GHNO Varsity Boy’s Flag Football Letter to Parents
Thank you for encouraging your son to consider playing Varsity Flag Football this coming Fall! We are continuing to build a safe, meaningful, and competitive flag football program at Northern Oaks. As you may know, playing flag football demands a great deal of perseverance and focus. Also remember that this is a sport open to all students—a background in playing football (or any sport for that matter) is not required. I would like to point out a few important details so we can all be on the “same playing field”.
Team Standards of Excellence: Last year was our inaugural season for Varsity High School Flag Football. GHNO Griffins won the Division and made it to the quarterfinals. The team achieved this success through character building, athletic training, and mental discipline. We will continue to build the program by focusing on character development through virtue development. The end goal of the program is to create great leaders on and off the field. Focused Virtues: Perseverance, Courage, and Selflessness. Focused Physical Development: Speed, Dexterity (Hands and Feet) and Endurance.
Fees and Physicals: There is a $275 fee for student athletes. Families in need can apply for a Student Cost Waiver by filling out the SCW form available from the front office. Students will need to have completed the online registration for their sport (including an UPLOADED physical) before the start of try-outs. The link to the registration can be found on the school website under the “Athletics” tab.
Equipment: It is essential for athletes to have the appropriate equipment of: football cleats/ sneakers, and full water bottle (with name). Practice attire will be athletic shorts (preferably no pockets) and a plain t-shirt (recommended moisture-wicking) in accordance with school colors. (Logo are acceptable but not to make-up the entire shirt). Receiving gloves are not required but recommended.
Tryouts & Practice: Tryouts will be conducted on 14 & 15 August from 3:45- 5:00pm Please do not assume because your player was on the roster last year that he will be on the roster this season. We anticipate a very competitive turnout. Practices will be at the GHNO Football Field beginning on August 19th. Practices run from 3:45 pm – 5:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.
Games: Tentatively games will begin on 9/14 through 11/15. We will have some Saturday games. As soon as the game schedule is posted I will send the link out in an email. It is essential that families follow the directions and arrival times sent out in each weekly email during the season.
Communication: I find that the best and most efficient way of communicating with families has been through email and text. During the season, I plan on sending out a weekly email to alert you of any important events or developments. If you have any questions, please contact me at: Dreyeball@hotmail.com or text me on my cellphone at (210)882-6181.
Team Rules and Guidelines
In order for us to be successful, we will all need to adhere to these rules and guidelines:
- Strive for excellence. Come to every practice ready to learn and work with enthusiasm, giving 100% every day.
- Participate with joy in victory or defeat.
- Be on time to every practice and game. “On time” means being prepared to start at the exact time given and may require an earlier arrival.
- Attend every practice and game. Any expected absences for major family events need to be communicated with Coach Planchet as soon as possible. Absences due to homework, not feeling well, and other minor events are considered unexcused absences. Three unexcused absences could result in dismissal from the team.
- Be leaders in the classroom and on campus. Your identity as an athlete is not separate from your duty as a student and a Great Hearted Person.
- Be supportive of one another. The team will flourish only when its members act as a unit. The best way to support your team is to always give your best effort!
- Maintain clear channels of communication. If you have questions about team related issues, see one of the coaches and approach them right away. In this way, we will avoid frustration and unsettledness and strengthen team cohesion and performance, as well as eliminate any possible resentment within the team.
- Coaches will not discuss playing time or position issues with parents. If a player has an issue with playing time or position, that player can talk to a member of the coaching staff in a respectful way, at an appropriate time (24 HOUR RULE) and the coach will let that player know what he needs to do to improve his game.
- Players and fans will treat the game of football with respect. This means we will not argue calls from the stands.
“By Land and by Air!”
Coach Stephen Planchet
Stephen Planchet | Head Boys’ Flag Football Coach | Great Hearts Northern Oaks