Fall 2016 Football - Important Dates
Spring football practice is approaching. Anyone interested in playing football next season, that is not currently playing another sport, should be attending weight training/agility workouts. These workouts take place in the SR weight room Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays right after school. There will be a mandatory football meeting for athletes on Tuesday, April 26th immediately after school in room G210.
There will be a parent meeting for all potential football families on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 in G210. Topics will include Summer scheduling, game day jobs, fundraising, practice schedules, academic support, safety equipment and player expectations.
SR FOOTBALL CALENDAR
Week of April 11- Spring break
April 16- Tentative CAL practice
Week of April 18- Coaches meeting/spring practice planning
Week of May 2- Weight room shifts to position specific exercises
4th quarter progress reports due
May 12- SR football parent meeting
Week of May 16- Spring practice
Week of May 23- Spring practice
Week of June 6- Finals
June 13-16- Possible Tahoe trip
Week of June 20- Summer non-contact camp M-TH
Week of June 27- Summer non-contact camp M-TH
July- passing leagues
Week of July 4- Off
Week of July 11- Weight room only
Week of July 18- Weight room only
Week of July 25- Equipment pass out
Week of August 1- Weight room shifts to maintenance program
Week of August 1- Fall practice begins
In researching a story about my father-in-law’s World War II experiences I came across the following quote:
“More than a few historians contend that World War II was essentially won on the playing fields of America.”
For men of that generation competition was an integral part of daily life. Football tested them as no other activity did. My father-in-law played both in high school and in college. He contended that “…football was where I learned to really push myself, learned to become a leader, set high expectations and be held accountable to my teammates….” It was not always easy. That is part of the beauty of football. He once told me that he was a “…lousy student….” coming into high school. Playing football changed his make-up. After the war he earned a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.
Reading accounts of those veterans, a common theme appears. Setbacks were a part of their sports experiences. A resiliency was learned on the field that stayed with them for the rest of their lives. They saw losses and even injuries as opportunities to overcome adversity.
Football is undergoing an identity crisis. We are realizing that there are inherent dangers that are rightfully being acknowledged. How can we make the game safer for our players?
Here at SR and around the football community reducing risk is a priority. Some of the ways we are addressing this include:
- Teaching the game in new ways that take the head out of tackling and blocking techniques.
- Using sensors to monitor to inform instruction and identify any potential injury along with having a protocol in place to immediately address the proper course of action.
- Administering baseline neurological tests that help with diagnostic and treatment options.
- Limiting the amount of full contact time in practice.
- Instituting stronger offseason conditioning and weight training program.
- An increased emphasis on conditioning and practice attendance.
- Understanding the roll that proper nutrition and hydration play in reducing risk.
- Utilizing an on-site certified athletic trainer on a daily basis.
The question we are confronted with is, how we make the game of football safer so that we do not lose the qualities that were taught to my father-in-law. After all, he was part of what would become known as The Greatest Generation.
Attention Bulldog Football Players
The football offseason preparation program is in full swing. The preparation program will consist primarily of weigh training with some time dedicated to speed work, flexibility and conditioning. All current football players are required to attend. Any others interested in joining the football program are welcome, as well as all athletes of other sports.
The schedule for March and April switches to Monday-Wednesday-Friday right after school.
Squat 4 sets of 10 at the correct weight
Pull 4 sets of 10
Bench 4 sets of 10
Plyo box jumps- 30 seconds
Acceleration drill- ball drop
Resistance drill- bands
Random agility drills- linear/lateral
In addition, academic support is offered on A days in G210
Bringing the SR football program back is going to take hard work, determination, commitment, teamwork, and pride. We are looking for exceptional individuals that are willing to push themselves to become extraordinary, both athletically and academically. Let us set high standards both on the field and in the classroom.
YOU WILL NOT REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL WITHOUT PUTTING IN THE WORK!
Fall Sports Awards
Most Valuable Player - Josue Jimenez
Bulldog Grit Award - Josue Camacho
Coaches Award - Rudy Reyes
MVP - Danny Perez
Most Improved - Eric Jimenez
Bulldog Grit - Muesilo Escobar
Coaches Award - Kyle Abey
Player of the Year - Ronnie Reyes
Offensive Award - Gerbely Dias
Most Improved - Jose Pantoja
A message from a football coach to his parents
San Rafael Football Streaming Live!
You can see SR Football on the web vs. Novato. The link is http://thecube.com/event/novato-san-rafael-high-school-football-524123