August 8 Team Pictures/Practice/Scrimmage/Potluck/Parent Social
4:00pm – 9:30pm
August 12 Scrimmage @ Owen-Withee
August 18 Season Opener @ Athens
September 4 Labor Day Practice 5:00-8:00pm
August 25 Varsity Home vs. Bangor 7:00pm Parents Night
August 31 Varsity @ Assumtion 7:00pm
September 8 Varsity Home vs. Greenwood 7:00pm
September 15 Varsity Home vs. Owen-Withee 7:00pm Youth Night
September 22 Varsity @ Edgar 7:00pm
September 29 Varsity Home vs. Thorp 7:00pm Homecoming
October 6 Varsity @ Gilman 7:00pm Sr. Night
October 13 Varsity Home vs. Abbotsford 7:00pm
October 20 Level I Play-Offs 7:00pm
October 27 Level II Play-Offs To be determined
November 3 Level III Play-Offs To be determined
November 10 Level IV Play-Offs To be determined
November 16 State Championship Division 7 10:00am
2016 LOYAL HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
8/12 Scrimmage @ Owen-Withee 10/6 @ Gilman
8/18 @ Athens 10/13 Abbotsford
Bangor (Parent’s Night) 10/20 Level I Play-offs
8/31 @ Assumption 10/27 Level II Play-offs
9/8 Greenwood 11/3 Level III Play-offs
Owen-Withee (Youth FB) 11/10 Level IV Play-offs
9/22 @ Edgar 11/16 State Championship
2016 LOYAL HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
8/21 @ Athens 9/18 Owen-Withee
8/28 TBD 9/25 @ Edgar
9/5 @ Assumption 10/2 Thorp
9/11 Greenwood 10/9 @ Gilman
2016 LOYAL HIGH SCHOOL C-TEAM FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
To Be Determined
LOYAL FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY
Vision Statement: Building Men of Character
Mission Statement: The Loyal Football Program is committed to maximizing our player’s potential on and off the field. Our commitment to excellence will focus on character development, academic achievement, physical conditioning, mental training and teamwork. We will concentrate on building men of character that will contribute to our communities with love and compassion towards others.
LOYAL FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY
offense will be based on running the football and ball control. We will incorporate power, misdirection and the option game into our overall Wing-T package. Our primary passing attack will be play-action with some short 3-step drop back passing and shot-gun packages.
We will be an attacking pressure 4-2-5 defense. We will stop the run first and pressure the quarterback. Our entire defense will be based on speed and hitting. Only the fastest, hardest hitters will play defense. We will pride ourselves on creating turnovers, pursuit and being aggressive.
special teams will be aggressive and hard hitting, just like our offense and defense. We will make it difficult for our opponents to prepare for us by utilizing a variety of kick-off, punt and extra point formations. We want to score with our special teams.
We also believe that it is important:
· To get as many players on the field as possible.
· For our players to be multi-sport athletes
· For our players to be strong academically
· That our players develop leadership skills
· That we consistently build character in our players
OBJECTIVES OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM
Each player will receive a diploma and an education. These are not necessarily the same. The diploma will come if you follow the plan set forth by the counselors and coaches. Education is learning to pour yourself out, learning how to make a commitment to something higher and more rewarding than yourself. It is the learning to give and the more you give, the more you will receive. To learn to give all you have and not be concerned with what others may think.
Establish an excellence in football. Excellence in all facets of the game. We will always strive for perfection. We will work towards perfection as a TEAM. We will bond as a family and come to respect and appreciate each other.
Through the athletic experience, you will become a better person. It is the intent of the program to teach more than fundamentals. Players will develop a genuine care and concern for other people and be more accountable and responsible. You will learn to be positive about this day, your school, your community and your country. You will learn the influence you have on younger people and use this influence in a positive manner.
You will have fun. Football is a game to be enjoyed--to be enjoyed, it must be done correctly. Once learned how to play correctly, there is nothing more fun. A definite objective is the absence of tension or pressure. The player will know that his responsibility is to give his best physical and mental effort and once he has done that, everything else will take care of itself.
Learn the ‘Jeckel & Hyde’ nature of athletics. Between the white lines, we expect the most intense physically aggressive people. Off the field, we expect perfect gentlemen. Do not get these confused. Each has its place. These are learned traits and must be practiced and positively reinforced. The ultimate compliment is for someone to say because of your off the field behavior, “He is too nice to be that guy I see doing what he does on the field.”
