Traughber Junior High School

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Welcome to the junior high school experience with all it has to offer students with a variety of talents, abilities, and interests! Listed below are descriptions of the many choices available to our students to be involved in a positive and interactive way during their junior high school years.
 
Use this link to visit our Athletics 2000 website, which includes schedules and competition results.
 
Use this link to access our 8to18 page, which is used for online registration and payment of athletic fees.
 
INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS
** All interscholastic sports require a current physical on file with the school nurse, a completed waiver form, and a $40 fee.

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country 
Cross Country is a challenging individual, yet very much a team sport. This is the only interscholastic sports activity that is offered to all boys and girls from 6th grade to 8th grade. The most important thing you will learn is to challenge yourself and improve yourself every day that we run. Cross Country is open to all students of all abilities and you will have coaches and teammates that will push you and encourage you to do your very best. Our season runs from the first week of school until October 1 and our competition is excellent. 

7th and 8th Grade Girls’ Volleyball 
This volleyball program is open to all 7th and 8th grade girls. This sport takes place during the fall season and is held after school and Saturdays. Athletes must have a current physical on file prior to trying out for the team. Tryouts begin the second day of school and take place for the next 2-3 days, immediately after school. Teams are usually chosen and posted by the third day. There is a $40 fee that each member on the team must pay for the season. The season consists of two or three games during the week and a few tournaments on Saturdays. Practices will be determined by each coach.
 
7th and 8th Grade Boys’ Soccer
Soccer at the junior high level consists of ten to twelve games including the Prairie Conference soccer tournament at the end of the season. Practice will be held every day that we don’t have a game. The season usually lasts just over a month. The goal of junior high soccer is to have fun and develop your skills so that you will be ready to participate at the high school level. Players at this age have different skill levels and we try to take that into consideration when training. We try to plan practices so that all players, from the most skilled to the beginners, learn something new. If you come to practice and work hard, all players are guaranteed to play during the games.

7th Grade Boys’ Basketball
Tryouts for this team are usually around the middle of October. Tryouts last for two days and a team of approximately 15 players is selected. Practice is everyday after school and on most Saturday mornings. The season is typically around 15 games and runs through December. Any student interested in trying out for the team must have a valid sports physical and signed sports waiver prior to participating in tryouts.

8th Grade Boys’ Basketball
Basketball is an interscholastic sport played from mid October until winter break. The activity is open to all 8th grade boys. Teams are selected on a tryout basis, and will vary in number from 15 to 18. Players are held to high standards as students and as young men. Eligibility is kept on a weekly basis. Participants must have an updated physical on hand with the nurse, and must pay a $40.00 fee. Practices are held from 3:15 until 5:30 and on Saturday mornings. Players are expected to attend practices and games. Players will be required to dress in shirt and tie for all away games. Players must also have rides from practices and games.
 
Wrestling
Wrestling is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys who are looking to participate. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for students that want to learn the sport of wrestling. We will offer a learning atmosphere that is appropriate for all skill levels and experience ranging from the fundamentals and basic rules of the sport to advanced techniques for those wrestlers ready to compete at the highest levels. We meet Monday through Friday after school until 5:00 P.M. Parents are expected to be on time to pick up their children. All participants must have a current physical, a signed sports waiver , and pay a forty dollar activity fee. 

Pom Squad
The Traughber pom squad dances during the boys’ basketball halftime games. The season runs from October through December. Each routine showcases the 7th and 8th grade team's dance skills and Traughber spirit in a two-minute choreographed routine. The Traughber dance squad emphasizes precision and synchronized motions along with technical dance skills (such as jumps, turns, and leaps). Their routines encompass various styles of dance including hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and kicklines. A key feature of the dance is the ability to change formations very smoothly.

Cheerleading…We Are Traughber Spirit!
Our cheerleading team is made up of seventh and eighth grade girls who cheer on the sidelines and perform at the halftime of boys’ basketball. These cheer athletes perform at home games and encourage the spectator’s and teams’ spirit. Cheerleading is a physical activity; the components of the cheerleading performance is tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting. The cheer season begins mid-October and runs through mid-December. Prior to winter break, area cheerleader and pom teams come together to illustrate their team’s enthusiasm, talent, and athletic ability in a “Showcase Event.”
 
