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WA Fall 2016 Sports Registration


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Westford Academy
Fall Sports 2016
Home of the Grey Ghosts

July 20, 2016

Greetings,

Welcome back to another year of Westford Academy Athletics! Below are the dates and times for the Westford Academy fall sports. These are the start dates for each program for the first few days until teachers and students return the week of August 29th.  Complete season practice schedules will be communicated by the coaches.  

Other important items:

  • Student athletes must complete registration process to tryout or participate by August 19th, 2016.  Please visit www.wagreyghosts.com for the registration information and link to familyid.com.    
  • Please make sure to have a valid physical on file at WA or a copy with you in order to participate on the first day. A physical is valid for 13 months.
  • Email addresses for varsity coaches can also be found on www.wagreyghosts.com
  • Fall Sports Information Night for Student Athletes and Parents  - August 31st 6:30 pm @WA
  • Fall Sports Picture Day/ Booster Club Scholarship Drive  Saturday September 10th
  • The Westford Academy Athletics handbook can also be found on www.wagreyghosts.com
  • 2016-2017 athletics fees are $275 for fall sports. Golf is $375.
Football
8/19 6:00 AM -7:30 AM Grades 10-12
8/20 10:00-12:00 Grades 10-12
8/22 2:00-4:00- Grades 10-12, 3:00-5:00 Grade 9
8/23 2:00-4:30 Grades 10-12, 3:00-5:00 Grade 9
8/24 2:30-5:00 Grades 10-12, 3:00-5:00 Grade 9
8/25 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-4:00 Grades 10-12, 3:00-5:00 Grade 9
8/26 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-4:00 Grades 10-12, 3:00-5:00 Grade 9
8/27 Scrimmage at GDRHS 9:00 AM- All grades.

Cheerleading
8/22 10:00-1:00 @ WA Main Gym
8/24 10:00-1:00 @ WA Main Gym
8/26 12:00-2:30 @ WA Main Gym

Boys and Girls Cross Country
8/25 8:00am-10:30 @ WA track
8/26 8:00am-10:00 @ Stony Brook
8/27 8:00am-10:00 @ Stony Brook

Field Hockey Tryouts
8/25 All grades 7:30-10:00 AM and 2:00-4:00 Pm @ WA
8/26 All grades 7:30-10:00 AM and 2:00-4:00 PM @ WA
8/27 All Grades 1:00-3:00

Girls Volleyball Tryouts
8/25 All grades 9:00-12:00 @ WA Main Gym
8/26 All grades 9:00-12:00 @ WA Main Gym
8/27 All grades 9:00-12:00 @ WA Main Gym

Golf Tryouts
8/25 18 Holes @ NLCC -Contact Coach Delong ddelong@westfordk12.us for tee times
8/26 18 Holes @ NLCC

Boys Soccer Tryouts
8/25 All Grades 2:00-4:45 at Community Fields at Nutting Rd
8/26 All Grades 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:45 at Community Fields at Nutting Rd
8/27 All Grades 11:00-1:00 and 5:00-7:00 at Westford Academy

Girls Soccer Tryouts
8/25 All Grades 8:30-11:30 at Community Fields at Nutting Rd and 4:00-6:00 at Westford Academy
8/26 All Grades 7:30-10:00 at Community Fields at Nutting Rd and 4:00-6:00 at Westford Academy
8/27 All Grades 9:00-11:00 and 3:00-5:00 at Westford Academy

Crew
Contact Westford Recreation Department for more info

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Link to Fall WA Sports Schedules

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WA Youth Field Hockey Clinic

Field Hockey Clinic Registration Form 2016.docx

When:   August 19th (Friday)
                August 22nd (Monday)
                August 23rd (Tuesday), Fun day ñ Field Hockey Olympics

Time: 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Price: $75 for 3 days or $50 for 2
For players entering grades 5-9

The Westford Academy Varsity Field Hockey team is holding a clinic at the WA turf field for players of all skill levels entering grades 5-9.  
Beginners will be taught basic passing, ball handling, shooting, and game positions.  
More experienced players will develop various skills such as ball handling, stick skills, and game tactics.

*Participants are required to provide their own water, stick, mouth guard, shin guards, and goggles daily.  
However, if you donít have a stick and are interested in participating, please let us know as we have extra sticks available.  
Goalie participation is strongly encouraged (GK equipment will be provided).  


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Congratulation to the Girls Tennis Team!   MIAA D1 North Sectional Champions!


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Congratulations to the WA Boys Volleyball team!  MIAA North Sectional Champions!

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2015-2016 Wrap up, Looking forward to 2016 Fall Season

As we wrap up the 2015-2016 school year, I just wanted to bring a few items to your attention.

1.) All uniforms are now due from the spring season.  Any student that has not returned their uniform by the end of school year will be invoiced for the estimated full replacement cost.

