What's the latest with BHS sports?

In This Issue
ABC Welcome
Strength & Conditioning Update
Slowpitch is Back!
Team News
Ballard Pride!
Fall Beaver Gear Sales
ABC FAQ                   
Important Dates
Sep 27: Curriculum Night
Oct 6: Homecoming
Oct 10: PSAT
Nov 7: End of First Quarter
Nov 12: Winter Sports Tryouts Begin

BHS at Metro League: links to individual team schedules
Welcome to the 2018-19 Ballard Athletics Year!
The Ballard High School Athletic Booster Club Board is delighted to welcome Beaver families and fans to another great year of BHS Athletics. We are sports parents just like you, and we know, just like you do, that a strong athletics program is a wonderful thing to give to our kids.

We send out this newsletter a couple of times per season to keep you updated on the latest BHS Athletics and ABC news and to celebrate the successes of Ballard athletes. If you enjoy it, please forward it along to other Beaver fans and help us share info while building community.

Please also consider becoming a member of the ABC and helping us in our mission to support BHS Athletics. We welcome any level of participation!

See you on the sidelines, and Go Beavers!
Rave Reviews for Strength and Conditioning!
Last year, the BHS Weight Room received a major upgrade thanks to generous donors. In order to make the most of our new facility, the BHS Strength and Conditioning program was re-tooled into a unified all-sports training program under the guidance of Coach Colin Matthiesen. Coach Matthiesen runs a year-round program, and Ballard athletes are always welcome.

In-season athletes are encouraged to work out 1-2 times per week, and off-season athletes should consider working out 3-4 times per week. The weight room is open before school Monday-Friday 7-8am, and after school Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm and Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm.

Check out the BHS Strength and Conditioning Program Instagram feed for a look at this great program, and read on for a student athlete testimonial!
This summer our coach encouraged us to do summer workout, and it was a great decision.

Coach Colin was extremely welcoming to all strength levels and taught everyone the basics. Over the course of the summer there was a noticeable difference in our strength level: not only have we stayed in shape but we gained muscle and now we feel more prepared for tryouts this year. 

We got to meet a lot of new people and we had a lot of fun going every morning. We think this program is very important and had benefited a lot of students. Every session was full and had 30+ athletes going.

Coach Colin really cares about all the athletes going and would help each and every student succeed by giving pointers, helping with form, or giving encouragement. He challenged us just enough and inspired everyone to push themselves. This program made our summer so much better and we would love it if it continues in our coming years at Ballard.

-Ballard Student Athletes
New! Slowpitch Softball at BHS
Got a softball player looking for something to do this fall?

In April, the WIAA voted to bring the fall slowpitch season back to Washington state schools. BHS is excited to add slowpitch to our softball program, and we are looking for a few more participants to get the team up and running.

Questions? Want more info? Contact Head Softball Coach Dale Griffith.
Team News
Cross Country
Our BHS cross country team has unprecedented turn out with over 160 athletes this year!

120 athletes came to our opener 5k at Lower Woodland 9/12/18. It was a very successful time for all three of our teams: Boys Varsity and JV in 1st place, and Girls Varsity and JV in 1st place.

Come out and cheer for us next week at Lincoln Park in West Seattle against Garfield/West Seattle/Franklin/Hale!
After a great off-season we are finally back on the football field! Our Varsity group has a ton of experience and depth; we believe that will really show as the season progresses! Our JV team is also stacked! Many of the players on the JV team would have been Varsity players the last two years. Our Freshman team numbers are up! We have 28 players! For many of the Freshman it is their first year playing football and they are eager to learn the game!

We are excited to represent the Ballard community with pride both on and off the field! Please come out and support all three of our teams! Most Varsity games are Friday nights, Freshman Saturday mornings, and JV on Monday afternoons!

If you can’t make the game you can follow us on social media! Follow us on Facebook (Ballard Beaver Football), Twitter ( @BallardHSPride ), and Instagram (ballardbeaverfootball). Ballard Pride!
Girls Swim and Dive
The Ballard Girls’ Swim and Dive is off to an 0-2 start, losing to Bainbridge and Roosevelt.

Top performances against Roosevelt were event wins from Addie Keenan in the 200IM and Corinne Pickering in the 100Fly. Diver Lianne Kistler took second, and Swimmer of the Meet was Senior, Maddy Glanville. 

The girls head to Madison Pool this Friday to take on the Blanchet Braves.
Boys Basketball

Welcome to the 2018-19 Ballard Boys Basketball season - while official tryouts, practices, and games are a few months away, it is not too early to be preparing for the season! Preparation to participate in the program begins in the classroom, as we expect our student-athletes to be as dedicated to their academics as their jump shots!

