Off-season TEAM workouts are in full swing!
The weight room is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:00 – 4:00 and we encourage ALL football players, not currently out for a sport, to come participate in a STRUCTURED workout with the TEAM. Why make the occasional trip to 24 hour Fitness and wander around for 2 hours, or sit around the house doing nothing when you can come to the PHS Weight room and engage in a trainer directed program with your TEAM and get a quality workout in 1 hour?
Football is a demanding sport and players need strength and flexibility to endure its physical challenges. Each year we have players who sustain injury. Each year, the majority of injuries are sustained by players who have spent little time in the weight room. Strength and flexibility are vital in all sports, especially football. Most high school boys will gain between 10-20 pounds each year as they go through school. Now is the time to work at gaining muscle, not flab, and to increase your strength, flexibility, and athleticism.
Building and being part of a TEAM is more than showing up for practices. TEAMmates are accountable to each other and challenge each other to become the best they can be, on and off the field. Step up, and be a great TEAMmate!
We expect to see you there.
The Varsity and JV teams will be headed to Hood River, OR for a Jamboree on Friday, August 26.
Who: All players 10-12 grade. Freshmen do not go to the Jamboree. Freshmen will have practice at 11:00 on Friday.
Where: Hood River Valley High School: 1220 Indian Creek Road, Hood River, OR
When: The Jamboree starts at 6:00. The team needs to be there by 5:00: The Players need to be at PHS no later than 2:15… we expect traffic.
What to Bring: Players need to bring their home game uniform.
Food: The Jamboree is an opportunity for teams to compete against an opponent prior to the official first game of the season. This is also a fundraiser for HRVHS. They will have food available after the game. For $5.00, a player will get a hamburger, chips, cookie and drink. It is a pretty good deal and we will not be stopping elsewhere on the way home. Players should bring $5.00 for their meal.
What is a Jamboree? This is a scrimmage format. 4 teams will be on the field at the same time. 2 teams will face off against each other from the 40 yard line on one end while 2 other teams will do the same on the opposite end. One team is on Offense for 12 plays while the other plays defense for 12 plays. The ball moves down the field if the team gains 10 yards in 3 plays, otherwise they return to the 40 to start again. Once the offense has used up their 12 plays, they will switch to defense. The 4 varsity teams will play, then the 4 JV teams will play. Each team will play the other 3 opponents.
Who will we play? We will play against Hood River HS, Park Rose HS, and Pendleton HS.
When will we get home? It is hard to tell, but I would guess the scrimmages will be over around 8:00, and by time the kids eat we will head home around 9:00. We should be to the school by 10:30.
We hold 2 team fundraisers during fall football.
- “SNAP”, This is an easy and painless way for kids to generate funds for the program. Most of the teams at PHS use SNAP and generate a lot of money for their programs. Kids don’t have to do any selling… all they need to do is use their cell phones to input 10 or more email addresses of friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors. Those recipients will receive an email identifying the player and PHS football asking for a donation to the program. The recipient can either accept the request and make a donation or ignore the request. It is important to note that a major part of SNAPs business model is that THEY DO NOT STORE, USE, OR SELL THE EMAILS SUBMITTED BY THE PLAYERS. Once the fundraiser is over, everything disappears.
- DISCOUNT CARDS. We have run this program for a number of years. This fundraiser generates over $10,000 for our program. While that may look like a lot of money, I must say that other area schools, with similar player numbers, have generated over $20,000. In this fundraiser kids are given 20 cards to sell for $20 each. They can pre-sale their cards up to the day of our “Blitz”, when we send the kids out as a team to sell cards in the PHS neighborhoods. On the “Blitz” evening, the kids are to bring in all of the money they have raised and whatever cards they have leftover (none we hope). Kids are giving prizes for reaching identified selling goals and the team that sells the most gets a pizza party.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Be understanding that we need to raise money. We get about $5,000 to run our program from the BGSD and it cost well over $20,000 to keep our kids equipped, supervised, and fed.
- Be supportive of our efforts. Nobody joins a team so they can go door to door to sell merchandise. Nobody gets into the coaching profession so they can send kids out to ask for money. Barring the appearance of a mega-donor, we are in a situation where the only way we can equip our program is to have the kids help generate the money that is spent on them.
- Help your player sell. You can let your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors know that we will be holding these fundraisers and encourage them to participate. You can provide email addresses for the SNAP program or help pre-sell our Discount Cards to everybody you know.
- Encourage your player to participate for the benefit of the program. In an effort to get a jump on our fundraising, we will organize and prepare our kids for both of these programs during the first practice session on Wednesday, August 17. As a team, we expect every player to participate and do what they can. We want to hit these programs hard and fast and complete our fundraising efforts before we start playing games.
WHO BENEFITS FROM THESE FUNDS?
- Every player that goes through our program or participated in youth football at our facility benefits from these funds.
- Every PHS and CCYF player who uses a piece of practice equipment on our facility benefits from these funds.
- Every player that puts on practice gear benefits from these funds.
- Every player who puts on a game uniform benefits from these funds.
- Every player that eats a pregame meals benefit from these funds.
- Every player that watches game film, on-line or at school, benefit from these funds.
- Every player that participates in after-school or summer conditioning, benefits from these funds.
- EVERY PLAYER BENEFITS FROM THESE FUNDS!
Please help us raise the funds necessary to run and improve our program.
Before you can play in a game you must be academically AND athletically eligible.
There are 2 issues concerning Academic eligibility.