ASSUMPTIONS-ROLE OF PLAYERS
It is important that you understand that we are making four assumptions. The program is developed with these assumptions paramount in our mind. If you are not in complete agreement with all four of these assumptions, it is best for you not to ever begin the program because there will be constant problems. The assumptions explain to you where the coaches are trying to go with the program. If you are trying to go in a different direction, then you and the coaches will never be able to work together.
We assume you want to be the best athlete you can be. This is important because when our coaches look at you, they see what you could and should be and will push you to achieve your maximum. Being the best athlete you can be means working your butt off in the off-season.
We assume that you want to play on a Championship team. Our practices, our off-season programs are designed to produce a champion. Decisions made are made with the priority being the team; the individual must come second. Players must understand the roles they play are where they help the team the most. Players are not assigned to positions where they or their parents want them to play.
We assume you expect to graduate with the highest grades that you are capable of making. We well not simply try to keep you eligible; you will be pushed to make the highest grades that you are capable of making. You will be responsible to the team to turn in all assigned work on time.
We assume you want to become a better person. You understand that you represent our team; you may very well be the only athlete some people ever know. Your character is a direct reflection on our program. We assume that you understand that you will always be a member of our athletic program. You will understand that there are many benefits that go along with being a member of the team but along with those benefits you will be held accountable for your actions. We will help you become all you can be off the field as well as on the field.
POLICIES/ PROCEDURES AND PLAYER EXPECTATIONS
1. Do nothing that would embarrass or harm your team, your school, or your teammates.
Do what is right and do it to the best of your ability.
3. Attendance and practice
Come every day on time. If you cannot physically practice: come, dress out, and encourage your teammates. If you cannot come to practice, call or let Coach Lindner know since we expect every player to be at practice. If you do not call we fear the worst. Go the extra effort to call and let us know. Do not send messages by other players.
You must come every day to reap the benefits. Irregular attendance makes it difficult or impossible for you to be a part of the team.
Our practices will begin on time and end on time. Practices will be organized and structured. Every minute of every practice will be accounted for. We will be practicing with a purpose. We will always strive for perfection and we will demand that players do “the little things” well. Hustle, enthusiasm and repetition will be the backbone of our practices
Consequence: A player with an unexcused absence from practice will not start the next game. Repeated unexcused absences will lead to dismissal. General Rule – Reminders for an unexcusedabsence, reminders for an unexcused tardy (number to be determined by the coach).
There is NO punishment for excused absence or tardy. Only a coach can excuse absence or tardiness.
Come every day with expectation of something great happening. Coaches cannot teach a person who does not want to learn.
Losers view the player – coach relationship as a competition i.e. player is trying to do as little as is necessary – coach trying to get more.
Winners see player – coach relationship as a co-operative effort to make the player the best that he can be. Have great expectations daily.
Consequence: Attitude – If you have an attitude detrimental to practice or team you will be challenged by some reminders (gassers, up-downs, sit-ups) repeated attitude problems and you will be excused from practice. When this happens you may not compete in the contest that week.
Attendance & Attitude are choices you make. Know this difference between pain/injury. Pain is inevitable – misery is an option.
You are expected to give a great effort on every play. You decide on each play, each drill, exactly how much effort you will give. Effort is simply a habit. A player who gives 100% every play with less ability is more productive than a more talented player who give 100% only under ideal conditions.
If you cannot go 100% - tell your coach. We do not want 90% - We want either 100% or 0% - all or none. During practice – get in the habit of giving 100%. Take each play, each drill one at a time- MAKE EFFORT A HABIT.
Consequence: For lack of effort during practice, you will have the opportunity to make up for it after practice. We know you want to give 100% so obviously it is your physical conditioning that is preventing you from going 100%. Those that give 100% every play get their conditioning during practice. We will always have the opportunity to do more conditioning if needed.
Compete to me means to stay true to your colors. Compete means to expect to prepare, to practice, and to play to win. It is higher than participation. It is to empty yourself physically and mentally to achieve victory. It is to sacrifice individualism or coolness to be a part of something bigger.
Compete means to not be afraid to make mistakes. Compete means to not fear failure. Compete means to always encourage, never criticize teammates.
It is believed that there is no compromise with loyalty. A player, or a coach, who is not loyal to the organization, has no place on our football team. Every player who is out for football is there to see how much he can contribute to his team rather than what his team can do for him. Furthermore, every coach is there to see how much he can contribute to the players rather than what he can gain from them. When we have this attitude, we will have a team.
