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 begins on Monday, January 11th. The preparation program will consist primarily of weight training with some time dedicated to speed work and flexibility. 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 January/February:
Monday, January 11 A day
Wednesday, January 13 A day
Thursday, January 14 B day
Wednesday, January 20 A day
Thursday, January 21 B day
Monday, January 25 B day
Wednesday, January 27 B day
Thursday, January 28 A day
Monday, February 1 A day
Wednesday, February 3 A day
Thursday, February 4 B day
Monday, February 8 B day
Wednesday, February 10 B day
Thursday, February 11 A day
Monday, February 22 A day
Wednesday, February 24 A day
Thursday, February 25 B day
In addition, the weight room will be open during the mid-winter break at times to be determined.
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.
The preparation of greatness begins Monday, the 11th in the SR weight room.
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