Dear 2014 Varsity Football Players,
We begin football practice on Monday, August 25. This is prior to the start of school and is therefore excusable if you cannot attend because you are out of town. Those in town are expected to attend. We will practice from 3:30-5:30 pm on that Monday – Thursday (note: this schedule may change slightly as the exact times of my faculty meetings are posted). We will not practice that Friday to give you a last chance to get out of town for the Labor Day weekend. We will resume practice on Tuesday Sept 2. In the beginning of the year, all practices will go until 5 pm from Monday – Friday unless otherwise announced. As we learn what we are doing, practice will be shortened and we will take some days off. We normally begin games within two weeks of returning to school.
You need to be in shape when you start practice. You should plan to run, stretch and do both pushups and sit-ups each day in the summer. We will run and exercise vigorously beginning the first day of practice.
Your cleats should be broken in by the first practice. Bring a pair of tennis shoes each day just in case you have foot problems. Remember, cleats must be one-piece molded rubber. No screw-ins are allowed. Mouthpieces are required.
To start for this team you must be committed to it. Starters are expected at all games including tournaments and playoffs. We will enter two tournaments that involve weekends and if we make playoffs, they are on weekends. Generally, the playoffs begin on the first Saturday in November and continue for three weekends, Saturday and Sunday, until we are eliminated. If you are not willing or able to make this commitment, let me know immediately. You may still participate if another activity is your preference, but obviously you will have less playing time than someone who will always be there. Practice is mandatory. If you need to miss for an appointment or any other reason, tell me personally first thing in the morning. Do not send someone with a message.
If there are any changes, they will be noted on the football page under Athletics on the St Rita School Website. Have an outstanding summer and come ready to play in the Fall. We should have a great season if we are dedicated and willing to work.
Sincerely, Randy Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org)