. Once you’ve joined the team, download the TeamSnap App on your smartphone for easy communication.
  4. Families who need access to a computer for registration, please stop by your school office.
  5. Once your TeamSnap registration is complete, please submit payments through efunds: https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/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.

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 seeing you at one of the athletic events!

Thank you and enjoy your athletic season!

John Nekich
Hartland Lakeside Athletic Director K – 8
Physical Education Teacher 3 – 5
414-699-5015 (cell)

Is your child a 3 Sport Athlete? Fill out the 3 Sport Athlete Application to receive a trophy or hat.  Online 3 sport trophy application or 3 Sport Athlete Hat Form.


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“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