Athletics FAQ

Each year 80-85% of Overlake students participate in Athletics. Most Owl athletes play two seasons and many play all three.

Additional quick facts:

  • Teams: 50+
  • Coaches: 80+
  • Leagues (participants listed in the FAQ below)
    • Upper School: Emerald City 1A League
    • Middle School: Cross Town Middle School League
  • Affiliations: 1A Classification, Sea-King District 2
  • Colors: Green & Gold
  • Mascot: Hootie the Owl
What is Overlake's Athletic philosophy?

The mission of the Athletic Department is “To teach character to multi-sport athletes in a competitive, fun environment."

Our Athletic Philosophy falls under three major components:

  • Student Participation
  • Skill Development
  • Teaching Values

Student Participation is vital to our programs. The Athletic Department at Overlake seeks to create a competitive, fun environment, where every athlete has a strong chance to succeed and therefore will choose to participate.

Skill Development is the key to success on the field, with excellent coaches teaching skills to athletes who gain experience and confidence in executing what they have learned.

Teaching Values is the single most important thing an Overlake coach can do. Instilling a work ethic, teambuilding and teaching the values of sportsmanship in both sports and life pay valuable dividends to the student long after his/her playing career is over.

What is Overlake's team selection process?

Overlake players are assigned to teams after a turnout period at the beginning of each sport season. Coaches are responsible for communicating expectations to players regarding team selection to students at pre-season meetings, as well as at the start of tryouts. Only ability and attitude are considered; no preference is given to older players over younger ones. For example, seniors have no guarantee of being selected as varsity players.

At the middle school level, eighth grade athletes are not given any advantage over sixth or seventh grade athletes when middle school teams are selected.

My child has never played competitive sports. May they still join a team?

We encourage all students to participate in athletics at Overlake, regardless of their natural abilities or experience. In general, Middle School coaches build technical skills and introduce values such as leadership, team unity, and good sportsmanship. At the varsity level, student-athletes need to have the advanced skills and experience that enable teams to be competitive within the league.

We strive to promote life-long lessons in ethics, responsibility, and charabter throughout all levels of athletics.

Are there student eligibility rules?

Medical: Each student must have current Annual Medical Information Form on file with the school. Coaches must have copies of player forms with them at all team events.

Academic: Students need to have a 2.0 minimum grade point average during the last grading period to participate. Varsity head coaches may choose to raise this standard for their teams. The middle or upper school head may hold a student out of athletics should the student be facing extreme academic difficulty. That administrator would then give notice to the athletic director and coach of the conditions for the athlete to return to play.

To Be Eligible To Practice:

  • The student must have attended all classes of the school day. It is the teacher’s responsibility to contact the athletic department to notify prior to practice if the student skipped the class.

Only Exception(s): If the student had a medical appointment and therefore missed class – supported by a doctor’s note if asked. Coaches may also excuse athletes on a case-by-case basis but only with prior notification/discussion with the athletic director.

To Be Eligible to Play in a Game:

  • For Upper School athletes, per W.I.A.A. rules, the student must have completed 10 team practices prior to the first competition (except in golf).

    Please Note: Day of game (WIAA 17.9.7) and pre-game warm ups (WIAA 17.9.8) do NOT count towards the 10 practice minimum.

  • Middle School athletes need to be in appropriate physical condition – as demonstrated to the coach in practices prior – before participating in any contests.
  • In addition, the student must have attended all classes of the school day. It is the teacher’s responsibility to contact the athletic department to notify prior to practice if the student skipped the class.

    Only Exception: If the student had a medical appointment and therefore missed class – supported by a doctor’s note, if needed.

Practice & Game Attendance: If a player has an unexcused absence from a practice or a game, the player is suspended for the next contest. If the player has another unexcused absence, the player may be dismissed from the team.

Please Note: Once the student attends school, only the coach can excuse the athlete from practice or a game (homework is not an excuse).

Team Policies: Coaches may construct additional team rules regarding participation. Those rules are to be emailed to the athletic director for approval then to all parents of players prior to games starting.

Drugs & Alcohol: See Overlake's Athletics Harmful Substances Policy.

New Students, Transfers, and Foreign Exchange: New Overlake students in grades 10-12, mid-year transfers, or foreign exchange students, need to see the athletic director prior to placement of that student on a varsity roster as they may be athletically ineligible.

What are Overlake’s three levels of play?

Age, ability and attitude of a student within an Overlake sport separate our three levels of competition. It is a program of inclusion, not no cut. Our participation numbers will dictate the number of teams we will field in each sport. Every student who meets practice requirements will be eligible to play on an Overlake team.

