LEARNS Afterschool Sports


Below is a general guideline for Willard sports seasons; actual tryouts dates and season duration may vary. Finding solid coaches has historically been the biggest challenge to running teams, so all info below relies on our ability to get good help.

Cross Country: Early September to mid November
Girls Volleyball (7th and 8th grade): Early September to end of October
Flag Football: Early September to early November
Co-ed Soccer: Early October to mid December

Girls Basketball: Late October to late January
Boys Basketball: Early December to mid March

Girls Softball: Mid February to late April
Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee: Late February to late May
Baseball: Early March to late May
Girls Volleyball (6th grade): Mid March to mid May
Track and Field: First day after Spring Break to early June

Tryouts a.k.a. auditions: Willard LEARNS Sports teams rosters are formed after students audition for roster slots. Our coaches seek many attributes during tryouts, including: teamwork, positive attitude, attention, effort, following instructions, skill, intrinsic motivation.

Students must be intrinsically motivated: Students must choose for themselves to participate in Willard LEARNS Sports. Students who participate only at the behest of families lack the proper, intrinsic motivation to work hard and excel. Only intrinsically motivated students are coachable, and as such will only be considered for team rosters.

Student/Parent Contract: All participants must agree to the terms of this Student/Parent Contract.

LEARNS Registration required: All Willard LEARNS Sports teams are part of Willard LEARNS After School program. Students who are selected for team rosters must register for LEARNS if not already registered.

Required Health Forms: Students will need to have submitted the following forms, including physician’s stamp and signature prior to participating in tryouts for any/all LEARNS Middle School Sports team tryouts, practices, competitions, and/or clinics. Links to forms are below and hard copies are available in the Willard Main Office:

Health Certification for Participation in Sports Activities (Requires Physican stamp/signature)*

Medical Treatment Authorization Waiver

*Need an exam but not sure where to go?
While some students are served by Kaiser, Kiwi Pediatrics, private practice physicians, etc.,  Dr. Konstantin (see below) has gained notoriety for serving the local community by providing low-cost medical clearances for aspiring athletes, and often without an appointment.
Dr. John Konstantin
2584 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94602

Willard LEARNS Sports Athletic Director: Josh Church, joshchurch@berkeley.net