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Informational Letter To Parents & Players

Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 by Dave Der Cola

The following is the copy of a letter being mailed to all parents and players on Thursday. Please email with any questions, concerns, or comments:

Dear Players and Parents:

As the beginning of the football season quickly approaches, we feel it is important to contact you at this time with a few reminders. Remember that the official first day of practice is Monday, August 13th at 8am. All players are expected to be there on this day unless you have previously brought any conflicts to the coaching staff?s attention. All players must have turned in a completed green card to the nurse to be able to begin practicing on that day. There will be no exceptions. The school nurse is currently conducting physicals at this time, so if you need to schedule a physical, please do so immediately. Even if you have your own doctor conduct your physical, you still need to turn in the green card to the nurse in order to be cleared to play. Take care of this.

As previously mentioned, we will begin practicing for the 2007 season at 8am on Monday, August 13th. We will have a team meeting at 8am on the hill outside of the team room. Do not be late for this meeting. If you have not received your equipment by this time, we recommend getting to the high school between 7-7:30am in order to do so. We will be in helmets, practice jersey, shorts, and cleats for the first 3 days of practice. We will be distributing equipment prior to this on August 1, 6, and 8 between 8:00-8:30pm following our summer workout from the football teamroom.

If players are taking summer school classes, they will need to make arrangements with the coaching staff to make up the practice time they are missing on that particular day. Players are not excused from practicing due to taking summer school classes. We can accommodate them after our scheduled practice time, but it is up to the player to make such arrangements. If a player does not do so, it will be assumed that the player has skipped practice, and serious consequences will follow such actions.

We recommend that all players purchase and brake-in their football cleats prior to the start of practice. If they don?t, they will likely have problems with blisters, which will make their lives very difficult for several days. It is also recommended that players have a secondary pair of molded (rubber) cleats to use when the ground is hard. The screw-in cleats will not penetrate the ground when it is hard, and will push the cleat back into their feet, which could cause blisters and/or ankle problems. A second pair of molded cleats can be purchased at Dick?s for about $30. If this is a problem for anyone, we have a shopping cart full of pre-owned cleats in assorted sizes that are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

The heat is always an issue when it comes to August practices, but heat-related problems can be avoided with the following on our end: 1) We will get most of our heavy work done before 11am and provide athletes with adequate water breaks during the workout. 2) There will be a water tree for the players to drink from, but players are more than welcome to bring their own person water bottles. 3) We will require all players to weigh-in and out each day of training camp, in order to monitor their weight. If a player does not regain most of the weight they have lost during a workout before the beginning of the next day?s workout, we will monitor his condition very closely. Problems can also be avoided if players do the following on their end with your help: 1) Come into camp in good physical condition by doing the voluntary running program they were provided with, and coming to supervised strength & conditioning workouts throughout the year. 2) Becoming acclimated to the heat before practices begin. If athletes are inside in air conditioned comfort all summer long, the August heat will be a real shock to their systems. 3) Making sure that they adequately hydrate themselves before and after practice. Drinks such as Gatorade are good to drink after the workout, while water is best before and during workouts due to its immediate absorption. Please remind them to do this. They need to begin each practice hydrated already.
4) Players also need to take in extra calories since they will be burning them in abundance during the two-week training camp period. Please encourage them to eat healthy and as often as they can. As you know, they often have to be reminded to do so.

Lastly, we would like to remind everyone to register on our website if you have not already done so. Please use the website as a communication tool with the coaching staff, as it is updated almost daily. We can be emailed directly from the website and there is a daily calendar feature to see what we are doing on a day-to-day basis. Please contact us directly with any questions, concerns, or comments about the program. The coaching staff should be your first contact if there is a problem. If you are not satisfied with our explanation or solution, you can then contact Mr. Hartman to pursue it further, but we would like to opportunity to deal with it ourselves first.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this letter. We look forward to working with all of our players and their families this upcoming season. Remember that all parents are welcome to attend all Touchdown Club meetings which will be held every Wednesday night at 7pm in the high school caf?tarting on August 29th.

Yours in football,
Coach Der Cola

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