Varsity Level: Varsity teams strive for excellence against the competition yet they display the many values of teamwork, sportsmanship and commitment. Players on varsity teams are taught that the team’s goals are each player’s focus. Playing time in games is the coach’s decision and can vary considerably among players. There are times when some players will not play in a varsity contest.

Junior Varsity and C Teams: Junior Varsity sports offer students an opportunity to improve their individual skills while learning the values of teamwork in a less competitive environment than the varsity level. Coaches place an emphasis on improvement and winning is secondary.

Middle School: For first timers or aspiring athletes, our middle school teams provide a solid introduction into Overlake team sports. Coaches emphasize the effort given by each athlete in practice as well as the improvement of the team overall. Players can learn how to work hard, how to be a good teammate, and learn respect for opponents, officials and fans. The interaction of these student-athletes on the fields and courts at this level helps create a fun environment.

Middle School Levels: In soccer, basketball and lacrosse, we often have to make more than one team because the high student participation in the specific program. When this occurs, we will separate teams by ability as evaluated by our coaches. Thus gives every student the best chance to have success. The teams are named, “Green, Gold and White,” which are Overlake colors.

What about uniforms?

Overlake provides practice gear, uniforms, and equipment based on the athlete's sport and team assignment. In some sports students may need to provide essentials such as socks or shorts, due to wear and tear.

Athletes are expected to keep all items in good working condition and return all items (except those billed "consumables") within one week of the end of their season. Late fees may be applied if a student does not return gear within the one week post season window.

Student accounts will be billed for any lost or damaged items at the following rates:

  • Jersey - $150
  • Practice Pinnie (Printed Reversible Practice Jersey) - $5-$100
  • Shorts/Kilt/Skirt - $50
  • Jacket - $200
  • Pants - $75
  • Bag - $75
  • Other items not listed - Varied
How can I become an Overlake coach?

Persons interested in coaching positions at The Overlake School should contact Athletic Director, John Wiley, at 425-868-6191 x624 or jwiley@overlake.org. If you have a special interest in Overlake and believe you have the skills to offer, please contact the Athletics Department.

Who are the Emerald City League and Crosstown Middle School League members?

Emerald City League

  • Annie Wright
  • Bear Creek
  • Bush
  • Eastside Prep
  • Forest Ridge
  • Northwest
  • Overlake
  • Seattle Academy
  • University Prep

Crosstown Middle School League

  • Bear Creek
  • Bellevue Christian
  • Bush
  • Cedar Park Christian
  • Forest Ridge
  • Northwest
  • Overlake
  • Seattle Academy
  • Shoreline Christian
  • University Prep
End of season reminders.

Please read through these quick and easy end-of-season reminders to insure we conclude the season in a positive manner.

Team Uniform Return – For Coaches and Parents

  • Players need to bring a change of clothes to the last game. Coaches will collect uniforms after the game is concluded.
  • If a player is sick and cannot make the last game, parents need to have their son or daughter return their uniform, practice jersey and any other equipment to the Athletic Department with their name pinned to the uniform by the end of the last week of games.
  • All uniforms, practice gear and equipment must be returned to the Athletic Department within one week of the last game. Families will be charged for missing items.

Team Parties – For Coaches and Parents

  • At the MS level, the coach will select the time and location and should email families this information. Any other food or drinks purchased for these events by parents are not reimbursable.
  • US party plans will be communicated by the coaches. Think “Potluck”.

Coach Gifts – For Parents only

Coaches' gifts are not required, however if you would like to recognize your coach, please limit the amount of your gift to the following amounts:

  • Middle School Coach: $50.00
  • JV & Assistant Coaches: $75.00
  • Varsity Head Coaches: $100.00

Coaches' gifts purchased by families cannot be charged back to student accounts.

Who are the athletic department personnel?

John Wiley, CMAA
Athletic Director
jwiley@overlake.org
425-868-6191, x624

Mike Fine
Middle School Athletic Director
mfine@overlake.org
425-868-6191, x812

Kim Stevens
Athletic Trainer, ATC, AT/L
kstevens@overlake.org
425-868-6191, x625

Alicia Gold, RAA
Athletic Department Assistant
algold@overlake.org
425-868-6191, x811

Athletic Office Fax: 425-897-7915

Contact

John Wiley
Athletic Director
jwiley@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x624

Contact

Mike Fine
Middle School Athletic Director

mfine@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x812