Examples of not competing: Not willing to get into lineup because of fear on making mistakes, giving up on situation that ordinary person would expect failure (Defense-when offense has the ball 1st and goal on the one yard line. Offense when it is 3rd and 25) (Not knowing the situation-down and distance, not knowing the play called in the huddle)
Morale is best on teams when everyone feels they are accomplishing something. Conditioning at the end of practice is a great time to build “trust”.
will always be a privilege. The attitude will be “Yes, we get to condition”. You will never be forced to condition. If you cannot condition with the team, you will be excused from practice. Our conditioning will follow this one simple principle: “Don’t let your teammates down”
No one will be in better condition than Loyal!
8. Follow all W.I.A.A., Loyal High School Athletic Code, policies, and rules.
Attend class and be on time. You will be held responsible for all work that your teachers ask you to complete. The most important part of being a winner in the classroom is giving 100% effort, which includes turning assigned work in on time.
You are responsible for your actions. Breaking school and classroom rules are choices and there must be consequences. You are a member of something great. Being suspended for breaking school rules hurts our team. You have chosen to be selfish instead of selfless. Keep this one rule in mind: “Is what I’m doing going to discredit or hurt our team?” Use good judgment in the classroom and on school grounds, always keeping the team in mind.
Consequences for poor choices: You will always have to accept the teacher or school’s punishment. This could affect our team. The head coach on an individual basis will handle most instances. In certain circumstances you could be eliminated from the team for selfish acts.
10. Substance Abuse –The minute you put alcohol or other drugs into your body you lose any chance of our coaches defending you. We only know you, as a substance free person and I, nor the coaches cannot testify for you once you use any mind–altering agent.
If you choose to use alcohol or other drugs, you in fact just became a liar and hurt the rest of your team.
You must understand that you represent some great entities: school, community, your family, an athletic family, and coaches. You risk hurting every one of these by use of alcohol and drugs. This is very selfish act. Selfishness can cause you to be dismissed.
The world around you will tell you it is OK. The ordinary will do it. I can assure you – it takes an extraordinary person to abstain. I hope we do not have ordinary selfish people.
11. Dress Code:
Players attending a game away from home are expected to dress with special care: Dress code will be addressed later. No jeans, and no caps. Bottom line----Class Act!!!
Hair must be neatly cut and of common colors. Piercings are not be worn when representing the football team and program. No hoods on while in a building.
Consequences of repeated Poor Choices:
Selfishness – You will be eliminated from the team. There is no cure except removal when you consistently put yourself above the team. You must be eliminated.
Symptoms of selfishness – Chronic tardy/absent, stealing, fighting, violation of dress/appearance code, class misconduct, chronic complaining, and disrespect to any member of the coaching staff.
If there are problems in the community, consequences are severe. You may be the only representative of our program that people see. You represent us – it is imperative that you keep this in mind.
OTHER MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS
Sleeping Habits – Regularity in sleeping habits are essential to an athlete. Medical authorities recommend a minimum of eight to nine hours of sleep each night. In order to achieve these recommendations players should be home and off the streets on school nights (Monday – Friday) by 10:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday nights players are expected to be home at 12:00 am., on Sunday night at 10:00 pm. If a special case arises permission might be granted if coach is informed prior to the event or function.
Nutrition – Every attempt should be made to follow a diet that will build a strong, vigorous, and healthy body. Use good common sense in your eating habits. Avoid the “five lethal foods”: soda, chips, candy, French fries and doughnuts. Eat lightly before a contest and at least three hours before the game begins.
Weight training – You must be healthy. Flexibility, proper eating and nutrition habits, aerobic capacity, proper strength levels are all important components of a health athlete. Healthy athletes are less likely to suffer from nagging injuries and will recover more quickly. In order to maintain proper levels of health the player must train year round.
We expect our players:
To sign up for and participate in the summer athletic development program. Make 90% of the workouts.
To take the BFS Athletic Development class that is offered during the school day. (The athlete can sign up for the class both semesters)
Go out for other sports in the off – season. We promote multi-sport athletes.
Sign up for the After School BFS Athletic Development Class if you are not in a sport. Even if you are in the class during the day, come after school and the after school program will be your sport.
Run track in the spring if you are not a baseball player or a golfer.
Equipment – One of the values of athletics is to teach responsibility and this should apply to the care of football equipment as well as other school property. Our school attempts to provide the best and safest equipment money can buy. We expect each play to take excellent care of his equipment.
The school will LOAN each player the equipment necessary to participate in football with the exception of shoes.
The ORIGINAL equipment issued to you, as a participant must be returned at the close of the season. Substitution of equipment among players cannot be permitted. If equipment needs repair or if you need a change in size be sure a coach makes the change. Each player must turn in their own equipment at the completion of the season.