Here in pre-season there are both Strength & Conditioning workouts (7am, Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays @ BHS) and Open Gyms (Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 am @BHS). The preseason is the time to get stronger and get in shape, so we encourage the boys to come out and join as much as you can.

Boys Basketball tryouts start November 12th @ BHS. Any student-athlete interested in participating must have all paperwork filled out and turned into the Main Office prior to the 12th. As always, grades and attendance in the classroom are a huge part of the team selection process.

We're looking forward to a fun season with the usually match ups in the Metro League, as well as non-conference games vs. Auburn Riverside, across the Sound in Bremerton, and a holiday tournament in Mountlake Terrace. Plenty of good basketball, team building, sportsmanship and fun ahead!
Girls Basketball
In June, the program competed in two local tournaments and the Oregon State Women's Basketball Team Camp. In July we also hosted our seventh annual Ballard Girls Basketball Summer Camp boasting our largest attendance ever!

We are looking forward to starting the regular season Nov 12. Please contact Head Coach Sara Wetstone if you would like to participate in our Fall open gyms and lifting program.
The gymnastics team has been working hard in the off season! We had great turnout all summer at practice and for strength and conditioning. Three of our team members were athletes of the week for the strength program - special recognition to Eliza Volk, Tessa Kitchel and Clare Mullins for being great examples. We're looking forward to the start of our season in less than two months!
Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team is gearing up to begin captain's practices later this fall. Captains Rachel Howell, Sarah McCall, and Stephania Florido lead a team is looking to build on a successful 2018 spring season, making the state playoffs for the first time in program history! The team is also organizing a youth clinic on Sunday, October 14 with QAQS to help teach the next generation of lacrosse players!
Ballard Pride!
Beaver Brigade superfans are red out and beavs up at the Varsity Football win vs. Ingraham on September 14. Photo: Jasper Laur
Fall Beaver Gear Available Now
Need some new Beaver Gear this fall? We've got two two chances to buy coming up!

Curriculum Night: September 27, 6:30pm.
Homecoming: October 6, 5pm. BHS vs. Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium.

Show your school spirit, stay warm on the sidelines, and support Ballard High School with official Beaver Gear. Don’t be fooled by Beaver Gear sold online or at local drug stores --  BHS receives little to no benefit from outside sales .
Look online  to view styles and then come shop in person one of our pop-up shops.

Can't make to Curriculum Night or Homecoming? Fill out your Beaver Gear order form  (download here or find it in Back to School packets), turn in with a check, then pick your order up in the school office.

Questions? Email  bhsabcgear@gmail.com Thanks for supporting Ballard!
With so many different volunteer groups working to support BHS students, we know things can get confusing. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the ABC.

What exactly  is  the ABC?
The Ballard High School Athletic Booster Club (BHS ABC) is a parent volunteer group that works with the Athletic Director and BHS coaches to benefit the student-athletes and athletic programs at Ballard High School. We support  athletic programs at Ballard High School by providing administrative, communication, and bookkeeping services; we  promote  BHS sporting event attendance, school spirit, and camaraderie for all Beavers; and we  advocate  for BHS Athletics in the surrounding community.

Ok, so what does the ABC do?
The ABC Board meets monthly with the Athletic Director to make sure that our efforts align with BHS Athletics values and goals. One of our most important jobs is maintaining financial records and managing bank accounts for all BHS sports teams, so that teams do not have to maintain individual non-profit status and coaches and team parents are not also required to be bookkeepers. We also:
  • pay for and maintain the Ballard Athletics website
  • pay for, produce, and distribute this newsletter
  • produce and sell Beaver Gear
  • host the Ballard Athletics Blast fundraiser
  • purchase fun Beaver Swag for giveaways at select sporting events
  • pay an annual percentage of the Strength and Conditioning coach's salary
  • provide grants to the Athletic Director for special projects that benefit BHS Athletics

I want to support BHS athletes! What can  do?
  • Become a member of the ABC. Membership fees help cover our costs and keep the ABC strong.
  • Buy and wear Beaver Gear, especially when you are out supporting our Beavers at sporting events.
  • Plan on attending the various social and fundraising events we host throughout the school year. Help us build community while we celebrate our athletes!
  • Become a team parent, or offer to help your existing team parent -- volunteering to help out with a team's administrative, fundraising, or communications tasks means that the coach has more time to focus on his or her athletes.
  • Make a direct donation to your team!