2017 PEEWEE FOOTBALL

CONSISTANT – CHAMPIONSHIP – EFFORT

Any questions – e-mail or call coach Todd @ (cell: 717-433-7002 – email: paradinet@yahoo.com)

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2016 PARENT LETTER

Equipment: For those of you who have not had equipment fitted, a coach will be at the Memorial Field concession stand to get your son/daughter ready to go.  Physicals must be turned in to take equipment with you. 

Hydration: We encourage players to bring their own water bottles and drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated.  We will have water on hand for players that do not bring their own bottles and take appropriate breaks to keep the kids hydrated.

Mouth pieces: Must be trimmed as needed and molded for your players.  It is important to have this done as we will actually be doing some contact on Wednesday and are trying to get players used to having it in at all times.

Helmets:  All players that have helmets should be wearing them at practice.Are an adjustment for all players, but for new players especially, we try to encourage them to deal with a little discomfort for the first few days until the helmet begins to feel more natural.  Believe me it does! If your child is experiencing normal discomfort encourage them to see a coach, we may be able to make an adjustment or give them a break from wearing it for a few minutes.  However, if they are in pain, that is another story – please have them let a coach know immediately.

Pads: There were a few players that had some issues with pads not fitting properly, I have two rib pads and a practice shirt I am exchanging for parents that came up to me after practice.  If I did not speak with you, you can stop over at Memorial field from 5-5:45 today and a coach can get your player straightened up.

Conduct: The success of this season will ultimately be measured in how your children grow as individuals and young athletes.  I know it’s difficult but try to keep things in perspective.  It is tough when your child may not be playing the position you feel they should be or getting the varsity playing time you would like.  We all feel this way from time to time, and that is OK.  We want to protect our kids – we love them.  Try and turn these experiences into teachable moments for your children, because a big part of life is resiliency and how you respond when things don’t go your way.  Hard work never goes unnoticed for long.

Player Rules
1. All eyes on coach – no talking when the coach is talking
2. Respect the team.
3. Give your best effort.

What can I do as a parent to help the team?
1. Review the team rules and support the coaching staff as they provide a disciplined environment.
2. Maintain your composure in all foreseeable situations (practice, games, on the sidelines, in the stands, etc.).
3. Speak positively about the team, other players, and staff in front of your children. (They are looking to you)
4. Bring all problems immediately to the head coach (I will listen!)
5. Remind your child that every position on the team is VITAL to a successful team.
6. Study the game with your child – review playbooks, responsibilities, technique outside of practice time.
7. Understand that playing time is determined by performance and effort.
8. If your son is not playing as much as he(you) would like, use it as a teachable moment to foster their desire to become a better, more focused football player. Our children must understand and believe that “EFFORT=ACHEIVEMENT“. It is a valuable life lesson.

Practice ScheduleIt is important to let us know if your player will not be coming to practice.  We understand that it is summer and things come up for everyone, we just like to have an idea of who will be out and when, in order to plan accordingly.
Week of 7/26: Mon-Fri 6-8
Week of 8/2: Mon-Fri 6-8
Week of 8/9: Mon-Fri 6-8

Week of 8/16: Mon-Fri 6-8
Week of 8/23: Tues, Wed, Thrs, 6-8  (School Starts)

Scrimmage Schedule: As we discussed at the parent meeting, the two Wednesday scrimmages are against fast – big hitting opponents and we do not feel all players will be ready for that type of competition this early in the year.  We will let players know who will be traveling to those scrimmages.  This is NOT a reflection on the potential of any of our players, as we are invested in each every one of them developing as football players.  Remember it’s not a sprint, but a long journey!

Game Schedule: Most games are Sunday’s at 1PM.  We do have one Saturday game against Middletown which typically will start at 4.  Directions and addresses are available on the website and I can always provide them to you if you are having trouble (717) 433-7002.  We like to have players at games an hour and a half ahead of time so that we can warm up, weight-in, and make adjustments.  With the players we have, it looks like we will have a JV Team which will typically play on Saturday mornings.  We are one team but in an effort to get everyone a fair amount of game experience each week, JV players will get a majority of their playing time at JV games, though we encourage them to attend varsity games and get them into the game if/when we can.  Some players may be asked to play in both JV and Varsity games depending on positions and availability.  Please understand, we as coaches make decisions based on 4 very important considerations DEVELOPMENT, SAFETY, FUN, and SUCCESS. Every player is a valuable team member.

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PLAYERS:

*TEAM/PLAYER EXPECTATIONS*
CONSISTANT: Play like the same team everyday.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Know in your heart that as a team WE can do anything.
EFFORT: Let nothing (pain, doubt, fear, lack of respect) hold us back being our best.

*BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS*
1. Speak positively about your TEAM, TEAMMATES, and COACHES.
2. No talking when a COACH is talking.
3. All eyes on the COACH who is talking.
4. All hands to YOURSELF in lines, huddles, and on the practice field.

*A player who is repeatedly violating one of these expectations may be asked to sit out of practice/games or subject to other disciplinary measures.


IconPARENTS:

 What can I do to help?
1. Review the team rules and support the coaching staff as they provide a disciplined environment.
2. Maintain your composure in all foreseeable situations (practice, games, on the sidelines, in the stands, etc.).
3. Speak positively about the team, other players, and staff in front of your children. (They are looking to you)
4. Bring all problems immediately to the head coach (I will listen!)
5. Remind your child that every position on the team is VITAL to a successful team.
6. Study the game with your child – review playbooks, responsibilities, technique outside of practice time.
7. Understand that playing time is determined by performance and effort.
8. If your son is not playing as much as he(you) would like, use it as a teachable moment to foster their desire to become a better, more focused football player. Our children must understand and believe that “EFFORT=ACHEIVEMENT“. It is a valuable life lesson.


IconSTAFF:

The Peewee Staff is dedicated to helping each player reach their potential by learning and enjoying the game of football. We aim to see the team’s continued growth translate into success on the football field.

INSTRUCTIONAL PHILOSOPHY: Coaches are teachers, motivators, and role models. We must be consistent with what we say, how we say it, and how practice is run. It is important that we have an open dialogue amongst our staff but also a mutual support and respect for what we are trying to accomplish with our players. That means a loyalty to each other and every one of our players above all else. Regardless of position we need to instruct using a LAYERED APPROACH, meaning the complication and full scope of what we are trying to put together will have to evolve as our players continue to improve their knowledge and skill level throughout the year. We must be nearly flawless in our placement of players in appropriate positions, making use of ALL of our Talent. That means we can’t be afraid to put kids in different spots, but we also must have the vision to see the growth and potential of our players throughout the season. We will be FAIR but not always EQUAL. Different football outcomes are expected from each player, however all players are equally important to this team. Our goal is to become more powerful team by the end of the season than the team that started the year – if that means a run at a Superbowl Championship – let’s get it!

Head Coach: Todd Paradine (cell: 717-433-7002 – email: paradinet@yahoo.com)
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