Lakewood Park Athletics

HS Fall Sports Info from the AD

1) High School Sports Offered – We will offer the following high school sports this fall: Boys Varsity and JV Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball, and Coed Varsity and JV Cross County (new this year). It is not too late to join one of these teams! If your child is interested in playing one of these sports, but has not yet informed the prospective coach of his or her interest, please reply to this message to let us know. We will pass your child’s information on to that coach so he or she can be added to team-specific correspondence. Please do this as soon as possible so your child can be informed of open gyms/fields and conditioning activities, as well as information about the start of the season.

2) Moratorium Week – This coming week – July 3-9 is the IHSAA Moratorium Week. This means that there can be no athletic activities and no player-coach contact this entire week. This moratorium is designed to give student-athletes a week-long break to rest, relax, recover, and to spend time with family. If you or your child receive any correspondence from a Lakewood coach this week or if you hear of any athletic activities at Lakewood this week, that correspondence was in error and should be disregarded.

3) Sports Physicals – It was my sincere desire that all athletes would already have had their sports physicals completed by now, but the realist in me knows that that probably hasn’t happened! 🙂 However, please be aware that your child will NOT be allowed to participate in any official practices unless a current physical completed using the approved IHSAA form is on file in the athletic office. There are no exceptions to this rule, so please take care of getting your child’s physical ASAP.

4) Fall Sports Registration – On Monday, July 10, we will send an email with links to online registration and payment of sports fees. We are making a concerted effort this year to be sure that every athlete is fully registered and that sports fee payments are made in a timely manner. To that end, we have created a new timeline with specific deadlines for registration and payment. This timeline will be laid out fully in my July 10 email, so please be on the lookout for it.

5) Sports Fees – There is good news and bad news on this front. The bad news is that high school sports fees have been raised for the first time in at least 3-4 years from $90 to $100. The good news is that an Early Bird Registration fee of $10 is available to offset this increase for all families who fully complete the registration process by the Early Bird Deadline. This is part of the concerted effort addressed in 4) above. Please believe me when I say that we would much rather have timely registrations than an additional $10, so it is our hope that every family will take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. More details on this process will be provided on July 10.

Go Panthers!

Drew Gardner, Athletic Director