News and Updates
new for 2018
Scholarships at State
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Hogg Middle School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Daily log of changes to
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/24).
Wed., Jan. 24, 2018: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Tue, Jan. 30, 2018:
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 31, 2018,
8:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit changes (adds,
drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or
substitutions will be allowed in individual events. Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.
Thur., Feb. 1, 2018:
Videos due to
Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018:
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in
order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student. Online
registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12
per student. Also, deadline to apply for the
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.
Fri, Feb. 16, 2018:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m.
(regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless
of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the
Sat., Feb. 24, 2018:
Texas State German
Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.
Sat., Mar. 3, 2018:
Scholarship applications due.
Fri., Mar. 9, 2018:
Scholarship applications due.
for news about whether Bubble Soccer will be offered in 2018 and,
so, how it will be structured.
Jump down to the day-of procedures
Jump down to the schedule
A super-fun addition to Houstonfest
2016 was bubble soccer - played while wearing a giant inflatable plastic bubble!
Katy High School became the first ever Blasenfußballmeister of
Bubble Soccer will return
in 2017, again sponsored by and benefiting the Heights High School GAPP
exchange. Here are
the procedures, which are substantially different from 2016:
Each school may enter up
to 2 teams. Enter by filling out the number of teams (1 or 2) that you
want to enter on the main registration
spreadsheet. If you decide to enter Bubble Soccer after you've
submitted your regular registration, don't worry. Just email director
Rustin Buck to let him know how many teams you want to enter.
Each team can have
between 6 and 12
players (any mix of boys and girls), and each team will play TWO games
in the tournament. If you have 6 players, they all get to play in
both games. If you have 12 players, each gets to play in one of the team's
two games. If you have between 6 and 12, some get to play once, some
twice. It's up to you how to work that out. You do not have to submit the list of
names when registering. Alternates can and should be lined up in case a
particular player who plans to play is unavailable at the time of a game.
Cost per team (not per
player) is $60. You may include the payment for Bubble Soccer with your
regular Houstonfest registration check or you can send it separately
(check made out to "Houstonfest").
A schedule will be
published ahead of time so that teams will know days in advance when their
two games will be. If there are conflicts with other group events, they
can be worked out in advance, but on the day of Houstonfest, games will
not be moved around. Teams will need to play when scheduled.
There will be no playoff
games at the end of the tournament. The winning team will be the team with
the largest cumulative goal differential at the end of its two games. In
the case of a tie, we'll have a tie-breaker of penalty kicks on the stage
at the awards ceremony.
Bubble Soccer is for fun
and pride (and some kind of trophy) but not for sweepstakes points.
student must hand in a signed
release form on the day of Houstonfest. Students 18 and
older can sign their own forms; those younger than 18 must have their
forms signed by a parent/guardian. The form for minors and the form for
adults are in the same document. We are going to be very strict this year: every
person who suits up must hand over a release form that day; no
release, no play.
A maximum of 15 teams
will be accepted into the tournament, in the order in which registration
is received. If more than 15 teams attempt to register, schools
registering two teams will be asked to reduce to one team (and receive the
corresponding $60 for the second team back).
Heights High School
German teacher Mark Johnson
will determine the schedule and manage the event.
If there are conflicts
with scheduled group events, players should 1) see if they can switch within
their teams, if the school is fielding 2 teams, and then if that doesn’t
work 2) tell Mark Johnson (email@example.com)
what the slot with the conflict is. Once we get the conflicts we can try
Instructions for teams: Bubble Soccer will be in
the Practice Gym. Upon arrival, all 6 players will present themselves to
the check-in desk and hand in their waivers. They must arrive 5 minutes
early, so they can hand in waivers and start getting into their bubbles.
They will play for about 10 minutes. At the end of the game they will
de-bubble and leave the gym. This year there will be no spectators in the
practice gym. Last year a couple of spectators got clobbered by players. The
players were protected but the spectators against the wall were not.
Spectators must go upstairs and watch from the railing overlook. The only
people allowed in the practice gym are players, players on deck, volunteers
running the games, and the employees who operate the bubbles and referee the
games. There will be bouncers at the door directing people upstairs to watch
and allow players in. The intake desk will also be in front of the door,
staffed by a couple of people. Each team will have a manila folder for
tracking waivers and games played.
The last 2 games (“scratch games”) will feature
the Heights 2 team that has some empty slots for kids who missed their slots
during their assigned times. These will be filled on a first-come,
first-serve sign-up basis. Come by and sign up for those at the check-in
desk after you miss your game as soon as you can. There will be no refunds
for kids who miss their times and do not get a slot in the scratch games or
other empty stand-by slots. Kids with waivers can also fill in empty slots
on a standby basis at any game, with any team, but they must pay five
dollars if they are not playing with their team, so a refund can be issued
to the kid missing his slot. We also suggest that all teams have substitute
players ready to go with waivers in hand in case you have no-shows, and they
can reimburse their teammates who cannot make their slot.
It would be wise to
appoint a team captain who has the cell numbers of all the team members and
alternates so that missing people can be tracked down and/or replaced. Your
games have to start at the scheduled times, whether you have a full team or
There will be an Elfmeter-shootout for the
championship between the two teams with the highest cumulative goal
differential in their two games, on stage in the auditorium before the
awards ceremony (without bubbles).
8:15 – Clements 1 vs.
8:30 – Katy 1 vs. Taylor
8:45 – Katy 2 vs. Clear Creek
9:00 – Morton Ranch vs. Willis
9:15 – Seven Lakes vs. Clements 2
9:30 – Taylor vs. Katy 2
9:45 – Tompkins vs. Clements 1
10:00 – Willis vs. Heights 1
10:15 – Clear Creek vs. Katy 1
10:30 - Kingwood 1 vs. Tompkins
10:45 – Clements 2 vs. Kingwood 2
11:00 – Deer Park vs. Seven Lakes
11:15 – Kingwood 2 vs. Morton Ranch
11:30 – Heights 2 (with some empty slots) vs.
11:45 – Heights 1 vs. Heights 2 (with some empty
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 3, 2018,
Hogg Middle School
1100 Merrill Street
Houston, TX 77009
Link to Texas
State German Contest