GOWER

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Winter Sports

Basketball

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball stresses that the main objective at this level is to work on the basic skills of the game as well as to gain valuable practice and game situation experience.  Practice time will be spent developing ball-handling skills, passing, proper shooting technique as well as defensive and offensive strategies.

 

Varsity Boys Basketball is played at a much higher level of quickness and competitiveness than junior varsity basketball.  The basic skills taught at the lower level are still covered in everyday practice.  Skills such as different agility movements, dribbling, passing, and shooting are reviewed.  Game strategy as well as learning and executing different offenses and defenses are emphasized.

 

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball places emphasis on basic skills – such as dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Offensive and defensive schemes are taught and practiced.  Conditioning for game situations is improved as team play is developed.

 

Varsity Girls Basketball continues to develop basic skills.  Major emphasis is placed on offensive and defensive strategies. Players strive for consistent teamwork and overall understanding of the game.  This program is a building block for higher level of play.

 

(BOYS AND GIRLS)

Level:

J.V. (5th, 6th and 7th grades) and Varsity (8th grade)

Tryouts:

End of October for both teams

JV Season:

Start:  Late October

End:  December

Varsity Season:

Start:  January

End:  Mid March

Practices:

2 hrs. daily

Games:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

The Varsity team plays in a conference tournament upon completion of season.

Note:

There is a possibility of the JV boys team having an extended season for non-conference games and the Varsity boys season starting earlier for non-conference games.

 

Cheerleading

Cheerleading provides an opportunity for members to promote school spirit.  The cheerleaders learn basic cheerleading motions, jumps, and stunts.  They also learn a variety of cheers, chants, and are given the opportunity to create their own.  The cheerleaders cheer at all home basketball games and exhibit the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Level:

J.V. (6th and 7th grades) and Varsity (8th grade)

Tryouts:

Fall, 2017; Spring of prior year for both squads beginning 2018

JV Season:

Start:  October

End:  December

Varsity Season:

Start:  January

End:  Mid-March

Practices:

2 hrs. daily

Games:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

Cheerleaders cheer at home basketball games throughout the season and possibly at away playoff games.

 

Chess Team

Chess Team develops individual skills for being successful in matches.  Members work on defensive and offensive strategies, controlling the clock, and notation. The team strives to be competitive within our conference.

Level:

One team (5th grade through 8th grade)

Season:

Start:  November
End:  Late January

Practices:

1 hr. daily

Meets:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

The Chess Team participates in a Saturday conference tournament at the completion of the regular season.

 

Scholastic Bowl

The Scholastic Bowl team is an excellent way for Gower students to exercise their mind in a competition format.  Students work as a team to answer questions quickly in various categories including social studies, language arts, science, math, current events, and pop culture.

Grade level:

5, 6, 7, 8

Length of activity:

Jan – March

Meeting time:

3:15- 4:00 p.m. (does not include competitions)

 

Wrestling

Wrestling is a sport that combines strength, speed, will power and technique. Members start out in the program learning basic moves and progressively learn more advanced moves and strategies.  Participants learn, practice, and compete with other wrestlers in their weight class.

Level:

One team (5th grade through 8th grade)

Season:

Start:  Early November

End:  Early March

Practices:

2 hrs. daily

Meets:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

The wrestling team participates in the Illinois Elementary School Athletics program.  Through this program wrestlers may qualify for the State meet via regional and sectional competition.  Friday night and Saturday tournaments are part of the wrestling schedule.

Note:

This is a “no-cut” sport.