You WILL be held financially responsible for any lost or misplaced equipment. Deliberate mutilation of school property will also be charged to the athlete.
All players need to have an extra pair of tennis shoes, socks, shirt, and shorts in their locker.
Injuries – Injuries do occur in football. It’s possible that serious injury could occur. All participants in the football program will be covered under a school district insurance plan. Certain procedures must be followed, however, if the injured player is to receive benefits.
All injuries must be reported to the supervising coach immediately. Unreported injuries can lead to serious complications and increased time lost from competition. An accident form will be filled out by a coach the next day and handed in to the high school office.
If an individual has any special medical problem, be sure that the coaches are so informed.
Should an injury be discovered after a participant has returned home, Coach Lindner should be contacted at once.
If possible, clean immediately after the game or soak over night.
Never wash in hot water. Cold is best.
Never put uniform in the dryer-Hang dry
Please use Tide Coldwater. Never use bleach
Please mend tears and snags after washing
Varsity Game Jerseys
Duplicate game jerseys can be purchased.
The locker room is your athletic home. You are responsible for keeping your individual locker and area clean. Senior’s will always pick up the locker room after practice. If coaches are picking up after you, it will cost you. One article equals one gasser.
One year we had a problem with missing items from lockers. Trust your teammates and police your teammates.
Great teams do not have a problem with stealing. Remember---we are eliminating selfish acts like stealing.
No one (except players) is allowed in the locker/meeting rooms without the coach’s permission.
Every one of you wants to start on our football team. Unfortunately, not all of you will. The coaching staff must determine who will start. We will use the following criteria to decide on depth charts.
Knowledge of assignment- We cannot and will not play people who do not know their assignments. Everyone must know his assignments.
Hustle & Effort - Everyone will be expected to give 100% effort all the time. Your teammates will be giving 100% and they expect you to do so also. Extra effort win’s games. Everyone is capable of giving 100% effort.
Mental Toughness- We will discover during practice who has strong mental toughness.
Contribution to the overall team- Football is a team sport. The individual, who motivates his teammates, is always enthusiastic and ready, will make a much greater contribution to his team than the one who does not possess this quality. One man who hates to lose is an invaluable player. Everyone can be a team player. Everyone wants to win. We are looking for people who can’t live with losing.
Talent - If the above four characteristics are equal and they should be, then the young man who has the most talent, makes the biggest plays, will start. However, talent will not enter into our evaluation until we’ve evaluated the first four qualities. As coaches, our main concern is to be fair and honest. If you do not feel you are being treated fairly, come see us.
Our starters will be determined by the criteria previously mentioned. Whether you start will be determined by your performance on the field and not me. Know your ROLE.
A player may not be given a jersey for the game because of disciplinary matters.
Position coaches will decide depth charts for their position. Once the game begins, the offensive and defensive coordinator has the prerogative to remove or insert players he feels necessary to produce the best results for the team.
A football letter award should be considered as a memento or recognition for participation in football, not something to which an athlete is entitled because of services rendered.
A letter award is earned on the basis of participation, loyalty, cooperation, and performance. An athlete must display outstanding sportsmanship, self-discipline, high standards of social behavior and a spirit of competition.
We want to reward those players who were integral part of the team’s success by contributing to the following:
Attitude – Willing to sacrifice individualism for the good of the team.
Effort – contributed both in practice and in games
Attendance – Always there and always on time
Behavior - Athlete is the type of person that coaches, parents, faculty and community will be proud to represent Loyal High School. The player is a good example of class on and off the field.
NOTE: A PLAYER MUST FINISH THE SEASON AND BE IN GOOD STANDING WITH THE COACHING STAFF.
The most prestigious award you can earn while participating in our program. In order to receive this award, the player must exhibit unquestionable effort, behavior and attitude both in games and in practice. The coaching staff selects this end of the year award.
Loyal Greyhound’s Core Covenants
Work habits-preparation: Fulfill your obligations. We’ve got a job to do, people depend on us to get it done in the off-season, and during the season. No one will out-work LOYAL.
Team first attitude: The good of the team always comes before the good of the individual player. Put our team, our school, and our community first. Go the extra mile even if it gains you nothing more than some personal satisfaction. Volunteer to take on the tough job or the mundane job that others avoid.
Respect: Respect of coaches, players, teammates, opponents, officials, and others we interact with. Treat people as they should be treated. Act courteously toward friends, acquaintances and strangers alike. Remember that our actions speak volumes about us and our team.
Discipline: On the field and in the classroom. Doing what is right, the first time. Avoid shortcuts, cheating, or doing less than what is expected. Do not compromise yourself or the team.
