A new charter school in Buncombe County is offering a select amount of athletics in its first year.
The Franklin School of Innovation plans to field boys and girls basketball, cross country and soccer teams for the 2014-15 school year.
Franklin serves students in grades 6-12 and is located at 21 Innovation Drive in west Asheville.
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Franklin Athletics will strive to create a healthy and competitive environment for our student-athletes to develop in sport and in life. As a life-long athlete, I understand and recognize the value of sport—how it promotes healthy living, it educates kids, and most ultimately, empowers them. One of the greatest coaches of all time, John Wooden, once said, “What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a [player].”
Like your teachers, our coaching staff will develop student-athletes in the skills and knowledge of their chosen sports, but most importantly, our coaches will develop the leadership, confidence, teamwork, and other skills that are vital to success in sport and to success in life.
As our school grows, we plan to add more sports to our athletics program, but in our first year, we plan to offer the following competitive sports:
- Boys’ and girls’ soccer,
- Boys’ and girls’ basketball
- Boys’ and girls’ cross country.
Our fall sports will consist of cross country and boy’s soccer, winter sports will consist of boys’ and girls’ basketball, and spring will consist of girl’s soccer.
Prospective student-athletes must email me the following information:
- Full name
- Grade level at Franklin
- Interested sport(s)
All student-athletes MUST complete a medical waiver (see link at bottom). This medical waiver can be found in your Franklin School Student-Family Handbook. Medical waivers must be submitted to me BEFORE your student-athlete participates in any practices or games. If he/she is participating in multiple sports, then one copy of the medical waiver will suffice for the school year.
The following is a brief description of each sport for this upcoming year:
Boys’ Soccer: Season will begin in September (training will start the week of August 25th). Our team(s) will compete in the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association Recreation League, which includes one training session per week (Mondays) and one game on weekends (typically Saturdays). In addition to this affiliation with ABYSA, we will also hold two additional training sessions every week (Tuesday/Thursday)–which will be run by experienced Franklin School staff, and we will also schedule independent games with other Asheville-area schools. Please note: Current HFC players CANNOT participate in recreation level games but may participate in all training sessions and other games. Players must register with ABYSA to participate (see below). Please indicate that you are a student at the Franklin School of Innovation and be sure to request that your student-athlete be placed on our team.
Boys’/Girls’ Cross Country: Season will begin in September (training will start the week of August 25th). Our teams will compete in independent races in the Asheville-area. We will seek a consistent volunteer coach for the entire season who will utilize a curriculum designed by Randy Ashley–a two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and former Georgia State four mile and two mile winner. Several of the Franklin School staff with experience in cross country have also expressed interest in assisting with the team.
Boys’/Girls’ Basketball: Season will begin in November (exact dates TBD). Sixth through eighth grade student-athletes will participate in the Asheville Buncombe Youth Basketball League (ABYBL). We will also schedule independent games with local Asheville schools, which will allow our ninth grade student-athletes to participate in games as well.
Girls’ Soccer: Season will begin in March (exact dates TBD). Our team(s) will compete in the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association Recreation League, which includes one training session per week and one game on weekends (typically Saturdays). In addition to this affiliation with ABYSA, we will also hold two additional training sessions every week–which will be run by experienced Franklin School staff, and we will also schedule independent games with other Asheville-area schools. Please note: Current HFC players CANNOT participate in recreation level games but may participate in all training sessions and other games. Players must register with ABYSA in the spring to participate.
Lastly, our student-athletes acknowledge that participation in our athletics program is a privilege. With this privilege comes responsibility. Student-athletes represent the Franklin School of Innovation in the classroom, in the hallways, in the athletic arena, and in the community. The Franklin School’s Code of Conduct can be found in the Student-Family Handbook (see below).
Medical Waiver: Medical Waiver Form (page 46)
ABYSA (Soccer) Rec Registration: Link to Registration
Code of Conduct: Student-Family Handbook (page 17)
I will send out more specific information to individual fall teams as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m looking forward to a great first year of Franklin School Athletics!