Beginning in the fall of 2017, Hamilton will offer boys volleyball and gymnastics.
The measure was approved by Hamilton's board of education at the Feb. 7 meeting.
For the first two years, boys volleyball will consist of a freshman and junior varsity team.
"Obviously our community is changing demographically," Hamilton athletic director Mike Gosz said. "There's been a ton of interest in boys volleyball for the past five or six years in the lower levels. We're starting to see that interest in the high school level as well. There's a Junior Chargers volleyball program for boys that started up about three to four years ago."
Forty-four boys in grades fifth through eighth participate in the Junior Chargers boys volleyball program.
According to the district, the high school will cover team expenses, which are expected to be $12,500 the first year and $10,000 each year after. Equipment used by the girls team will be shared. First-year expenses will include the cost of uniforms. Other ongoing costs for the program will include hiring two coaches and fees for travel, officiating and tournaments. The teams will not participate in the WIAA tournament series until the school fields a varsity team in 2019.
"To be competitive with other communities in terms of offerings is something we explored," Gosz said. "One of the things you have to look at is Title IX, offering a boys sports and a girls sport."
Hamilton girls will have the chance to join the tri-op gymnastics team with Germantown and Menomonee Falls for the 2017-18 season. Like the girls and boys hockey programs, student participants will bear the cost of the program, which will include practice time at a private gymnastic club until 2019 when Germantown’s new field house will be built. According to the district, four or five Hamilton girls are expected to participate in the winter sport.