2.)  Please be sure to complete the end of season survey for students and parents.  The link to the survey can be found on www.wagreyghosts.com

3.) Congratulations to the boys volleyball and girls tennis teams on their MIAA Sectional Championships this spring!  

As we look forward to the Fall 2016 season, here are a few important reminders.  

1.) Schedules can be found on www.wagreyghosts.com
2.) All athletes must have a valid physical on file or in hand on day one to participate.  Physicals are valid for 13 months to the date.
3.) All athletes must complete the online registration process before participating on day one in the fall. The link is listed on www.wagreyghosts.com
4.) Fall Sports Information Night is scheduled for August 31 at 6:30 here at WA.
5.) Start Dates are the following: Football 8/19, Cheerleading 8/22, Field Hockey, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country and Volleyball all start on 8/25.  Specific dates, times and locations will be posted in early August.

Lastly, have a great summer!  See you in the fall.  

Daniel Twomey

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INFO FOR INCOMING 8th GRADE STUDENTS

WESTFORD ACADEMY FALL SPORTS 2016 INFORMATION

Greetings Prospective Westford Academy Student Athletes and Parents,

Welcome to Grey Ghost Athletics!  The Westford Academy athletic program is one of the largest and most extensive sport offerings in Massachusetts with over 1,300 athletic opportunities throughout the year.  In addition, the Grey Ghosts compete in the Dual County League that consists of many of the top programs/teams in the state and in the top divisions of MIAA Tournament.  

The interscholastic athletic experience here is a commitment.  During the season, varsity programs compete or practice six days a week and varsity teams can expect to participate on weekends and over vacations.  Freshmen and Junior varsity teams at a minimum will participate five days a week.  Most JV teams will participate 6 days a week during the season.  This includes all vacations.  In addition to developing sport skills, this high level of commitment by the students will foster the growth of the positive values associated with interscholastic athletics.  

Recently, Westford Academy fall season coaches, captains and I visited Blanchard and Stony Brook Middle Schools to share information about the upcoming fall 2016 season with the current 8th graders.  Students were given the opportunity to “sign up” for a sport. This visit was for fall sports only because the season begins before the school year starts.   Winter and spring programs have informational meetings during the school year that students may attend.

For more information and for information on how to register for fall sports please visit [ http://www.wagreyghosts.com ]www.wagreyghosts.com  .  Students must have a current physical and a completed online registration process in order to participate on the 1st day of tryouts/practice.  

Fall Sports Start Dates
Friday August 19, 2016 – Football
Cheerleading TBA
Thursday August 25, 2016 - Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Girls Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf
Crew (Check with Westford Recreation)

Westford Academy Fall Sport Offerings
Football Varsity, JV, & Freshmen
Soccer, Boys & Girls Varsity, JV, & Freshmen  
Field Hockey Varsity, JV, & Freshmen
Volleyball, Girls Varsity, JV, & Freshmen
Golf, Coed Varsity
Cross Country, Boys & Girls Varsity & JV
Cheerleading Varsity & JV
(CREW Offered through Westford Recreation)

Over the summer, please visit [ http://www.wagreyghosts.com ]www.wagreyghosts.com  for specific start dates/times/locations.  
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NEW-  ATHLETICS SURVEY FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS


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Congratulations WA Girls Swim/Dive
MIAA Division 1 State Champions!



Congratulations to the WA Boys Swim/Dive Team
MIAA Division 1 State Finalists!


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Important Information Regarding Physicals for Athletics

The MIAA voted to align its requirements on physicals with the Mass Department of Public Health.  What this means is that physicals will expire 13 months from the exam date.  Students will no longer be allowed to continue participation until the end of the season.  Student’s eligibility will terminate once a physical has reached the 13 month limit.  



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A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT FAN BEHAVIOR!  

I would like to take a moment to remind all parents, spectators and fans about appropriate conduct during interscholastic competitions.   It is very important for the culture of educational athletics that spectators demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.   Please cheer for and encourage the Westford Academy teams and refrain from any negative comments/cheers toward the officials, players or opposing fans.  

Westford is a wonderful community with very supportive and caring parents and fans.  So please demonstrate this good sportsmanship at all times.  

Good luck to all teams as we complete this fall season.

Go Grey Ghosts!!
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DCL Ticket Prices 16-17

Adults $7
Students/Seniors $5     
Important Dates:


User Fees:
16-17 Fees for participation in Athletics; $275 per sport per season. (Some sports have higher fees).

Starting in Fall of 2015 WA fee will be $275.  Middle school fee will be $240.

Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Westford Academy athletic program is to provide an opportunity for student athletes to participate and share in a positive environment of spirited competition.  Our goal is to instill basic values that build student athlete character as an individual and member of a team through the involvement in the interscholastic athletic program.  


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