WELCOME Coach Dave Svehla “Suh-Vay’-Luh” Wife—Cheri Daughter—Taylor (12th Grade) Son—Jackson (9th Grade) Daughter—Avery (6th Grade) My Expectations Players will represent their teammates, family, school, and community in a positive manner Players will be leaders in and out of the classroom Tremendous work ethic and attitude Players will be present and on time to all footballrelated activities Any exceptions must be cleared prior Criteria for playing time TALENT Coaches will judge which players have the greatest skill and which players consistently display that skill during practice and games ATTITUDE Coaches will determine which players possess the appropriate team-first attitude. We CANNOT let negative attitudes permeate our program. WORK ETHIC Players must be willing to sacrifice for the good of the team. Our players must commit to being great ALL the time, not just Friday nights. Criteria for playing time Each criteria is essential. One is not necessarily more important than the others, and all will be considered. ABILITY IS IMPORTANT… DEPENDABILITY IS CRUCIAL! Expectations of Parents Love your kids Don’t rehash the game with them as you leave the field Hug them and tell them “good game” (Even if it wasn’t) Make sure they know how proud you are of their commitment If you need to discuss aspects of the game, especially the negative parts, pick an appropriate time and tone. Chances are the coaching staff already addressed many of the issues you want to discuss. Expectations of Parents Be loyal to the program Don’t bad-mouth players or coaches from the stands What possible positive outcome will result from it? Don’t speak negatively in front of your son Yes, the coaches will make mistakes this season Yes, other players will make mistakes this season Don’t teach your son that when something goes wrong, there is always someone else you can blame Expectations of Parents Teach Responsibility Players have an open-door policy with the coaches; parents do not. If your son needs to speak with a coach, help him formulate a plan on how to approach the coach and what he might say. This is a life skill! Coaches are wrong sometimes. We WILL make mistakes. However, we make the best decisions we can under the circumstances that present themselves, and we will always try to put the interests of the team ahead of everything else. Expectations of Coaches We will treat your son with respect and we will value him as a person We will coach your son the very best we can. Sometimes, that means he may need “encouragement” which can take many forms. We will open our doors to your son for both football and non-football related issues. We will care about your son as more than just a member of our football team. Recruiting We want every player who has the ability and desire to play college football to have that opportunity HUDL— Individual player accounts Highlight clips can be done by players Film can be exchanged with colleges Film can also be accessed by friends/relatives There is an ACADEMIC component to recruiting that cannot be ignored Make sure players are meeting with school advisors to ensure they are on track to meet NCAA standards. Class Schedule GPA Testing FUNDRAISING Why? Camp Costs ($12,000) Player Equipment ($15,700)—Sled, Chutes, Decals, Patches, etc. Uniforms ($3,500 for fill-in; $30,000 for new) Media Guide ($9,400) Fieldhouse Equipment ($10,000)—Paint, Lettering, Copier, Furniture, etc. Meals ($12,000—we used to ask for a separate fee for this) Helmet Reconditioning ($6,500) Banquet ($15,000) Facility Maintenance ($3,000)—Pine Straw, Paint, Machine Rental, etc. Equipment Trailer ($4,000) Football Field ($40,000) PAID OFF!!!! Jumbotron (15,500) Equipment Shed ($80,000-$100,000) This is only a portion of the budget, but I believe it is important that you understand why we fundraise and where the money goes. FUNDRAISING We want this program to be more than simply what happens on Friday night. Our players work hard and we try to reward them for their efforts To have a top-notch program that our players will have pride in being part of costs money We need every player to do their part. 2011/2012 FUNDRAISING Pine Straw Our Fund Letter-writing campaign Lift-a-Thon Mr. Etowah Discount Cards Sponsorships Golf Tournament (Anyone?) WE HAVE CUT BACK DRAMATICALLY ON FUNDRAISING AND HAVE INSTEAD IMPLEMENTED A PLAYER FEE. THIS HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE! Player Fees In addition to pine straw and coupon cards, all players will be obligated to pay $450 player fees. This fee helps pay for items listed on previous slides and ALSO INCLUDES A PLAYER PACK (Retail value >$225)! This year’s player pack will be ordered online, and will be open only to those players who are current on their fees. The online store, sponsored by BSN, will be open for a limited period of time, so players will be expected to place orders in a timely fashion. We will make sure players know when the store is open for business. It will likely be near the end of the school year. Players who do not order during the first open shop will not receive their player packs when the rest of the team does. All players are expected to purchase the full player pack (included in their $450 fee). Player Fees Parents have some flexibility in paying player fees. You may choose to pay it all at once, up front, or you can choose to pay in installments. If you choose the installment plan, here are the important dates: $150 Due April 24 $150 Due June 12 All players must pay this amount to be eligible for spring practice All players must pay this amount to order their player pack $150 Due July 31 All players must pay this fee to receive player pack and share in the benefits provided by the Booster Club. Player Fees cont. All 10-12 graders are expected to sell a minimum of 155 bales of pine straw. Any bales they sell over 200 will count against their player fees. Each bale over 200 will deduct $1 from their player fees If a player sells 350 bales, their player fees have been reduced to $300 ($450-150 bales=$300) A player can play for “free” by selling 650 