- BGSD eligibility requires a Minimum 1.7 GPA and 0 Fs. If you have 1 or more F’s OR you have no Fs but your GPA is below 1.7, you can do a grade check AFTER 10 days of school. That means you will potentially miss 3 games before you can play.
- WIAA eligibility requires you have fewer that 2 F’s, If you have 2 or more Fs, you can do a Grade check after the 4th Friday in September. That mean you may potentially miss 5 games before you can play.
It is important to understand that IF you are academically ineligible AND you want to be on the team, you will be required to either be at practice (on time) or working with a teacher to bring your grades up (verified by a pass to practice by your teacher). If do not attend practice or work with your teachers to get your grades up, you will be released from the team.
If you are not eligible when you do your grade check, you will be released from the team. EDUCATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SPORTS!!!
Before you can play in a game, you must have met the WIAA required minimum number of practice days.
- To participate in the Jamboree (August 26) you must have 8 days of practice completed. (There are only 8 days of practice prior to the Jamboree. If you miss a day of practice, you will not be allowed to participate in the Jamboree.)
- To participate in the first game, you must have 12 days of practice completed.
- Freshmen only have 13 days of practice prior to their first game (Sept 1)
- JV/Varsity only have 14 days of practice prior to their first game (Sept 2)
Before you can practice you must be cleared through the ASB office. Many players were cleared when they submitted their paperwork to participate in Spring practice. It is important the those players check with the ASB office to make certain their physical has not expired over the summer.
Any player who did not clear through the ASB in the spring, must do so NOW! They will need to have a qualified physical on file as well as have the Athletic code signed and submitted. Stop and get an Athletic Packet from the ASB ASAP!
Under NO circumstances will a player be allowed to participate until they have been officially cleared through the ASB Office.
Monday: August 15, 9:00 – 10:00 am
- WHAT: EQUIPMENT ISSUE
- WHERE: FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT ROOM (Southeast end of the Athletic parking lot
Tuesday: August 16, 9:00 – 11:00 am
- WHAT: Fitness Testing
- WHERE: On Turf practice field
Wednesday: August 17, (Double Practice) 3:30 – 5:00 / 5:30 – 8:00 *bring something to eat
- WHAT: First Day of Practice & Start of Team Fundraisers
- (it costs a lot more money to run the program that the school district provides)
- WHERE: Team Locker Room
Our Freshman Football Camp will kickoff on Monday, July 25 @ 6:00 p.m. on the Prairie Athletic field. Camp will run from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 29.
The coaches will teach the players the fundamentals of our offensive and defensive systems, familiarize them with our position drills, and begin to prepare them for the upcoming season.
This is a Non-Contact camp. Players are encouraged to wear T-shirts, shorts, and football cleats if they have them, otherwise tennis shoes will work fine.
This event is FREE to all incoming freshman.
Tentative Fall Practice Schedule (things can change)
- Monday: August 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am. Equipment issue, Locker room
- Tuesday: August 16, 9:00 – 11:00 am. Fitness Test, practice field
- Wednesday: August 17, Pre-practice 3:15 – 5:00 Practice 5:30 – 8:00
- Thursday: August 18, Practice, 5:30 – 8:00
- Friday: August 19, Practice, 2:00 – 5:00
- Saturday: August 20, Practice, 9:00 – 11:00 & 12:30 – 2:30
- Monday: August 22, Practice, 3:00 – 5:00 & 6:30 – 8:30
- Tuesday: August 23, Practice, 3:00 – 5:00 & 6:30 – 8:30
- Wednesday: August 24, Practice 3:00 – 5:00 & 6:30 – 8:30
- Thursday: August 25, Team Pictures 12:30 – 2:00
- Friday: August 26, Jamboree @ Hood River
- Saturday: August 27, Practice 11:00 – 1:00
- Monday: August 28, Practice 2:00 – 5:00, Card Sales fundraiser 5:00 – 8:00
- Tuesday: August 29, Practice 3:00 – 6:00
- Wednesday: August 30, Practice 3:00 – 6:00
- Thursday: September 1, Practice 3:00 – 5:00
- Freshman Game vs Heritage
- Friday: September 2, Varsity Game vs Heritage
- Monday: September 5, Labor Day: Practice TBA
All players headed to football camp are REQUIRED to be at the pre-camp Player meeting. This meeting is NOT for parents… players only.
Our last day of Spring practice will be a film and walk-through session on MONDAY, June, 20 @ 3:00. To give the kids a bit more time off to enjoy the start of their summer the pre-camp player meeting has been moved from its original date (Tuesday) and will now be held on MONDAY following practice. It should take 45 – 60 minutes to cover everything regarding camp. Handouts will be given for kids to take home to let parents know what is going on and when.
If you are going to camp, you must attend.
Practice will begin on Tuesday, May 31.
All participants should wear their helmet, practice jersey, shorts, and football cleats if they have them. We will be on the grass field on Tuesday and Thursday. We will be on the turf field on Wednesday.
Although we will not be hitting until next week it is a good idea for kids to wear a mouthpiece starting Tuesday. There is always the chance of inadvertent contact and we want all players to be protected. Many players have the form fitted mouthpiece they got within the last 2 years and should wear them. If they do not have a mouthpiece, they can pick one up from the coaches office on Tuesday.
All players should have access to our HUDL account. They have been encouraged to go onto HUDL and check out the on-line playbook. They are expected to know the plays that we will be working on daily. If they don’t have access they should provide Coach Baker with an email so they can create an account.