7th Grade Girls’ Basketball 
The 7th Grade Girls’ Basketball Team will consist of student athletes looking for a competitive challenge against other young ladies in our surrounding area schools. The team concept and commitment to the team will be stressed as well as the encouragement to improve and be an active participant. Everyone comes into the program with different abilities but will leave knowing they were an important and intricate part of the team. Tryouts and practices are required and an important way to demonstrate your abilities. Please keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming announcements in December and early January.
 
8th Grade Girls’ Basketball
Basketball is an interscholastic sport played from early January until early March. The activity is open to all 8th grade girls. Teams are selected on a tryout basis, and will vary in number from 15 to 18. Players are held to high standards as students and as young women. Eligibility is kept on a weekly basis. Participants must have an updated physical on hand with the nurse, and must pay a $40.00 fee. Practices are held from 3:15 until 5:30 and on Saturday mornings. Players are expected to attend practices and games. Players will be required to dress in Sunday-best for all away games. Players must also have rides from practices and games.

7th and 8th Grade Girls’ Soccer
Soccer at the junior high level consists of ten to twelve games including the Prairie Conference soccer tournament at the end of the season. Practice will be held everyday that we don’t have a game. The season usually lasts just over a month. The goal of junior high soccer is to have fun and develop your skills so that you will be ready to participate at the high school level. Players at this age have different skill levels and we try to take that into consideration when training. We try to plan practices so that all players, from the most skilled to the beginners, learn something new. If you come to practice and work hard, all players are guaranteed to play during the games.

Track and Field Team
This sport is offered to seventh and eighth grade girls and boys. Practice begins the day students return from spring break and runs Monday thru Friday for the duration of the season. To participate, a student needs a completed athletic physical on file with the nurse prior to the first practice, an interscholastic sports waiver completed and turned into the coach, and a forty dollar sports fee paid in the main office. If it happens to be the student’s third sports team of the season, the forty dollar fee is waived. Events include; long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus throw, hurdles, and short and long distance running events. 
 

INTRAMURAL SPORTS
**All intramural sports require a completed waiver form as well as a $5 fee. 

1st Quarter

Flag Football (Mr. Hallahan) is an intramural activity for all Traughber students. Students need to have an insurance waiver on file and pay a $5 fee. Football meets on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – weather permitting - from 3:10 until 4pm. The season runs during the first 9 weeks of the year.

Co- ed Basketball (Mr. Zavala) is for boys and girls in the 1st quarter of the school year. All boys and girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to participate in basketball intramurals, which requires a $5 fee and a signed intramural sports waiver form. Time will be spent working on individual basketball skills, knowledge of the game, and playing basketball games. The dates will be provided ahead of time and take place in the school gymnasium after school.
 

2nd Quarter

Co-ed Volleyball Intramurals (Mr. Eply)takes place during the 2nd quarter of school. This intramural sport is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls. Students will meet after school. Meeting times will be determined by the sponsor. There is an intramural sport waiver form that must be turned into the coach as well as a $5 intramural fee that must be turned into the office. Students participating in intramural volleyball will experience games against each other as well as some basic skills instruction during these sessions.

Strength and Conditioning Intramurals (Mr. McGinnis/Mr. Milner)  is for both boys and girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. This intramural is for students interested in keeping in shape, lifting weights, and working out with friends. Weightlifting starts third quarter. You will learn weightlifting terms, weight room rules, keep track of your daily progress, and how to use the weightlifting machines properly. Warm-ups and cool-downs will be stressed. Meeting times will be determined by the sponsor.
 
3rd Quarter
 
Co- ed Badminton (Mr. Zavala) is for boys and girls in the 3rd quarter of the school year. All boys and girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to participate in badminton intramurals, which requires a $5 fee and a signed intramural sports waiver form. Time will be spent working on individual badminton skills, knowledge of the game, and playing badminton games. The dates will be provided ahead of time and take place in the school gymnasium after school. 
 
4th Quarter 
 
Handball/Kickball Intramurals (Mrs. Apa) takes place during the 4nd quarter of school. This intramural sport is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls. Students will meet after school. Meeting times will be determined by the sponsor. There is an intramural sport waiver form that must be turned into the coach as well as a $5 intramural fee that must be turned into the office.  We will switch off between handball/kickball weather permitting.
 
 
 
 
 
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