bales. Yes, that has happened. This does NOT relieve players of their responsibility to sell the minimum in coupon cards. Rising freshmen are asked to sell 100 bales. Any amount over 100 will be credited $1/bale toward their player fees. Player Fees cont. In addition to Pine Straw, we will be asking our players to sell 15 “Coupon” cards. Cards cost $20 each and are a pretty “easy” sell thanks to some popular businesses on the card. Players will be able to reduce their player fee by selling additional coupon cards (at a rate of $10 per card paid up-front). Thus, if a player sells 25 cards, he has reduced his fees $100 (10 extra cards at $10 per card). Again, it is possible, between Pine Straw and Coupon Cards, to drastically reduce/eliminate the Player Fee. Sponsorship NEW THIS YEAR! If you are able to secure a sponsorship from a business that does not currently donate money, goods, or services to the football program, we will apply 20% of the sponsorship amount to player dues. e.g. You solicit Billy’s Auto Service for a $1000 sponsorship. They will get the benefits of being an Eagle sponsor (more information to come, but may include an advertisement on the sponsor board or a mention on the Jumbotron), and you will get $200 toward player dues. Once your player dues are cut to zero, we would love for you to continue to solicit sponsorships, but you can’t “profit” from our sponsors. This DOES NOT include businesses that currently give to our program. Spring/Summer Schedule Refer to the calendar Workouts are 4 days a week. Wednesday is the “makeup” day. July 4th week (June 27-July 5) is a great time to get away! *Though not related to spring/summer, PLEASE NOTE: We practice on Labor Day AND during the Sept. “break” Once the season begins (July 27 for Varsity), expect 6 days/wk. (although we will take Saturdays off once games begin). Do not schedule other activities during the season. We will have a different schedule during our bye week, and it will be communicated to you at a later date. The Freshmen practice schedule is set by those coaches and will differ from the JV/Varsity schedule. Other Information Misc. Player Packs Will include garments as selected by coaches and captains. These will NOT include cleats, but cleats can be purchased separately through our NIKE rep. for an excellent price. This will occur this spring prior to spring football. Otherwise, players can wear whatever cleats they choose (within reasonable fashion constraints) Practice Times July 27-31: Non-Contact Days (5 required by GHSA) Beginning August 1, practices will lengthen (weather permitting). As we progress into the season, we will shorten practices to keep players focused and fresh While practice times will be scheduled, we periodically must adapt for heat (or other) purposes. Please be flexible and understand that we will do our best to communicate changes as soon as we know. Personal Equipment Players are not allowed to purchase any equipment that requires special fitting (for safety purposes) without being cleared by the coaching staff. Do NOT purchase a helmet or shoulder pads without first consulting Coach Svehla We need to make sure the equipment is properly fitted Our prices are likely better We pay to recondition the item While it is likely those purchases will be approved, we need to make sure equipment is fitted for safety. It is imperative that players only wear approved helmets and shoulder pads. Other items Physical Night—TBD Players must have a valid physical on file in order to participate in Spring Football (and next fall, of course) The Physical provided at the school (or with your own doctor) covers all of next year provided it occurs on or after April 1. Physical forms are available in the athletic office in the New Gym Only physicals completed on the forms provided will be accepted All players will be Impact Tested every 2 years (all freshmen and new players will be tested this year) Permission is given with a signature on the physical form Proceeds from Physical Night go to our Training budget NCAA Recruiting Meeting Sponsored by Cherokee County March 16—Cherokee; March 17—River Ridge 7:30 p.m in school auditoriums Good for rising 6-12 graders Other Items Youth Camp—We plan on holding our youth camp from 9 a.m. to noon, June 4-7 Players will be asked to work these camps. This is an excellent outreach opportunity and promotes unity within the ENTIRE community. Community Service This past year we packed lunches for economically disadvantaged families in our community. Activities like this are very important to our program. Our varsity football players spend the day with special needs kids at First Baptist Church. This is the 3rd year we have done this while I have been here and it is a tremendous activity for the children, their families, and our players. Landscaping of local schools to help one of our players earn his Eagle Scout. Training See BURST Handout BURST is defined as the “explosive movements that increase an athlete’s chances of being successful in competition” We are building athletes, not football players Workouts are supported by research and through studies of the top programs in the country Do NOT overlook nutrition and rest! Supplements Do your research The guy at GNC may or may not be your best reference for supplement information Coaches will help educate, but we will NOT endorse particular products. That decision is between the athlete and his parents only. Most of your training needs can be met by improving your diet and being smart at the grocery store. Other Information TD Club Exists to support the football program—financially and otherwise—to provide a meaningful and memorable experience for our players. Board Members Jeff Johnson—President Jeff Miller Erin Oliver Letitia Smith Beth Morgan Doug Leigh DISCLAIMER We plan to follow the calendar provided to you this evening. However, we may need to change the dates of things due to weather, schedule conflicts, etc. If that happens, we will let you know ASAP! Thanks for your understanding.
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