Courage: Face fear, danger, or adversity. It is easy to be a follower…anyone can do that. True leadership requires all of one’s audacity, nerve, and guts to negotiate the difficult roads that lie before us.
I promise to play the game with great courage and never make excuses. I will play with great intensity and give everything I have. I will finish plays and never give up. I will take responsibility for my actions and inactions. I will continue to push my teammates and myself to be the best in athletics, academics, and in life. I will support my teammates and treat them like family. I will enjoy myself and make football fun for everyone.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR COACHES
You can expect us to be leaders, teachers, and coaches; working to develop you into the best student-athlete that you can be.
On the field
Coaches who know how to teach specific skills will give you individual instruction.
Our coaches will be enthusiastic and motivated. We will push you to be the best.
You will be treated with respect.
Coaches will be professional.
Coaches will teach character and how this game relates to life.
Players should see no difference in the classroom and the field.
Our coaches will be role models for our young people.
Our coaches will monitor your behavior and classroom progress.
“When Parents Cross the Line”
Bruce Brown, speaker for the N.A.I.A. and its “Champions of Character” program, has great advice for the parents who have children competing in high school athletics. “Athletics is one of the best places for young people to take risks and fail,” Brown said. Brown outlines “red flags” that indicate a parent may be too involved.
Parents who share the credit for their child’s accomplishments
An athlete who avoids a parent after the game.
When the games outcome means more to the parent than the player.
Parents who try to solve problems best left to the team and players.
Brown encourages parents to ask their sons or daughters these questions before the season starts.
Why are you playing?
What is a successful season?
What goals do you have?
What do you think your role on the team will be?
He encourages parents to ask themselves the same questions, plus what the parent hopes to gain from their child’s experience. “If your answers are different than theirs, you need to drop yours and accept theirs,” he advises. For example, if an athlete is playing basketball because he likes the sport and enjoys being part of a team, trouble is inevitable if the parent’s chief objective is to win a college scholarship.
The coach-parent relationship can be a delicate one, and Brown said there are “appropriate” and “inappropriate” subjects to discus with coaches. Appropriate subjects include mental and physical treatment of a child, ways to help their child improve, and any concerns about the athlete’s behavior. Inappropriate subjects include playing time, strategy and other team members.
is quick to remind everyone that the only guarantee in a sports season is “that it won’t be perfect.” Even if there are not problems among player, parents and coach, there are going to be problems with relationships on the team, problems with playing time, and problems with individual and team success, he said. As a coach, Brown said he had one commandment for his players: “Don’t let your teammates down.”
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF FOOTBALL PARENTS
Be positive with your son. Let him know it is a great accomplishment to simply be part of Loyal Football.
Do not offer excuses for why he is not playing. There is usually a reason for it. Encourage him to work hard and do his best.
Do not criticize his coaches. The coach represents The Boss, Authority, the Parent, and the Teacher. If you constantly criticize your son’s coaches, you cannot expect him to play for them. He is being taught to be a complainer, not a doer. Please discuss problems with your son first. If needed, talk to the position coach or coordinator. If you are still not satisfied talk to Coach Lindner. Problems are not solved unless your son communicates with his coaches.
Encourage your son to follow team and school rules. If we are going to be successful, we need your son to follow all W.I.A.A., School and Team rules.
Insist on your son working to his ability academically. Check his progress on the school power grade. Monitor how much time he spends on homework. It is the duty of the parent to see that their son is working in the classroom, not the coaches. No matter how talented your son may be, if he does not have the grades he cannot play.
Do not develop envy toward other players because they carry the ball more, or score more touchdowns, or get more publicity. Who cares who gets the publicity? The most important thing is that everyone is doing their best to try to make this team successful. Do not live you life vicariously through your son. Football is a game-let them play it.
Do not be a know-it-all. The coaching staff at Loyal is well trained. We work with your son and his teammates every day. They know what players can and cannot do. As a fan, please be “into the game” but keep it positive toward are players and coaches.
Insist on your son’s respect for the game of football, the officials, our opponent’s players and coaches. Instill in him the importance of sportsmanship. Make sure how important it is to have “class”. It takes years to establish a “class” program, but only seconds to destroy it.
Foster in you son a positive self-image. Do not compare and contrast your son with former family members who played. Help him feel good about his role on the Greyhound Football Team.
Encourage your son to play the game of football for the “love of the game.” Winning will take care of itself. Post-season awards will take care of themselves and college scholarships will take care of themselves. Usually, good things happen to teams and individuals who are unselfish, work hard and are committed to excellence.